Pictello Education App Review (iOS, $18.99)

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Languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish, Turkish

Seller: AssistiveWare B.V.

Pictello 2.1 offers three brand-new bilingual American Spanish/English Text to Speech voices. They include one adult male voice (Rodrigo/Rod) and two children’s voices (Emilio and Valeria). These bilingual children’s voices are an industry-first co-developed by Acapela Group, AssistiveWare and Tobii Technology.

Version 2.1 also includes several other new voices: Robot (French specialty voice), Scott (genuine American English teenage boy voice), Nizar (British English male voice), Minji (Korean female voice) and Monika (Polish female voice).

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
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All Versions:
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Description

Pictello is a simple way to create visual stories and talking books. Each page in a Pictello Story can contain a picture, a short video, up to ten lines of text, and a recorded sound or text-to-speech using natural sounding voices. Stories can be shared with other Pictello users with iTunes File Sharing or via WiFi through Dropbox or a free account on the Pictello Sharing Server. Stories can be shared with non-Pictello users as PDF files through email, Dropbox, or iTunes File Sharing.

Pictello is developed for all ages and skill levels, so it is easy to use and requires no reading skills to locate and read stories. Pictello offers an easy visual story creation wizard so everyone can use pictures, video and sound to share important moments in their lives. An advanced editor gives full control of the editing capabilities.

*** Pictello is a universal app and can, without extra costs, be used on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad!

Pictello is localized in English, Spanish, French, German, Turkish, and Dutch. Natural sounding Text to Speech voices for over 26 languages and dialects are available as free downloads in the app, including unique American, British, and Australian English and German children's voices co-developed by AssistiveWare! Pictello does not require an active Internet connection for story creation or playback.

Uses for Pictello stories include:

- Stories to teach social skills or to recall events
- Photo albums to allow non-speaking people to share their news and interests
- Sharing important events and memories with family who live far away
- Talking books
- Teaching narrative skills as part of a literacy or language skills curriculum
- Schedules, Task instructions, etc.
- Share stories or write group stories using iPad, iPhone 4 or 4S, or iPod touch 4G on a TV, VGA monitor or interactive white board (VGA adapter required)
- Create multilingual stories using text-to-speech or voice recordings

Customer Reviews

  • Just when I thought it couldn't get any better!

    by abbey'smom

    We were already so in love with this app…and then it happened, now you can add videos! We love it because it is so easy to use for myself and for my very highly impacted, nonverbal 11 yr old with autism. She never had any interest before of looking at pictures of her family or of social stories, I just don't think she saw the need. Now, after putting family albums and some motivating stories about her fav foods, she's hooked!:) I thought she'd only want to look at certain ones, but she goes through them all, over and over, even the social stories, like Going to the Dentist! I'm amazed at her response and so pleased! But now, with videos, when I added videos of her bowling to her story about her very first time bowling and of her playing in the water at the beach, I can't even describe her face! She grinned from ear to ear and then was just giddy! Now, that is priceless!!

  • Love the video update!

    by VeryGrateful

    Our son loves photos and videos. We updated without any problems and have created two stories using both photos and multiple videos. Lots of fun! We regularly backup stories via iTunes and share them on our second device and have also shared them via the Sharing Server with others.

  • Time tested excellence

    by Lisa-freed2be therAPPY consult

    Awesome app! I have recommended this app to 100% of my clients during consults/trainings with individuals that have unique challenges. I also demonstrate it at every workshop/ presentation that I do. Everyone loves the possibilities it holds….social stories, teaching tasks step by step, sharing with classmates and so much more!

  • Great app for Social Stories

    by Ktmax17

    I am an SLP and mother to a 7-year-old with autism, and I use this all the time to write Social Stories for my daughter about places we will visit and things we will do. I love that I can write the stories on my iPad and very easily upload them to hers. It takes me an average of 10-20 minutes to do a story, depending on if I already have the pictures or need to go find them on Google. This has saved us a lot of money because I don't have to print the stories and laminate them anymore.

  • Excellent app for social stories and job coaching!

    by Jgtut

    I am a Speech-Language Pathologist and I specialize in Augmentative and Alternative communication. I recommend this app all the time for students to use for social stories/scripts as well as for "job coaching" where you can quickly lay out the steps of a task! I have tried many other book creation apps and always come back to this app as my favorite because it is so easy to program and does everything I want it to do! The newest addition of the American kid voices is an excellent bonus feature that the developer added at no extra cost! Love it!

  • Excellent tool

    by mrs> B

    I have over 600 apps on my iTunes account and this is hands down my favorite! I have a twenty year old son who has autism and I work with many students who have special needs from prek to age 21 post high school. This app is great for receptive learning. It can be used to make talking storybooks, social stories also for teaching skills step by step. It can also be used expressively as a tool for writing as it allows students to pair their writing with a visual. It also allows written output to be broken into smaller more manageable chunks. An added benifit is students can work on reading fluency when they record their stories . It is a great tool for individuals who ate non verbal to relate experiential stories to share on a social level. We have also used this app for vocabulary development making talking flashcards. There are so many good uses for this app I could go on and on. A must have app if you are a teacher!!!

  • Pic tells

    by TeaCH SpEd 2

    I love this app. We use it in our classroom for social stories and more. Would love to be able to put more than one picture on a page,but really like how easy it is to use and ability to save in different formats.

  • wonderful app with a lot of uses!!!

    by welcometotheirworld

    This app is wonderful and has so many uses for it. My special needs children use it all the time for social skills and as a story board when we are going somewhere :)

  • Benefits for all...

    by iTaalk

    This is by far one of the most useful apps on the market for children and adults with special needs. In fact, all children can benefit from this app. I have recommended this app to typical preschool teachers for those difficult to learn rules like "waiting in line", "keeping hands to yourself", etc...all the way to using with severely impaired adults on independent living skills like, "washing your hair" and "brushing your teeth." Super simple to navigate and LOVE the ability to share stories between multiple pictello users. This makes for an extremely functional social story app. HIGHLY recommend.

  • Great peer interaction

    by Plastic cow

    My son who is in middle school loves to use this to share with friends, we've made stories about camping trips, going to lake, cousins visiting. The most popular one is "kids at school". His peers love to see pics of themselves and he loves that they want to. My son has some cognitive deficits and can not build the stories himself, it only takes me about 5 minutes to make him an 8 to 10 page story. This app is easy to use "on the fly"if you have an iPad 2. The additional step of importing pics into an iPad 1 does deter me from using it on that device (we have both iPads ). The app is reasonably glitch free and I highly recommend it.

  • Awesome App!

    by JLukasz

    My son is 19 and has Autism, non-verbal. This is a terrific way for him to now have a picture schedule for each day of the week. The technology is easy to use just as with Assistiveware's Proloquo2Go. Pictello allows me to create his schedule just as you would a story so he know exactly what he will do from the moment he gets up until the moment he goes to bed. In addition we can now create outing stories for him to share with his peers at school, he is the only non-verbal in his class. I have already set up Proloquo2go to facilitate two-way-conversation so now a story book for him to share is great! No more velcro pictures for this house! This is the way of the future! Love this product!!!

  • wish it had more to offer for the price

    by FAD.TM

    I like the concept of creating e-stories with your own pictures, text and voice recording very much. As a special ed. teacher and trying to keep a student engaged in the process.. I found it clunky and tricky to navigate. For the cost, I would like to see other options to share it via email, Facebook/ social media or print to pdf. It's ok, just not complete for a $14.99 app.

  • Must have for parent-educator

    by DR. TN

    I use this app to create realistic simple reading stories to teach reading, comprehension, new academic and social skills to my seven years old autistic son for one month along with joint attention and symbolic play and I found it so helpful. I wish it came with the PECs data base that Prolo2go had to make it easier (I use my iPhone version to take picture instead and transfer story to my iPad..problem would be solved w Ipad2 or addition of PECs pictures data base)...TN MD

  • Simply the best!

    by SLPM

    As a school-based SLP, I use this app all the time and have made sure that my district downloads it onto all of my students' personal IPads. A must have if you work with students who have autism or other NVLD.

  • Wonderful App

    by The Gentleman's Ning

    Very easy to use and create "stories". This App allowed my 5 yr. old son with severe Apraxia to tell his class what he did over the weekend by himself on his IPad! I can also email his stories to his teacher and she can upload them onto his IPad at school. AssistiveWare also makes Proloquo2go that is fabulous for kids w/Apraxia. This App is definately worth the price!!!!!

  • Pictello: Tell a Story with Pictures!

    by Neansai1

    Pictello is an iPad app (also available for iPhone and iPod Touch) that’s great not only for creating social stories for kids who need them, but also for creating stories and encouraging literacy for all kids. I’ve been trying to think of a way to put comprehension ‘prompts’ into stories, and with Pictello, I can! For example, on the page following a story page, I can enter a question asking my students to predict what will happen next, or to tell me what just happened. One of my students created pictures in a drawing program, which I imported to Pictello. He dictated the text as I typed, and then he recorded it. The app includes computer-generated voices which can also be used. You can adjust the volume, speech rate, and pronunciation. To read/listen to a story, just swipe the pages and tap on the pictures to hear the text. The story can also be played in a slide show mode. Another great feature is that the stories can be shared via the Pictello Sharing Server or through iTunes File Sharing. I had a little difficulty getting started, but part of that was trying to use the app without checking out the help section first! If you tap the options icon, you’ll get to a page that has a ‘Help’ button at the top. This gives excellent directions for creating your own social story or book from start to finish. The developers are working on a downloadable quick start guide, which will be a useful addition, especially for eager-to-get-started people like me! There is an online tutorial available right now.Pictello is another iPad app (also available for iPhone and iPod Touch) that’s great not only for creating social stories for kids who need them, but also for creating stories and encouraging literacy for all kids. I’ve been trying to think of a way to put comprehension ‘prompts’ into stories, and with Pictello, I can! For example, on the page following a story page, I can enter a question asking my students to predict what will happen next, or to tell me what just happened. One of my students created pictures in a drawing program, which I imported to Pictello. He dictated the text as I typed, and then he recorded it. The app includes computer-generated voices which can also be used. You can adjust the volume, speech rate, and pronunciation. To read/listen to a story, just swipe the pages and tap on the pictures to hear the text. The story can also be played in a slide show mode. Another great feature is that the stories can be shared via the Pictello Sharing Server or through iTunes File Sharing. I had a little difficulty getting started, but part of that was trying to use the app without checking out the help section first! If you tap the options icon, you’ll get to a page that has a ‘Help’ button at the top. This gives excellent directions for creating your own social story or book from start to finish. The developers are working on a downloadable quick start guide, which will be a useful addition, especially for eager-to-get-started people like me! There is an online tutorial available right now.Pictello is another iPad app (also available for iPhone and iPod Touch) that’s great not only for creating social stories for kids who need them, but also for creating stories and encouraging literacy for all kids. I’ve been trying to think of a way to put comprehension ‘prompts’ into stories, and with Pictello, I can! For example, on the page following a story page, I can enter a question asking my students to predict what will happen next, or to tell me what just happened. One of my students created pictures in a drawing program, which I imported to Pictello. He dictated the text as I typed, and then he recorded it. The app includes computer-generated voices which can also be used. You can adjust the volume, speech rate, and pronunciation. To read/listen to a story, just swipe the pages and tap on the pictures to hear the text. The story can also be played in a slide show mode. Another great feature is that the stories can be shared via the Pictello Sharing Server or through iTunes File Sharing. I had a little difficulty getting started, but part of that was trying to use the app without checking out the help section first! If you tap the options icon, you’ll get to a page that has a ‘Help’ button at the top. This gives excellent directions for creating your own social story or book from start to finish. The developers are working on a downloadable quick start guide, which will be a useful addition, especially for eager-to-get-started people like me! There is an online tutorial available right now.

  • Laura

    by Jakey'sMom

    I figured this app. would rock given its from AssistiveWare but my son and I had a great time with it first time out. He is non verbal but has a lot to say and loves pictures. He enjoyed putting together his first "book" and showing it to anyone who would look, including his dog. :-) Awesome app!

  • Simply Wonderful

    by Nia / SLP

    This is a great way to create a simple social story in 5-10 minutes. All I did was take so e photos of the student, upload them to the app and add the text. Saves me so much time from printing and laminating! This is a great use in my speech therapy room and even in our social cog classes.

  • Pictello

    by romcquill

    Pictello is the easiest way to create talking picture books or social stories for a wide range of learners. The step by step Wizard mode is simple to follow for both staff and parents. The text to speech capabilities are great but the ability to add your own voice or that of your students is what makes this special. Having the ability to add your own pictures to personalize these stories is key for many of the students I work with. Nothing like a talking book about you! Great app and well worth the cost.

  • LOVE IT!!

    by BethTooch

    So far everyone has rated this 5 stars. If you're like me, you are skeptical and think that friends and family are rating. Well, I am not friend or family. Just a nobody trying out this app and I love it!! I have a son with speech delays. He uses proloquo2go to communicate which is a really great and life changing app. The same developers made this app, so I had to try it. It is great! Some things we have done with it: My son loves to look at certain pictures and tries to get a verbal reaction from us. I made a story with some of his favorite pics and recorded my voice with responses he is expecting. He played them over and over, laughing like it was really me doing it! Another way I'm using it...my son is learning to make certain sounds and saying a few words. I made a "speech" story where each pays says a sound he is working on in speech. He sits practicing all by himself. It's awesome and so fun to hear him making the sounds. It's also perfect for making a story of something fun we did so he can share with teachers and classmates. Really love this app! iPad $500, Pictello $14.99, seeing and hearing the joy my son gets from using it...absolutely priceless! Thanks assistiveware! Keep up the good work!

  • Fix this update!!

    by SC in SD

    I downloaded the update 9/9/13 and now I see NOTHING when I launch the app. I sure hope I didn't lose all my stories!!!

  • Frustrating software

    by DrAndyBaz

    Every time I attempt to put together a story for my kids the program randomly crashes, saving none of my work. Until the bugs are worked out this software is a waste of space that does not deliver what it promises to. I'll be looking for another alternative.

  • Very easy to use

    by Julie Borchardt

    This is a very easy, intuitive app. We always put photos from our trips on the ipad. Now, it's easy for us to create a story about trips with this app. We like the "Heather" voice. I'm thinking it might be a great app to do adapted stories for my daughter's language arts school work - may be easier than what I currently do with PPT. It would be awesome if down the road the text could be highlighted as it reads. That would be the icing on the cake!

  • Let Me Tell You A Little Story

    by Another Servant

    No other app does social stories as well as Pictello. This is easily a 5 star app. To read a detailed, thorough review of Pictello as well as other 'autism apps' visit AutismEpicenter.com.

  • Intuitive and useful

    by ALLTECH_Maine

    We are a demo and loaner program in the State of Maine. We've loaded Pictello onto several iPads and iPold Touch devices. We have had numerous requests to borrow our devices from educators and SLPs. The ease of use for creation of social stories and talking books is amazing. Thanks to AssistiveWare for creating such a dynamic and easy to use application.

  • Terrific!!!

    by AAC Girl

    This app is so user friendly and is very well done in all respects! The sample stories are quite motivating and are fun to show others tool! I recommend this app for anyone who wants to easily share vacation stories especially! Great value for the price also!

  • Great little app

    by SueM iPod

    We are using this to make talking picture albums so my daughter can show and tell people about things in her life. Very easy to use. It has a wizard mode that guides you step by step to create a story and an expert mode if you want more options. The voices are very nice ( female Heather for my daughter) and when it pronounced a name wrong, the editor let me fix it.

  • A great new way to tell a story!

    by VLMaples

    I have a very bright, but severely physically handicapped daughter who loves to read and loves to tell stories. With Pictello, Nichole can share her favorite stories by taking the pictures she collects and adding the way she wants to talk about them into telling a story. It gives her voice and the ability to share her most favorite stories and events over and over. We have also used it to show people the power of social stories and scripting difficult situations with excellent results. Whether used as a talking photo album, a photo blog, or one of many educational purposes, this is a great app!

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