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Welcome to the October 2017 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. Blindfold Millionaire (iOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Blindfold Millionaire is a fully accessible trivia game inspired by the TV
Game Show “Do you want to be a millionaire”.
You start the game by picking one of the answers for each question. If you
get it right, you win some cash, and move onto the next question. If you are
wrong, you lose all the cash you’ve won so
far, and go home broke. You must answer all 15 questions correctly to win
one million dollars.
The game includes lifelines such as phoning a friend, asking the audience,
or removing half of the wrong answers. You can walk away at any time and
keep your winnings.
Current Version: 1.1.5 (October 26, 2017)
Read Blindfold Millionaire’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more
Visit Blindfold Millionaire’s App Store page
2. BrailleTalk (iOS, Free With US$69.99 In-App Purchase to Unlock Full
Braille Talk is an application that reads out Braille electronic book using
synthesized voice incorporated into iOS devices, such as iPhone or iPad.
It deals with various kinds of voices: Since it corresponds to various voice
types embedded in iOS, you can select the voice of your choice.
Customize sound settings: You can freely set the speed, pitch and volume of
Check the word during reading loud: One sentence is displayed during reading
loud, you can check the detail explanation of the character on the screen.
Move freely reading place: You can move freely to any volume, page, line,
Set bookmark: You can place bookmarks on any specific page and jump to
reading location where you set the bookmarks.
Word Searching: Enter any character, and you can move to the exact reading
Downloading books: You can download books by logging in online library by
the Safari, or others, finding the book then downloading through Braille
Talk. You also store books in online storage,
such as Dropbox.
Current Version: 1.1 (October 10, 2017)
Read BrailleTalk’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
Visit BrailleTalk’s App Store page
3. Highlands, Deep Waters (iOS, US$3.99)
While investigating a murder in a small Scottish town, you’ll find yourself
embroiled in a world of secrets, cultists, and abyssal horror. What are you
willing to do to solve the case? And what will
you do when you don’t like the answer?
“Highlands, Deep Waters” is a 340,000 word interactive horror novel by
Fernando B Neves and Lucas Zaper, where your choices control the story. It’s
entirely text-based—without graphics or
sound effects—and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.
Play as an insightful Detective, a resourceful Criminal or a mysterious
Gather and interpret clues with the Deduction system. Will you solve the
Face the hidden truths that derange your mind with the Sanity system.
A carefully crafted town including hand-drawn maps, unique history and
Play as a male, female, gay or straight. The Abyssal Ones treat everyone
just the same.
Current Version: 1.0.1 (October 5, 2017)
Read Highlands, Deep Waters’ AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more
Visit Highlands, Deep Waters’ App Store page
4. Nearby Explorer Online (iOS, Free)
Nearby Explorer Online is a free indoor and outdoor location app designed
for use by people who are blind. It works much like the full featured Nearby
Explorer app, but it does not include
NAVTEQ onboard maps.
The app works by letting you select from several different location related
options about what to announce as you move. These include typical items like
street name, address, and nearby places
as well as the distance and direction to them. (All announcements are
optional.) All of this information is shown on the home screen and is
available at any time, but typical use is to adjust the
level of announcements, then lock the screen and put the device away. This
keeps both hands free and lets your preferred voice speak the
characteristics of the environment as you move.
You may also use the devices position and orientation to obtain additional
targeted details such as pointing the end of the device to scan for points
of interest or tilting it vertically to function as a
compass. This all works with the device locked, so one need not fuss with
the touch screen while moving. You may even mark a point, then use the
position of the device to get haptic feedback
about that point’s location.
Nearby Explorer Online includes a transit feature that provides detailed
mass transit schedules for over 60 metropolitan areas in the U. S. and
Canada. It treats transit stops just like favorites and
points of interest by announcing their name and relative position as you
move, but in addition, transit stops add next vehicle stop time, direction
of travel, and route name to the announcements.
You can use the transit schedules to look up times or even follow a route.
You may virtually move to any area and search, or use the transit maps for
Current Version: 1.14.0 (October 19, 2017)
Read Nearby Explorer Online’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more
Visit Nearby Explorer Online’s App Store page
5. Speech Central: School Reader (iOS, US$2.99)
This edition of text to speech app is specially crafted for schools to make
learning more productive and accessible, helping everyone to find his way to
better grades and greater knowledge.
With 11 supported text file formats, you can import any material to be read
aloud – supported document types are: PDF* (imported in an intelligent way
so that repetitive text in headers and
footers is skipped), Microsoft Word (.docx), Microsoft PowerPoint (.pptx),
OpenOffice/LibreOffice (.odt, .odp), .html, .txt, .rtf, supported ebook
formats are .epub, DAISY and .fb2 and emails
in .eml format. All those formats will work only if a document has no DRM
(PDF files with passwords can be imported).
The app can also import the content of web pages with a special care to
limit this access only to the safe content by receiving only the pages
shared from Safari.
The app is tested to be accessible with VoiceOver by legally blind users. It
can be used as an assistive technology and helper for people with visual
impairments and disabilities like dyslexia
(dyslexia friendly font is included in the app), and it contains many
settings specially crafted for those purposes. Bookshare, an accessible
online library is integrated into the app.
Current Version: 3.3 (October 13, 2017)
Read Speech Central: School Reader’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for
Visit Speech Central: School Reader’s App Store page
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