Present Pal works on your smartphone or tablet like a set of interactive flashcards. The presentation App displays no more than 3-5 key bullet points on the screen at once, breaking down the information of a script. This is the suggested optimum level of detail per page for an individual with dyslexia.
Present Pal notes can be typed via the keyboard or can be entered via speech-to-text functions.
Present Pal guides users through their presentation with the current bullet point appearing significantly larger than the others around it; helping users to resume their place once they have made eye contact with their audience. This feature also allows users to see their presentation’s structure clearly and to anticipate what comes next, supporting their processing skills.
Pop up bubbles
Pop up bubbles act as a safety net to store extra information and images that the presenter may otherwise have forgotten. For example, if the presenter begins to stutter and forgets what they intended to say during their presentation, they can simply tap on the ‘pop up’ icon to access extended notes or images to trigger their memory. Pop up bubbles were ranked as the number 1 feature by students with SpLDs in our University of Glasgow study.
Users can personalise their visual stress options by choosing from colour overlays and fonts. Overlay colours are proven to significantly improve reading speed and comfort and fonts such as Open Dyslexic were specifically designed to ease reading difficulties for people with SpLDs. With a choice of 11 colour overlays, 8 fonts and an option to reduce or enlarge font size, users can personalise the App to decide which options give them the least visual stress.
Microsoft PowerPoint Integration
Present Pal has the ability to link with the user's desktop through a mobile hotspot to retrieve existing PowerPoint files. This link allows PowerPoint content to be transferred across to the user's smartphone or tablet. Present Pal's integration with PowerPoint also allows the user to fully control their slides, alike a clicker.