UK-based, Mac-focused educational software developer, Kudlian Soft, has introduced a new and easy-to-use word processor for schools, FreeText.

FreeText is suitable for all ages and is designed to match the needs of the education market. It integrates with the company's existing selection of educational software, and calls on Mac OS X's built-in word-processing features.

Teachers and pupils can use FreeText to make rich text documents and edit the font, font style and colour style, spell check documents, add bullet points, justify the text and work will the fully editable ruler.

Teachers also benefit from focused features, such as the word bank, where they and their pupils can build their own word lists, including whole sentences.

Access gets a boost with the application's built-in support for Apple's VoiceOver, which among other features lets pupils listen to their text being spoken by the computer.

A media browser helps pupils find images for importing into documents. Fully editable styles, a configurable interface and other custom options help make the solution widely useful.

Kudlian Soft director Roger Young explains: "A number of our users asked if we could produce a easy-to-use word processor with the look and feel of the rest of our Mac products. FreeText (also available for the PC) ensures users have an application that meets the needs of the classroom."

Young also reflects on the increasing use of computers in schools, saying this is driving demand for more complex educational solutions, and stressed the need to provide cross-platform access to software.

FreeText costs £29.95 (excluding VAT) for five user licences, or £95 (excluding VAT) for a site licence. A 21-day trial version is available.