updated 02:50 pm EST, Mon January 21, 2008
AssistiveWare says it has released updates for three of its main programs. KeyStrokes, the company's predictive on-screen keyboard, is now in version 4; the main change is the addition of LayoutKitchen, which lets users create custom keyboards that can incorporate things such as voice commands, program launches and AppleScripts. The software also includes new Spanish and Russian dictionaries. KeyStrokes requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later, and costs $300.
LayoutKitchen itself is now in its second version, and has a new drag-and-drop button browser, as well as a SmartSnap feature. The image browser has meanwhile been opened up for search, and provides access to over 600 stock graphics. The software is a free update for use in other apps (see above and below) and requires Mac OS X 10.3.
Functioning similarly to KeyStrokes, SwitchXS allows the disabled to use Mac OS X without a physical keyboard, and has been updated to v2.5. This too includes LayoutKitchen, but has been made a Universal Binary, and should have full compatibility with Mac OS X Leopard. The program runs on Mac OS X 10.4 or higher, and is a free update or $300 new.