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★ Learn the Shapes of Letters and Numbers for use with VoiceOver’s Handwriting Feature

Draconis Entertainment has released DoItWrite for iPhone, an educational tool and practice game for mastering the shapes of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, and numbers for use with VoiceOver’s new handwriting feature in iOS 7. From the app description:

Learn to draw lowercase letters, uppercase letters;;, and numbers for use with iOS 7’s VoiceOver handwriting feature!

This app is primarily intended for the blind or visually impaired, teachers or instructors of same, and other users of iOS 7’s VoiceOver screen reader.

Many blind or visually impaired people are not familiar with the shapes of printed letters or numbers. DoItWrite teaches you how to draw them in a simple way that has the best chance of being correctly recognized by VoiceOver, even if you have never learned the shapes of the characters previously. Once you get them down, practice your speed and accuracy with a fun game to blast characters as they tumble down the screen!

  • Learn how to activate the VoiceOver handwriting feature in iOS 7
  • Learn how to draw lowercase and uppercase letters, as well as numbers in a simple and accurate way.
  • Practice your newly acquired skills by blasting letters and numbers as they tumble down the screen.
  • Use the app to improve your onscreen typing skills by using the keyboard during game play.
  • Automatic feedback and coach via audio queues and speech output.
  • DoItWrite automatically detects when VoiceOver is not running, and permits the tutorial to be browsed with the onscreen keyboard. Great for sighted teachers and tutors!
  • Share your game scores with others.
  • Many ways to customize your learning experience.

DoItWrite is available on the iOS AppStore for $1.99 US.

★ Review - iOS 7 and VoiceOver

As is our custom, we are going to highlight some of the changes to VoiceOver and accessibility in iOS 7 here. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of the differences between versions 6 and 7, but rather a rundown of the most interesting things to expect in this update.

We assume, for the purposes of this look at iOS 7, that you are familiar with VoiceOver and how it works and behaves in previous versions of the operating system.

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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.

★ MRTP 038 – Apparently, He Wants Pizza

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In episode 38 of the Maccessibility Round Table Podcast, we discuss our initial impressions of Apple’s WWDC Keynote announcements, including updates to the MacBookAir line, the new Mac Pro, OS X 10.9 Mavericks, and iOS 7.

The Round Table is sponsored in part by Draconis Entertainment, offering exciting audio games for both Mac and Windows.

★ Prizmo OCR App for iOS Enhances VoiceOver Support

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.