Co:Writer App Available

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Co:Writer App

Familiar with Co:Writer software, the word prediction software from Don Johnston, Inc.? It’s gone mobile – the Co:Writer app is now available for iPhone/iPad (17.99).

Although I have not had a chance to work with it yet, here are some of the features available in their  mobile, word prediction app as featured in iTunes:

Word Prediction

Co:Writer predicts the intended word with a selection of word suggestions using powerful grammar-smart word prediction. These suggestions can be read aloud with a swipe. Selecting the intended word places it into the document. For feedback while writing (and after writing) built-in text to speech can be used to read letters, words, sentences, and the entire document.

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Co:Writer has access to a main prediction dictionary (that includes core words) and Topic Dictionaries (that includes topic specific words).
Samples of the variety of topic dictionaries:
– America’s Cup
– Apple II
– Compare and Contrast
– Dinosaurs
– Grumpy Cat
– History of the Peloponnesian War
– Mahatma Gandhi
– My Dog
– Pig Latin
– Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
– SpongeBob SquarePants
– Tommy (album)
– Wonders of the World

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Spelling Support
Co:Writer handles the widest range of spelling mistakes through its Flexspell™technology including phonetic spelling and inventive spelling errors (letter omissions, word ending omissions, letter reversals, etc).

Examples of how Co:Writer aides with phonetic and/or inventive spelling:
Before Co:Writer
1. The blk jargon flu over the bra lfnt.
2. R u hpy to ce me?
3. I no hw to nor the fone.
After Co:Writer
1. The black dragon flew over the gray elephant.
2. Are you happy to see me?
3. I know how to answer the phone.

Grammar Support
Co:Writer bases its prediction off of proper grammar, and uses its understanding of grammar to accurately predict words within the framework of valid sentence structures.
Examples of how Co:Writer aides with grammar:
1. Dogs are furry. (noun, verb, adj.) – When you typed d-o, you get plural noun choices
2. Three very mangy dogs ran down the street. (adj., adv., adj., noun, verb… etc.) – After typing three, very, mangy, you get plural noun choices, then you get plural verb tenses.

Text to Speech

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Work Flow

Work Flow options includes Dropbox, Google Drive, social media, email, messaging, printing and saving/copying (?) from Co:Writer . Great options for schools. CoWriter pic4

Many of the features of the desktop software appears integrated into the Co:Writer mobile app. Sure hope to give it a drive soon. Has anyone had a chance to trial it?

This looks like a great addition to a students, teachers or OT mTool Kit !

Wouldn’t it be great to have Draftbuilder on a mobile device???


About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, ATP, CATIS

OTR/L with more than 35 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 20 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary, post secondary students and work environments for adult clients. A RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner with ACVREP CATIS credentials, AOTA Specialty Certification in Low Vision, USC Davis Executive Certificate in Home Modifications, servicing adults and students with disabilities in employment, education, and home environments. A 2020 graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham Low Vision Certification Program.
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