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WElcome to the March 2018 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly
newsletter which aims to
highlight what’s new and noteworthy on the AppleVis website. Below, you’ll
find a selection of the best
content posted to AppleVis – from new app entries, to app updates, to the
latest news and podcasts. For
easier navigation, the major sections of this post are at heading level 3,
and each individual item is at
heading level 4.
New and Noteworthy App Entries
1. AMI-tv (iOS, Free)
AMI presents the first and only video app made especially for the blind and
partially sighted community.
Access AMI-tv and AMI-télé original content wherever you go and on demand.
Watch AMI content for free. No subscription required. A wide selection of
AMI-tv and AMI-tele content is available at your fingertips with new content
Enjoy full AMI shows, documentaries and digital shorts from across Canada.
The apps’ fully accessible features ensure easy navigation, a convenient
video, frequently asked questions and described video integrated into all of
Current Version: 1.0.1 (March 13, 2018)
Read AMI-tv’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
Visit AMI-tv’s App Store page
2. Blindfold Slots (iOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Blindfold Slots is a fully accessible Slot Machine casino game for both
sighted and visually impaired people, designed for rapid audio play.
With Blindfold Slots, you can play on one of several machines, and bet up to
3 lines per machine. Some machines have mini games that you can play to
increase your winnings.
Payoffs on the machines vary from machine to machine, but start at 1 to 1,
and go up to 1 to 25,000 for really big wins. You can change the machine
style include manual pull arm and electronic
spin button. You can also change the way the wheels stop: automatic stopping
after a few seconds, a button to stop the wheels under your control, and a
button to stop each wheel independently.
Upgrades include unlimited coins and more types of slot machines with
Current Version: 1.1.8 (March 29, 2018)
Read Blindfold Slots’ AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
Visit Blindfold Slots’ App Store page
3. Braille block (iOS, Free)
When a visually impaired person is lost sight of yellow Braille block
(formal name “Visually Impaired Guidance Block”) at a station or a public
facility, its existence and the approximate direction
is estimated by the App, and also Warning block (dotted sureface block) is
detected. Furthermore, the App judges the route of Braille block and informs
how to proceed.
As another function, the App recognizes a railroad track on a station
platform and notifies the approximate position. Also, you can check the
direction you are facing. All of these recognition
results are transmitted by voice.
how to use
Hold your iPhone vertically and hold down the home button. You can use the
App just by tapping the screen towards the front ground. Because it is weak
against the screen shake, please
stop and fix the screen. The App will guide you by voice so that it is
inclined from 25 degrees to 46 degrees with respect to the ground. The
shutter sound does not sound because of
consideration to the surroundings. Also, flash does not shine. Please cancel
manner mode. VoiceOver function can be used either ON or OFF.
> Using iPhone’s Siri, you can also start the App by talking to “Braille
> block”. (To use Siri, press and hold the Home button)
Details of it’s use can be read by displaying the explanation screen with
the “Explanation, Screen” button on the App screen. Please be sure to read
Current Version: 4.2 (March 6, 2018)
Read Braille block’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
Visit Braille block’s App Store page
4. Microsoft Soundscape (iOS, Free)
Microsoft Soundscape uses 3D audio technology to enhance your awareness of
what is around you, and thereby help you get around and explore your
Soundscape will place audio cues and labels in 3D space such that they sound
like they are coming from the direction of the points of interest, parks,
roads and other features in your
You will need a pair of stereo headsets that you feel comfortable wearing
outdoors. For example, bone conduction headsets, Apple AirPods and in-ear
open headphones have proven to work
Soundscape is designed to live in the background and provide you with
effortless ambient awareness. Therefore, feel free to use it in conjunction
with other apps such as podcasts, audio books,
email and even GPS navigation.
As you walk, Soundscape will automatically call out the key points of
interest, roads and intersections that you pass. These can be adjusted and
turned on and off.
An audio beacon can be placed on a point of interest, and you will hear it
as you move around. You can place an audio beacon on a point of interest
that you would like to track such as your
destination, a point to return to or a landmark you are familiar with.
“My location” describes your current location and the direction you are
“Around me” describes nearby points of interest in each of the four cardinal
directions, helping with orientation. Try this out when getting off a bus or
leaving a train station.
“Ahead of me” describes points of interest in front of you, for example when
walking down the street.
Current Version: 1.1 (March 19, 2018)
Read Microsoft Soundscape’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
Visit Microsoft Soundscape’s App Store page
4. Sleep Talk – Sound Recorder (Apple Watch, US$2.99)
Listen to your Sleep from Apple Watch!
With watchOS 4 and the new background recording — monitor the noises that
occur while your eyes are shut each night.
Using a Speech Detection Algorithm, Sleep Talk only records when it hears
fluctuations in sound that mimic human vocals*. Scrubbing through hours of
audio each morning, and large audio file
sizes are a thing of the past.
Record directly from your Apple Watch (Enable Do No Disturb while using)
Listen and scrub with the Digital Crown through your night’s sound from your
Watch after you wake
Can be used worn, or placed charging bedside (recommended for first gen and
Stores the 3 most recent nights on the watch
Syncs in the background with the iPhone app for a full archive
Share the audio from the iPhone app
Optionally save your asleep/in bed duration to Health
Integrates with the sleep tracking app, Sleep Pulse 3 Motion, to provide
your potential sleep talk recordings from your night with a sleep analysis.
Check out the app, “Sleep Pulse 3 Motion” for more
Current Version: 1.03 (January 28, 2018)
Read Sleep Talk – Sound Recorder’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
Visit Sleep Talk – Sound Recorder’s App Store page
5. weather informant (iOS, US$4.99)
Weather Informant allows streamlined access and push notification of all
NOAA National Weather Service forecast, watches, advisories, warnings
observations, statements and discussions
from all 122 Weather Forecast Offices and six specialty centers. This is the
only application that allows access to all NWS products. It is quite simply
NWS in an app ! The redundant database
processes approximately 19,500 products per day.
All NOAA National Weather Service text forecasts, statements, discussions,
observations, tables, matrices, collectives, watches, advisories and
Valid Time Event Code (VTEC) displayed for all hazard products
View up to 72 hours of previous products (swipe)
Identifies your local NWS office based on current location (GPS).
Browse by individual NWS Office
Browse by active hazard type
Add favorites for any product
Customized favorites by product type, NWS office and keyword search
Enable push notification of any product favorite
Customized alert sounds
Favorite keywords are highlighted for easy viewing
Pinch zoom or zoom in and out
Hazards Around Me feature delivers active NWS watches & warnings specific to
your current NWS zone based on your smartphone location (GPS).
Current Version: 1.3 (March 25, 2018)
Read weather informant’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
Visit weather informant’s App Store page
6. Wordfinder Game (iOS, US$1.99)
Test your skills to see how many words you can find in over 28,000 puzzles.
Fully Voiceover compatible.
Customizable to suit your needs.
No In App Purchases
Current Version: 2.0.0 (March 29, 2018)
Read Wordfinder Game’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
Visit Wordfinder Game’s App Store page
All recent app entries posted to AppleVis can be found at:
Current Version: 1.7.8 (February 9, 2018)
Read Glucose – Blood Sugar Tracker’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
Visit Glucose – Blood Sugar Tracker’s App Store page
7. Power Thesaurus
The application has been developed and driven by PowerThesaurus.org (popular
20 million synonyms and antonyms.
Lighting fast, convenient and comprehensive
Easy-to-follow look & feel – with powerful assisting tools
Quick search – with auto-correction
Filter synonyms and antonyms – by parts of speech or topics
Flexible sorting – by rating, alphabetically, number of syllables or length
Visitors rate suggested words with handy voting, helping other writers to
find the best term
Crowdsourced, meaning it has been built by a community of writers for
Power Thesaurus is a constantly growing and improving synonym finder with
the collective power of its users and editorial team!
Current Version: 1.1 (January 18, 2017)
Read Power Thesaurus’ AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
Visit Power Thesaurus’ App Store page
8. WayAround Tag and Scan
WayAround is the smart assistant that gives on-demand details about everyday
things for anyone with blindness or vision loss. The simple tag-and-scan
approach lets you quickly and easily
identify what’s around you. The result? Better information, faster!
Use the app with our smart WayTags™ to add a description and other helpful
information to items around your home and office. WayTags come as stickers,
magnets, buttons, or clips, so you
can tag anything and everything. It also works as an audio labeling system
for those with good eyesight.
How does it work?
WayAround uses NFC technology (that’s Near Field Communication) to give you
information when you need it. Use the app in Tagger mode to add a
description and other details to your
WayTags. Once you’ve listed everything you want to know, just hold your
device close to the WayTag to write your information.
After tagging an item, use Scanner mode to scan a WayTag anytime to hear the
description and details. You can scan with your NFC-enabled smart device or
WayAround works seamlessly with VoiceOver and other accessibility devices,
including braille displays. The interface uses high-contrast colors, icons,
and large font, making WayAround
accessible for anyone with any degree of vision loss, including those who
are blind, low vision, vision impaired, deafblind, colorblind, and sighted.
Current Version: 1.0.3 (January 30, 2018)
Read WayAround Tag and Scan’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
Visit WayAround Tag and Scan’s App Store page
9. When Was My Last? – Track Life’s Important Events
When was your last tetanus shot? Oil change? Hair cut? Dental cleaning? Job
We need to remember — and possibly be reminded of — lots of life events,
but the built-in Calendar isn’t ideal for that sort of thing. (It’s too hard
to find your old events, and many times old events
don’t even sync to your phone. Just entered something and it synced into the
void? Ugh!) Some events are recurring, and we’d like to be reminded to do
them again, such as a hair cut or an oil
“When Was My Last” sits at the intersection of the built-in Calendar app and
Reminders app. When an event happens where you’ll want to recall the date
later, just quicky enter it in the app. With
or without a reminder. Use tags for easy grouping and filtering. You can
even keep notes.
When a doctor asks you when you last had a tetanus shot, you want to know
the answer. And, you don’t want to forget to spit-shine your Hummel
figurines every month. You need this app.
Current Version: 1.10 (February 28, 2017)
Read When Was My Last?’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
Visit When Was My Last?’s App Store page
10. Writers App – Basic
(iOS, Free With In-App Purchase)
Writers App is the ultimate notepad for writers. It offers you an adjusted
user interface to easily put all your thoughts and ideas about your story
into one single place. Writers App gives you
complete flexibility about the attributes and information you want to enter
for all the parts of your story, regardless of whether you’re editing a
chapter, character, place or item.
I like to call Writers App „Writers little helper“. It is the perfect
supplement in your creative writing process which helps you to outline your
thoughts and ideas and to plan the story you work on;
nothing more, nothing less. Writers App is developed for passionate writers
to help and support them in their daily work.
The main features of Writers App at a glance:
Create your stories in Writers App and outline all important parts like the
chapters, characters, places and items
Export the contents of Writers App as TXT file or print them directly from
your iOS device via AirPrint
Customize the app the way you want with given fonts, font sizes and
You can also unlock the following PRO features with a onetime in app
Synchronize your contents between all your iOS devices with iCloud
Organize all categories within the app the way you want to gain total
flexibility in planning and outlining your story
Add additional notes to all the elements to your story to capture extra
Customize your stories by adding own cover images to them
Export the contents of Writers App as TXT file with additional with Markdown
Lock the app with a passcode or even Touch ID
Use automatically created backups to restore contents and to keep all your
Current Version: 2.1.5 (December 9, 2015)
Read Writers App – Basic’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
Visit Writers App – Basic’s App Store page
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