At $14.99, the app I’m highlighting here isn’t free, nor is it what I would normally refer to as low-cost. For the user who really needs it, it’s probably a bargain! I like TYP-O’s slogan: “Writing is for Everybody!“
TYP-O HD is an iOS app that works on all three Apple devices–iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. In my view, it functions best on the iPad’s larger screen. It is a versatile set of four tools that support written output.
First, there is excellent word prediction with text-to-speech. This means that the writer can hear what a suggested word sounds like before selecting it. Secondly, the user has the option of entering text with voice recognition. There is also an effective spell checker. Finally, the writer can review his work by listening to it with the built-in text-to-speech.
Written work created in TYP-O can be sent to the clipboard and then copied into another app. Or, it can be shared via email. If hard copy is required, it can also be printed directly from the app.
The developers continue to improve TYP-O. The app has evolved and improved considerably since I first became aware of it. The only downside I’ve discovered is that it takes up a large amount of memory on the device–a whopping 1.9 GB. This means that updates take time and require a good Internet connection.
I’ve embedded a screenshot of TYP-O’s interface. Below that is a video that demonstrates the app in action.