OK-Writer: Word Processing for Kids
OK-Writer is a word processor designed for young children to grow up with. Every editor window has an easy-to-use button-driven interface that lets them write stories and be creative with ease. They can then save and print out their stories, and even have them read aloud by the computer.
However, OK-Writer still offers all the standard features expected in a basic word processor, including a spell checker, complete access to font and style settings, the ability to insert graphics into stories, and much more. These options are all available through the pull-down menus, and are available when your child is ready to use them.
OK-Writer also features “Speak As You Type,” a fun and educational feature that you can enable in the preferences. With this feature, OK-Writer can receite aloud the keys, words, and sentences as your child types them (in any combination). This can help new readers learn words, and can be of value to visually impaired students as well.
OK-Writer was designed from the ground up for Mac OS X 10.3 “Panther” or later. OK-Writer is also a Universal Binary, running natively on both PowerPC and Intel based Macintosh computers.
OK-Writer is shareware, and costs only $10 for a single-home license. This license lets you install the software on every Macintosh in your home. Schools may buy a site license that allows OK-Writer to be installed on every Macintosh on a single campus, including school-owned laptops that go home with teachers or students. The site license costs $150.
OK-Writer doesn’t have reminder notices to remind you to pay; we don’t feel that it’s appropriate to confuse children with nagging messages. Instead, we count on the honesty of parents and teachers to pay for the product if they choose to keep the software for more than a 10-day trial period.
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Either way, OK-Writer is available for purchase either as a download or on CD-ROM; visit our online store to buy.
For technical support, or if you have questions about or would like to make suggestions for ways to improve OK-Writer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Typing the letter “a” with letter-by-letter speech enabled no longer says “aye” on Leopard when using the new Alex voice. Also, you can now set the default font in the preferences, and there’s a new preference that lets you disable the “Start Over” button to help keep small kids out of trouble. In addition, you can now configure the default folder to save stories into.
Fixed a bug that caused layout problems when printing some documents. The margins should now be handled better and should no longer sometimes clip off text on the right edge.
Added the new (optional) “Speak as You Type” feature, that lets OK-Writer read aloud what you’re typing while you type it. Also added a preference to turn off the sound effects, and replaced a couple of sound effects that, while fun, were distracting in classroom environments. You can also now select a default font size.
Fixed a bug that caused OK-Writer to crash when trying to open a saved story file on some computers. Also, added a French localization courtesy of Roland Tournier. And, as a final touch, OK-Writer is now a Universal Binary, which can be run natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macintosh systems.
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