This is a growing collection of accessible software, designed to be either useful or educational. The larger programs with sounds and visuals come with a self installer. This is a simple and lightweight installer with absolutely no addware or unwanted toolbars. Simply download and run.
The smaller programs come as a one file executable. After downloading, you can place these in a folder of your choice. Perhaps create a folder called Rocky Waters in your documents folder. You can run the programs from there, or if you want, you can set a short cut to the executable file.
This program is a model of our solar system. Primarily an educational tool, it is also fun to use. It has low vision graphics, music, and audio output, including an audio description of the working model. The program has screen reader support, with auto detection of an active screen reader. The model is scientifically accurate, in that the sizes of planets, speeds of planets, and distance of orbits are all accurately scaled relative to Earth. As the 4 outer gas planets are much more distant and go slower than the 4 inner rocky planets, there is a zoom out and speed up feature. There is also an orbit tracer to track the motion of each planet. The program comes with much information about geology, atmosphere, temperatures, moons and myths and legends for each planet. The music is the planet suite by Holst. I am hoping you find this program both interesting and informative. The program comes with a self installer and full instructions are available within the program.
Designed for the low vision user, this utility gives a full screen block of numerous colours. Enjoy mixing lights or mixing up paints. The colours are named along with the primary ingredients. It has both SAPI and screen reader support. It is as much an educational tool as a game. I am hoping it either helps folks see colours, or helps explain colours. The program comes with a self installer and the user can access the instructions at any time.
This program is an easy to use, but powerful, encryption machine. These days, most folks have many passwords and other confidential information. Remembering them all becomes a hassle and keeping them secure is not easy. Using a pen and paper is not ideal and also not an option for people with a visual impairment. This password scrambler will enable you to encrypt passwords, short phrases or whole files, be it your diary or a copy of your will. You can safely keep these where you like, either on an external hard drive or on your computer. You can then unscramble what you want, when you want. Version 1 of this program had 12 encryption wheels and survived a competition with a $100 reward to crack a code. However, this version 2 release has 24 encryption wheels, shuffles wheels and has unlimited length of master password. Choose a strong master password and rest assured, your data is safe. This utility comes as a single executable file and takes the user through the instructions as it runs.
This short utility enables you to capture any text to speech voice and save the output to a wave file for later use. It can be used for saving short messages for games, saving notes to hand out to your students, saving wave files for presentations, or listening to your lecture notes on your daily commute into college. It can convert text from the clipboard, from the keyboard or from a whole text file. If you wish to change the voice simply select whatever SAPI5 voices you have installed in the control panel. The utility comes as a single file executable and the instructions are presented step by step as the program runs. The Quick Recorder is a command line version specifically for developers of games, and is zipped with its own instructions.
I am currently considering my next project. Under consideration is an accessible diary, an accessible address book, and a passsword keeper to accompany the password scrambler. I would most welcome any suggestions of other accessible utilities that you would find useful.
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