Description of App
SeeingAssistant-Move LITE is an application developed by Transition Technologies S.A. in order to support blind and visually impaired people in everyday life. Aplication provides advanced geo-location and navigation features as well as current weather reports.SeeingAssistant-Move has been developed in close co-operation visually impaired people in order to address their needs as well as possible. Features:
- route planning
- support for LoadStone and OpenStreetMap POIs text databases
- advanced neighborhood scanner with world directions
- searching for location
- where am I functionality
- route recorder
- sharing points
- entering text by voice
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Apple Watch Support
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2 people have recommended this app
It appears that this is the new name for what was previously called "VirtualEye-MoveAssistant LITE" (now removed from the App Store). So, it might be useful to repost what AnonyMouse had to say about version 1.1.469 of that flavour of the app:At first, I was very excited to play with this. It almost sounded like if I dare to use the word Breadcrumbs? or even has some features of the popular Ariadne GPS? I admit when I first used this app. I was completely perplexed in how to use it. Not a very straight easy thing to understand at all. First, to note that it has no map, POI, or routes built-in. However, it claims you can download the OpenStreetMap of your area you wish to use as for the bases. So after sometime searching through the Internet I was able to find my state and was able to download it. Put it on to my device. Went in to the app. It was able to recognize the file. I even got it load up but failed to see anything. No maps nor no POI. I tried and tried many other things. Still couldn't find a way to make it work. They have some built-in cities throughout in Europe like London for example. So I wonder if those actually work? The Voice Command, Weather, Where am I? are all pretty easy to use and understand. However, setting up my POI is very confusing. I also don't understand the Toute. Which by the way this app is a Lite version. So you are limited in making one route and a limited number of Voice commands. If you want to upgrade you will be out of luck. The upgrade is currently not available. After some time. I was able to see that I could mark some of my POI and was able to understand that I can turn on this mode where you can scan the area. As you move around in a circle it will tell you what direction you are facing and where the close POI are at. I like that. So it pointed the way of where I could find our Complex Trash Depot for example and how far it was. It has some settings you will need to make changes to reflect to be more of a help. So I had it to sense and alert me when I got closer to a spot before alerting me. Otherwise it was really far away when it alerted me. It won't tell you what direction you have to go so there is no turn by turn navigation of any sort or least I didn't see anywhere to do that. So technically, I could leave say Cheese Crumbs of all of the places and spot I wanted to be alerted when I approach them. So it will say the distance and count down the distance as I got closer to a particular PIO of choice. All of the measurements are in meters and there is no way to change this to feet for those in the States. So after messing with it for about 3 weeks. I am no closer than I was when I got it. So by all means give this a try! It is free. You can try your areas by downloading the OpenstreetMaps. If you can figure this out and find it more useful. Please do leave comments here. I really do want to know how in the world you use this correctly! By the way the developer is from Poland I believe and their site is all in Polish. So getting help from the site is few and far in between. So Good Luck! Keep me posted!
What's New in Version 1.5
- bugs fixed
- iOS7 improvements
There is updated version on the AppStore - version 1.8.1 with German language.
There is updated version on the AppStore - version 1.9.
What's new in this version:
- added monitoring localization
- possibility to use in application the built-in speech synthesis - only iOS 7
- configuration presentation of direction in stand and moving mode
- edit points from "Show neighborhood", "Find in databases"
- added activating/deactivating database by voice command
- adding simulating location in "Find address"
- possibility to add points to databases
- added application usage statistics
- route can be registered again from "Routes list"
- additional messages about possibility to download databases
- possibility to activate database after download from Dropbox, website or imported from e-mail
- changed way of importing Open Street Map files, less restrictions
- name of route and database can be one character length
- bugs fixed
Seeing Assistant Team
I believe some of the issues people posted about are no longer in the app. I found it very straightforward, except that the new information, like the new location you have moved to is nearer the bottom of the screen. All the buttons that don't change, "repeat announcement", "force announcement", GPS info", "show neighborhood", "nearest open street map points", "where am I", etc. are at the top of the screen, the first things you encounter when flicking.
When it updates your location that is read automatically, so you can keep the phone in your pocket or on your belt. When you save a point you can give it a name or just go with the address. I am starting to experiment with using it to navigate open areas and finding that helpful: if I turn off the automatic address announcement.
You can simulate starting from a particular point so you can fool with what's nearby even if you aren't located there.
To edit a point, choose the button for points. Then select the point you want and select the button for actions, then edit. You can tell it to tie or not tie that point to the nearest address, and change its name. This is helpful if you type in a quick name and later want to give it a more descriptive label.
It's very good at telling you where points are located in relation to each other, 4 yards at your five o'clock.
It also no longer is just stuck with metric measurements, you can also select imperial (miles and feet.)
Unlike the post from before, I had no trouble downloading a database (I assume this is an OpenStreet Map.) I followed the prompts which were clear about what I needed to do.
My only complaint is that the term "database" seems to refer to both points you create individually and downloaded points from open sources. I think the built-in help should define all the terms and clearly explain what the buttons each do.
I think this is a very fine app and it's becoming my favorite for walking around. I believe we've overlooked it in the past as a good navigation aid because it used to have a clunkier interface.
Once you purchase the full version, you'll have to create your points again and download your databases again. The lite version doesn't integrate with DropBox. But the full version does, and it can import Loadstone databases and checkpoints as well as several other point and map database formats from the internet. The Loadstone site has tutorials on how these formats work. For converting from many different formats to one that this app will import, I have found GPS Babel, an accessible open-source converter to be especially helpful.
I'll put links to these tools in my review of the full version, which I'm typing up now.
There is updated version on the AppStore - version 1.14.
What's new in this version:
- added profiles of settings
- added categories for points from Open Street Maps
- added angle of monitoring
- configuration of shake gestures
- changed way for adding point to recorder route by shaking gesture
- fixed bugs