Braigo Companion

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Description of App

Ever been tagged in a post with a meme & not been able to read it? Ever come across a menu that's not registered in a menu app such as AllAccess? Enter Braigo Companion! This knew first-of-it's kind app will read photos, & describe the photo as well as read the text! You can take a screenshot of the photo & upload it to Braigo, share the photo either directly from the social media app, or upload them directly from your photos app.

You can also copy & paste the URL. of an image into the URL. Uploader and Braigo will download the image, describe it and read the text!

You can also upload files from Dropbox for easy reading!

Braigo supports the following file formats: Jepeg, PNG, PDF., DOC., and DOCX.

This app can also be used as an RSS. Reader. Copy and paste the RSS. Feed URL. and you're done.

You can share the meme or photo within Braigo & print it. Braigo will save your uploads as well and allow you to browse them at any time.

If you have a problem you can use the chat option within the app & get en touch with their tech support team & get your questions answered. They also have an FAQ. in the app that gets questions that people have asked within the chat.

You can also look at other people's uploads too. This app works great with memes & regular photos.

Version

1.3

Free or Paid

Free

Apple Watch Support

Not Known

Device(s) App Was Tested On

iPad

iOS Version

10.1.1

Accessibility Comments

This app is extremely accessible. The buttons are labeled & they have hints.

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

I followed this app from beta when it was a web-based application up to now. I jumped on it when I first heard about it from a post on the AppleVis Forum.

I will stress one thing. It will work differently with different social media platforms. I know that with Twitter you can upload the meme directly from the app to Braigo. I only have experience with Facebook. Here's how to be able to upload memes & photos from Facebook.

1. You can take a screenshot if you have another iOS. device & upload the photo.

2. If you're like me & only have 1 iOS. device, you can swipe until you get to the photo & click on it within the Facebook app.
Then double tap & hold until you hear an tone & VO. will say `Alert save photo.`
You may have other options, but swipe until you hear save. Once you've selected that, wait a few seconds for the photo to download then close it with a 1 finger swipe down & upload it.

Recommendations

1 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by Dawn 1 year 2 months ago

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Comments

Submitted by JTran2013 on Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hi,
Is anyone else having a problem intergrating their Drop Box account with this app? I have reported my problem and I am waiting on a response.
Thanks,
Joann

Submitted by Osibote B.H. on Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hello loved ones!

I downloaded this application moments ago and have been trying it out on my phone. I am surprised to read in the app's description as given both in the original appStore post and on this page, to read of the app being accessible or useable with VoiceOver. I'm surprised because all that talk of the app being accessible or designed with the visually impaired in mind seems to be all a myth, if my experience is anything to go by.

Now, my guess is that the app might not be useable at all on some iPhone models, models like mine which is the 4S model, howbeit my 4S runs the latest edition of iOS9.

Please I need some clarification on this. Anybody else using iPhone 4S and has tried the app? Please share your experience.

Thanks!

Submitted by JTran2013 on Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hi,
Here is the error message I receive each time I try to intergrate Drop Box.

This app is unable to link additional users because it has been frozen pending review.

What does this error message mean? How do I try to fix this problem? I have already tried to uninstall all of my apps that were linked to Drop Box with the same error message.
Thanks,
Joann

Submitted by Dawn on Thursday, December 1, 2016

I don't have an iphone, but, I think the app says in compatability that it requires ios9 or ios10 or later. I'm pretty sure it's ios.9.2 but I'm not sure. That'd be something to check on. Hope this helps.

Submitted by Dawn on Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hth support team at Braigo usually gets back to you within a few days. It took some corrosponding with them to figure out what to do in my case.

Submitted by Tasha on Thursday, December 1, 2016

I downloaded this app, and it seems pretty useable. It's a pity that Facebook doesn't allow for directly sharing images, because there are a lot of keystrokes involved to save and analyze an image. One keystroke that could be cut out would be if the app remembered your last choice for upload type (i.e. you didn't have to click camera roll each time because it would be highlighted by default). I also think the app should guide blind users in terms of focusing on objects; I take some pretty ridiculously bad pics (i.e. a bunch of pics of my hand holding the phone). and, given that fact, the app should provide a confidence score about how accurate it thinks the description is. I got some great descriptions but also some improbable ones (i.e. a cat wearing a tie, a person sitting on a toilet). But in general, your approach is way better than facebook's automated descriptions. One more thing: in the place where yu upload images from the camera roll, the app should pull the automatically generated descriptions from IOS so that the user can get a sense of what picture he or she is uploading.

Submitted by Dawn on Friday, December 2, 2016

Tasha, I agree with you.

You can eliminate the camera robl selecting all together. If you just go past it & select the image you want & then go to the done button.

For example, you go past camera roll button & done & you'll hear something like this. `IMG_0;22.jpg` & select that then go back to the done button hit it & you're done!

I agree that Facebook should allow sharing within the app don't get me wrong. But, in my opinion, you'll get so much more out of social media than ever before.

My family would tag me in a meme or I'd find a meme & I'd always have to say `Mom, what does this say?` I like the descriptions of photos for alternative text or alt-text which is artificial inteligence, there are times thatyou'd just love to have more. I'm kind of spoiled )wink) when it comes to Braigo now. I hope this helps you Tasha & everyone else out there.

Submitted by Dawn on Friday, December 2, 2016

It's free after set-up. You can log in with your Facebook or I think your twitter if you have one. But if you choose not to, or you don't have that option, then you'll create a free account.

Submitted by Kerby on Friday, December 2, 2016

When I double tap the photo on facebook, the phone freezes entirely. I usually have to do a flick down to get vo back and it puts me on the back button. I'm trying to save the photo on my phone so Braigo can see it. Any ideas?

Submitted by Dawn on Friday, December 2, 2016

Once you double tap on the photo, you open the photo. I'd give it a few seconds, then you put your finger on the photo, hold it until you hear the tone then go to save photo, slect that, then wait then flick down to close the photo. Hope this helps. If it doesn't work the 1st time, try it again I've had this happen a time or two to. Good luck & hope this helps.

Submitted by Lee on Friday, December 2, 2016

Hi Dawn you on IOS 10? I ask because on my iPhone 6S I can't save FB photos either. Same as other people tap photo then I don't get any option to save. I struggle to get back out of the photo to be honest. So I think something is wrong with either FB or IOS10 and voiceover. I don't know of any other way of saving pictures in FB either. Does anyone else?

Submitted by Kerby on Friday, December 2, 2016

I've waited several seconds for VO to say something and nothing. I swipe around after and I get nothing.

Submitted by Dawn on Friday, December 2, 2016

I'm running the lateit ios., 10.1.1 on my ipad mini 4. For the most part, I can save photos I'd say about 99.9% of the time. Sometimes I just go back & try & re-save or restart & it works fine. But for the most part, the photos save works great for me! Maybe with ios. 10.2 there will be a fix. You never know. Usually, it's just holding finger down waiting a few 2nds then going through the rest.

Submitted by falcon wings on Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The subject says it all.
What kind of descriptions does the app give you? is it similar to taptapsee using a bit of AI/software bits,and a bit of human assistance? or entirely based on either or 1 of them
Say I took a picture of me or me and a friend,what kind of description would I end up with?
Thanks!

Submitted by Dawn on Tuesday, December 6, 2016

I'm not entirely sure, but based on what I've seen so far, I think it's based on both. But I think it's more computer. They haven't released that info. Or if they have, I have not seen it. I have the email address of Braigo.

info@braigolabs.com

It may say something on there site, but last I checked, I couldn't find the info.

But let's take your scenario. You took the picture of yourself & a friend & uploaded it. If you looked at it on Faceboo, it may say something like this.
photo imagae may contain: 2 people close-up, people smiling

Braigo is a bit more sophisticated. If your image is umloaded to them, it will say something like this.
This is an image of: 2 people sitting on a couch smiling (for example) If we notice texts in the image then it's below. Then the text would be read to you if applicable.

All I know for certain, is that when a photo is uploaded to the servers at Braigo, it will be described, & the text will be read to you if it's there.

Iorry it's a little lengthy, but I really hope this helps you.

Submitted by mendi on Wednesday, December 7, 2016

I only wish one thing; that there was an easier way to maybe share the pic to this, as save, exit the app, pull up braigo, and then if I like the pic go back to the app and like it, (I'm speaking of FB here), is cumbersome. That and then I have to remember to go to my camera roll to delete the pics I've saved. All of that said, this is a step in the right direction, and I was pleased to be able to know what two photos were last night that friends posted on facebook, and yes they were the kind that "contain text." Excellent start to a good solution to start making things more accessible online, as it seems the move toward infographics isn't going away any time soon.

Submitted by Dawn on Wednesday, December 7, 2016

I agree with you.

I hated when I came across memes & such & it grossly limited what pages I could like & follow on Facebook. Now, I have a whole knew world opened up to me! I love it! My Mom tagged me in a post on FB. today & it was a meme. It felt good & impowering to be able to go to the meme p read it & like it!

I do have 1 tip for users of this app. You do not have to go to your camera robl to delete your images! You just have to open up your photos app & go from there! And when you select a photo, you do not have to select camera roll! Just go through the images until you find the one you want to read, select it & you're done!

Hope this is helpful for you Mindi as well as to other users.

I'd like to see them try & incorporate GIF.'S, but for now, I'm just happy to read memes!

Submitted by tOMER r on Monday, April 17, 2017

When I went to the library section of the app I found many many photos and docs uploaded by other users. What about privacy? Are all of the photos and documents I upload to this app become public in this manner? If so, I think users should be coationed before they use it. I assume many of them are not aware of this.

Submitted by Queenofeagles07 on Thursday, December 27, 2018

I downloaded the app again after almost a year, hope it Works better with Turkish now

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