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GENERAL PRINCIPLES

Pictofacile allows you to transcribe a text written in one of the 26 languages and dialects offered into a combination of ARASAAC pictograms. This transcription is downloadable in pdf and printable directly.
The transcription is made from the referencing of the ARASAAC pictogram bank.

TO TRANSLATE A TEXT

Enter the text to be translated in the text bar
Press the "Convert sentence" box.
Each word is followed by one or more ARASAAC pictograms representing it.
For each word, click on the pictogram you wish to use in your transcription.
Then, in the additional options, select the skin colour or hair colour of the pictured characters.
If you don't choose a colour, a generic colour is used.
At the bottom of the page appear the result of the selection: The list of ARASAAC pictograms and associated words. Vous pouvez modifier le texte dans la barre de texte sous chaque pictogramme si nécessaire.
In PDF generation, define the layout of the pdf: select the number of ARASAAC pictograms you want to appear per pdf line. You have 4 layout proposals: 2 per line, 3 per line (4cm x 4cm corresponding to the PECS® format), 4 per line, 8 per line.
Please click on "Generate my PDF" : a preview of the PDF appears below.
Click on the printer icon to print the PDF directly.
Press the "download" arrow to download the PDF to your computer.
You can make changes to the previous settings of the transcript, the PDF will update automatically.

Enter a text to convert

In the text input bar, you can enter a word, phrase or text directly. The size of the text is unlimited within the loading capabilities of your network connection.
Punctuation is taken into account in the transcription. However, it does not appear in the result. For example, there is no pictogram transcribing "?" or "!".
If you want to make a pictogram symbol for punctuation appear, add the word "question" for a "?" pictogram or "exclamation" for a "!" pictogram or comma for a "," pictogram.
The dot "." serves as a line break signal in the pdf. Each dot positioned in the text induces a line break in the ARASAAC pictogram combination.
For example, for the text: The cat eats. The cat drinks. The cat sleeps.
There is a pictographic layout corresponding to
The cat eats.
The cat drinks.
The cat sleeps.

Select your ARASAAC pictograms

As each word is entered in the text bar, a selection of ARASAAC pictograms is displayed for each word. Scroll through the list of ARASAAC pictograms and select the one that most closely matches your expectation.
No pictograms match your text?
Edit the text using a synonym. Then replace the synonym with the original word in the text bar in the "Selection Result" space.
"Nothing was found for this word" is displayed?
This means that no pictograms were referenced to this word.
Doesn't any pictogram match the concept to be transcribed?
You may not select any images. No pictogram will be displayed in the pdf but the corresponding word will be written.
If not, edit the text using a synonym. Then replace the synonym with the original word in the text bar in the "Selection Result" area.
Your sentence is not transcribed correctly?
First try simplifying its structure to "Subject Verb Complement" or "Subject Verb".
Examples of rewording
For example, instead of writing "he is sleeping" enter the text "he is sleeping". Then you can change the result to the original text in the results preview.
For example, if you want to translate "Hello, my name is Marie"
Write "Hello, I am girl." Then you replace "girl" with the first name "Mary" to get a suitable pictogram combination.

ARASAAC pictogram colours

You can change the colour settings of ARASAAC pictograms featuring characters.
You can tailor the pictogram to the concept character you wish to represent. Choose the hair colour and the corresponding skin colour. The pictogram is then more figurative of the transcribed concept.
However, you can only choose one skin and hair colour for all the characters represented in the same text.

Selection result

If you have not selected the ARASAAC pictograms, click on "default pictograms for missing choices": the selected ARASAAC pictograms will be the first results of each proposed pictogram considered as the most relevant ones with respect to the reference words.
At this stage, you can modify the written text. For example, if you wish to see punctuation appear, re-enter it in the text bar. Replace synonyms with words from the original text where necessary. Adapt UPPERCASE/lowercase.

PDF generation

You have 4 possibilities of ARASAAC pictogram size with a maximum of 8 ARASAAC pictograms per line.
The size of 3 pictograms per line corresponds to the PECS ® pictogram format.
Once the pdf is generated, you can print it or download it to your computer. Each modification after generation of the pdf, induces an automatic modification of this pdf. There is no need to generate a new one.

MULTILINGUAL TRANSCRIPTION

The ARASAAC pictogram transcription is available in 26 Languages. To translate into another language, click on the "Languages" tab at the top right of your screen. Click on the language you are interested in. Then, follow the same text transcription path.

TREATMENT OF SMALL BUGS

When you transcribe several sentences in a row, the first text may persist in the editable preview of the results. However, you can generate the pdf: the new text will be written there.
To avoid this, refresh the page (loop arrow in your browser's taskbar) before entering new text to transcribe.