Online application for editing and playing pictographic communication boards
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For patients with moviment difficulties, the use of instant messaging applications can be very challenging and often frustrating.
It is interesting to note, however, that remote communication is important for patients who for some reason need to be alone for a few moments. Alert about a momentary condition like pain, hunger, physiological needs and mood may require urgent action.
How to send the message in a more objective, simple and fast way?
It is a very complex challenge, difficult to solve because it depends on the type of deficiency and the degree of impairment of the functional members and cognitive capabilities.
For some patients however, the use of instant messaging applications is feasible as long as they are tailored to require little user interaction.
Currently WhatsApp is far the most popular IM application. But development of systems that could interact with it are not encouraged since there is no public API (Application Program Interface).
Telegram, is also a popular messaging system that incorporates WhatsApp's key features and provides an open and well documented API.
Said that, we redesigned the player module of Picto4me to transmit and receive messages via Telegram. Integration was only possible thanks to the amazing Webogram project, an excellent web client for Telegram developed by Igor Zhukov.
To start using picto4me chat, you first need to create an account with Telegram and you will need to use a smartphone because activation of the account will be done through a code sent to the cell phone.
Configure the board you want to use on the communicator like this:
After saving the project you will see the chat icon in the upper right corner of the editor. Just click there and select a contact to start interacting on the telegram.
You probably have noticed since picto4me version 1.3 the "Download as pdf" option has been removed
The picto4me pdf engine was not powerful as the Google Chrome built-in functions, so the editor is now lauching the Chrome built-in instead.
Please take a look a the steps on the picture. It is easy as before, but with one more click
Easy sharing was one of the most wanted feature. Teachers and therapist were doing that by browsing the projects on Google Drive.
Since version 3.2, the easy sharing button is available.
Keep in mind, that button will only be visible after you have named your project ;-)
It really easy to upload your image files into your private library.
The search box now displays a big container where your files can be dragged to. They will be automatically uploaded to your private library.
Some rules to be followed when uploading an image:
- File size can´t be bigger than 500kb
- File must be a jpg or png format
Importing straight from the web.
You may prefer to paste the image URL directly in the search bar. However, there will be images that would not rendered by the editor and a question mark will be displayed instead. To remove it, just click on the trashcan icon, as usual.
The webcam was integrated to the search box, so you can get all images from a single place.
We will be soon upgrading the main picture library with plenty of new images and features.
We also upgrade to the latest Google Storage APIs - so you should get a faster upload and download operations
Hope that new features are useful for you.
If you have any questions or comments about picto4me, please drop us a line.
The email below has been sent to all listed picto4me users:
You are receiving this email because you are listed as a picto4me user the free web application for editing and playing communication boards.
Picto4me is hosted by Google App Engine and stores project files in the user Google Drive account. Images and Audio files are stored in the format of Blob files in the App engine itself. Because Google will turned off Files API soon, you may experience errors when trying to store private media files.
We apologize without reservation,
Hope to see you all soon again,
Your friends at Picto4me
July 21, 2015
Picto4me version 1.22 has been release and some of the new features as described below:
It is now possible to set the language for searching images and the voice of pre-recorded sentences of your board (description of images and phrases in the two-level keyboard)
Just click on the File and Settings menus and then select one of the available languages: English, Portuguese (Brazil) and Spanish and voice (male or female)
Changes made in the project are valid only for the current project. It does not change settings of your Google account nor picto4me interface (text buttons and menus).
Project language and voice are used for image search and synthesizes voice only.
Picto4me interface (text on menus and buttons) changes are still being made on the Google page:
The new interface of the virtual keyboard of two levels provides a better use for individuals with low vision.
The keyboard has been expanded and audible feedback on the selection of keys was added.
During automatic scan or manual selection different sounds will be played:
Screen with group of characters (first level):
Picto4me Editor stores now the startup board image (thumbnail).
Automatic saving will not replace your current startup thumbnail. If you want to replace your current startup image, just open your project file in the editor, click on the file name and then on the save button.
The image will be displayed beside the project name when launching the Picto4Me player app.
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