What is MaUSECat?
The Marquette University Spanish-English Catalog (MaUSECat) is a Windows computer-based system for selecting and presenting audio-visual stimuli in English and Spanish to patients with communication disorders.
MaUSECat is not a program. Rather, it is a collection of media files (photo, video, music, and speech) and a database catalog that work with the Adobe program Photoshop Elements 6 or 7. To use MaUSECat you must buy and install Photoshop Elements 6 or 7 on your computer. See the links under Getting the Software to learn about downloading a trial version of Photoshop Elements 7 or purchasing a copy.
MaUSECat comes on a DVD, the contents of which must be copied on to your computer. The first 500 copies of the MaUSECat disk will be sent free to individuals with mailing addresses in the United States. The cost of mailing, plus some of the other expenses incurred in the development of MaUSECat, have been paid for by a grant from the ASHA Office of Multicultural Affairs.
MaUSECat does two things. It lets you select media files from its library and it allows you to display (photos) or play (videos, speech, or music) the files you select in a variety of ways. You can display or play files from within the Photoshop Elements 6 or 7 program or you can embed them in PDF, video, or webpage (HTML) files that run independently of the program.
The design of MaUSECat is flexible, meaning that it can be modified in a number of ways to suit your clinical needs and interests. Some changes are very easy to make, others require a little more knowledge about Windows, different types of computer files, the Internet, etc.