A Busy July for AppleVis

Hello from the Editorial Team at AppleVis.

The past few days have seen lots of activity on the AppleVis website.

Firstly, we're pleased to say that we are finally able to feature Facebook as our Campaign of the Month.

This has been heavily requested, but has only now become possible because we've been given an email address to use that should ensure our messages reach the people who actually have responsibility for the accessibility of the Facebook service.

Over the past few weeks there has been much media speculation that Facebook will shortly be releasing a major update to its iOS app. By all accounts, this will be a ground-up rebuild, so it would seem a very good time to remind Facebook that it has a publicly stated commitment to providing a great experience for everyone, and that this is currently not the case for blind users of their iOS app.

So, we hope that as many people as possible will support our campaign.

You can find more details at: http://www.applevis.com/blog/all-new-facebook-app-ios-rumored-be-way-support-our-campaign-ensure-it-accessible

On that page you will find a link to the form that sends your message to Facebook. This already contains a draft template for your message. If you are happy with this, it should take less than a minute to add your support to this campaign. We'd love for you to spare us that time!

After you have done this, you could check out what people are saying about the newly-released Fleksy app: http://www.applevis.com/ios-app-directory/productivity/fleksy

Heralded as the app that will revolutionize the way that the blind use touchscreen devices, this radical new way of inputting text has already stirred up much interest and debate.

For now, opinions appear to be divided, over both its functionality and its price.

The latter has sparked a separate discussion on our website about the pricing in general of iOS apps that are developed specifically for the blind. Again, opinions seem to be divided, in this case on whether developers are asking unreasonable prices or if people simply have unrealistic expectations.

The blog that started this discussion was posted by Michael, who is the latest addition to our Editorial Team. We hope that you will join us in welcoming him aboard. You can read his blog post and the subsequent discussion at: http://www.applevis.com/blog/extra-cost-blindness-apps-reasonable-or-not

Michael would love to hear your opinion on app pricing, although before you do, you might want to take a look at another of our recent blog posts - an announcement that AFB are set to release a note taking app for iOS. You can read more about this app, along with some responses to its features and likely pricing, at: http://www.applevis.com/blog/afb-set-release-accessnote-note-taker-ios

If you live in the UK and are looking forward to this Summer's Olympic Games, the new Olympics app from the BBC will be an essential download. It provides all the news and information that you are likely to need, and once the Games have started will deliver 24 live streams of Olympics action. To make this an even more essential download, it sounds like the BBC have excelled themselves in making this app accessible to VoiceOver users.

If you are in the UK, you can download the app at: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/bbc-olympics/id538520463?mt=8

BBC Worldwide are offering a version of the app for those outside of the UK, which for licensing reasons will not include the live video streams. This can also be downloaded from iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bbc-olympics/id541610134?mt=8

If you're a Braille user and weren't able to attend the live chat session that we held this week devoted to the use of Braille Displays, we've now posted this as a podcast. The technical limitations of Zello mean that the audio quality isn't great, but we felt that the content of the session made it worth sharing for those who weren't able to attend. You can download the podcast at: http://www.applevis.com/podcasts/episodes/applevis-extra-our-live-chat-session-braille-users

Please be sure to follow us on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/#!/AppleVis

And also please visit and like our new page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AppleVis

As always, we'd like to thank everybody who contributes to the AppleVis website. Without your participation and support, the site would not be the great resource that it is.

The AppleVis Team

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