MyWay Classic

Category: 

Description of App: 

GPS orientation aid which provides distance and directional information to a selected point of interest.
Such a point can be an address from your address book or a point of a self-defined route.
The non-free version of MyWay also allows file exchange via the iTunes filesharing option.
There, you can also import files containing nodes in Open Street Map format giving access to hundreds of POI in the proximity such as bus stops or restaurants.
Thanks to VoiceOver, visually impaired and blind people have unlimited access to this app. We recommend to turn on speaking of VoiceOver hints.

Apple Watch Support: 

Not Known

Version: 

2.2.2

Free or Paid: 

Paid

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone

iOS Version: 

8.3

Accessibility Comments: 

I have not encountered any accessibility problems. However, VoiceOver hints are used in an unconventional way..

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling: 

Most buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

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

Other Comments: 

There is a free version of this app, MyWay Lite. While MyWay lite is at version 1.3, MyWay Classic, which has received many updates recently, now is at version 2.2.2. It has finally evolved into a more user-friendly app. You can record your own points of interest, your own routes, and it now also offers turn-by-turn navigation. MyWay classic uses Open Street Map data. I would only recommend it for users in the US, Canada, the UK, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany, as you first have to download the data for your country from within the app, and only links to the data of the mentioned countries are provided. You could also search for the OSM-Filter software provided by the Swiss Federation of the Blind and create your own data and import it into MyWay, but I find this to be a complicated endeavour. Unfortunately, the manual is hard to find and poorly written. Go to Scout, Files, New, to download both map data and the manual.
Also, I think that the interface is somewhat counter-intuitive. For example, if I want to save my current position, I have to double-tap the street name of the address displayed. I can only learn this if I wait for VoiceOver to read the VoiceOver hint. So it may well be worth the time to explore the app and to listen to the VoiceOver hint for each screen item, but I would have preferred better labelled buttons. I believe this app has much potential, once you have managed to master it. This task could be easier if the interface were more intuitive and the documentation better written.
Please note that the free version, MyWay lite currently does not offer turn-by-turn navigation, so you will have to purchase the paid version if you want to try it.

Developer's Twitter Username: 

@jcathomas