Voicebook VO

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Description of App: 

Voice Book VO is a Facebook application designed specifically for those who use the Apple iOS Voice Over accessibility features. Basic Facebook functionality is finally available for the blind, low-vision, dyslexic, or other print-disabled people.

Imagine being able to quickly and comfortably scan your news feed, post your status, comment on and like items. You can now keep up with your family and friends in the medium they are accustomed to without the frustration of a partially accessible app or having to resort to a PCs screen reader that is often confused by Facebook's site.

As a special bonus, you will receive the ability to post statuses, comments, and like items free for 30 days. After 30 days you will be prompted to pay a nominal fee for these features, but can continue to read your newsfeed even without paying.

With community support, we plan on expanding the features of Voice Book. See our support website (www.activeinfosys.com) for more details about future enhancements.

What's New in Version 1.02

Bug Fix

Version: 

1.03

Free or Paid: 

Free

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPod Touch 4G

Accessibility Comments: 

AppleVis Editorial Team note: Later versions of this app have addressed some of the bugs mentioned by the original poster. Please see the "comments" section for more information. Original comments below:

The original Facebook app has never been a real problem for me, but this is a much simpler interface. To get to your entries, you swipe up and down instead of left to right. To comment or post a status, double-tap on the item you're interested in and you'll see different controls like add comment, read comments (if there are any), and post status. When adding a comment, you are brought into an edit field with a save button, however instead of saying add a comment to this post or something similar, it says post your status and press the save button. So it's not as clear as it could be. Also, when it refreshes, it lands you much further down in your timeline when you should be. When I tried this app the first few times after adding a comment, it jumped me down about 5 hours previous to where I was. In a perfect world the app would remember exactly where you were and bring you right back to the point you were. Not sure if this is a bug or a feature. *grin*
Don't let my comments discourage you though, please give it a shot. I'd be interested in other comments.

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: 

When I first installed this app, it took me a few tries to actually connect to facebook and grant access to the app, but eventually it did work. If the issue of refreshing and bringing you to the same point you were in your timeline could be fixed, I think this could be pretty good.

Developer's Twitter Username: 

@BenVegiard