AAC Keys is a keyboard and mouse emulation program for Microsoft Windows-based and Macintosh computers.
AAC Keys receives commands through your computer's serial port and translates them into keystrokes and mouse moves, giving you full control of your computer from another device. AAC Keys implements the common GIDEI (General Input Device Emulating Interface) commands (see below).
AAC Keys has been confirmed to work with Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT 4, Windows 2000, and Vista operating systems.
A Macintosh version was developed following the introduction of OS X by computer science students at Millersville University of Pennsylvania under the supervision of Dr. Blaise Liffick.
You can download English and German AAC Keys for Windows free of charge. If you find it useful, please consider a donation to The AAC Institute. However, this is not required.
Download the program by holding SHIFT while clicking on the link above and saving the program.
Move (or save) the program file into the directory you want to keep it in. Suggested locations are "C:\Program Files" or "C:\Windows". However, you may choose another location if you wish.
The Macintosh version is available in English only at this time. If you find it useful, please consider a donation to The AAC Institute. However, this is not required.
Download "Read Me First" .pdf file
Download AAC Keys for Macintosh (Version 1.2.0, updated 4 February 2006)
Changes made in Version 1.2.0
Dan Yocom, Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Now correctly runs on MacOS 10.2-10.3.8 (1.1.1 would crash on OS less than 10.3.9.)
Fixed bug that somethimes caused a crash when selecting a serial port.
Compiled as a Universal Binary. It should now run natively on both PowerPC and Intel based Macs.
Double-click on the AAC Keys program icon. The first time you run AAC Keys, a help file is saved to your drive in the same folder the program file is located. AAC Keys then starts your web browser and loads this file. This help file includes basic instructions for getting up and running as well as some common troubleshooting tips.
The following are Word documents.
Using GIDEI: Basic Computer Commands
Common computer functions
AAC Keys is a free unsupported program. It has been designed and tested to be easy to use and to work with many types of computers and operating systems.
If you have trouble getting AAC Keys to work, and the troubleshooting tips in the help file do not resolve the situation, your best chance of obtaining help is through a local computer resource person.