FreeHour - Student App

Category: 

Description of App: 

From the AppStore:
With so many features for college and University students, FreeHour is truly the go-to app for all students. Feature list : 1. Shared Timetable - Finding free time with friends on campus has never been easier. With it’s super simple swiping interface, FreeHour can be used as a standard timetable app for every day of the week, however it also goes one step further. Simply choose friends you’d like to share your timetable with and just tap on any slot throughout the week to see who’s free to meet up. 2. Group Scheduling - Finding free time between groups of friends has never been easier. After having inputed your timetable, simply create a group and add your desired friends / classmates. Once this is done, FreeHour provides a list of all the possible free slots you and your friends can potentially meet in. This is great for assignments and study groups. 3. Lecture Reminders - Never miss a lecture with custom lecture reminders. With FreeHour, you can create custom reminders so you’ll never miss a lecture again (unless you want to). Simply head over into settings, and turn on Lecture Reminders. 4. Chat with Friends - Making plans to meet on campus, now a tap away. 5. Timetable Sync - Your timetable, on all your devices. ————— Features for students in Malta : 1. Student offers - Great weekly offers specifically for students. 2. Stipend Countdown - A monthly countdown to the day that all students love. 3. Student Jobs - Over 200 hand picked job listings per month. ————— Stay tuned for some updates. FreeHour Team.

Apple Watch Support: 

No

Version: 

4.0.7

Free or Paid: 

Free

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone

iOS Version: 

12.0

Accessibility Comments: 

Before the latest updates, this app used to be far more accessible than it is now. I hope the developer will fix this soon, because I think it is a useful app overall. In the timetable tab, after the "Now free" button, you will find 5 unlabeled buttons. These are used to switch between the different days of the week. Alternatively, you can do so by swiping left or right with three fingers. To add a new slot to your timetable, double-tap the unlabeled button at the top right corner of the screen. Also, when creating or editing a slot, the buttons to set the start and end time are unlabeled. There are some more unlabeled buttons throughout the app, and some are followed by the corresponding label as a textual element, but double-tapping this will perform the same action as double-tapping the button, which makes the interface a bit confusing and cluttered. The good thing is that in the last update, they made a big improvement in the settings section, which is a lot better and clearer than it was before, except for the unlabeled buttons: the different toggles are now identified correctly. Another issue I found is that some elements are completely ignored and skipped by VoiceOver, the most important of which is the list of chats in the Friends tab. So the only way to open up a chat is to double-tap on the friend's name and double-tap on the unlabeled button that you can find in the screen that opens up.
Apart from these issues, I think the app is still quite easily usable once you know how to deal with them and once you familiarize yourself with the interface. If you wish to report accessibility issues or give any feedback to the developer, you can find a Feedback button within the app itself. I think any feedback would be greatly appreciated by the developers because they're a new start-up and they should be made even more aware about accessibility. I have contacted the developers about the issues that I found, and they seemed to be quite responsive.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling: 

Most buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

There are some accessibility issues with this app, but it can still be used if you are willing to tolerate these issues and learn how to work around them.

Other Comments: 

This is my first app directory entry (and my very first post on AppleVis) so I hope it is clear enough and that you find this app useful. Please let me know if I made any mistakes and I'll update the entry accordingly. This is mainly an app designed for students, but I think it can be useful to organize your time in general, especially if you have scheduled tasks throughout the week, such as meetings or so. And the nice thing is that you can share your timetable with your friends or colleagues if you want to.