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QRead Book Reading Software for $20


by J.J. Meddaugh

Accessible Apps offers QRead for $20. Use code SPRING2016 to get the deal. That's $10 off and the lowest price we've seen. QRead is a Windows-based book reading program which offers simple access to a variety of formats including PDF, Epub, and BookShare downloaded titles. Deal ends January 31.

Posted Wednesday, 20-Jan-2016 2:55 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

KNFB Reader App for $74.99


by J.J. Meddaugh

The KNFB Reader app is currently on sale for $74.99. That's $25 off list and the lowest price we've seen in several months. The KNFB Reader app is available for iOS and Android and reads printed materials captured with the camera. Deal ends January 4, 2016.

Posted Monday, 21-Dec-2015 2:39 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

Accessible Game A Dark Room for iPhone and iPad is Free On The App Store


by Michael McCarty

The iTunes App Store offers A Dark Room for iPhone and iPad for free. That's a $1 drop and the best deal we've seen for this accessible game.

Posted Wednesday, 28-Oct-2015 10:20 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

Forthcoming Sale on the KNFB Reader App for $74.99


by J.J. Meddaugh

The KNFB Reader app is now available for Android, and to celebrate, it will soon be on sale for 25 percent off. Starting Friday and continuing through November 1, you can purchase the new Android or iOS version for $74.99. That's the best deal we've seen on the app since the 50 percent off sale several months ago. The versions are nearly identical and allow for the reading of printed documents within a few seconds along with tilt detection, a field of view report, and document sharing.

Posted Wednesday, 28-Oct-2015 7:03 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

1,017 Android Apps for Free Through the Amazon Underground App


by Michael McCarty

Amazon offers a selection of downloads for Android for free via its new Amazon Underground app. (Follow the instructions on the provided link to download the app.) Choose from games, photography apps, and productivity apps. Note that not all apps will be accessible.

Posted Tuesday, 22-Sep-2015 6:49 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

Microsoft Office 365 Personal 1-User 1-Year Subscription for Windows and Mac for $29.99 [Shipped]


by Michael McCarty

E-Techgalaxy via eBay offers a Microsoft Office 365 Personal 1-User 1-Year Subscription for Windows and Mac for $29.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $19. It includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, along with OneDrive cloud storage.

Posted Tuesday, 07-Apr-2015 8:34 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

Office 365 Home Premium 5-User 1-Year Subscription Key Card for Windows or Mac for $69.98


by Michael McCarty

Tech Group Online via Amazon offers the Office 365 Home Premium 5-User 1-Year Subscription Key Card for Windows or Mac for $69.98 with free shipping. (No disc included; you'll need to download the software from office.com.) That's the best deal we could find by $19. It allows access to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access, Publisher and 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage.

Posted Wednesday, 04-Feb-2015 4:20 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

Ending Today: KNFBReader for $74.99 (expired)


by J.J. Meddaugh

Ending today, get the KNFBReader app for the iPhone for $25 off. Normally $99.99, it's available today on the app store for $74.99. If you happen to have purchased an iTunes gift card at a discount, it's potentially an even better deal. The OCR app now works on the iPhone 4S and above as well as the 5th generation iPod Touch.

Posted Wednesday, 24-Dec-2014 11:39 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

Today Only: $100 iTunes Gift Certificate for $75, Great for KNFB Reader App (expired)


by J.J. Meddaugh

Today only, PayPal Digital Gifts via eBay offers $100 iTunes gift certificates for $75. It's the best deal we've seen for a $100 gift code this year. The codes will be delivered via Email. Of Note, this could be used to purchase the KNFB Reader App for the iPhone at a roughly 25 percent savings.

Posted Thursday, 27-Nov-2014 11:30 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

Tap Tap See Comes to Android


by Alena Roberts

One of my favorite apps on my iPhone is TapTapSee. This app allows me to take pictures of objects, and have them identified. I can even identify what's in my pictures that I have on my camera roll. Yesterday, the makers of TapTapSee announced on twitter that their app is now compatible with Android as well as iOS. Features in the Android version are the same as they are in iOS.

Posted Monday, 07-Apr-2014 3:53 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

KickStarter Campaign: Help the Developers of Papa Sangre Release Their Newest Game


by Alena Roberts

If you're a fan of the Papa Sangre games and the Knight Jar, consider donating to the KickStarter Campaign from Somethin Else. The team wants to release their newest game, but they need more funds in order to finish the project. Their newest offering is called Audio Arena: Zombie Defense. In the game, your job is to fight zombies as a blind warrior. According to the KickStarter page, what sets this game apart is the audio engine. Unlike other first person shooters, not only are there no visuals, the audio experience is like none other.

Posted Tuesday, 04-Mar-2014 8:09 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

Music Zoom Makes Reading Sheet Music Easier For Those with Low Vision


by Alena Roberts

Reading regular sheet music can be a challenge for people with low vision. A new app for the iPad aims to solve this problem. Music Zoom is a sheet music app that allows users to enlarge their sheet music easily. Users are also able to scroll through the music using wired/wireless foot switches, or gestures on the screen. Other features of the app include: in app highlighting to draw the eyes to important sections of the music, inverting colors to white on black, and importing music from scanned images or the photo library. Music Zoom can be purchased for $19.99.

Posted Tuesday, 04-Mar-2014 8:09 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

NVDA 14.1 Beta Release is Now Available with Powerpoint 2013 Support, MOre


by Alena Roberts

A new version of NVDA has just been released as a beta. Some of the new features in NVDA 2014.1 include: support for Powerpoint 2013, support for braille displays that are connected using the Widcomm Bluetooth software, and readable labels for attachments or flagged emails in outlook or windows live mail.

Posted Thursday, 20-Feb-2014 11:50 AM ET in Software     Post a comment

Making Math Fun With Math Melodies


by Alena Roberts

Today I came across an app that makes me very excited as a future teacher of the visually impaired. Everyware Technologies, makers of iMove and other apps has just released a new app for the iPad called Math Melodies. It teaches math concepts using stories and music. The app is compatible with both Zoom and VoiceOver so it's a great option for both blind and low vision students. It also works with a braille display for kids that want to practice their braille while they play.

Math Melodies teaches math concepts that range from first to third grade. Users will practice counting, adding, subtracting, and patterns. They will also learn how to explore a table, a concept that is an important skill that can be quite challenging for blind children. The music and sounds are fun and engaging.

The developers are always appreciative of feedback. If you have any suggestions for how to make the app better, or you just want to thank them for the app, send and email to: accessibility@ew-tech.it!

Posted Monday, 20-Jan-2014 4:12 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

If You're Not Happy With the Changes to Fleksy Try Out Fleksy VO


by Alena Roberts

Fleksyy has had a number of changes since it's release. Some of these changes have been positive, and for some of us, the changes have been confusing. Now that Fleksy has opened it's SDK to other app developers, they want to make sure that the app is consistent and easy to use for it's users. For this reason, they've just released a new version of the app called Fleksy VO. According to the Fleksy blog: here are some of the changes that you'll notice in Fleksy VO. You can now tap and hold the top of the screen to bring back the menu, manual typing has been fixed, and you can use long presses for punctuation. In addition, your dictionary from other versions of Fleksy will be ported over, and it will always be free.

Posted Monday, 20-Jan-2014 4:11 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

Winamp Acquired by Belgian Company Radionomy, who has Produced Accessible Apps Before


by Alena Roberts

Last year's announcement from AOL that WinAmp was going away was unwelcome news from users who really like the software. For the blind community, WinAmp was a favorite app to use while hosting online radio programs or as an accessible alternative to iTunes or Windows Media Player. These users may be in luck though. WinAmp has just been acquired by a company in Belgium called Radionomy . According to the press release, Radionomy plans to bring Winamp back and to offer it on more platforms including mobile.

For those who are not familiar with Radionomy, it's a place where people can design their own radio stations and share them world wide. Since they offer a mobile app, I decided to check out the iOS version. I'm happy to report that the app is very VoiceOver friendly, and it is my hope that their radio station design tools will be just as friendly.

Posted Tuesday, 14-Jan-2014 1:51 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

KeySoft 9.4 Released with Nemeth Braille Support


by Alena Roberts

BrailleNote and VoiceNote users now have a new version of KeySoft. The main highlight of this upgrade is that users can write in Nemeth code and have it translated into print. This will make doing math much easier for users of these products. Students can write out their math using the Nemeth code and than provide it to their teachers in a printed format. The upgrade also comes with a tutorial for the Nemeth code for those who need a refresher or for those that are just learning it. The other major improvement in this upgrade is the ability to open and read Power Point 2007 or 2010 files. The upgrade is free and available now for download.

Posted Tuesday, 24-Dec-2013 4:03 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

Seeing Eye GPS 1.3 Coming With Numerous Updates Including $9.95 Monthly Subscription Option


by Alena Roberts

Sendero continues to make changes to their Seeing Eye GPS app, and the third update should be coming out soon. This update comes with many features that users have been asking for since it's release. Some of the highlights include the ability to run the app in the background or with the screen locked, the ability to play music and still get turn by turn updates, getting warmer routes no longer requiring a cell connection, and reduced calls to the server which uses less data and should improve battery life. The app will now also have a $9.95 monthly subscription option for those who want to test out the app, or for those who are unable to pay the larger up front cost of the yearly subscription.

Posted Tuesday, 24-Dec-2013 4:02 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

Accessing Spotify on the PC using the new app Blindspot


by Alena Roberts

If you're a premium subscriber to Spotify and have trouble accessing Spotify content on your PC, you now have a solution. A new app called Blindspot has been released. The app gives screen reader users access to their Spotify account and more. The app can be used in five languages including English, French, German, Spanish, and Swedish. The app uses a set of hot keys for navigation which users can learn about by visiting the documentation section of the website. At this time, the app only works with premium accounts, but the developer hopes that at some point, people who only want to use the free features in Spotify will be able to use Blindspot. Spotify currently only allows the use of their API for premium accounts, thus the limitation. Spotify Premium costs $9.95 a month and also gives you offline playlists and full access to their mobile apps.

Posted Thursday, 21-Nov-2013 1:49 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

WinAmp Will Soon Be a Thing of the Past


by Alena Roberts

Back in my PC days, Winamp was definitely my favorite music player. It was simple to use, and worked well with screen readers. I know there are still people who do internet radio shows using Winamp playlists. Sadly though, the times have changed, and the developers of Winamp have decided to bring this chapter to a close. There will be no new updates for the software, and you will only have until December 20 to download the application because after that day, it won't be available anymore. Tell us about your experience with Winamp in the comments. Will you find a new media player or just hold on forever?

Posted Thursday, 21-Nov-2013 1:47 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

TapTapSee Will Soon No Longer Be Free


by Alena Roberts

TapTapSee is one of my favorite apps. I've used it to identify many objects over the last year. I even had a chance to interview the developers about the app. It is truly the best object recognition app available, and two of it's best features were that it is super easy to use and it was free.

According to the TapTapSee website, due to the high cost of image recognition, the company will no longer be able to offer the service for free. Over the next few days, they will be rolling out their new paid subscription options. You can either spend $7.99 for 100 images to be recognized, or $9.99 for an unlimited monthly subscription. When you've hit the cap of 100 images or the month has run out, you'll be prompted to renew. If you find that you're not using the app as much or you find that you need more than 100 images to be identified in a month, you can change to the other plan when you renew.

Many people are likely going to be outraged by this change, but it's important to remember that the company kept the service free for over a year. According to one of their staff, they really didn't want to charge for the service, but that the costs have just gotten too high for them to handle.

Posted Friday, 08-Nov-2013 10:01 PM ET in Software     1 comment

AI Squared Releases A Free Upgrade for ZoomText for the Mac for Mavericks Users


by Alena Roberts

AI Squared has just released a new version of ZoomText for the Mac that is compatible with the New Mac OS Mavericks. The upgrade is free for users, and you can find the download instructions by following the headline link. According to their website, this is only for users that are running Mavericks. If you're still using Lion or Mountain Lion then you don't need to upgrade.

Posted Friday, 08-Nov-2013 4:00 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

APH Developing Math Robot, a Math Tutor App for iOS


by J.J. Meddaugh

The American Printing House is currently developing an iOS version of their Math Flash software, currently available for Windows computers. According to APH's Research and Development Report, Math Robot will allow students to be drilled on math products using the touchscreen or a refreshable braille display. The software is currently being tested and a release is expected within the next year.

Posted Thursday, 31-Oct-2013 8:34 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

The Makers of Zombie's Run Are Making a New Game Called "The Walk"


by Alena Roberts

The makers of Zombie's Run are developing a new game that will encourage you to walk rather then run. The makers of the game find that when there's a narration connected with your exercise, you're more likely to enjoy the exercise. According to an article in Polygon, this is the premise of the game, "You're given a vital package that needs to be couriered to Edinburgh, Scotland. You're about to get on the train when terrorists, attempting to get hold of this thing you have, blow up the station. An electromagnetic pulse kills all things electronic — cars no longer work. Now you're forced to walk the distance with the police on your tail." So instead of running from zombie's, you're walking quickly away from the police.

Unlike in Zombie's Run, the app does not just assume that you're exercising. The app will check in with you during the day, take samples of your movements, and estimate how much walking you've done for each day. Zombie's Run is accessible for both iOS and Android users.

Posted Thursday, 31-Oct-2013 5:22 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

Initial Impressions of Mavericks


by Alena Roberts

Earlier this week, Apple released it’s newest operating system for the mac, OSX Mavericks.. The best part, it’s free and it comes with some pretty cool new features. After playing with it for a few days, there are some things I’m really pleased about and some bugs that I look forward to Apple fixing.

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Posted Monday, 28-Oct-2013 10:45 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

JAWS 15 is Here


by Alena Roberts

If you've been waiting for JAWS 15 to be released, it's finally here. Now that Windows works with touch screens, JAWS has been updated to support touch screens and gestures. There are also a number of other new features. Read our previous post about JAWS 15 to learn more about the new version.

Posted Monday, 28-Oct-2013 10:43 PM ET in Software     1 comment

Code Factory's Mobile Accessibility Suite Bringing Limited Access to the Next Version of Windows Phone 8


by Alena Roberts

A degree of accessibility is finally coming to Windows Phone. Code Factory announced that their Mobile Accessibility suite of apps will be available for free in the next version of Windows Phone 8. The apps will provide access to contacts, text messaging, email, web browsing, and settings. They will also have caller ID and access to Voicemail.

This announcement is a long time in coming. The question is, how will the community react. Windows phone is far more popular in developing countries than it is in the US and Europe. Hopefully this means that the blind and visually impaired community in the developing world will be gaining access to technology they've never had. Unfortunately, the access available here may be far inferior when compared with iOS or Anroid. Still,it may be better than nothing for some.

Posted Friday, 25-Oct-2013 12:02 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

Ian Humphreys of Spoonbill Software Has Just Released Six New Games


by Alena Roberts

When I was a PC user, some of my favorite games were from Spoonbill Software. All of the games are free of charge and do not require a screen reader to play. Ian has just released six new titles in his Blind Gamers series. There are three new word games and three new card games.

The three word games are Word Jumble, Word Builder, and Word Solitaire. the Word Jumble and Word Solitaire sound like games I would really enjoy. Word Solitaire is like Boggle, only backwards. You're given the 25 letters and you have to place them in the 5 by 5 grid to form as many horizontal and vertical words as possible.

The three new card games are all versions of Solitaire. In Eleven's Solitaire, your goal is to discard as many cards as possible. You can discard cards if they add up to eleven or if they are a set of three face cards.

Descriptions of all of the new titles, as well as the many other games available in the Blind gamers series, can be found by visiting the Blind Gamers section of the website.

Games can be ordered by following the How to Order instructions. I hope everyone gets as much enjoyment out of these games as I did.

Posted Tuesday, 22-Oct-2013 11:39 AM ET in Software     Post a comment

After Hickups, Apple Releases New Software for the Apple TV


by Alena Roberts

In one week, Apple has come out with two new iPhones, a new version of iTunes, and now new software for the Apple TV. The 6.0 released actually came out last Friday but then was pulled after some users were experiencing some major usability issues. There are a number of new features in this update. Users will now be able to stream music, photos, and videos from iCloud, use the new iTunes radio, and buy music from the iTunes store.

Posted Tuesday, 24-Sep-2013 2:21 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

A Review of the BARD Mobile App


by Alena Roberts

The much anticipated BARD app is finally here. For me, this means I no longer have to carry more then one device, which in my opinion is huge. I can now access all of my books on my iPhone. So what's the new BARD Mobile app like, and what should you expect?

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Posted Sunday, 22-Sep-2013 3:29 PM ET in Software     2 comments

How to Use the New Handwriting Feature in iOS 7


by Alena Roberts

One important part of setting up VoiceOver is choosing what will be included in the rotor. The rotor options change depending on the app that you're in, but each setting can be very useful for navigating quickly. To change what rotor settings you will have access to, visit the Rotor menu within the VoiceOver menu in settings/General/Accessibility. One of the new rotor settings in VoiceOver is called handwriting. As with many features, there is no explanation of what this does or how to use it, but that's why we have this tutorial.

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Posted Wednesday, 18-Sep-2013 1:04 PM ET in Software     2 comments

Focusing on VoiceOver: a Quick Summary of Changes in iOS 7


by Alena Roberts

In June we learned about the 200 new features that would be coming in iOS 7. Most of the announced changes though had nothing to do with accessibility. With this in mind, we wanted to bring you a list of the changes that would be coming for VoiceOver users. To begin let's start with how you set VoiceOver to the settings you want.

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Posted Wednesday, 18-Sep-2013 1:03 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

Point Finder: A New Navigation App for Android


by Alena Roberts

GPS apps can be a great asset to the blind, but most of them will only get the person close to their destination. One solution for this problem is to allow the user to set their own points of interest (POI). A new app developed in Australia, called Point Finder, allows users to do just that. The app, which can be purchased for a dollar allows users to set their own POI's and get navigation instructions to reach their POI. If the destination is on a map, the user can interface with Google Maps to get turn by turn instructions. The app uses a continuous sound as the person moves toward the chosen POI. As they get closer, the pitch of the sound gets lower.

Posted Monday, 09-Sep-2013 3:37 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

JAWS 15 Public Beta To Be Released Tuesday


by Alena Roberts

Starting tuesday, Windows users will be able to download the first JAWS 15 public beta. The Freedom Scientific website lists all of the changes that are coming in this version of JAWS. Some of the new features include: a new cursor called the touch cursor that allows users to interact with objects found in apps in Windows 8, JAWS specific touch screen gestures in Windows 8, support for Vocalizer voices from Nuance, new FS Reader, automatic detection of braille displays, drivers of third party braille displays included in the JAWS installation, and updated Skype support.

The FS Cast this month features an interview with Eric Damery discussing the new features in the JAWS 15 beta.

Posted Monday, 09-Sep-2013 3:36 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

Paypal Updates Their iOS App Adding The Ability To Pay Local Merchants


by Alena Roberts

Paying with your cell phone seems to be the direction that many companies are heading. Paypal has just released a new version of their iOS app that will allow you to pay businesses with your iPhone. The app will search for businesses around you so that you'll know where you can use the app. The interface works great with Voiceover allowing users to pay for items on their phone and transfer money between accounts.

Posted Friday, 06-Sep-2013 11:38 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

Codename Cygnus Is Being Updated To Address Concerns About The Facebook Login Requirement


by Alena Roberts

Less than a week after the game launched, the developers of Codename Cygnus have submitted an update to address the concerns about using Facebook authentication to save game play. According to the press release, Jonathan Myers said, "We needed a way to support our dedicated players with the creation of save game profiles online, but requiring a Facebook login from all players was far too much to ask. We really regret it, and we're very happy to listen to our fans and make this immediate change."

Once the update goes through, players will now have the option of saving their game online without having to login to Facebook. The company is also running a limited time promotion that will give players the first episode for free and allow users to purchase all 5 of the episodes for $6.99, a dollar off the price they had at launch.

To learn more about Codename Cygnus, read our review .

Posted Thursday, 05-Sep-2013 1:14 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

New Victor Reader Stream Firmware Allows Users to Download More Content Wirelessly


by Alena Roberts

Starting today, users of the Victor Reader Stream will now have the option of downloading content from NFB Newsline and Bookshare wirelessly. After downloading the newest firmware version 4.2, users can then enter their credentials in for both services and start downloading content. Users can also get the upgrade by using the Humanware Companion software on their PC.

Other features in this update include support for Windows media and speak audio files, improvements to text to speech and audio playback, and improvements to the automatic software update check.

Humanware is offering a webinar to discuss the new features in this update on September 26. Register for the webinar by visiting the Humanware Events page.

Posted Thursday, 05-Sep-2013 12:53 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

Window-Eyes 8.3 Released with Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11 Support, Speed Improvements


by J.J. Meddaugh

GW Micro has released a free maintenance release of Window-Eyes, version 8.3. This version includes support for Windows 8.1, better support for Windows 8 modern apps, support for Internet Explorer 11 including the spell checker, improved support for apps using the QT5 framework, and numerous stability and speed improvements. It's a free update for those running version 8.0 or later.

Posted Wednesday, 04-Sep-2013 11:53 AM ET in Software     Post a comment

A Review of Codename Cygnus, a Choose your own Adventure Style Game for iOS


by Alena Roberts

Last month we told you about a Kickstarter campaign for a new interactive game called Codename Cygnus. The campaign was a success, and last Friday the game was released on the app store. Over the weekend I had an opportunity to test out the game.

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Posted Monday, 02-Sep-2013 2:17 PM ET in Software     1 comment

Free Learning Ally App Comes To Android


by Alena Roberts

If you are a Learning Ally member and use an Android device, you can now read books from their collection using the Learning Ally Audio App. The app has the same functionality as the iOS app. You can read any book in their collection, download directly onto your device from your bookshelf, navigate by page or chapter, and add bookmarks. In order to use the app you will need to have Android 4.1 or later. Like the iOS version, no search capability is included, so you need to log into the Learning Ally website to add books to your bookshelf. It's available now and is free from Google Play.

Posted Saturday, 24-Aug-2013 2:02 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

Sendero Announces New Version of Seeing Eye GPS Has been Submitted To the App Store with Minor Improvements


by Alena Roberts

Sendero has just announced that they have submitted Seeing Eye GPs 1.1 for the iPhone to the app store. There are a number of changes in this version and the company has decided to reward early adopters of the app by resetting their subscription date to August 20. This means that everyone has been using the app for free since it launched. Below is a copy of the release that discusses the changes and new features.

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Posted Tuesday, 20-Aug-2013 1:24 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

AI Squared Releases ZoomText 10.1 for Windows 8


by Alena Roberts

AI Squared has just released the newest version of ZoomText for Windows8 . Free trials are available for this release, which is only currently available on Windows 8. A Windows 7 version is planned. In addition to the Windows 8 support, support for Internet Explorer 10, Microsoft Office 13, and touch screen devices is included. They have also posted some videos to introduce the new features in version 10.1. We've included the list of new features from their website after the jump.

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Posted Thursday, 15-Aug-2013 6:25 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

BrailleBack for Android Updated With Support For More Braille Displays, Search on Screen Feature


by Alena Roberts

Support for braille displays on Android is improving with the latest update to BrailleBack. According to the Google Play website, these are the braille displays that are now supported: APH Refreshabraille,
Baum VarioConnect, Esys EuroBraille, Freedom Scientific Focus Blue (14 and 40 cell models), HandyTech (Basic Braille, Active Braille, Braille Star, Braille Wave, Braillino, Easy Braille), Harpo Braillepen 12, HIMS (BrailleSense, Braille EDGE), Humanware Brailliant (1st generation and BI models), Optelec Alva (BC640, BC68, Papenmeier Braillex Trio, and the Seika (notetaker and 40 cell. Several new commands were also added in this release, including a command to search for text on the current screen which works with displays with a braille keyboard. It's available now on Google Play and works with Android 4.1 and later.

Posted Tuesday, 13-Aug-2013 2:43 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

My Blind Spot Is Working On Making QuickBooks Accessible


by Alena Roberts

Technology has greatly increased the ability for the blind to find employment. Unfortunately, there is still a barrier if the software that companies use is not accessible to their blind employees. The non-profit, My Blind Spot is one of the organizations that tries to eliminate this barrier by providing scripting services so that screen readers can work with software that is unique to a specific company. Their latest project is to make the well known accounting software QuickBooks accessible. They hope that making this widely used software package accessible will open the doors to more jobs for the blind. We've reached out to the developers and will post more info as we receive it.

Posted Wednesday, 07-Aug-2013 2:49 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

Ballyland Teaches Children with Special Needs About the Keyboard in a Fun Way


by Alena Roberts

An organization in Australia has developed a new set of games called Ballyland that help teach children with special needs about the keyboard. Unlike many typing programs, no literacy skills are required. The five games isolate individual keys so that children can learn at a slower pace. According to the Sonokids website, these are the features of Ballyland: "Self-voicing, Spoken feedback, Zoom, Easy recognisable sounds and images, Adjustable colour contrast, and Adjustable response time."

The program is available for PC and will be released for the Mac soon. there is a free trial option or the games can be purchased for download. All prices posted are in Australian dollars.

Posted Sunday, 04-Aug-2013 11:27 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

Using Google Glass to Identify Objects


by Alena Roberts

Google glass may not be available for people to buy, but many developers are already working with the new technology. The company Dapper Vision is designing multiple apps for google glass, including two that are relevant to the blind. According to Engadget, the company is already testing out the apps with visually impaired users. One of the apps would allow the user to take pictures and ask either the crowd-powered Mechanical Turk or twitter what the object is. the other, called Memento, would automatically recite notes to the user about a recognizable scene. For example, the app could warn users about dangerous equipment that they might be approaching.

Posted Sunday, 04-Aug-2013 11:27 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

Kickstarter Campaign: Codename Cygnus - an Interactive Radio Drama for iOS


by Alena Roberts

If you're a fan of old time radio then you might be interested in this campaign on Kickstarter. Codename Cygnus will be interactive and use voice recognition during game play. According to the campaign website, this is what the game play will look like: "We're keeping our UI super simple. The experience is entirely sound and story: Writing + Voiceover + SFX + Music. With either a spoken word or a simple tap on the screen you can listen to the drama unfold in a progression similar to the multiple choice dialogue moments that you find in adventure or RPG games. You get to make decisions about what to do and what kind of agent to be in a world of espionage. Your iPhone/iPad recognizes your speech (or accepts the tap of a button) to trigger and play the next sound file so that the characters react to you as the events and story continue." Since the developers wanted high quality sound, they hired professional voice actors and built their own sound booth to save money. The first episode of the game has already been completed, and if they get funded, they'll start working on the second. At this time, the campaign is just over half way to it's goal and there are 11 days to go.

Posted Thursday, 01-Aug-2013 11:18 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

Watch Blindy.Tv with Ease On Your PC


by Alena Roberts

Watching TV that has audio description can be difficult to find and difficult to set up.
In case you haven't heard, Blindy.tv is designed to allow the blind to enjoy described television on their computers. The website offers five different channels to choose from and the content covers a variety of genres.
A software developer decided that they wanted to make the Blindy.tv experience even better. They have designed an app that you download onto your PC that allows you to watch Blindy.tv without using the website. According to the application's page, these are the features of the app: "On the main form, you will have comedy, drama, scifi, brain, and etc. You can tab to the station you want to listen to and press enter or the space bar on the play button to start playing. There is a stop button, adjust volume, and exit button."

Posted Monday, 29-Jul-2013 3:23 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

KeySoft 9.3 is available for download


by Alena Roberts

We announced earlier this month that KeySoft 9.3 was coming soon, and today Humanware says that it's available to be downloaded for free. Here's a link to our original post to remind you what new features are included in the upgrade.

Posted Tuesday, 23-Jul-2013 3:25 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

The NFB of Massachusetts is Partnering with Square to Make their Apps More Accessible


by Alena Roberts

Many small business owners are choosing to use square instead of a traditional credit card machine because the fees are lower and the square reader can be used with an iOS or Android device. The NFB of Massachusetts has decided to partner with Square to make their apps fully accessible to the blind community so that blind business owners can use Square with ease. Pasted below is the press release.

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Posted Tuesday, 23-Jul-2013 12:20 PM ET in Software     Post a comment

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