iBooks author

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Description of App: 

You have used iBooks on your IOS device but what about publishing your very own book? iBooks author is meant to make this possible. Unfortunately, there are some voice over accessibility problems with this apple mac application. Note, as far as IOS devices are concerned, the only way to view published books assuming you can get around the accessibility issues is by using an iPad 1 2 or 3 or iPad mini. I have tested this with an iPad 3 and an iPhone 4s and the 4s doesn't seem to allow me to view my published books whereas the iPad does. As I have mentioned there are some major accessibility issues for voice over users. To publish a book you need to choose a template. Then you need to put in things like authors name title not to mention to upload the book you want to publish. I have not as yet actually published a book using this application but I have tested everything else.

Version: 

2.0

Free or Paid: 

Free

Version Of macOS App Was Tested On: 

10.8.2

Accessibility Comments: 

There are some major accessibility problems for voice over users. They will find it difficult to choose templates, layouts, to insert table of contents pages and in some instances to upload the correct file and the correct method of converting the file into the correct format for IOS devices. Seriously not recommended for any totally blind persons. Partially blind users who use zoom will find the interface confusing at first. My only tip is to play around for a while before you decide to publish a book. Note, to publish a book, you need an account with iTunes which has to be linked with your existing apple ID.

Usability: 

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

Other Comments: 

This application was tested by a partially blind person both with and without voice over on a macbook pro and I found the performance of voice over to be very poor. It works with zoom.