AraWord – 9 – Credits


AraWord has been developed within the framework of the collaboration between the Department of Computer Science and Systems Engineering of the School of Engineering and Architecture – EINA of the University of Zaragoza,the Public School of Special Education Alborada de Zaragoza,and the Aragonese Center of Technologies for Education – CATEDU.

Project developed by:

  • Joaquín Pérez Marco. Department of Computer Science and Systems Engineering, University of Zaragoza.

Direction and supervision:

  • Joaquín Ezpeleta Mateo, Professor of the Department of Computer Science and Systems Engineering, University of Zaragoza.


  • José Manuel Marcos Rodrigo, Speech Therapist at CPEE Alborada, Zaragoza
  • César Canalís Casasús, Professor at CPEE Alborada, Zaragoza
  • David Romero Corral, Consultant of CATEDU, Alcorisa, Teruel


  • Alborada Public School of Special Education – Zaragoza
  • Aragonese Center for Technologies for Education (CATEDU)


  • AraWord uses pictograms from ARASAAC,created by Sergio Palao for the Government of Aragon,which distributes them under a Creative Commons license (BY-NC-SA).

AraWord – 5 – Text Menu



In this menu, we can select different options related to the Text or the Language of the document.

The basic options that we are going to find in this menu are

– Text formatting:allows us to choose the font, size and color of the text. Regarding the font, AraWord allows us to use any of the fonts that we have installed on our computer.

– Location of the text: allows us to place the text at the top / bottom of the pictogram.

– Upper/lower case text: allows us to exchange all the text or any of the texts between uppercase or lowercase letter.

– Language of the document:allows us to choose between the different languages to which the pictograms are translated, except those that have a spelling not supported by the Spanish keyboard (Chinese, Arabic, Romanian, Polish, …).

AraWord performs the conjugation of verb tenses in Spanish,as well as a wide repertoire of verbs frequently used in English, French and Catalan. In the rest of the languages, we must use the infinitive of the verb and, later, change the name with the option that we will explain in the next chapter.

AraWord – 4 – Menu Edition



The Edit menu presents the basic commands in any word processor.

One of the most striking options is the option to Paste a text that we have previously copied from the Internet.

IMPORTANT NOTE: the example shown below is just a sample of all the potential that AraWord has, but we recommend that, for a correct subtitling, you follow the suggestions that you will find in this section of the Open Classroom of ARASAAC: HOW TO SUBTITLE TEXTS WITH PICTOGRAMS

We select a phrase from the story “A special friend” in Easy Reading that we have extracted from the Sinpromi Base Library and using the combination Ctrl+C or the right mouse button we copy it.

Immediately, we head to AraWord and use the Paste option in the Edit menu or the Crtl+V combination.

As you can see the result is quite good. We will only have to use some tools that we will explain later to obtain the desired result.

AraWord – 3 – File Menu



When we open the application, we observe that the interface is very simple and that the toolbar has the most basic elements so that it can be used, not only by professionals or families, but also by users of augmentative and alternative communication systems. .

Initially, the AraWord icon appears showing us where the cursor is located. We can erase it to start writing. We are going to analyze the different options that appear in the File menu.

First, the New option appears, which allows us tostart writing a new text. Later we have the option of Save as … , which is used to save the text on which we are working and be able to Open it, later, to continue with the writing of the adapted texton which we are working. All those custom pictograms (which are not part of the ARASAACdatabase) that we have imported into AraWord and used in the document are also stored. In this way, regardless of which computer we open the document on, we will be sure that all the pictograms are displayed. The files are saved with the.awd extension, so in order to open them, we will have to do it directly with the Open option, from the application itself.

The Export As menu… offers, two possibilities: Export as image or Export as PDF

Within the Export as … Image option, we recommend using the JPG format. If you use this option, once the document is saved as an image, you can insert the image into any document or presentation.

In some occasions, when saving the image and inserting it, it may happen that we notice that the image contains empty space around it. To do this, the different text editing and presentation creation applications incorporate image cropping functions, which we can use to make it optimized.

The other option that we will find and that allows us to Print the documents is through the Export as …. PDF option.

The PDF export menuoffers us different possibilities, which as we configure, are shown in the Preview window:

  • Number of pictograms per line: this option allows us to adjust the number of pictograms that are inserted in each line. As we adjust the number of picts per line, the necessary lines are added to accommodate all the text.
  • Add ARASAAC license: this option is activated by default and adds the ARASAAC license terms to the footer of the document, guaranteeing us the ability to distribute the document freely.
  • Landscape PDF: When activating this option, the document changes its orientation to Landscape (Landscape).

Once the options that interest us have been defined and the final appearance of the document customized, we will press the “Export PDF” button, which will open a dialog box to save the PDF on our computer.

Once saved we can open it with any reader of this type of format and print it from there.

AraWord – 2 – Installation and update of the pictogram database


Video tutorials


Before installing AraSuite, you should uninstall the previous version for those of you who have it installed.

To proceed with its download and installation in Windows,we must enter the AraSuitewebsite in SourceForge and click on the Downloadbutton.

The MacOS and Linux versions can be downloaded from this other page:

Once you press the Downloadbutton, a new page will open. We must wait a few seconds for the compressed file download window to open.

When we have downloaded the file, we must double click on it and follow the installation process without modifying the parameters that appear by default.

As you can see, AraSuite also contains the applications TICO Interpreter and TICO Editor,corresponding to theTICO Proyect – generator of Interactive Communication Boards that is also included in the Suite.

To create a shortcut on the desktop, you should open the File Explorer and go to the C: drive, where you will find the AraSuite folder and, within it, AraWord.

We double-click on this folder to open it and right-click on the AraWordApp file to send it to the Desktop.

To finish the installation process, we will open the application, clicking on the icon on the desktop, and we will have to select the Resource Manager in the Toolbar and, later, on Check for updates. In the new window, it is noted that “There is a new version of the pictograms“. Click on the Update button to download the pictograms that, later, we will use with AraWord and TICO.

We can also install the pictograms, opening AraWord and selecting Tools – Resource Manager – Check for > > updates

After the update process, we can use the application with the entire database of ARASAAC pictograms and enjoy the new implementations it incorporates.