About LayoutKitchen

LayoutKitchen® is an editor for SwitchXS® scan panels, KeyStrokes® keyboards and Proloquo® speech panels. SwitchXS users can use LayoutKitchen to create their own scan panels (sometimes also referred to as scan keyboards or scan arrays) with just those keys, controls and functions they need, thereby greatly enhancing the power and versatility of SwitchXS. KeyStrokes 4 users can use LayoutKitchen to design custom keyboards with images, colors and fonts to taste and with a variety of keys and functions.

Proloquo users can use LayoutKitchen to create their own speech panels for easy access of commonly used phrases or, when images are used on the buttons, to build communication panels for people who cannot read or write. LayoutKitchen is included with SwitchXS, KeyStrokes 4, and Proloquo 2.

LayoutKitchen provides many advanced features to create highly customized panels with colored background, labels and buttons, with all kinds of images, and with a variety of powerful functions. Yet, LayoutKitchen is easy to use. Beginners can start by reusing buttons from existing panels and create more complex panels as they become comfortable with LayoutKitchen. To accommodate a variety of users, LayoutKitchen provides both mouse-based (drag and drop) and keyboard-based interfaces (keyboard shortcuts) for many actions and also includes functions making it easier for switch users to design their own panels with limited mouse use.

A great companion to LayoutKitchen is PCS for LayoutKitchen, which you can purchase separately. PCS for LayoutKitchen contains a collection of over 8000 Picture Communication Symbols™ from Mayer-Johnson that can be used with LayoutKitchen to design speech panels for Proloquo as well as scanning panels for SwitchXS and keyboards for KeyStrokes. These industry-standard picture symbols are in color and fully-resizable.

LayoutKitchen key-features

- Layout editor for SwitchXS, Proloquo and now for KeyStrokes. [Enhanced in LayoutKitchen 2]

- Supports coloring of panel background, button labels and buttons.

- Supports full-color images of any size on buttons in many graphic formats (including PNG, TIFF, JPEG, PSD, PDF).

- Adjustable text font, size and style per button.

- Provides drag and drop editing of buttons, colors and images.

- Includes advanced functions to organize and arrange buttons. [Enhanced in LayoutKitchen 2]

- Allows a wide range of functions to be assigned to buttons, from speech to text to AppleScripts and keyboard macros. [Enhanced in LayoutKitchen 2]

- Includes a quick-access searchable image browser with over 600 images included. [Enhanced in LayoutKitchen 2]

- Includes a quick-access button browser. [New in LayoutKitchen 2]

- Works with the over 8000 Picture Communication Symbols™ from Mayer-Johnson, available for separate purchase as PCS for LayoutKitchen.

- Universal Binary. [New in LayoutKitchen 2.1]
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