FreeVOCA is a simple free app for Windows, OSX and iPad which allows us to publish some of the AAC sound boards accumulated during the PhotoVOCA project.
March 2016 Update – Version 2.0
Now available in the app store – and for Windows/OSX below.
- Added a couple more single button pages and a few larger boards including Space Sounds, Weather, Tones, Pirate Chat, Robot Battler etc.
- Rigged the buttons to re-trigger sound rather than toggle on/off as this is better for sound play and ‘babble’.
- Changed the switch settings label in iOS to ‘Legacy Switch’ to distinguish this mode from iOS Switch Control.
Boards were mostly created for youngsters with emergent communication intent and purposeful sound play, although some contributions are intended for classroom and home use – replacing mid tech AAC.
The PhotoVOCA Project is stalled currently and the main app is no longer available for new users. iOS version 2.4 is still available to existing users through iTunes. New installations are still possible for those from the project with Ad Hoc privileges. We’ll review the project again in 2017.
FreeVOCA doesn’t include editing, so I can keep it updated easily on all the platforms single-handed. We’re converting another 50 or so boards at the moment – a little behind on this project too as usual! – but there’s already an interesting selection available.
All versions of the app are free downloads. Single switch scanning is provided on all editions and dwell selection for head mice and eye gaze is an option on OSX and Windows.