Lime Assistive Technology Ltd

From the top of the image. Two rows of five green rounded squares, each shaded from dark green on the left, to a paler green to the right of each rounded square. They are followed by a row of one slightly rectangular shape with the same shading and colours, a long rectangular shape then the same slightly rectangular block again so to form an impression of a keyboard. Beneath that in a large font and in capital letters is the word lime. On the next line (bottom of image) is the word technology and ltd, the abbreviation of limited. This row has smaller text. End of description.

A vertical pale yellow word prediction menu containing the following nine words, the to that this they their there them than Each word is in a black font, apart from their t h e i r and there t h e r e to indicate that they are homophones. Each word follows a number 1 to 9 in grey boxes to the left of each word. To the right of each word is a blue box containing a symbol indicating whether that word has a written dictionary definition or a picture dictionary entry. They can then be clicked on. End of description.

Lime Assistive Technology Ltd was founded when we (a mother and daughter team) launched our Springboard PC-1 keyguard alternative.  I am the daughter part of team Lime Assistive Technology Ltd and have cerebral palsy.

I have been using word prediction applications since my student interview at Hereward College in 1989. MindReader for MS DOS was a game changer, as were the Windows applications that followed.  However, since Windows 10, the word prediction applications that I was using felt increasingly unstable.

Alinea Suite changed all of that, and I am now in a much better situation than I have been since moving from Windows 8 to Windows 10.  As a former DSA assessor, any recommendation for word prediction software would come with advice to use it constantly for several weeks as it’s use is a very different way of working, but is definitely worth it.

For dyslexic people, the advantages of using Alinea Suite’s word prediction include:

  • Clicking on a word makes Alinea Suite say it aloud without entering it into Microsoft Word
    Customisable background colour and font 
    Integration with Harper Collins dictionary (with text-to-speech reading of definitions)
  • Prediction glossary creation from txt files
  • A “waiting list” of words written rather than automatic inclusion into the prediction glossary 
  • Different background colours for the for different glossaries (customisable)
  • Different font colours for the following groups of words: compound, homophone, and verb (customisable)
  • A static prediction menu or one that follows the cursor

Outlook or whichever applications are supported. It is rare that I use an application that does not respond to text selected in the word prediction menu. Unlike others that I used, Microsoft Excel, Filemaker Pro, and the Facebook Messenger application all work perfectly with Alinea Suite’s word prediction.     

In terms of use by people who do not have a general or specific learning disability, so those with a physical impairment, or non disabled people, advantages include:

  • The ability to double click on a word in a supported application to add it the prediction glossary 
  • Optional text-to-speech output of the selected word entered into Word etc, immediately alerting you to a correctly spelt, but unwanted adjacent word
  • The ability to import existing work into your glossary 


This makes Alinea Suite’s word prediction application a very useful tool for professionals such as solicitors, doctors, scientists etc, and students, even if not dyslexic / disabled.   Note: VAT would be payable if you are not eligible for UK Disability VAT Exemption.  

It is also important to find the right combination of settings for you, but this is something that we are here to help with during your evaluation period, and after an individual or site license purchase. 

Page created: 01 February 2023
Last updated:  01 February 2023

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