Originally Winlucy was born as a software that allows deafblind people using a personal computer
in "a simplified way", and soon it has found also, a great consensus in many people, also whithout hany disability, who want to easily use a PC.
The specific characteristics of this program are the easier accessibility and a standard interaction with the PC by speech, braille and magnification.
The user interacts with WinLucy thanks to the program's ability to handle braille and also, if the user has a residual hearing is possible to use the speech.
Then, the basic information are enlarged.
Currently with Winlucy the compatible braille displais are the following:
Usb and bluetooth connections are handled.
- Nippon Telesoft Touchme (Seika version 3, 4 and 5 40 cell) and Touchme 80 (80 cell).
- HIMS Braille Edge (40 cell), Braille Sense (32 cell) and Braille Sense On Hand (18 cell).
- Nippon Telesoft Luce Braille (MiniSeika, 16 cell).
Touchme5, Luce Braille and Hims' braille displais have also Bluetooth connection.
Regarding the speech, the program is able to relieve the speech Sapi5 installed in the PC and, if it is not possible to find any installed voice, download and install automatically hte open source speech Espeak.
About the visualization, it is possible to choose between different color modes and caracters' size.
In this program is possible to operate with a reduced set of keys:
- Down/up arrow moves through
the different options.
- Enter access to the selected option.
- Esc escapes or goes to the previous option.
- Alt access to the option's
Those are the program's functions:
- Editor (txt and rtf files)
It is possible to edit, save, open the files in Winlucy's document folder.
The default folder in wich you work is the folder Winlucy\Documents in the user's document folder; in the latest program's version, this folder is freely configurable.
- Addres manager
It is possible to manage a names' list.
- Schedule Manager
It is possible to manage daily commitments.
- Media Player
It is possible to reproduce wav, mp3 and wma audio files contained in the folder WinLucy\Music; in the latest program's version, this folder is freely configurable.
It is a real e-mail client.
It is possible to configure ap to two already existing e-mail accounts, inserting the identification data, it is also possible to request a new Winlucy e-mail account (as for example email@example.com).
Clearly, to use this instrument, the user must have an internet connection.
This program enables a facilitated access to some interesting websites such as:
Clearly, to be able to use this
tool, the user must have a
- Il Gazzettino
- Orario dei treni
- Corriere della Sera
- Il meteo
- Pagine bianche
- Free Navigation
To search for, download and listen to the Audiobooks from theCentro Internazionale del Libro Parlato di Feltre or to listen to the audiobooks that you already have.
To manage in a simplified way
SkyP's calls and messages.
- File manager
Gives the possibiliti to explore the folders' content and perform the most common operations on them and on the files inside them.
There are two games. The first one is "Braille Tiles". You have to
match the tiles whith the cursor routing buttons of the braille display. The game works only if
there is a braille display connected. The seconnd game is the famous card game called Briscola.
To see thousands of tips on recipes and personal autonomy.
- Service functions
The program has also other functions such as calculator, stopwatch and the cuontdown.
Moreover there is the function
Update WinLucy" allows to check
if there is a new updating on the website www.winlucy.it and, if so, it asks to the user if
he/she wonts to update the program.
If we wont to update the program, the update instals and the program will restart automatically restart.
This allows to keep the program always updated to the latest version, published on the website.
Allows to costumize the program's settings.
- User manual
Contains the instructions for using the program, divided by function.
- Exit WinLucy
Allows to exit the program in different ways (Exit whitout turning off the PC, Exit and turn off the PC, etc.).
To move between the various options, use Up/Down arrow.
Selected a option, press Enter to open it. To go back press Escape.
Once an option has been opened, pressing the button Alt it is possible to access a menu
where you can choose
For the details about the different function, consult the relevant sections.
The program is distributed free and over time it will be enriched thaks to your
The completely free version uses the speach Espeak while
the hig quality speach such as Ivona Giorgio or Carla are available for 80 euro iva included.
Download an example of text in mp3 read by Ivona Giorgio.
How to get the program
To download and test the program just click on the link below:
Winlucy is simple to install, but you must be connected to the internet during the installation, so that
the software can download automatically all the components.
To know all the news about the developement of Winlucy's, Read the page about the upgrades .
How to collaborate and get support
The best way to impruve
the program is to report if there are any
malfunctions and proposing New ideas.
So we invite the new users
to subscribe to the discussion list about Winlucy, sending a empty message to the following address:
and answering with an empty message to the confirmation e-mail that you will receive.
Once that you are enrolled, to send a message to the list, send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Who is enrolled, has the advantage to know when new functions are added or problems are solved.
WinLucy was born in Genuary 2012 it was designed and developed by the ingeneer
Luciano Muratore who is working in Tiflosystem.
You can write directly to the autor to the address
This program is dedicated to the memory of the Dott.ssa Lucia Guderzo; You can read her biography in this page.
In her name was also, established the
"Fondazione Lucia Guderzo".
For further information see the website www.fondazioneluciaguderzo.it.
initiativs about Winlucy's world
Braille Competition for young students!
page about BrailleLucy to know more.
Last update: the 11th of September 2013