Prizmo, a scanning, OCR, and speech application for iPhone and iPad, has been updated with enhanced support for VoiceOver. From the release notes:
Prizmo is made for everyone, and is thus fully compatible with VoiceOver. It provides voice guidance to help position your iPhone when taking document pictures, and will find the text orientation automatically if it’s turned left, right or upside down. Prizmo’s quick capture mode provides a fast path from picture to speech synthesis for an improved workflow, and it provides a high-quality voice reader (individual voices available as in-app purchases).
So far, in our tests, the app works exceptionally well. The user is guided by voice instructions to properly fit the page in the camera’s view, and a series of tones leading up to the snapping of a picture helps to alert the user if their hand is not holding steady. OCR output has been surprisingly accurate, and the conversion works quickly and cleanly. We highly recommend this app!
Thanks to the Prizmo team for making another great OCR option for VoiceOver users.
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In episode 36 of the Maccessibility Round Table Podcast, our knights discuss a couple of accessible iOS apps before diving into a lively discussion of the NFB review of the Kindle iOS app. Controversy and debating o’ plenty, but there’s also a healthy dose of laughter. We’re all still friends, although Briley may not forgive fellow NFB compatriots Kevin and Steve for missing today’s show!
The Maccessibility Round Table Podcast is sponsored in part by Draconis Entertainment.
This is a fantastic overview of the Amazon Kindle iOS app’s VoiceOver support by Justin Romack. It is a fair and accurate assessment. It also provides some information for those who may be confused by the app’s somewhat unique interface. I highly recommend you read this review first, before putting too much stock in pieces posted by those with other agendas.
If you guys have been running away from the Zombies like I have, you’ll know how fabulous this app is. If not, check out the Zombies RUn Game site or read the description I’ve posted further below, taken from the App Store.
This app is a real motivator for my exercise regime! I constantly want to get on the bike and run from the Zombies, help complete missions and build my base to build the future from the Zombie apocalypse. This wasn’t entirely true before.
As a blind iPhone user,, who relies on the built in screen reader, VoiceOver, and someone who is determined to get fitter, I was intrigued when I learnt the guys over at Six To Start were working hard on accessibility in the this app. Now blind users can not only complete the missions but we also have access to the base builder. The redesign of the app has made the experience slicker for VoiceOver users and now I can pedal away on the exercise bike, running from the zombies just like everyone else.
The audio interface made this game and health motivator perfect for a blind audience but up until the 2.0 release we didn’t have full access to the entire game components. Thanks to Six To Start, it’s now possible.
My increasing fitness level thanks you Six To Start!
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The Looktel Money Reader app for iOS has been updated. It now supports twenty-one different currencies, and boasts improved focussing time. Currencies include:
- Australian Dollar
- Bahraini Dinar
- Brazilian Real
- Belarusian Ruble
- British Pound (including new 50 Pound note)
- Canadian Dollar (including new 20, 50 & 100 notes)
- Hungarian Forint
- Israeli Shekel
- Indian Rupee
- Japanese Yen
- Kuwaiti Dinar
- Mexican Peso
- New Zealand Dollar
- Polish Zloty
- Russian Ruble
- Saudi Arabian Riyal
- Singapore Dollar
- United Arab Emirates Dirham
- United States Dollar