Feature Writer John Christie – The Talking Checkbook

The Talking Checkbook is a user friendly program for the blind that helps you keep track of and manage a variety of accounts.

The Talking Checkbook has a user interface that is easy to use for the blind. You can use it for your checking account, a savings account, or even have a retirement account–just to name a few. It includes a manual that is very easy to use as well. The Talking Checkbook works in Microsoft Word and functions with XP, Vista, and Windows 7 operating systems. Some of the features include reconciling accounts, sorting records, and categorizing transactions, all which can be done on an unlimited number of accounts. In addition, you can print checks as well as write checks. The program also has an accessible calendar as well as a calculator. If you ever get lost, it also has an excellent help system as well as a hot key list of all the keys you would need to use the program.

Another great feature of the Talking Checkbook is the ability to choose your own voice. You have four choices–WindowEyes, Jaws, no voice, or a voice called standard. The standard voice is similar to the voice heard when using the Talking Typer. With the Jaws and WindowEyes voices there is no need for scripts or set files.

The Talking Checkbook also supports multiple currencies. These currencies include U.S. Dollars, British Pounds, and the Euro.

You can also backup and restore data. Regarding this matter, I called Tech Support at Premier Assistive Technology, Inc. in DeWitt, MI and left my email address with them. They responded to my question on how to back up the Talking Checkbook using Windows 7 almost instantly, and have quickly responded to other questions in the past as well. This bodes well for users who like to know that support is readily available.

The Talking Checkbook also comes with two training videos. I attempted to click on these videos but they wouldn’t play completely through. These videos are also available on their website, but they are flash-based, and largely inaccessible. This is an issue that I brought up to them during my questioning.

The Talking Checkbook costs $59.95, can be downloaded or received on a CD, and you can place your order online or over the phone.

The Talking Checkbook really is a great program for managing any type of checking or savings account. It is very user friendly and setup is a no brainer. Plus, if you ever get stuck, the company stands behind their product and offers great customer service. All in all, this program is a great choice if you’re looking for an inexpensive and easy way to manage your accounts on your own.

For more information about the Talking Checkbook, contact:
Premier Assistive Technology, Inc.
13102 Blaisdell Dr.
DeWitt, MI 48820 USA
Phone: 517-668-8188 Fax: 517-668-2417
E-mail: info@readingmadeeasy.com
Web: www.readingmadeeasy.com

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