Synapptics v7 – new update

I have this email from Synapptics which explains some new and interesting developments for their Android-based system for blind and partially sighted:-

Dear Myles,

We’re writing to let you know that Version 7, our new release of Synapptic software, is here! 

We’ve now added over 20 new features! Download your FREE 15-day trial version today, by visiting our website and try it out for yourself!

Here’s a glimpse of some of Version 7’s great new features:

• Our new Synapptic Screenreader, makes it easy to access a whole world of apps, enabling you to switch easily between Synapptic and Android screens automatically, with instant speech!

• Add your favourite apps onto Synapptic’s Main Menu, like WhatsApp for free messaging to friends & family, Be My Eyes for free sighted assistance, Spotify to listen to music and podcasts, Netflix for films and Audible to access the world’s largest collection of audiobooks

• Make calls easily through automated phone systems, where you need to select options, and pick up your voicemail messages quickly

• Our enhanced Synapptic web searching design makes it easier to search the Internet, with results displayed in a clear and simple Synapptic list.
Visit our website at and check out our latest V7 videos for details on all the new features.

What’s more, we’re also launching our new phone and tablet product range, which includes the most up-to-date models from Samsung. Check these out by heading over to our website at

Contact us today on 0191 909 7 909, email us at or visit our website to place an order or for further information.
Kind regards,


Adrian Sach
Synapptic Ltd
Tel: 0191 909 7 909
Mobile: 07967 470 854

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There a lot of different type of note taking tools put there and although I do like Notes on the iPad Bear offers a few more tools. I like the way you can organise your information. And it can be moved around up the tree to be made more important,

The range of tools are good – there are tools for editing around the screen which I have always found tricky on the iPad and apple doesn’t like having arrow keys.

There is a checklist button for making to do lists. A useful festures is hashtags which would enable searching and tracking of your work.

Of course there is images and drawing,, bullet points, different type of headings. A small selection of fonts , including open dyslexic That would be useful but as it is an app that can just be used to quickly get information down.

Here is a screenshot of what it looks like:-

There a few themes to use. Some are inapps purchase. This one is dark theme which is good for standout notes and clarity in low light.

Finally it would be useful for secondary aged students with its more mature ans practical tools.

Sleep Help

I was asked to put this up on my blog so i am able and willing to do this. Seems like something worthwhile to share, especially appropriate as i am writing this in the dead of night due to having a cold keeping me awake! And it’s soppose to be my holiday , Grrrr!

Sleep help guide for people with Autism and ADHD

Office Lens

Microsoft Office Lens has a very useful function I want to share with you today. If someone gives you a business card as they often do to me I promptly put them in my wallet and forget about them! When I do remember I have them and I have some time I go about adding them to my phone contacts. This is slow and laborious.

Now enters Office Lens a free download on iOS and Android .  There is an option to take a photo – business card- . If you focus in so that you get a good clear image of the card it will take the card and if you choose the option “OneNote & Contacts” it will create two entries one for OneNote and the other goes straight into you Contacts folder with name address, website telephone number, etc

..No mor cards forgotten in jackets now!

AbilityNet Volunteer Day

Brilliant day as always for AbilityNet Volunteers. We helped those who are disabled with their tech and their access needs. This is freely given and a network of volunteers operate throughout the UK.

Friom Microsoft to Dolphin Systems , no isolation to smart speakers and then some free stuff. I will mention a few things:-


Seeing AI showed some real potential and use especially the text convertor. Really cool and useful too! I shall be recommending this app more widely now.

Inclusive communications and content

Office lens – nicely frame , ocr and put into immersive reader does the scan documment as well and can do OCR

Microsoft Translator – translates speech to text giving you caption display. Migth try this on a talk or seminar. Useul for the hearing impaired.

A few helpful websites:-

Willing to take on board requests. Invited to complain about Microsoft!!


This is impressive both for its help to children and for adults who need siimple commmunication tools. Something worth looking into, love the AV1 robot that puts the user in the middle of any environment.

Dolphin Systems

Noel Duffy

Increase in sight loss liable double from 2 million to 4 million

80% over 65

20% most interested in technology

Mixed technical ability

Older group might not be able to access technology

Easy Reader – smart phone app – free

Guide Connect – interface that masks the screen, tv remote friendly, connects to overdrive, bookshare, consistent approach. Free support up and running in one hour. Not free!

Googe Keep

Have often mention this app. It will do locations and reminders which has a use for carers of Alzheimers and dementia sufferers.

Free Sofftware

Metaclick – dwell click , to enable a physical disabled user.

AT bar for windows – text to speech , tint screen, works in any browser ( drawback copy and paste) reasonable speech engine.

Amazon Echo

My talkiing newspapers


“Open up my talking newspaper”

“Info sound “

“Info sound select”

Regional newspaper

When to use Switch Technology?

Most users do not need to use switches. But for those with cerebral palsy and physical disabilities and profound multiple learning difficulties switches can be really really useful.

The main reason for using switches is because Hand usee is not possible and therefore we need to use alternative inputs ; this would be via touchscreen or through switches.

What software do use switches? We tend to use cause-and-effect software such as you can see at Ian Bean’s website. There is a whole progression involved in switches which Ian Bean set out in his switch progression map..

How are switches used with pupils? First of all there may be repetitive switch movement which is purely random automotive actions with no meaning. Then there is meaningful action where there is a definite movement forward towards the switch to press it and whatever playing or method the user uses to do such as hand movement, foot movement, and head movement.

Best switch movement is one which is totally initiated by the pupil not any adult intervention such as hand over hand under hand. One more thing is I prefer people to use the phrase “again” or “more” rather than “hit the switch.” The latter takes the focus off the activity which I think is a mistake as the content is king!