Imagetalk adds support for dynamic books, modules and matrixesImagetalk/7.7.2004/A major feature upgrade has been undertaken throughout the whole Imagetalk software range. Imagetalk now supports dynamic books, modularity and several matrixes both in Imagetalk Assistant icon book management software and in the three end-user application versions. Let's have a closer look at the features.
Dynamic book for fast and easy communication
Now all Imagetalk software support dynamic folders. They are folder icons which, beside opening the folder, are also included in the message. With a chain of dynamic folders you can easily compose logically meaningful messages such as "I want to eat a banana and drink a cup of coffe." And you can do it surprisingly fast, both on the touch screen and with buttons on the smartphone. Now you can also copy and paste entire pages in the Book Editor. This feature is extremely handy when designing dynamic books.
Modularity promotes easier learning
A frequently asked request is to be able to strip the Imagetalk end-user software so that only those features and modules, which are actively used by the user, are visible. For some users the multitude of features might be distracting. With this release Imagetalk has an advanced support for modularity. The base module is always the Composer, and in the basic version you simply use the Composer as such as your face-to-face communicator.
Additional modules are Archive, Messaging and Calendaring. We have extended the module support to licencing as well. Thus, if you never need the Calendaring module, you don't have to pay the according licence fee. The same mechanism takes care of add-ons like Control, Translator and various symbol libraries. Available Imagetalk modules are easily turned on an off in Imagetalk Assistant when the icon book is updated.
Big icons on pocket computers
With the introduction of a multitude of matrixes we can now fulfill a long-awaited request, namely bigger icons in the pocket computer version. The original Imagetalk matrix is 4x3 (three rows of icons, four icons a row). It is still a very functional setup for many users, especially with the ergonomy setting turned on. However, there might be functional and visual impairment reasons for a setup with bigger icons and fewer icons on a page. In this release we support 2x2 and 3x2 matrixes with double-sized icons. By carefully planning the book content, eventually by using dynamic folders, we think that it is possible compose messages quite fast and convenient also with these new matrixes.
Book Editor supports the various matrix views. Therefore you have a match between the book constructed in Imagetalk Assistant and the book as it appears in the end-user Imagetalk applications.