Tuesday, 9 October 2012

New Site URL

BT, the provider of my internet services have decided in their infinite wisdom to cancel the free web hosting provided as part of the package I pay for.  As a result, after the end of October the old URL will no longer exist.  A new URL has been purchased and the web site migrated to this location.  The new address is;

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

IE Access Max interface
If you have difficulty with the accessibility settings in Internet Explorer, or work with someone who has this problem, try IE Access Max.
Altering web site font or colour settings for Internet Explorer can take between 6 and 8 clicks to set up. The options are located across 3 different pages on the Internet options dialog. Changing the settings can be quite difficult if you either don't know where they are, or you have forgotten the steps involved.
IE Access Max places all the accessibility options on a single page interface, allowing quick, easy and straight-forward access to the different settings. Simply open the application, make your selections, click the Apply button and it’s all done.
Download from the Accessibility page on the website

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Arabic Downloads

The Arabic conversions have now been added to the website, along with a download link to the AT Toolbar Portable version of these applications.

Friday, 11 May 2012

Global Accessibility Awareness Day + Aps in Arabic

In collaboration with MADA (Qatar Assistive Technology Center) a range of my applications have been translated to Arabic.  The apps can either be installed as individual programs or as a portable collection with a toolbar interface.  These applications were all publicised by MADA on GAAD as part of a range of specially prepared activities to mark GAAD.
If you would like to download the Arabic versions, please have a look at the MADA website; http://mada.org.qa/en/
Alongside this, a 15 minutes of fame moment, Ability magazine published a piece about the Arabic release a few days later;  http://www.abilitymagazine.org.uk/Articles/Article-187-3.aspx

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

First off. let me apologise for my lack of postings and new software over the last few months. This was in part due to experiencing a heart attack in December, and following this, I have been concentrating on developing work on a self employed basis.

But now on to the latest release.

Buttonista is an application which resides in the System Tray, and adds sounds to the left and right mouse button click action. Not what would immediately spring to mind as assistive software, this does work well in engaging children and anyone who experiences cognitive problems, by making mouse use fun. The differing sounds help to differentiate between the left and right where there is any left/right confusion.

There are 14 sound options, one of which is the ability to select your own wav files. The setup includes two demo sound files in the main application folder, however the options can be located anywhere on your computer. All settings are retained between sessions, and there is also an option to allow Buttonista to start with Windows.

As usual, this is available for download at the website http://www.fxc.btinternet.co.uk

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Site Update

Just to let everyone know, a complete rewrite of the site has now been completed and uploaded. The new, fresh look is simpler to navigate and easier to view.

Monday, 27 June 2011


Sorry I haven't released anything recently, my daytime job has been taking too much of my time and has made it difficult to think clearly. Typoscope was something a friend asked if I could create, and this is the result.

A Typoscope is a reading guide which has a cut-out section, to reduce glare and the amount of text visible for reading, making it easier to focus on a line of text.

This version of TypoScope also incorporates a colour underlay in the cut out area, so if colour shading is helpful, this can be turned on or off.

Use either the mouse to drag the cut-out (click and hold the left button on the cut-out) or use the hotkeys detailed in the Help file.

As always the download is available at http://www.fxc.btinternet.co.uk on the Assistive page

Thursday, 23 September 2010

New app - A Better Mousetrap

A recent request on a listserv I subscribe to wanted to know if there was a free mouse trapping option where the user could select the region for the pointer to be fixed.  A couple of suggestions were made, but one was quite old and the other wasn't free.  So as this did not seem to be too difficult a task which could fill an hour or so, I decided to see if I could make a better mousetrap than the one i originally posted here.  And what better name for an app than, "A Better Mousetrap", so here it is

A very simple application, choose the area you wish to trap the mouse in using the movable and resizable glass window, then press the hotkey combination to lock the pointer in the field. Once an area has been set, the application will retain that setting until either a new area is set, or the application is closed. This will allow the lock to be turned off whilst navigating elsewhere and then with a press of the hotkey combination, the lock can be restored.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

T-Bar - Slovene language version

Following a request from a group in Slovenia who work with dyslexic / SpLD children, a version of T-Bar with all Slovene menu's and dialogs has now been added to the site.

Orato - Text to speech

A straight forward text to speech application. All text input is carried out through the clipboard. Settings allow Orato to read either on demand or automatically when new text is added to the clipboard. Other options will display the text if required, with highlighting of the word or sentence being spoken. Orato can either be installed to the hard disk or copied onto a pen drive for portable use.

As always, go to http://www.fxc.btinternet.co.uk and look on the Assistive page

Tuesday, 22 December 2009


   A very simple tool which confines the mouse pointer to a single screen on multi monitor systems. Simply unzip the file anywhere, and run it when required. Once running, ALT+Z traps the mouse in the monitor where the pointer is currently located, ALT+X releases the pointer and ALT+C exits the application.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009


Scotopic Sensitivity, also known as Irlen Syndrome is a visual perceptual problem. The problems lies in how the visual information is decoded, it is not a medical eye condition. People with Scotopic Sensitivity 'see' the printed page differently to others and may even be unaware of this. This can lead to slow and inefficient reading, poor comprehension, fatigue and limited attention span. 

Many people with Scotopic Sensitivity report that the text on the page appears to dither, making reading difficult. Educational Psychologist Helen Irlen observed in 1980 that coloured overlays helped students with Scotopic Sensitivity to read with greater ease. 

It is possible to use acetate overlays or rulers for printed materials, and in some cases the use of specially designed spectacles with coloured lenses can be beneficial. When working on a computer, for most instances, the Windows default colours can be adjusted to suit the individual, however if you use software such as server based database systems, or your IT department have locked access to the screen options then you are stuck with the default colour settings. 

This is where we would like to introduce T-Bar to you. T-Bar is a coloured bar which you can either drag around the screen or lock to your mouse. It can have ruled lines or not, depending on your preference. The colour can be chosen from pre-defined options, then tweaked by altering the red, green or blue sliders to get the perfect colour, the transparency level can be adjusted, again to suit the individual. All the settings are saved between sessions, so there is no need to readjust the next time you use it.

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Edgeless v2

Edgeless v2 adds multi monitor support, although this is limited to 2 monitors.  Also added the option to have wrap on all sides, just horizontal or just vertical.

Thursday, 2 April 2009


Similar to Dark Screen, ssOverlay (the ss stands for Scotopic Sensitivity) places a coloured overlay on the screen.  The colour and transparency levels are adjustable, the app is multi monitor capable and can either be installed to the hard drive or used on a pendrive.

Download from the usual http://www.fxc.btinternet.co.uk

Friday, 27 March 2009

Fx Toolbar

Fx Toolbar is designed to aid people who have difficulty with words.  It is an add in for Microsoft Word 2007, and adds the ability to highlight text and collect the highlighted areas into a new document, text to speech, confusables checker, text case changer and an option to identify overlong sentences ie, if you forgot to put a full stop in.  

As always, available to download for free at http://www.fxc.btinternet.co.uk

Monday, 16 March 2009


Sonar has now been updated to version 5

Sonar5 takes the principles of previous versions of Sonar and improves them.

This version can be used either installed on your hard disk - when it stores it's configuration data in your user area, or stand alone on a pen drive, when it stores the configuration on the pen drive.

Either through the icon in the Notification area of your taskbar or through the relevant keyboard shortcut, you can access the Settings dialogue (CTRL + ALT + A) where you can change the shape to either a circle or a square, alter the diameter of the shape, alter the width of the line and change the colour.

Whilst running, the application can be hidden and restored by clicking on Show/Hide or by using CTRL+ALT+S.

Finally, this version of Sonar sits above the menu's in Windows, providing identification anywhere.

As usual, available for free download at http://www.fxc.btinternet.co.uk

Saturday, 14 March 2009


Quite simply, this replaces the standard mouse pointer with an enormous mouse pointer. Useful for children or anyone with difficulty tracking the mouse pointer

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Dark Screen

Released today

Some computer users experience problems with glare from the screen. Dark Screen sits over all windows and provides a means of dimming the output between 20 and 90%. Dark Screen is multi monitor aware, and can be used on the main monitor only or all monitors. Everything is controlled from the icon in the Notification area of the Taskbar (where the clock sits). Clicking this icon will open the menu which allows the selection of Multi Monitor Support, and the percentage of dimming of the screen.

As usual it's free and available from http://www.fxc.btinternet.co.uk


We have decided to start this blog to keep users of our software up to date when any new apps are developed and published.

First Post

This is a test