Oct 2012

StoryPals free download - Trick or Treat Safely

blogEntryThumbnailStory Title: Trick or Treat Safely
Author: Eric and Kelly Sailers
Story Description: Pete reminds Joey that they need to think about safety when trick or treating.
Quiz: Yes
Quiz Questions: 5 (Who, What, Where, Why, How)
Voice Recording: Yes
Download Link

With the StoryPals app installed, tap the download link on your iPad. Then, choose to open this file in StoryPals. The story will be imported to My Stories on the Table of Contents screen in StoryPals, where you can open the story to view it. Note that you must have the StoryPals or StoryPals - Basic app on your iPad to view the story.

This story and all contents contained within are for non-commercial use only. The author of the story has provided permission for use in StoryPals for non-commercial means only. The author has also acknowledged that the story and contents within do not infringe upon the copyright or rights of a third party. If the content posted raises infringement issues, this post will be deleted.

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StoryPals - Basic is now available

blogEntryThumbnailStoryPals - Basic is now available on the App Store for $9.99. The difference between StoryPals and StoryPals - Basic is that the basic version does not have text-to-speech (aka synthesized speech) with word highlighting. Although stories in the basic version can be read aloud with recorded audio, they are not read using text-to-speech with word highlighting. Similarly, quiz questions and answer choices in the basic version are not read aloud with text-to-speech.

StoryPals - Basic is a lower cost version of the original StoryPals. Other than the difference in price and text-to-speech, StoryPals - Basic has all the same features as StoryPals. You can still configure the text size, text justification, animations, quiz answer choices, and a lot more. Plus, you can share stories among users of StoryPals and StoryPals - Basic. For example, if you own StoryPals - Basic and your friend owns StoryPals, you and your friend can share stories across the different versions of the app. How cool is that?
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Car accident implications on the Closing The Gap Conference

I was in a pretty bad car accident on Thursday, September 27. I had slowed to a stop behind several vehicles in a freeway exit lane, when someone’s car slammed into the rear of mine. Shortly thereafter, I was rushed to the ER, and to make a long story short, I sustained a gash in my left elbow that required stitches, a fractured tailbone, neck and back pain, and several abrasions.

Yesterday, I went to my general practitioner to follow up on my injuries. My doctor told me it would take about 6 to 8 weeks to recover. During the recovery process, he recommended that I rest, take pain medication and other over-the-counter medications, sit on an inflatable donut, and do physical therapy.

I asked my doctor about attending the upcoming Closing The Gap Conference which would involve flying for several hours. Due to the discomfort I'm experiencing in my lower back, he highly discouraged me from flying. The discomfort is quite an issue, as I have to stand regularly because it hurts to sit for an extended period, even on the inflatable donut.

This means that I had to make a difficult decision and withdraw from the 2012 Closing The Gap Conference. As a result, I canceled a StoryPals session and withdrew participation from an iPad pre-conference session and corresponding lab. I feel very bad about doing this because I put in a lot of preparation thus far, and I was really looking forward to presenting. However, I understand the priority right now is to recover fully from the car accident.

I notified my co-presenters and the coordinator of the Closing The Gap Conference, and it's my understanding that the participants have been notified of my withdrawal from the pre-conference session. Although I will not be participating, I am 100% confident that my co-presenters, Cathy Kingeter and Luis Perez, will provide an extraordinary experience during the sessions. My co-presenters will also provide several prizes that I procured for the pre-conference session. I would like to recognize the companies who graciously provided those prizes:
  • Wacom
  • Speck
  • Studio Neat
  • Big Grips
  • Trident
I hope to recover as I pursue all recommended treatments in the coming weeks.
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