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Review: iCommunicate


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Lisa Brandolo Johnson, a physical therapist, and Jeffrey Johnson, a software engineer, seeing the communication problems of their son, decided to develop an application for the iPhone that will help all of them to communicate. This was the origin of iCommunicate, which has incorporated many improvements up to the current version 1.65 and is now also available for the iPad. iCommunicate is part of the catalog of Grembe Apps Inc., which includes other well known applications as iReward and My Pictures Talk, which I plan to review in the near future.

iCommunicate has two main options: pictures and storyboards. The first time you run the application, it shows you the pictures tab, but you can change it so the application starts with the storyboards.

Pictures

The Pictures tab shows initially a list of just over 100 photos with their associated description text. The user can scroll up and down the list or locate a specific picture by searching with the associated text. Once found, you simply touch it and the picture gets bigger. By clicking on the picture the associated sound (usually, the spoken version of the word or words associated) is played.

If the edit mode is on –again, something that can be defined in the iCommunicate options tab– you can edit the picture by changing the associated text, recording a new audio clip and even changing the picture itself by choosing a new image from the photo album of the iPad/iPhone/iPod, from the camera roll of the iPhone/iPod (the iPad has no camera) or even from Internet by using the Google search engine, which is integrated inside the application. Similarly, you can add new pictures, each with its associated audio and text. If no audio is recorded, the iPad version of iCommunicate can convert the text associated with the picture to speech (in English).

Typically, you will create a series of pictures related to the user’s daily routine, recording for each one an audio clip. Therefore, with this feature you can create a basic PECS system (“basic” because you can not create categories of pictures) or a receptive language learning tool, to name two use examples.

Storyboards

The storyboards tab allows you to create and execute them. Each storyboard consists on a sequence of images that represents a list of actions to perform or a routine (that is, visual schedules) or even a choice board. There are two ways to create these storyboards: 10×4 (up to 10 rows, each with up to 4 pictures) and task execution (a linear sequence of up to 40 pictures). To create a storyboard, you just add pictures one by one, optionally recording a single audio clip for the entire storyboard.

When executing a 10×4 storyboard, some rows of pictures are shown, and you can scroll down to see them all, selecting any picture to hear the audio associated with, and touching the title of the storyboard in order to hear the audio clip associated with the storyboard itself (for example, a comprehensive explanation of which are the parts of the activity). The inclusion of some pictures with arrows, question marks, etc. is an interesting aid to build some sequences types, such as choice boards.

With task performance storyboards, you can see only the first picture, so you have to scroll left and right to view all the pictures, and you can touch on a picture for one second to add a checkmark on it.

Info and options

The bottom menu of iCommunicate shows two more tabs. The information tab includes a help description about how to use the application and also a native access to the webpage of Grembe Apps Inc., to their Twitter and Facebook pages and to the iTunes page on the application. These are minor details, but after seeing them I started thinking that all the applications should include these shortcuts.

The options tab allows you to block or allow the edit mode and configure the options already mentioned before. As a curiosity, to be able to modify these options, instead of entering a password you have to touch the screen five times in less than two seconds.

Happy story

iCommunicate can be used to configure a basic PECS system, and the company is working right now on adding categories, something that will improve its PECS capabilities. But for what I think iCommunicate can be more useful is as an speech learning utility (with picture prompting) and, obviously, as a storyboard or visual schedules tool. The user interface, simple but very effective –especially with the “small” screen of an iPhone– and the powerful options to incorporate images, even from the Internet without having to exit the application, are two aspects that I would like to highlight.

The application is only in English, but you will quickly understand how it works and as it allows you to edit and add pictures, write the text in the language you want and, above all, record audio, iCommunicate can be easily used by people who speak other languages.

-Francesc Sistach

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iCommunicate 1.65

Web: www.grembe.com

Developer: Grembe Apps Inc.

Languages: English.

Functions: PECS (basic), picture prompting and storyboards (or social stories / visual schedules).

iPhone/iPod touch version: Yes.

iPad version: Yes.

Price: 23,99 € / 29,99 $ for iPad, 15,99 € / 19,99 $ for iPhone.

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