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Version 1.1 of SwiftBraille for blind is released

SwiftBraille keyboard in the landscape mode

Before days ago, a new version with number (1.1) has been released with more than +25 features and fixes. Earlier, we’ve released another four beta versions which were being tested by tester from SwiftBraille development team on Facebook, you can also join the testing program as described in this post.

Let’s take a quick and focused look into what’s new in this version, the full list is described in “What’s new page“.

Operations Bars

Operations Bars feature

The most needed feature has been added in this version! A set of buttons will be available for doing some other operations like: Copy/Paste/Remove/Backspace texts, change the keyboard types and languages, hide the keyboard or type a space. You can now get rid of using gestures, or even using the popup menu.

You can easily activate the operations bars from advanced settings screen, details are described here.

Full isolation between SwiftBraille and screen readers TTS

SwiftBraille TTS from settings screen

As the screen reader and SwiftBraille were using the same TTS, and that makes some of interruptions in speech the messages or written letters, the user now is able to select a default TTS for SwiftBraille itself! Once the screen reader is activated, the TTS of the screen reader will speech the texts, otherwise, the selected TTS of SwiftBraille will speech the texts.

You can select a default TTS of SwiftBraille from settings screen, more details described here.

Related features to speed up typing process

More features have been added as well to speed up the typing process with SwiftBraille:

– Supporting multi-touch feature with more than two fingers.

– The user can type: Comma, full stop, question mark, exclamation mark, and apostrophe from letters keyboards type.

– The user can change the start position of Braille dots, to be started from right to left, not from left to right as the Braille cell represented, you can activate that from settings screen.

– The numbers keyboard will be shown automatically if the input text just accepts numbers inputs.

– Using Braille indicators codes to move between keyboard types:

* In English small letters keyboard, if you typed Braille dot number 6, that will move you to English capital letters keyboard.

* Indicator: 3, 4, 5, 6 will move the user to the numbers keyboard.

* Indicator: 5, 6 will move the user to the special symbols keyboard.

More details about indicators feature, described here.

Settings screen, more customized

General Settings of SwiftBraille

The settings screen now more organized and more customized! Removed the seek bars as they’re difficult to work with them in screen readers, and replaced with drop down menus. Also, you can now set a radius for Braille dots or keyboard height in either portrait or landscape modes.

The new version is available for free on Google play store, give it a try from this link. If you would like to view the full list of changes for the current version, please visit “What’s new” page.

At the end of this post, I would like to thank everyone who makes this project to be better for all blind or visually impaired, your suggestions, testing beta versions, make this project better and better for all. You can also join the testing program, by reading this post.


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