Co:Writer Universal 4+

Don Johnston Incorporated

Designed for iPad

    • 2.6 • 15 Ratings
    • Free



Co:Writer® Universal app and third-party keyboard gives students easy access to word prediction on iPad, iPad Pro, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Students simply sign in to their Co:Writer Universal accounts to write with their personal settings and vocabulary.


This version is for schools with a Co:Writer Universal license only. Users without a Co:Writer Universal license must purchase the Co:Writer app.

As letters are typed, Co:Writer predicts the intended word with a selection of word suggestions using powerful grammar-smart word prediction. These suggestions can be read aloud with a swipe. Selecting the intended word places it into the writing document. For feedback while writing (and after writing) built-in text to speech can be used to read letters, words, sentences, and the entire document.

Co:Writer has access to a main prediction dictionary (that includes core words) and Topic Dictionaries (that includes topic specific words). Co:Writer can access over 4 million topic-specific dictionaries which are activated based on the writing task.

A small sampling of the variety of topic dictionaries:
- America's Cup
- Apple II
- Compare and Contrast
- Dinosaurs
- Grumpy Cat
- History of the Peloponnesian War
- Mahatma Gandhi
- My Dog
- Pig Latin
- Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
- SpongeBob SquarePants
- Tommy (album)
- Wonders of the World

Co:Writer handles the widest range of spelling mistakes through its Flexspell™technology including phonetic spelling and inventive spelling errors (letter omissions, word ending omissions, letter reversals, etc).

Examples of how Co:Writer aides with phonetic and/or inventive spelling:
Before Co:Writer
The blk jargon flu over the bra lfnt.
R u hpy to ce me?
I no hw to nor the fone.
After Co:Writer
The black dragon flew over the gray elephant.
Are you happy to see me?
I know how to answer the phone.

Co:Writer bases its prediction off of proper grammar, and uses its understanding of grammar to accurately predict words within the framework of valid sentence structures.
Examples of how Co:Writer aides with grammar:
Dogs are furry. (noun, verb, adj.) - When you typed d-o, you get plural noun choices
Three very mangy dogs ran down the street. (adj., adv., adj., noun, verb… etc.) - After typing three, very, mangy, you get plural noun choices, then you get plural verb tenses.

- Built-in Text to Speech
- Export

What’s New

Version 2.0.15

Just some bug fixes to keep everything running nicely.

Ratings and Reviews

2.6 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Vickytkd ,

Disappointing,, worse than old cowriter versions.

I am a veteran OT who has used Co-Writer off and on for 20+ years.
I recently downloaded this "new, improved" version for an 8 year old child with CP. the word predictions are not age specific. Even with vocabulary parameters set at the lowest level, when this 8 yr old child tries to spell about,, it predicts "abortion". It does nothing to autocorrect misspelling/ mis-keyed strokes. Nothing at all. Even my cell phone does a better job with suggestions.
I was very hopeful that this would be great for him and the best feature is that the word predictions are editable for size... Very disappointing.

atteam ,

Customize keyboard

I wish i could customize the keyboard for students with visual impairments.

drowlandhh ,

Seems buggy

The predictive boxes are blank for me but will insert a word when I tap them. It would be nice to know what the words are before I select them though! I also tried the Chrome extension and had the same experience, blank predictive boxes. I’d love to see the words it is suggesting, but maybe that’s too much to ask.

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