Nature Soundscapes update adds VoiceOver support

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Hello Everyone,

I’m Nick Culbertson, an indie dev that makes music apps and games. Previously a musician in Nashville, I try to share my love of music in the apps I create.

I recently received an email from a user saying he loved my Tuner app, but he was hoping for some modifications to accommodate his blindness. Thanks to VoiceOver’s built-in support, he was already using the app, but as I began testing with VoiceOver, I quickly found room for improvement and optimization. I was surprised to find certain features that were previously easy and intuitive were suddenly hidden when you couldn’t see the interface. This has completely shifted my perspective in designing apps.

I’ve stayed in contact with this user, who also happens to be a musician, and he is now helping me add accessibility to my other apps, starting with Nature Soundscapes for iOS and Apple TV (https://itunes.apple.com/app/id971949061). Nature Soundscapes is an app of serene nature and ambient audio loops including ocean, rain, and more to relax and recharge. For me, making apps is about improving people’s lives, and accessibility is becoming integral to that.

I’m proud to be serving this community, and I’d love to hear any feedback you have on the app. If you REALLY like the app, please consider adding it to AppleVis iOS App Directory: https://www.applevis.com/node/add/ios-app-directory

Here is the link to Nature Soundscapes now with full VoiceOver support: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id971949061

Thanks for reading,
Nick

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Submitted by Jarrod Jicha on Wednesday, August 9, 2017

just got the app a couple minutes ago. very nicely done! I have no complaints at all, but would like to make a suggestion. you should have a morning one that has the birds with no water sounds if that makes since. do you plan on adding other sounds? I just purchased the rest of the sound packs for the .99 pricetag.

Submitted by Nick Culbertson on Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Thank you Jarrod for your support!

I don't have immediate plans for adding new soundscapes, but I'll put that idea along with the suggestion of birds without the water in the feature backlog for future updates. Prior to this version the app had 8 samples which was just raised to 15, but I'd be happy to explore adding new scenes. Thanks for posting and the great suggestions!

I hope enjoy the app,
Nick

Submitted by sockhopsinger on Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Does the AppleTV version now have 15 sounds if I purchased it? Also, I see you are not doing new sounds at this time, but one sound that I think really makes an awesome background would be a desert sandstorm. Any chance we could ever see that?

Hey Sockhopsinger,

The Apple TV version also now has 15 sounds (5 free + 10 IAP). I'll add the idea of a sandstorm to the feature backlog also. I think I might actually have a sample in my library that might work for that.

Currently, I'm updating my other apps to include VO accessibility, and then I'm going to circle back in a few months for adding new features to Nature Soundscapes after iOS 11 is released.

Thanks,
Nick

Submitted by flcomputergeek on Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Hi, Nick:
Are the sound scapes stored locally on the device, or is this a streaming app? I was thinking of downloading this to use for sleep and relaxation when I am out of town and have no access to wi fi. I'd rather not chew up my data by streaming audio all night long. :)

Thank you.

Submitted by Bellsfurmama on Thursday, August 10, 2017

Thank you so much for working on accessibility for your apps! So many apps are inaccessible and it is discouraging when you have to hold your breath when you install one because you know there is a good chance it is unuseable. I hope other devs follow in your footsteps!

Submitted by Toonhead on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Not only did I download the app, but I also bought the extra sounds. This is very nicely done indeed. I think my fave is the campfire. Very cool!

Submitted by Nick Culbertson on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

In reply to by Toonhead

Wow, Toonhead! Thanks so much for the kind words and your support. Campfire is one of my favorites too.

Thanks,
Nick

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