Welcome to the October 2022 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly summary of what's new and noteworthy on the AppleVis website. Below, you'll find a selection of content posted to AppleVis by members of the community - from new app entries, to app updates, to the latest news and podcasts. For easier navigation, the major sections of this post are at heading level 3, and each individual item is at heading level 4.
New and Noteworthy App Entries
Craftbound - MMO Idle RPG (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Craftbound is an MMORPG idle/incremental game with a clean interface and charming pixel art. Featuring many skills, combined with a player based economy, and in-depth mechanics.
Enjoy everything you love about your favorite MMORPG’s —without the time investment. Craftbound is accessible to all players, with no pay-to-win or paywalled content. Rewarded video ads and in-app purchases are completely up-to you.
Begin your idle adventure, and join the growing global community.
Eldrum: Red tide (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Red Tide is a dark fantasy story about a former soldier who is searching for his family in a world ravaged by war.
Your brother is gone without a trace. What happened to him? The answer to this question lies at the end of a long and dangerous journey.
The world has changed. The place where you were born was burned to ash. People out there are struggling to survive.
You are a shadow of your former self, having suffered grave injuries during the war. But the past is the past. What matters is the here and now. You have the freedom to shape your own destiny.
There is always a choice.
- Nostalgic table-top RPG style
- Many secrets to discover
- Equip and build your character
- Multiple endings that vary depending on your choices throughout the story
- Replayability with different play styles opening up different locations, NPCs and gear
- Text based choices adventure RPG
- Supports both phones and tablets
- Accessible to blind and low-vision players
Current Version: 1.5.0 (October 26, 2022)
Pocket Reality (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Every day, a surreal new reality will be created just for you! Enter an open world where everyday objects come to life and you can play any way you want.
Maybe you're defending a cabbage moon from horse pirates. Maybe you're solving the murder of a wealthy spoon. Maybe you've always wanted to manage your own submarine farm, or date a strawberry? Maybe all of the above. The possibilities are endless!
Experience a daily procedurally generated text adventure that was never seen before and will never be seen again. Pocket Reality features a roguelite structure. Your choices have lasting consequences, danger is everywhere, and eventually you will be defeated and/or cause the world to be devoured. But don't worry: you'll start fresh tomorrow, and every defeat makes you stronger!
Current Version: 1.1.2 (October 16, 2022)
Podcast Guru - App & Player (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
You want an easy to use podcast player with simple settings and no fuss navigation? You've found your podcast app! We've designed Podcast Guru to install quickly, so you can find the shows you want to hear and start listening in 30 seconds or less.
Why are you going to love Podcast Guru?
- > Enjoy using Podcast Guru your first day, and every day, with a clean, lightweight experience that's simple to use and doesn't waste your time or bandwidth downloading annoying banner ads.
- Easily find your favorite podcasts, or discover new shows from millions of episodes available for free online. Podcast reviews and ratings powered by Podchaser help you find the best content. If you're switching from another podcast player, it's easy to import your current subscriptions in OPML file format.
- Stream content directly to your phone or download episodes to listen offline. Choose to only download content over wifi to avoid using cellular data.
- Podcast Guru gives listeners powerful features for free that other podcast managers charge for, including sleep timer and variable speed playback.
- Respects your system preferences - or configure to suit your mood.
Current Version: 1.0.8 (September 23, 2022)
The Klaxo Radio Hour (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
The Klaxo Radio Hour is an audio-based interactive narrative set in a 1940s radio!
Pull up a chair and grab a friend for radio's newest detective: Sandra McCall as Kat Keene, Investigator! Kat is a woman with a knack for finding trouble... and she'll need your help to get out of it! You can navigate the branching story by tuning to different radio channels. Can you help Kat crack her case? Only true sleuths will discover what lurks on the 'empty' channels... and how to solve the radio's curse!
Now offering a rare chance to be a part of radio history! Presented by Klaxo effervescent tablets. If life's got you down, you might as well be six feet under... without a Klaxo!
Wooshy (macOS, Requires Subscription)
Type. Return. Done.
Wooshy searches the whole macOS UI—including the Dock, the left menu bar and the right status bar—and clicks. Ditch the mouse and keep your lovely fingers where they belong.
Current Version: 1b1 (October 23, 2022)
All recent app entries posted to AppleVis can be found at:
Notable App Updates
1Password 8 - Password Manager (iOS/iPadOS, Requires Subscription)
1Password 8 is rebuilt from the ground up with an all-new design and powerful personalization. Security on the go has never been this easy.
The password manager that's as beautiful and simple as it is secure. Simply add your passwords, and let 1Password do the rest. Try 1Password free for 14 days, then keep going with a 1Password subscription*.
1Password remembers all your passwords for you, and keeps them safe and secure behind the one password that only you know.
- Create strong, unique passwords for all your online accounts
- Fill usernames and passwords into websites and apps
- Access your information on all your mobile devices and computers
- Share passwords securely with your family or company
- Unlock with a glance or your fingerprint using Face ID or Touch ID
Current Version: 8.9.6 (October 12, 2022)
Changes in Version 8.9.6
- A brand new version of 1Password for Apple Watch is now available with new features, complications support, and more!
- You can now turn off two-factor authentication for your 1Password account from within the 1Password app.
- We've improved the experience with VoiceOver while viewing an item details, including the way that field labels and contents are handled and enhancements to fields viewed in Large Type.
- In-app toast messages can now be read by VoiceOver such as when tapping fields to copy it.
- You can now sort your Favorites.
- You can now reorder and manage pinned fields.
Plus too many further changes and fixes to include here.
BC4000 - Civilization Model (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
The BC4000 APP is a turn-based strategy game. You take on the role of the ruler of a civilization, attempt to build an empire in competition with other civilizations. The game begins in 4000 BC, before the Bronze Age, and can last through to AD 2100 with Space Age.
Along with the larger tasks of exploration, warfare and diplomacy, you have to make decisions about where to build new cities, which improvements or units to build in each city, when to expand your empire by new settlers, and how to transform the land surrounding the cities for maximum benefit. From time to time your cities may be harassed by units from other nations or barbarians. You should protect borders and maintain zones of control.
You can gain a large advantage if your civilization is the first to learn a particular technology and put it to use in a military or other context. Since only one technology may be researched at any given time, the order in which technologies are chosen makes a considerable difference in the outcome of the game and generally reflects your preferred style of gameplay. Please carefully consider about forms of government, tax rates and research priorities.
You can also build Wonders of the World after obtaining the prerequisite knowledge. These wonders are important achievements of society, science, culture and defense, ranging from the Pyramids and the Great Wall in the Ancient age, to Copernicus' Observatory and Magellan's Expedition in the middle period, up to the Apollo program in the modern era. Each wonder can only be built once in the world, and requires a lot of resources to build, far more than most other city buildings or units. Wonders provide unique benefits to the controlling civilization. For example, Magellan's Expedition increases the movement rate of naval units.
The game can be won by conquering all other civilizations or by winning the space race by reaching the star system of Alpha Centauri.
Current Version: 1.7.5 (October 30, 2022)
Changes in October
- Fix voiceover issue when run on iOS 16
- Added several new maps
- Support to boost research progress
- List all completed research
- Support to fill granary on demand
Recent News and Views
- The New Features, Changes, Improvements, and Bugs in macOS 13 Ventura for Blind and Low Vision Users
- Apple Releases iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1; Bringing Many Fixes for VoiceOver Users
- Apple Releases watchOS 9.1 and tvOS 16.1
- Apple Releases iOS 16.0.3 and watchOS 9.0.2 with Bug Fixes and Improvements
- Apple Announces Completely Redesigned iPad With Larger Display, Touch ID on the Top Button, Landscape Front Camera, and More
- Apple Announces New Apple TV 4K With A15 Bionic Chip and HDR10+ Support
A Quick Guide to the System Settings App in macOS Ventura
By Tyler | October 24, 2022
In macOS Ventura, Apple replaced the familiar System Preferences app with a new app called System Settings. This app is fully accessible with VoiceOver, however the interface is quite different and many settings have been relocated, which may at first be disorienting to longtime Mac users. However, the new layout may feel familiar if you’ve used iOS or iPadOS, and you may eventually find that the increased parody between the two platforms makes the experience of locating and changing settings easier and more predictable on both of them.
Like System Preferences, the System Settings app can be accessed most conveniently from the Apple Menu, and can also be accessed via the Applications folder and various individual panels in the Control Center and Status menus. Once opened, you’ll be focused on a table of setting categories, many of which mirror the top level of the Settings app on iOS and iPadOS. The settings for each category are contained in a scroll area to the right of the table, and for added convenience, you can jump into the scroll area for a given category by focusing on it in the table and pressing VO-J. In addition, some setting categories are organized by heading, allowing you to select a category in the table and jump to a heading within the scroll area by pressing VO-Command-H.
Directly editing text under Braille Screen Input without moving the rotor
By Paweł Masarczyk | October 9, 2022
One thing that Braille Screen Input apps for Android, the likes of Soft Braille Keyboard or Advanced Braille Keyboard, seem to have mastered very well is the ability to write text and then simultaneously navigate and edit it without leaving the keyboard's interface. Under iOS, it seems, it is necessary to leave the BSI mode in order to find the desired granularity using the rotor, spot the places where corrections are necessary only to return to BSI once again to type whatever we wanted to in the first place. This sounds pretty tedious and I personally resort to making the corrections using the standard on-screen keyboard. It turns out, however, that there are gestures that allow for direct navigation and editing of the text written using Braille Screen Input and this tutorial serves to demonstrate how to use them. I haven't found this being mentioned anywhere else so I hope I am not reopening the same door again.
This Month in Podcasts
AppleVis Unleashed October 2022: Just Poke Your Hair in the Charging Port
In this month's edition of AppleVis Unleashed, Thomas Domville and Mike Malarsie are joined by Jeff Thompson from Blind Abilities to discuss recent Apple news and other topics of interest. Topics featured in this podcast include:
- Bringing Back the Voice of Steve Jobs from the Grave
- Apple Released the Next-Generation iPad, iPad Pro, and Apple TV
- Where's the Apple AR/VR Headset?
- And Here We Go! EU Passes Law to Switch iPhone to USB-C by End of 2024
- Could this Be the Next HomePod Revolution?
- Say What? Apple's Touch ID is probably never coming back to iPhone
- Apple Q4 2022 earnings
- What's in this month AppleVis News
Identify Common Errors in Text with the VoiceOver Text Checker on macOS
In this podcast, Tyler demonstrates the VoiceOver Text Checker on macOS, a feature that identifies common errors in typed text such as misspellings, repeated spaces, and misplaced capital letters.
This feature can be accessed via Keyboard Commander, and by default is mapped to the letter D. When in a text field, pressing this command should present menus for the types of errors identified in the text, such as misspellings, white space, etc.
Podcasts by Thomas Domville
- Introducing Klaxo Radio Hour; An Audio-Based Interactive Narrative Set in a 1940s Radio
- Quick Tip: How to Send an Audio Message on iOS
- How to Set Up Personalized Spatial Audio
- Parcel for iOS, Know Where Your Deliveries Are and When They Will Arrive
- How to Schedule a Notification Summary on iOS
- Quick Tip: Recall Email With Undo Send in Mail on iOS
- Introducing the Podcast Guru; An Easy to Use Podcast Player for iOS
- Quick Tip: Use Low Power Mode on Your Apple Watch to Extend Battery Life
Hot AppleVis Content
Here are some of our posts which have got people talking in the past month:
- First eSpeak-NG Beta for iOS Now Available
- mac users, have you considered switching back to windows/linux?
- Serious problem with Voiceover and recent calls using flick.
- Siri hey, Siri is losing ability
- Eldrum: Red Tide (Sequel to Untold) is out now
- U.S. apple support going offshore?
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