MyTalkTools Mobile + Speech
This is the education version of MyTalkTools Mobile which includes 2 Acapela languages as part of the base package. The '+Speech' version was created for schools or other institutions that want Acapela Text to Speech but cannot use the 'In App' purchase process. This version allows you to choose 2 languages and use all the voices within those two languages.
Why create a new version?
Each tool within the MyTalkTool set is sold individually to keep costs low, not forcing end users to purchase a bundle of items they do not need or want. Mobile works great with Workspace. My son Michael and I use both Mobile and Workspace every night as we do his daily 'What did you do?' conversation. But you can get by using Mobile without Workspace if you can't afford the extra $75. So we don't force Workspace. Everyone gets a 30 day trial and we hope they really put Workspace through a trial. If they like it, great. If not, the trial expires and there is no cost. And Mobile will continue to work perfectly with or without Workspace.
The same is true with Acapela Text To Speech. Many clients love to record their voice, Recording comes standard with MyTalkTools Mobile and Mobile Lite. Many don't want an Acapela voice, so we don't force it.
Those who want Acapela TTS can use Apple's 'In App' purchase process to buy an Acapela language, including all the voices within that language. It works well. But the 'In App' purchase process does not work well for many schools. Many schools have told us that the 'In App' purchase process and the lack of integration with Apple's Education discount purchase process is reason for us to create a school version that includes Acapela languages. With the release of this new version MyTalkTools 'Mobile +Speech' we provide 2 languages (any 2) and all the voices that come with those languages.
Eligible for the Education Volume Discount program
We encourage districts to opt for the Education program and take advantage of the 50% discount for purchases of 20. Any district that can envision multiple students, over the years, using MyTalk, is encouraged to purchase 20 for the price of 10 bringing the cost of MyTalkTools Mobile + Speech to $89.50, per device, per student. Even the smallest districts, over time, will have 10+ potential MyTalk users.
Detailed Review of all MyTalkTools products and pricing
We have 2 products, Mobile and Workspace.
- Mobile has 3 versions: Lite (free), Mobile ($99. U.S.) and Mobile+Speech ($179. U.S.) [Mobile & Mobile +Speech qualify for education volume purchase discount of 50%]
- Each version has two modes
- User Mode - For the end user communicator
- Author Mode - For the supporter (parent, teacher, therapist) to build communication boards using 'Author' mode on the device
- Text To Speech: All versions of MyTalkTools Mobile feature the ability to record human voice, enabling voice with tone and inflection.
- Lite and Mobile come standard with basic text to speech in many languages. Settings / MyTalk /Text To Speech scroll to the bottom to see all the free languages. (see differences on the Purchase page)
- With Lite (free) you DO NOT have the option to purchase optional Acapela voices
- With Mobile ($99.) you DO have the option to purchase optional Acapela voices as an 'In App' Purchase ($39.99 U.S. each language)
- Mobile+Speech includes Acapela voices. Choose any two of the available languages and get all of the voices that come with each of those 2 languages. Settings / MyTalk /Text To Speech (all of the voices starting at the top that DO NOT say Free, are the Acapela languages.
- Workspace has 2 versions: Workspace Family ($75. U.S.) and Workspace Professional ($120. U.S.)
- Workspace enables remote board building which keeps the device in the hands of the communicator while you build communication boards. It also offers convenience and functionality not available on the hand-held devices.
- Workspace Family is free for all users for 30 days to trial.
- Workspace Family is free to SLP's, OT's, PT's, BA's, Special Education teachers and other support professionals worldwide for their personal use to demonstrate and conduct evaluations. See Details
- There is NO automatic charge for Workspace after 30 days. Clients must decide and take steps to purchase Workspace. Most clients select Lifetime access (1 time purchase).
As a family, how little can I spend?
- MyTalkTools Mobile costs $99. That is the least you can spend for the full version.
As a family, what is the most I can spend?
- MyTalkTools Mobile: $99.
- Acapela language: $39.99
- Workspace Family: $75.
What is the recommended combination?
Start with MyTalkTools Mobile Lite! No Charge
Trial 'Workspace' hard for the first 30 days. No Charge
As a dad with a 20 something year old, below is my combination and it works great for my family. The same combination would have worked when he was 3 years old or any age in between.
- MyTalkTools Mobile: $99.
- Workspace Family: $75.
- Total: $174.
Note that this combination includes recorded digital voice, not sophisticated Acapela text to speech. In our family that's what we use, but if you can afford the Acapela TTS it is a great addition. In fact, we have Acapela, but whenever my son hears the synthetic voice he asks that we record our voices. Mine is for clarity and Michael's is for emphasis and personalization. He would rather we use our voices. But that's just Michael, your situation may be different.
What about Professionals?
Most have a free Workspace Family User Name, but their employers have them also use the paid version of Workspace Professional, keeping content under the ownership of the organization.
Professionals tend to purchase an Acapela language for gender correctness and age appropriateness.
What is the recommended combination for Professionals and institutions?
- MyTalkTools Mobile + Speech: $179.00 / $89.50 Apple Education Discount Price
- 2 Acapela languages: Included
- Workspace Pro: $120.00 / $60.00 MyTalk Education Discount Price
Total: $299.00 / $149.50 Volume (20) discounted pricing
How do professionals get started?
We have made arrangements for professionals to trial and demonstrate MyTalk at no cost.
Review the 'Which account is right?' page for more information about the professional version.
Pricing for each tool within the MyTalkTool set
- Mobile Lite – Free Download lasts forever
- Mobile $99. (Free Text to speech in many languages. No Acapela brand TTS included. See item 3 below) Content details on Purchase page.
- Acapela Text To Speech Language 'In App' purchase - $39.99 (MyTalkTools Mobile only)
- Mobile + Speech (aka Education version) $179/$89.50 volume discounted through Apple Education Volume discount program
- Workspace Family:
- $75. Lifetime (one time purchase)
- $35. per year (subscription)
- Free to professionals for demonstration and evaluations
- Workspace Pro:
- $120. Lifetime (one time purchase)
- $60.00 volume discounted through MyTalk Volume discount program (one time purchase-contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details)
- $57 per year (subscription)
Purchase page for comparisons