Crowsflight

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Description of App: 

Crowsflight is a GPS compass that simply points. No instructions, maps to read or paths to follow. When we ask for directions on the street, a friendly finger pointing towards the destination is often more than enough. By combining location data (GPS) with the compass, Crowsflight provides mapless navigation in an intuitive, glance-at-it kind of way. It uses only GPS to navigate, so once you’ve loaded your destination/s, you don’t need a data connection to navigate. Crowsflight is perfect for wandering around foreign cities. MAIN VIEWDisplays distance in metric or imperial units Drop a marker at your current position Heading pointer changes width as the compass/GPS accuracy increases or decreases LIST VIEWSearch for a new destination by address or placename Input latitude and longitude manually (e.g. open search, enter 40.692,-73.944) Location list view shows your relative distance to each location, so you can see how places compare (distances are scaled logarithmically, so shorter distances show greater difference) Rearrange your location list by long-pressing the row Share your current location via email Launch Maps to get turn-by-turn directions MAP VIEWMap view shows and allows you to select all your saved locations. It’s another way to see what is around you. Drag and drop pins in map view to pinpoint and adjust locations OTHER FEATURESWorks offline (searching is the only function that requires an internet connection) Opens custom url schemes (e.g. crowsflight://&ll=42.923580,-78.793953&q=BUFFALO). You can send Crowsflight destinations to yourself and friends via email. To get the browser bookmarklet for easy sharing, go to http://cwandt.com/#crowsflight Backup your locations to your computer through iTunes file sharing *Crowsflight is free, but limited to saving 5 locations. If you want save more, the app will ask you to purchase an unlock for 99 cents. **Crowsflight is not meant for driving. Most cars have too much magnetic interference to show the compass reliably in the car anyways. You probably want turn by turn directions if you’re driving, but just in case you were thinking about it...we don’t recommend it. 

Apple Watch Support: 

Not Known

Version: 

1.5.3

Free or Paid: 

Free

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone

Accessibility Comments: 

It was impossible to get anything meaningful or usable from the app. There's a few poorly labeled buttons, but I wasn't able to find a way to enter a location or to get VoiceOver to provide anything more than the distance to the locations which come preloaded. There was no feedback from VoiceOver on the direction to those locations.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads a few page elements.

Button Labeling: 

No buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

Some parts of the app are accessible with VoiceOver, but not enough to make it usable.