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Dasher

Dasher

Dasher is an open source information-efficient text-entry interface, driven by natural continuous pointing gestures.

Dasher is a zooming predictive text entry system designed for situations where keyboard input is not practical (for accessibility reasons, on a palmtop or wearable computer, when operating a computer one-handed, by joystick, touchscreen, trackball, mouse or when operating a computer with no hands (i.e. by head-mouse or by eyetracker).

The eyetracking version of Dasher allows an experienced user to write text as fast as normal handwriting - 25 words per minute; using a mouse, experienced users can write at 39 words per minute.

Dasher uses a more advanced prediction algorithm than the T9 system often used in mobile phones, making it sensitive to surrounding context.

Dasher is designed to help people with physical difficulties and therefore this is where it is most accessible.

 Dasher 4.11

Price
Free to download

Size
8.0MB
License

GNU GPL v2

Developer
The Dasher Project

Website
inference.phy.cam.ac.uk

System Requirements
Expat XML parser
GTK+ 2.6 or higher

Optional:
GNOME
GNOME Speech
Libcanna

Support Sites:
Tips

Selected Reviews:
Better Living Through Technology

Features include:

  • Employs an intelligent prediction engine
  • Mode-free: the user does not need to switch from a writing mode to an "accept-model-predictions" mode
  • Easy to train the model on any writing style
  • Two-push, one button, dynamic mode
  • Alphabet descriptions for over 150 languages
  • Letter colours settings
  • Training files in all languages
  • Support for USB joystick control

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