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Elefant Software – a great collection of freeware

During my travels around the net I have been coming across the name Elefant Software more and more. The Italian based developers have produced a nice range of freeware with several titles attracting universal praise. Elefant software appears to concentrate mainly on applications to assist the disabled but also includes some very useful general purpose tools as well.

Listen N Write is software to assist with transcribing recorded audio. It is not speech to text and doesn’t utilize speech recognition nor automatic transcription. Listen N Write is simply a combination media player/text editor, but it is a media player with several clever enhancements which make it a great tool for transcribing from recorded audio. The player’s ‘Skip’ arrows adjust the recording forward or back just a few seconds, alleviating the frustration of trying to zero in on a particular word or phrase. Also, clicking on the ‘Pause’ button will cause the player to backtrack the recoding by one second, which helps maintain whole words and prevent truncation. With the inclusion of the full text editor, Listen N Write may not automate the transcription process but it certainly helps simplify it no end.

  • Listen N Write HOME PAGE
  • Download from FreewareBB HERE: 1.06MB
  • Portable version available: YES

Clikka Mouse is specifically designed for disabled people to use in conjunction with mouse emulators, such as head movement and/or eye pointer software. Clikka Mouse places a control bar on the left hand side of the screen with buttons representing common mouse click operations. Simply hovering the mouse cursor over the buttons will trigger the appropriate action.

DVD Slim provides a simple, easy method to create covers for a wide range of storage devices, such as; CDs, DVDs, VHSs, PS1, PS2, PS3, PSP, xBox, Nintendo Wii, BlueRay Disck and many more. After launching the software you can select a desired cover type, open and use images from the local disk, specify a title that appears on the front and on the edge of the cover then launch the printing of your project. This DVD cover utility enables customization of the cover formats, the selection of the application’s language and the searching of cover images on the Internet.

 

  • DVD Slim HOME PAGE
  • Download from FreewareBB HERE: 5.5MB
  • Portable available: YES

There is plenty more freeware available on the Elefant Software HOME PAGE, including titles such as Eye Mouse, Files Terminator and Joy To Mouse – which is designed for people with disabilities who have difficulty working with a mouse, and allows users to utilize a joystick or joypad as if it were a normal mouse. Well worth a look see.

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About the author - Jim Hillier
Managing Editor/Contest Coordinator of Daves Computer Tips - Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30 years of experience. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s. He progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PC's in the 1990s. Jim currently uses both XP and Win7. Jim has a passion for free software and hopes to share that passion with others during his tenure here!
 
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I was pleased to read the very brief ‘bio’ of Jim Hilliard. It struck parallel resonance with my own adventures into the early days of the computer world; except for the computers that we gnawed our teeth on. While you indicate that you (Jim) started on the old Tandy Radio Shack-80 I hot-footed it to my local K-Mart at the time when they brought the Timex-Sinclair 1000 to the New England area. But not too long afterward I had to have the Atari; followed by the Commodore-64, and then the C-128; and finally I went ‘big time’ with a 386. My fondest memories, however, were my many nights devotion to my C-64. (I also managed to purchase a portable C-64; the ‘laptop’ of the day. LoL!) Oh, and I took a few courses along the way: GW Basic, Pascal, Turtle graphics, and I dabbled with COBOL. Those were the days that those who followed us have no idea of the fun and dancing around the learning curve we enjoyed; right?

A very quick note of apology to Jim. I’m sorry that I didn’t ‘proof’ my little comment regarding your bio, else I would have not be having to write this note of apology for mispelling your name. Truly sorry Mr. Hillier. ~ Dane

No problem Dane – just so long as you don’t call me late for dinner! :)

Those were the days that those who followed us have no idea of the fun and dancing around the learning curve we enjoyed; right?
Oh yes Dane…too right my good man. I still had kids living at home in those good ole days, I taught myself how to program in basic and we had hours of fun playing silly little games. I even wrote a text to speech program – the kids thought it was hilarious when the computer spoke to them directly – as you say, great fun!!

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