SwitchXS
SwitchXS 2.5.2b1
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Keyboard & mouse emulator for disabled users.   Demo ($299.00)
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SwitchXS provides virtually complete access to Mac OS X and all standard Mac applications for people who can only use one or more switches. It offers full mouse and keyboard emulation by means of a so-called scanning mode. With each click on the switch the user selects an action, such as "move the cursor up" or "type B", from a "scanning" menu. SwitchXS is typically used by people who are, for example, quadriplegic due to an accident, or suffering from neuromotor diseases such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) with very limited limb movement.
What's New
Version 2.5.2b1:
  • Added compatibility with OS X 10.7.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.6 or later



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Anonymous reviewed on 29 Apr 2005
Anonymous, If we follow that logic, we come up with these questions:

Why should disabled people have to pay for wheelchairs so they can move around like "the rest of us."

Why should disabled people have to pay to get access ramps and other accessible options made for their houses?

So, what this leads us to, is that you must think disabled people shouldn't have to pay for ANYTHING since they are, well, disabled?

Have you even looked at the price of ANY other disability access solutions? For the computer or otherwise?

A quick lesson in economics, shall we? Now, let's assume for a moment the majority of the populous is not disabled. Software and devices for the handicap is what we call a niche market, I'm sure it's a billion dollar a year industry, but it's still niche. Now, Macintosh SOFTWARE for Disabled People is a niche within a niche, see where I'm going with this? The people WRITING this software, and making the HeadMice, and other things have a very small market to sell too, therefor they have to inflate the cost of the devices in order to cover their overhead.

Next time you go to the store, look and see how many handicapped parking spaces there are, compared to regular parking spaces, that should give you an idea of the market size.

-timb
[Version 2.0]

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Joel Mueller replied on 14 Jul 2005
It would seem to me, based on people that I know well, that "disabled people" wouldn't want you to pity or look down on them just because of their "situation."

The question why they should have to pay extra for certain things is the same as asking why anyone should be anything extra. It's because it's costs whoever's making it time and money. I see no difference and look down on no disabled person in this respect.

But now we're not talking about the software SwitchXS, which is what this forum is for.
burypromote


Anonymous reviewed on 17 Feb 2005
This is to once and for all explain why this software is not free or cheap.

In an ideal world this kind of software should perhaps be free, but it is better that someone takes the time to develop it (and thus needs to earn an income by selling it) than that the software does not exist at all. It took two years to develop SwitchXS for Mac OS X and given the small market for these kinds of products (not everyone uses a Mac and those needing this kind of software form an even smaller group), it is not possible to sell it for less. And, it is still cheaper than comparable products for Windows (a much larger market). Also, if someone is short on cash there are all kinds of ways to get software like this funded.

I think that in the long run everyone is better off if the software generates enough income to allow continued investment in further development. Having free or cheap software that is not updated to add new effort-saving features or is made compatible when new OS releases come out does not serve anyone much. SwitchXS as of this writing has been available for 1.5 years and has seen 6 free updates and I am already working on the next one.

SwitchXS is NOT made to gain a quick buck. The price is not set to made profit, just to gain enough income to continue further development and let SwitchXS make a difference in people's lifes.

davidn.
[Version 1.6]


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Anonymous reviewed on 18 Oct 2004
why should people with disababilities pay over $200 so they can use computers like the rest of us?
[Version 1.6]


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Irradiated-Software rated on 02 Jul 2011

[Version 2.5.1]


Downloads:4,965
Version Downloads:1,511
Type:Education : Teaching Tools
License:Demo
Date:04 Aug 2011
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $299.00
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SwitchXS provides virtually complete access to Mac OS X and all standard Mac applications for people who can only use one or more switches. It offers full mouse and keyboard emulation by means of a so-called scanning mode. With each click on the switch the user selects an action, such as "move the cursor up" or "type B", from a "scanning" menu. SwitchXS is typically used by people who are, for example, quadriplegic due to an accident, or suffering from neuromotor diseases such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) with very limited limb movement.

SwitchXS provides a number of predefined scanning panels that the user can choose to move the cursor, click, and type into all standard Mac applications. It also allows the user to set scanning speed and cycling, mouse speed, and SmartTransparency?, which makes the scanning panel partially or fully transparent when no scan is taking place to enjoy optimum use of screen real-estate. SwitchXS works with any HID compliant USB gamepad, joystick and keyboard, and also with any HID compliant USB mouse or trackball. SwitchXS also works with USB switch interfaces emulating any of the above devices.

SwitchXS is localized in english, French and Japanese, but also works with most other languages.


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