|Since first released in fall 2006, Video Voice
Version 3.0 has undergone numerous changes and improvements. The software is
continually under development as we investigate and explore new ways to make it the best
computer-based speech therapy aid available. We welcome suggestions from our users
on additions and changes that will make it even more helpful to them. Many Video
Voice features and capabilities are the direct result of feedback from Speech-Language
Pathologists who are using it!
New versions of Version 3.0 are available for download. We encourage users to regularly check for updates to keep their software up-to-date. (To see which version you currently have installed, click the telephone icon on the Start-Up or Main Menu. If lower than Version 3.0.131, download the latest version!)
Many releases contain minor general improvements or bug fixes that may not be visually apparent to those using Video Voice. Others fall into a major new addition category. Significant changes and new features and capabilities that have been added over the past several years are detailed below.
|New Feature/Capability/Improvement||Version #||Released|
Displays, Free Kaledoscope Game, Facebook Link, New Low Pricing
The Kaleidoscope, Pitch Painting, Voice-A-Sketch and Magic Box games now have a Expand button that lets you increase the size of the displays for greater visual impact. (The Shrink button returns the display to normal size.
The Kaleidoscope game is now a free option, accessible from the StartUp Menu.
All cross-time displays now have vertical time lines to make viewing and assessing vocal timing easier. Grid lines around these displays also give those displays greater definition.
Graphic pitch channels have been added to both P-A-R Streaming Speech and Connected Speech to make the desired pitch range more visually concrete.
A "Both" option in P-A-R Streaming and Connected Speech displays shows volume as peaks of varying sizes and speaking pitch as colors within the peaks.
Speech Ball now has enhanced paddle animation to add greater visual interest to the game.
Graphic improvements to On The Air display add visual interest, and clickable "traffic lights" make activation and deactivation of the Formant, volume and pitch bands easier.
Volume Sensititivity control in Magic Box gives more control over reward/penalty point tally during operation.
Microphone/Audio Test functions are now more visible and accessible, making it easier to coordinate Windows and Video Voice recording and playback functions.
Link to Video Voice Facebook page. Frequent posts with sample screens and photos offer brief descriptions of operation. Like us on Facebook to see almost daily suggestions for successful use.
Reduced pricing on all system packages makes Video Voice the most comprehensive and affordable speech therapy tool available!
Model Storage, Directory Data Removal, Hidden Reward Activation control
F1/F2/F3 Spectral sound "traces" can now be stored and retrieved for practice in subsequent sessions.
Delete button on model/sample directories streamlines removal of unneeded data (previously available only via Data Management Menu option).
Hidden reward activation by therapist without visible mouse operation. See A Little Bit of Magic for details.
Support for non-English keyboards added to Fun & Games 12-Pack..
Revised P-A-R Pitch Inflection scoring.
and False Start Detection, Support Materials
New vocal onset and false start detection in all games and displays reduces premature "take off" of voicing and generally improves overall operation.
Pop-up menus provide more visibility of and easier access to built-in Solutions and Support materials and Video Voice Talk blog topics.
8 Support, Fundamental Frequency, Text Customization, New Package/Prices
Modifications to support Windows 8 and improved Windows 7 operation.
Fundamental frequency measurement to complement other Assessment capabilities.
Customization of on-screen reward text and other text prompts to correspond with user-modified audios.
Goal scoring in the Formant Multi-Frequency Gobble game makes display more effective for therapy use.
Enhanced trace capture for practice in Formant Multi-Frequency Spectral display.
Added access to F2/F1 and Multi-Frequency (F3/F2) Gobble displays directly from Formant Menu to make reaching this powerful feedback mode easier.
Simultaneous display of pitch and volume in P-A-R Connected Speech, with volume shown as peaks and pitch in spectrum colors.
New Streaming Speech P-A-R display, provides live, "marching" display of pitch, volume or both pitch (as color) and volume.
New Fun & Games 12-Pack makes games available at a lower price for those with limited budgets or interest in only game practice options.
Revised internal documentation (Help).
Reduced pricing on all software packages.
|More Audio Prompt
Additional customization of audio prompts for voicing, congratulatory messages and replay phrases, allows therapist to save recordings in caseload data folders for personalization of operation to individual students/clients.
Prompts, Spectral Display Revision, Price Reduction
Users can now customize audio prompts for voicing ("Say [target]", "Speak Now"), congratulatory messages and other replay phrases from the Configuration Menu-Auditory Feedback option.
The Formant Multi-Frequency Spectral Display's live feedback on F1/F2/F3 have been revamped, featuring smoother representation of voice data and trace lines showing averages within the three frequency ranges. Trace lines can be frozen to act as models for practice.
Improved handling of alternate keyboard languages in the International/Simplified operating mode, translation of buttons and controls for localization with French and Spanish keyboards.
New Solutions document offering guidelines for fluency work.
Fix for ugly lock-up bug in articulation model-match games.
New lower price on all configurations (Professional, Home, etc)!
|New Formant and P-A-R Displays,
New Formant Display Spectral Display provides live feedback on F1, F2, and F3 aspects of speech production, especially useful for work on /r/, /s/, /sh/ and other sustainable sounds. (Released in preliminary form.)
P-A-R Streaming Speech, displays pitch, volume or simultaneous pitch and volume, with pitch illustrated by color. At end of 3, 5 or 10-second sample time, data collected begins moving off screen as new data sampled. Monitors and reports voicing time, and time/percentage above or below user-defined goals.
Link to new Video Voice Talk blog, with discussions of various aspects of Video Voice use, history, and more. Check it out!
New operating mode supports both Latin and non-Latin keyboard languages, such as Arabic and Hebrew. Includes access to all games and displays with model, therapist and student/client names displayed in the active keyboard language. Translations to French and Spanish text in displays and games. Simpler operation does not allow storage of models or score data or reporting. The International/Simplied version is available at a reduced price.
|Resizable Screen Displays
Allows temporary adjustment of the screen to make the displays larger or smaller while running Video Voice, while maintains the original Windows settings and shortcut icon positions on exit. Smaller sizes include a sidebar providing easy access to built-in PDF support documents such as Solutions pages that offer suggestions for work on common speech goals.
|Operation in Windows Domain
Improved support for use in a domain networked structure.
|Alternate Language Text Input
Automatically identifies user's keyboard style and language, allows user-entered text (names, model names, report comments, etc) in that language, including RTL-oriented languages such as Arabic and Hebrew. (Added at user request.)
|Full 64- and 32-bit
Various modifications to support operation on both 64- and 32-bit computers with Windows 7 and Vista operating systems.
|Sound Articulation Game Options
New options in Chat-N-U-Go Choo-Choo, Voice-A-Sketch and R-Ticulator games provide feedback on high-frequency and other user-selectable and definable sounds.
|Get Update Button
This new button on the Main Menu makes it easy to keep Video Voice up-to-date as new versions are released. It opens the user's Internet browser to the Current Release page on www.videovoice.com and allows download of a new version.
|Expanded Game Rewards,
New options added to the Fun & Games Game Preferences Menu to give users greater control over reward appearance. "Static" reward control removes blinking, flashing and other animation from rewards. New reward graphics are available, and the Preview button allows advance viewing of rewards and selection or deactivation of graphics. (New controls added at user request.)
In the Bulls Eye! game (formerly Bombs Away!), a new Game Selection Options control lets therapists control which games appear in the game menu, allowing "violent" game options to be hidden.
|New Fun & Games Graphics
New graphics and animations added to the Chat-N-U-Go Choo-Choo game. In addition to antique and modern trains, you can choose automobiles with selectable colors and styles which move from tunnel to tunnel, or a horse that gallops around a corral. (New game graphics added at user request.)
|Laser Master Game Operation
Operation of the Fun & Games option modified so that laser beam can be activated by pitch, volume, or both (formerly both correct pitch and volume were required). Voicing at the desired pitch/volume moves the target off the screen, rather than ending with an explosion. (Added at user request.)
|Formant Multi-Frequency and
Three new Formant displays added, which visually illustrate differences in high-frequency sounds such as /s/ and /sh/. Includes a Spectrogram providing frequency details for therapist assessment of sound production. Spectrographic data can be stored and used in F3/F2/F1 Temporal Match Practice displays, also in the F3/F2 Matrix Match format and its live-feedback Gobble counterpart.
|Spheres, New Formant Display
Display control added for F2/F1 Formant Matrix Display, allowing sound data to be visually represented as colored spheres, useful for work on vowels in isolation or coarticulated with other sounds. Therapist can easily switch between "Patterns" and "Spheres" Styles.
|Voice-A-Sketch, My Own Pictures
Ability to use any .jpg images stored in the user's My Pictures folder as graphics in the Voice-A-Sketch game added, allowing therapist to customize game for optimal motivation of any student or patient. (Added at user request.)
Viewable/printable PDF documents with recommendations on using games and displays for working on various common speech goals added to Main Menu.
|"Help Me Choose"
Interactive menu added to facilitate selection of and access to games and display activities most appropriate for common speech goals.
|Export/Import Options on Data
Management Menu, New Reward Graphics
Ability to Export and Import individual student/patient data files or entire therapist data folders added, allowing transfer of models and related data to different computers. (Added at user request.)
Variety of new reward graphics added to enhance enjoyment of the displays and games.
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