Frequently Asked Questions
Thinking about using 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. For a more complete description go to the What is MaUSECat? webpage.
MaUSECat can be used with a Mac only if you have Windows emulation software installed that allows you to run the Windows version of Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 or 7. There is a Mac version of Adobe Photoshop Elements. However, it is designed differently than the Windows version and therefore cannot import the MaUSECat catalogs.
The MaUSECat catalogs contained on the DVD work with Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 and we have online catalog updates that work with Adobe Photoshop Elements 7. However, we do have catalogs that are compatible with versions 3, 4, and 5 of Photoshop Elements. Please contact us via the Suggestion Form if you are interested in obtaining these catalogs.
The MaUSECat catalogs and media files are provided free of charge. To use them, however, you must purchase a copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 or 7.
This depends on each employer's software guidelines. What you should do is seek approval to use Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 or 7 on your computer. MaUSECat itself merely adds data and media files that work with the Adobe program. All of the media used in MaUSECat were taken from public domain sources on the Internet or were created in our laboratory.
There is no restriction on the copying of MaUSECat files but you must abide by the End User Licensing Agreement (EULA) for Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 or 7, which limits the number of computers on which you can install a single copy of the program. The creations made with MaUSECat--PDF files, videos, and web pages--can be opened on other computers that do not have MaUSECat installed on them.
MaUSECat can be used with any client who may benefit from its visual and auditory stimuli. The pictures can be arranged differently to suit the needs and interests of the client (single picture display, minimal pair display, filmstrip, slideshow, webpage, etc.). MaUSECat's tagging scheme is targeted mainly at problems of phonology and language but it could be adapted to serve other purposes.
The general arrangement of the Spanish version is identical to the English version, such as the location of the albums and tags on the screen. You operate both versions in the same way. The majority of pictures and videos are used in both versions but some pictures have been eliminated or changed in the Spanish version to make them more culturally and linguistically relevant. The phonological and grammatical tags used in the two versions reflect the linguistic characteristics of each language.
No, only one catalog can be open at a time.
You can't display Spanish and English words side by side within MaUSECat and therefore can't save them to a file in this format. The best option would be to create an English slideshow or group of photos, save it as a PDF file and then do the same thing with a corresponding group of Spanish words. You could then display both separate files side by side on the computer screen by shrinking the size of the two windows.
You can present photos one at a time, in a slideshow where the photos advance manually or automatically, in pairs positioned side-by-side or above-and-below on the screen, or in a group as small as 2 or as large as 100. You can also create interactive web pages, slideshows, photobooks, and filmstrips to make the activity more engaging or portable for your clients. All of these different options are explained in the help files available on the Using the Software webpage.
In terms of design, there are three features that distinguish MaUSECat:
- It's free (though you have to buy a copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 or 7, so perhaps we should say it's very inexpensive)
- It's very flexible. You can change the photos and videos, add new ones, change the way words are tagged, and create new albums.
- You can use it to create new materials in electronic or hard copy form. These materials can be used independently of the software and for home practice.
- It is based on a linguistic model used in Computerized Profiling, software for language and phonological analysis by the same author.
Yes, you can change the photos, tags, names of photos, or photo captions. You can also add new photos. new tags, or new albums. All of these different options are explained in the help files available on the Using the Software webpage.
Three American English voices and one Mexican Spanish voice are available. The English voices are those of a young Midwestern white woman, an 11-year-old Midwestern white girl, and a young Midwestern African American woman. The Spanish voice is that of a young Mexican American woman. You can hear samples of the four voices here.
MaUSECat does not provide games per se but there are several features of Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 or 7 that can be molded into games. For example:
- You can create interactive web pages that display pictures with animation and that can be customized to include text about or from the client.
- The Yahoo Map feature allows pins representing different photos to be placed on a map of anywhere in the world. This map can then be used to play a game of discovery, recall, etc.
- You can create slideshows in which individual target photos can be graphically altered using a toolbox of text, cartoon figures, dress-up clothing, stars, banners, balloons, etc.
Already have MaUSECat...
See the webpage on Installing MaUSECat.
All the photos and videos contained in MaUSECat are extensively tagged for their phonological features. Word stimuli for any consonant singleton, consonant sequence, or vowel can be selected and displayed by simply choosing the relevant sound(s) and position(s) from the Task Pane. In addition to showing the picture stimuli, you can play the audio caption for each photo so that the word is pronounced aloud. The phonological process albums can be used to present a set of word stimuli that present opportunities for the occurrence of the selected pattern. The minimal pair albums provide pairs of words that contrast specific consonants or vowels.
Yes, you can send materials home with clients by using one of the Creations options: photobook, slideshow, or webpage. By creating one of these and then saving it as a PDF file, WMV video file, or HTML webpage file, you can send it home via email or save it to a CD or flash drive. All of these different options are explained in the help files available on the Using the Software webpage.
Yes, they must of course purchase and install Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 or 7 on their home computer. You can loan them or can make a copy of the MaUSECat DVD.
The Edit menu at the top of the screen allows you to choose "Undo 'action'". By choosing this option, the last action of deleting an image or folder will be undone and the image or folder will reappear. Also, the Undo arrow located near the top right of the screen will undo the action as well.
Yes, you can do both of these things as well as changing the caption for a picture, the tags associated with that picture, or the audio caption for that picture. All of these different options are explained in the help files available on the Using the Software webpage.
If you have a problem with MaUSECat, use the Bug/Problem Report Form to let us know about it. If you have a suggestion to make for either the website or the MaUSECat software, use the Suggestion Form.
You can reproduce any of the MaUSECat help files for this purpose. These files are available on the Using the Software webpage.
To save a group of pictures or videos so that they are available every time you open MaUSECat, create an album, locate the media you want, and then add them to the album. You can create as many albums as you want and you can organize them into groups. If you want the media from the album to be available separately from MaUSECat--so that they can be used on a different computer or sent home for practice--then you should use the Create function to convert them into a PDF file, video, or webpage. All of these different options are explained in the help files available on the Using the Software webpage.
We are not aware of any research that has assessed the effect of different picture stimuli on the pronunciation of words elicited by those stimuli. Intuitively, it would not seem to matter, as long as the picture puts the target word in the mind of the speaker and that word is then spontaneously uttered. However, our purpose in including articulation test albums with MaUSECat is not to replace the picture stimuli that come with each test. For reasons of standardization as well as copyright, clinicians should always use the actual test materials when administering any norm-referenced articulation test. The articulation test albums can be put to good use instructionally, as they allow students to compare the lexical content of a number of tests. For example, by selecting a test album and then searching for a specific phonological tag, one can quickly determine the number of 3 syllable words, the number of initial clusters, the number of affricates, etc., in that test.
Each new version of Adobe Photoshop Elements has been able to import catalogs created by previous versions and we see no reason why this will change. Beyond that, there is no reason you will have to upgrade to a newer version if you are satisfied with MaUSECat and your current version.
When you select "View Photos in Full Screen" from the Display menu, a dialog window named "Full Screen View Options" will appear. This dialog window allows you to set the preferences for the display. To display photos without sound or text, you should set Background Music to "None," you should uncheck the box labeled Play Audio Captions, and you should uncheck the box labeled Include Captions.
Yes, you or your client may record his or her own voice for any of the pictures. Before you do this we recommend that you make a copy of the MaUSECat catalog, rename it, and then load that catalog into Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 or 7. This will allow you to keep the standard voice(s) as well as your newly recorded ones. The steps for making new recordings are explained in the help files available on the Using the Software webpage.
Select the photos you want to print, then select Print from the File menu, select Contact Sheet as the type of print, and then check the Caption box. You can adjust the size of the photos by changing the page layout.
The two Spanish catalogs are titled "con articulos" and "sin articulos," respectively. The first of these two catalogs includes the relevant article form (singular or plural, masculine or feminine) for all noun stimuli. The article appears both in the caption and in the audio caption. The second catalog omits the article. For purposes of phonology treatment you may wish to use the "sin articulos" catalog while you may prefer the "con articulos" catalog when treating lexical or morphosyntactic problems.
Click on the item to select it, then show the Properties window for the item (click Window, Properties or type Alt-Enter). Click on the yellow Keyword Tags icon to show all the tags currently assigned. To remove a tag, right-click on it and then select the tag you want. To add tags, find the tag you want in the Task Pane, then click on it and drag it to the photo or video. The new tag will appear in the Properties window.
Using the Find menu, you can search for words either by filename or by caption. Once the word you want is located, you can click the Back button to view it positioned within the catalog as a whole.