Click-N-Type User Feedback

Below is an attempt to show you a cross section of User Feedback we've received so far.
... why is it so hard to find an onscreen keyboard program that works and is less than $100? ... it seems like all the options out there cost an arm and a leg, and usually the people that need these things ... really don't have the money for them! We're talking about folks that are already disabled and/or elderly, usually they don't have a lot of cash flow coming in, and a lot more expenses than the average person, ...
I've just bought my mom (who has very severe mobility issues) a laptop with a touch screen ... I figured the onscreen keyboard that comes with Windows XP would work, but noooo ( ... the things they package with Windows are a joke). Looking around at what's available on the web at the usual ability tech sites didn't help. Most of them are EXPENSIVE and why are so many of these programs NOT re-sizable?? Most of the ones I've seen are too small for my mother ... and are so overly complicated-- no need to have all the function keys, etc. there all the time; she will likely never use them and will only serve to confuse her, since she's never actually been on a computer before in her life. Then I found your program through a Google search-- it really rocks.
... your program is going to be a very integral part of connecting my (very very isolated) mother with the rest of the world.
[Glad we could help Susan]
... low-budget Aboriginal organization with a number of 'special needs' students. ...
Click-N-Type is now being used extensively for visually-impaired students as well as a literacy tool (combined with the voice-over prompts to allow students to recognize letters) with more useful results than a package we paid >$2000 for (AU$).
... I am not usually one to write, but ... is doing more real good in outback Australia than several millions of misappropriated government handouts.
[We're glad you wrote. :-) Thanks Adam.]
After using Windows' OnScreen keyboard for a few weeks, I started searching for and downloading those that permitted trial periods. After trying these I decided that the next day, Monday, I would register the one named "<name removed>" for US $99.00. On Tuesday I did a bit more searching and among others I found Click-N-Type. When I saw it was free I thought, "This can't be too good," but tried it out. WOW, was I delighted!!  ...
[Thanks for the endorsement Allen. :-)]
Your free software and your fantastic attitude has provided me a quality of life that no other organization, Doctor, or healthcare professional has. 
I recently lost all function of my arms and hands.  Organizations as famous and as rich as United Cerebral Palsy, March Of Dimes, etc., had no solution for my request to type again.  Their only suggestion was to hire a home health aide to write for me.
With my last bit of ability I searched the internet and found your free software.  I'm now back to doing anything that I could do on the computer before I lost function.
I just can't find words to express how grateful I am...but when I do they can be typed!
With thanks, Lisa
[You've made our day, Lisa.  All our best]
I'm a developer too (and a longtime sufferer of tendonitis from typing) and I appreciate the effort it takes for the great tool you've written for folks like me.
[Glad we could help, Carl.]
My pal was born without limbs due to thalidomide.  I persuaded her to get a computer to "get her into doing things" but there were always probs with the keyboard....
... A trip to IBM in Warwick (UK) was nicely presented but the software cost the earth as did the hardware that my pal could use....
... Some years later I discovered the Completely Free Software site. Having explored it over many months I discovered Click-N-Type and downloaded it to test for myself.  After great success I forklifted it to my disabled pal for her to try.  That was six months ago and we can't get her off the computer now!
[Great!  We wish you continued success]
Click-n-type works great! And just like the expensive software I've been using, it does have word prediction! ... Click-n-type's macro feature is wonderful! ... It's so relaxing not to have it disappear in ten minutes because I don't have over $500 for the software, thanks so much!!  I wrote this with it. ... 
[One week later]
...Once I started using "Click-n-type" instead of [the $500+, typing software] even though my Doctor just gave me a hand-typed script to get [the $500+, typing software] I've chosen to keep using "Click-n-type." "Click-n-type" is simply better....And yes, you can quote me. Bob Clay
... thank you so much for this typing program I've been looking for along time for one that works the way it should -very happy to say this one does. the good one's I did find cost way way to much'-the others are junk.- I'm a quad. this is so easy for me to type now...
... Hi folks -   I have been working as a child & family psychologist for over 30 years and I can't tell you how widely I smiled with gratitude to your attitude (hey - a song title perhaps?) of "..hey, if you need it, it's yours, free."  Not often is such generosity seen these days, and you are to be commended for yours. Keep up the good work!...
Who is the moron that uses a two row keyboard?  Were you on Drugs, IDIOT
[Smile The Default layout conserves screen space and minimizes mouse movement.]
[If you're hooked on the QWERTY keyboard or just enjoy taking
20 times longer typing, a QWERTY layout is included]
[If you choose to design your own keyboard, the CNTDesigner is a handy add-on]
... Please can we put CNT on our network for student use?  Because of the way our network is set up students cannot load software into their areas for security reasons and so we would need to put it on a network server...
[Sure you can use CNT on your network.  It is free for anyone to use.]
... Emazing sent your site address as the download of the day.  I went and checked it out a bit.  Thankfully I do not need it at this time.  But many do and I will send them to you as I meet them...
[Please spread the word to those in need.]
... you are an angel to this old Vietnam War survivor. I am already partially / fully disabled. the latest thing happening is total/peripheral neuropathy , so this will help me to keep on communicating as the disease progresses. I will share this with the guys 'n' gals in my therapy group. We all try the best we can to make the best of these sneaky residuals from the chemicals we were exposed to and the other little roadblocks of life after service...
... Thank you very much for developing a program for the handicapped that allows us to utilize the internet, and type documents like "normal" people!  As I am a person with MS and my spastic tremors prevent me from tying on a regular keyboard at times, I found this program extremely useful...
... Thank you - I have just downloaded Click-N-Type. I'm a consultant (not disable), and I've been impressed  by the performances. I think that this product can open unbeleavable chances to a lot of people who is now really frustrated.  Should appreciate to be informed about updating...
[We'll gladly inform anyone of updates who asks to be included.]
... I teach students who have multiple handicapping conditions.  One of my students has a lot of trouble controlling the mouse.  Do you have any programs or suggestions for what she can use to have mouse capabilites without the mouse?...
[Consider Point-N-Click and/or TrackIR]
... Thanks
Just the thing for my 81 year old mother...
... Your program has made such a difference to my father...
... I have just applied for a part time job in the local middle school to teach students that are not familiar with the use of a keyboard the basics.

I downloaded your software to use in my class, (hopefully), in case there are some students with disabilities.  Would you also recommend the use of a trackball mouse?  I gave one to my brother in law that has Parkinsons and it really helped him out.

Is it OK for me to use in class and download to the school's computers?...

[Absolutely!]
...I think that this is just about the best thing I have seen in a long time for the disabled and challanged.  I am a home care giver and I work with both and the aged clients and this will be great for them.  Thank you so much for your ability to develope something for someone and not ask for money...
[Money isn't everything :-)]
...after checking out your site, I felt compelled to download the keyboard and give it a try. I personaly have no "need" for the keyboard but I am sort of the official "check out" person for a varied group of friends...

...I have found that with only a little trial and error I was able to get the basic hang of the keyboard.  ( the buffer drives me crazy). the fundamental keyboard is easy to set up and easy to use...normal keyboard with auto click. as of yet I have not came across any chat or document program which did not allow the use of the keyboard...

...I have two young friends that were born with cerebral palsy..(a set of boy/girl twins)  the boy  has no use of his left arm and hand  and only limited use of his right hand...the program makes it easier for him to write school papers and enjoy chat...

... I have an older friend who recently purchased her first computer....
...she has no typing skills and limited eyesight....she is now enjoying your keyboard...

[Wow!  You've been able to help a lot of people with this. :-)
Note: Newer computers no longer need the Buffer for this purpose.]
... i am one of the "disabled" people your talking about. not to sound mean or anything. see, i was in a car accident 5 years ago and i have what they call a traumatic brain injury (TBI) i'm not saying this to judge you, i don't even know you.  but i'd prefer it if you didn't stereotype us as "special" or "disabled" or "handicap" or any of those names. we're actual people. i don't know if its just where i'm self-conscious or what it is but it kinda offends me. so, in closing i'd really appreciate it...
[Very sorry you were offended, but we can't help people if Search Engines don't find the words]
...I love the macro function. It makes so many things easier for me that I wouldn't know how to start to tell you them all. I tell everyone I know about the program...
...I was very pleased to see CNT on the web and have just downloaded it for a disabled friend who cannot afford the commercial versions - thanks for making it available. We have purchased a Headmouse from NaturalPoint, it works well and is not to expensive...
[Good luck you guys.  Glad we could help]
...I installed the CNT keyboard on my friend's system and he immediately typed in a message asking me to remove the try'n'buy s/w that he has been using.  CNT is nice and clean and does not use CPU resources like the other product did.  Well done! I also got him a copy of a MS product TalkAny, which will do fine as a speech synthesis product It supports clipboard input, so neatly ties in with your clipboard function. We are very impressed with the buffer feature as it works well with MS Internet Explorer!...
[:-))  Great!  Thanks.
Note: You no longer need to go through the Clipboard on newer conputers.]
...I am 41 years old and suffer from ALS [motor neuron disease] and I am unable to communicate verbally. A friend saw the program on internet and installed it for me. It is now the only way for me to communicate.  I live in CapeTown, SOUTH AFRICA and use Natural Point to operate the mouse. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!
[Not sure, but I think we've heard from your friend. :-)  Good luck!]

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