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→ Apple Accessibility Site Revamped and Updated

Apple products are simple, intuitive, and easy to use. And to help you do more in more ways, a variety of award-winning assistive technologies come standard. So every device not only has accessible features — but accessible principles — built right in.

Nice redesign and updated information on the Apple Accessibility pages. Definitely worth a look.

★ OCR App Prizmo for Mac 50% Off for a Limited Time

The OCR application Prizmo for Mac is currently on sale for 50% off for a limited time. The app is accessible, and even includes special accessibility features, great for VoiceOver users.

In our tests, the OCR rendered was very accurate, and the application is easy to use. It allows importing of images, PDF’s, or direct scanning or picture taking within the app itself, along with many other useful features. Among its accessibility features are the ability to warn the user if an image is blurry, and various progress and status messages.

For the next day or two, the app will be available in the Mac App Store for $24.99 USD, which is 50% off of its typical $49.99. At either price tag, the app is far more affordable than other options, such as DocuScan Plus or Abbyy Finereader.

★ The Maccessibility Dev Podcast #1 – Using Xcode with VoiceOver

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In this test pilot podcast, we discuss using the Xcode development environment with VoiceOver, including some useful settings, the layout of the main interface, and the basic usage of InterfaceBuilder. If you find this developer focused podcast useful, please let us know here. Whether or not we produce more shows like this one, will depend on the interest.

★ Maccessibility Podcast Special Edition #9 – Big News for ProTools

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In this special episode of the Maccessibility podcast, we speak to blind recording engineer Slau Halatyn, who has long been working with Digidesign and now Avid, to improve VoiceOver support in ProTools, the premier audio production software system. Avid has recently decided to make voiceOver accessibility an integrity part of its UI development and in-house testing, and Slau is here to give us all the details. This development is yet another example of how patience and cordial engagement with developers can yield remarkable results.

→ From Marco Zehe: An overview of accessible app.net clients

In this blog post, I will cover accessible clients for the app.net service, ordered by platform. It will be updated with new information as I become aware of it. I will also mention some apps in each platform’s “Other” section that I’ve tried and not found accessible, or which have problems severe enough to prevent productive use.

Great piece by Marco Zehe on the Accessibility of App.net clients. Not only are Mac and iOS clients covered, but Android, Windows and web clients are also discussed.