Attainment has been making augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) tools for 25 years. Our experience is front and center in GoTalk NOW, a flexible, easy-to-use, yet powerful app for people who have difficulty speaking.
NOW combines the simplicity of GoTalks (Attainment’s popular original AAC device) with the dynamic capabilities of an iPad. GoTalk NOW has all the essentials of an effective AAC app, like adjustable page layouts, customizable navigation, recorded and text-to-speech capabilities, and an included symbol set. But we sweated the details to create unique and compelling features that clearly separate NOW from other AAC apps.
The new NOW offers three styles of communication pages: Standard, Express, and Scenes. In Standard pages, the action occurs when the location is pressed. In Express pages, recorded or text-to-speech messages build in a speech bar and play in sequence when the bar is pressed. Scene pages are built around a single photo or image. When you arrange invisible hotspots over people or objects in the photo, the hotspots play speech, music, or videos! Feel free to mix and match pages within a communication book.
Create as many communication books as you need, each with unique settings and unlimited pages. Then share these books with other users via WiFi, and back them up for safekeeping via Dropbox or any Mac/PC. Envision the impact of blending video, music, and jump to actions among your pages. How cool is it to have your own private online galley to store and save your templates (up to five communication pages) for free, and to email these templates to parents and colleagues! Plus, GoTalk NOW is a full-feature scanning app!
• Choose 1, 2, 4, 9, 16, 25 or 36 locations per page.
• Use images from your iPad camera, photo library, or the Imagine Symbol set.
• Search the Internet in-app for the perfect image or icon.
• Purchase SymbolStix or Widgit Symbols libraries in-app.
• Crop, scale, or rotate an image using your fingers.
• Combine multiple images in a single communication location.
• Color pages, borders, and text with any hue.
• Move and size text with your fingers so it feels just right.
• Record your voice or use our free text-to-speech voice.
• Buy higher quality voices for only 99 cents each, available in over 20 languages.
• Add spoken labels (auditory cues) to any button. Great for scanning, guiding visually impaired users, and identifying any new or difficult vocabulary.
• Trim videos in-app, and play them from any communication location.
• Select our alternate video interface to pause or exit the video easily.
• Link songs from your playlist to any communication location and control them with Pause/Play, Next, and Previous.
• Include a core vocabulary button for extra quick access to important messages.
• Create multimedia social stories and step-by-step instruction layouts by linking pages with an after action.
• Share complete communication books via WiFi with any iPad user who has NOW.
• Back up communication books via Dropbox or to any Mac or PC for safekeeping.
• Store and share interactive templates (each including speech, video, text, and jump to links) on our online gallery for free.
• Download and edit premade templates from Attainment’s collection on the public gallery, also free.
• Email links to your templates to parents and colleagues, who can open the template on their iPad by tapping on the link.
• Print and save communication book layouts via PDFs.
• Access Now with single or two-switch scanning.
GoTalk NOW participates in Apple's Volume Purchasing Program for Education in the United States.
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• The Online Template Gallery has reopened! Create your own templates and share them with the world in a Public Gallery. Or upload them to a Private Gallery to share with family, friends, and colleagues. Templates are created and shared in the Page Editor.
• New text-to speech voices in Spanish and English are available for purchase! Valeria and Emilio join the list of premium children's voices available in the app.
• Bug fixes and improvements throughout.
Ratings and Reviews
Drains battery without warning
While the app is great and helps my son tremendously, we are finding that this app has a serious flaw. Every few days, without warning, the app will suddenly consume the iPad battery.
We use an iPad exclusively for GoTalkNow and turn on Guided Access so it is the only app that can be used. Every now and then, the iPad battery drains at an incredible rate, with this app being the only thing on. These drains always occur when the iPad is not in use. Looking at the battery plot from the past 24 hours shows a drop from 75% to 0 in the span of about 4 hours each time, starting with a sudden spike in GoTalkNow activity. This often occurs in the middle of the night!
For a $100 app, this flaw is quite infuriating...
I love it BUT,
please , every time ipad got broken I had to make pages again I would like to save everything in google drive but says “Its disable can you please fix it , please , I need to fix my ipad and
I wouldn’t like to lost everything I did , if this is fixed it really deserves 5 stars, everything else is perfect;)
Updated version gone bad. Help
The app is awesome but the only reason why I gave it one star is because I purchased GoTalk for my son 3 years ago, an update was done on my app and I saw the new downloads available so I downloaded the 36 core words and added to my book BUT now I lost all of my sons original pictures and text to voice. Every time I open the app it only takes me directly to the core words and I can’t even edit any pages. I’m so upset because this wasn’t a cheap app and now how in the world can my son communicate. If anyone can offer help on how to reverse this to my original app I would be most appreciative.
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- Attainment Company, Inc.
- 231.4 MB
- Requires iPadOS 9.0 or later.
English, Arabic, Czech, Danish, Finnish, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian
- Age Rating
- © 2011 Attainment Company
- In-App Purchases
- Kenny $0.99
- Tracy $0.99
- Ryan $0.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.