VO Starter

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Category: 

Description of App: 

VO Starter is the first app to offer blind and visually impaired iOS users training on the built in screen reader, VoiceOver. For more information, visit our web site at iaccessibility.net
 

Version: 

2.0

Free or Paid: 

Paid

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone 4

Accessibility Comments: 

Very accessible and is simple to use.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling: 

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments: 

Thanks to Marco in making this aware to us. So we have now made an actual app entry for the app.

Here is a great comment from Kelly Sapergia in what he thought of the new app.

"I just finished going through this app, and for the most part liked the way things were presented. While I like using the built-in Voiceover Practice screen in the Settings screen, I think this app would be a good intro for people just starting out using VO.

I was glad there were a couple screens where you could practice typing on the onscreen keyboard, even though they recommend using Standard Typing (I personally prefer Touch Typing). Even though the Voiceover Practice screen says you can practice typing in that area, I was never able to do that, so I'm assuming that was an error on Apple's part. As for VO Starter, one part of the typing section confused me at first. I was prompted to type "ABC 123", so I typed it in, but didn't realize you had to put in a space after "abc". I wish this either had been indicated in the prompt, or that the space could've been dropped so you could type "ABC123" without spaces. As well, one thing I would've liked to have seen added in this section is an explanation of how the VO cursor works, since I'm still not used to correcting mistakes when typing in documents, but that might be a more advanced topic.

I also found some gramatical errors in the tutorial text, and the Resources section could've been formatted better with links you could tap on to bring up the websites mentioned, but for the most part this app was quite good."

I must admit along with Kelly had to say there were a few other things I would personally like to add for the developers of this fantastic app.

May I recommend that the Tutorial would jump directly in to the Buttons tutorial itself. What is the point of double tapping on the Begin button to only to teach how to use the double tap on a button?

So that was something else I had notice.

There are so much more I think we could see and would love to suggest. Like for the example perhaps the actual understanding of the Rotor and being able to rea characters or words for example.

However, this is the first release and what they bring to the table for those brand new users. I think this is a great way to start in how to use that VO on your device.

Great job to the developer and we can't wait to see for future releases of things to come.

By the way. A big thanks from the AppleVis Editorial Team of mentioning us with in the app itself! Thanks!