Marlee Signs has just received a significant update.

Released in October last year, Marlee Signs is a sign language app that features none other than Marlee Matlin. Matlin is best known as an award-winning deaf actress. As a matter of fact, she is the only deaf performer to win the Academy Award for Best Actress. She won the Oscar in 1986 for the film “Children of a Lesser God.”

Marlee Signs helps you learn American Sign Language by letting you watch lessons delivered through videos starring the eponymous actress. It also teaches you how to finger-spell any word by letting you type the word and watch Matlin spell it for you.

As mentioned, Marlee Signs has just been issued a major update. This update happens to bring improvements to the app’s video lesson and spelling features.

For watching lessons, the update introduces automatic video replay, improved video player controls, and new screen gestures. And for spelling words, the update adds support for full-screen spelling and new screen gestures.

Actually, said newly added screen gestures are common for watching lessons and spelling words: double-tap to resize and two-finger tap to mirror left and right.

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The latest update to Marlee Signs also adds a new sign language e-card feature. With this new feature, you can create your own multi-image spelling instructions for any word and share them on Facebook and Twitter.

The update also carries the following enhancements:

  • Stunning visual improvements from top to bottom
  • Dramatically enhanced legibility of text
  • Greater support for landscape & portrait views
  • Tighter and more intuitive experience

And guess what. The update happens to be Marlee Signs’ universal update. Marlee Signs was launched as an app optimized for iPhone and iPod touch only. But now it has been upgraded to be natively compatible with iPad and iPad mini as well.

Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad running iOS 5.0 or later, Marlee Signs is available in the App Store for free. The app offers the first lesson pack for free, while the other lesson packs may be unlocked via in-app purchase.