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Posted on Thursday 13 October 2011 by David Goodwin

As much as we all love the level of accessibility that is available 'out of the box' with an iDevice, we probably all feel a sense of apprehension when a new update to iOS is released. We click the 'Update' button, silently hoping that accessibility problems from the previous version will have been fixed and that no major new problems will be introduced.

It's certainly difficult to imagine how it could be any other way. Apple undertakes extensive beta testing of every iOS version, but...

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Posted on Thursday 13 October 2011 by David Goodwin

It's no big surprise that a jailbreak was available for iOS 5 within hours of its release.

Unfortunately it's a tethered jailbreak, which for most of us will probably mean that it's more hassle than it's worth.

However, if you can't wait for an untethered jailbreak, mobiputing.com has a guide on how to jailbreak iOS 5.

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Posted on Wednesday 12 October 2011 by David Goodwin

For some time now I have been considering various ways to make the AppleVis site an even more useful resource. Inevitably, I end up facing the same old problems: the time demands; not having a breadth or depth of knowledge of the iOS platform, VoiceOver and iDevices; and having a writing style that doesn't lend itself to creating editorial content.

However, it’s clear that there are many users of this site who possess a wealth of knowledge and experience, so I think the time has come...

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Posted on Tuesday 27 September 2011 by David Goodwin

Version 2.0 of LookTel Money Reader is now available in the iTunes App Store.

LookTel Money Reader instantly recognizes currency and speaks the denomination, enabling people with visual impairments or blindness to quickly and easily identify and count bills. Simply point your iPhone’s camera at a bill and the application will tell you the denomination in real-time....

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Posted on Thursday 23 June 2011 by David Goodwin

AI Squared announced on Thursday the release of ZoomContacts, an iPad app for the vision-impaired.

ZoomContacts is a “Large Print” contact application for iPad users who have difficulty seeing small text on the screen.  ZoomContacts uses Apple’s internal Contacts database to store and manage information, but offers multiple font size and color combination choices to make it easier on the eyes.

ZoomContacts features a simple user interface with large, prominent buttons that...

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Posted on Sunday 19 June 2011 by David Goodwin

A new GPS app has just been released in the iTunes App Store that offers some innovative features for blind and low vision users of Apple iDevices.

Ariadne GPS enables you to know your position at any time and to monitor it whilst walking. You can configure the app to update you with information as you are walking, such as telling you street numbers or the current street name.

There is also the option to save specific locations and be alerted when you approach one of them,...

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Posted on Tuesday 19 April 2011 by David Goodwin

Digitalis have just released two games that have been optimised to take advantage of the advanced accessibility features available on Apple's iDevices.

Your Toast is a card game suitable for all ages. You can compete against friends or on your own.

Animal Pack is...

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Posted on Tuesday 5 April 2011 by David Goodwin

The much-anticipated ZoomReader app from Ai Squared is now available from the iTunes App Store.

Priced at $19.99, ZoomReader lets you magnify and read printed text by first taking a picture of an object like a book or menu, then converting the image into text using Optical Character Recognition technology. ZoomReader will then read the text back to you.

ZoomReader also...

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Posted on Wednesday 2 March 2011 by David Goodwin

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D) has released an iOS app that enables RFB&D members to
explore RFB&D’s extensive library of more than 64,000 downloadable DAISY formatted books.

The main features of the new app are:

  • Seamlessly navigate through audiobooks by using chapters and page numbers as points of reference
  • Adjust reading speed to your tastes by increasing or decreasing the speed of...
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Posted on Wednesday 23 February 2011 by David Goodwin

A new app has recently been released that could make life easier for blind people in the Toronto area.

Next Streetcar provides real-time arrival times for TTC (Toronto Transit) streetcars based on the user’s location. The app will automatically locate the user on launch or allow for manual selection of all routes and stops. Furthermore, you can add stops to your personal favourites for easy access at any time.

Next Streetcar claims to offer enhanced support for VoiceOver users...

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