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Dark Defender

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Description of App: 

Dark Defender is my second game inspired by an old arcade. This time, as the name suggests (because my imagination is just that bad) this game is based off of Defender).
Fleets of alien abductors are slowly invading planetoids inhabited by humans. Your task is to clear as many planetoids as you can of alien abductors and kill as many of their motherships as possible.

Version: 

Beta 1

Free or Paid: 

Free

Version Of OS X App Was Tested On: 

10.12.5, 10.13

Accessibility Comments: 

It’s an Audio Game, so there aren’t any accessibility issues. As the manual recommends, it’s best to change the game to use “Web speech” in the speech settings menu, and then play with VoiceOver off as it interferes with the arrow keys.

Usability: 

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments: 

I helped testing this game and make sounds for it and I can say it’s a blast to play. There’s also a Windows version available on the site, as well as one that can be played On-line without downloading it though that will only work if using Chrome for now.

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@guilevi2000

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Speech Central: Text to Speech Suite

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Description of App: 

Text to speech app that can read aloud web pages, browse web pages and RSS feeds (allowing you to enqueue the reading of the articles while headlines are read), documents and e-books for you while you are doing something else. The app can create a speech or audio file from any page that you browse inside the app or by pasting a link of an internet page from any other app. The text to read and its language will be detected automatically. It can also read Microsoft Word (.docx), PowerPoint (.pptx), PDF and many other text file and e-book formats (.epub, .fb2) and turn them into the speech. By using the app you’ll build your knowledge base in an easy way. Each read item is automatically moved to the Old Articles which supports powerful search and filtering features. Those texts are always available offline. Annotation tools are there to mark an item as favorite, or bookmark an important paragraph in it. You can use app with any of supported languages for text to speech on macOS. Latest macOS features including the Touch Bar are supported. Reinvent your life, if you are busy cut the time you spend in front of the screen and listen to the news articles, documents and e-books while you are doing housework or even commuting and jogging (by using the audio files). For people with visual impairments and disability like dyslexia this can be a great assistive technology.

Version: 

1.0.6

Free or Paid: 

Paid

Version Of OS X App Was Tested On: 

10.12.5

Accessibility Comments: 

The interface is very easy to navigate and to use. The read text is visible, activating a section of it will start reading from that position. Longer operations will usually not make the entire application busy.

Usability: 

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments: 

The developer is very friendly and is open to accessibility improvements.
This application is one of a few, and in my opinion the best-working one so far.

Developer's Twitter Username: 

@labsii

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A Guide to BARD Mobile for iOS

Intro

Hi! Welcome to my guide on BARD Mobile.

I will make sure you are familiar with all the elements and screens, the ones that are most important I mean.

So, what are we waiting for? Lets do this!

Halt! You Must Know This…

In order to use this app, you must have a BARD account or NLS account as you may call it. Yeah, I know you are like, awww, but that’s how they do it.

So, you must have that set up. ###Signing In
You must first agree to the terms of service/privacy policy by selecting the agree button before you can sign in.

Once you do that, you can sign in with your account credentials. Then, hit the login button.

The app will load for a bit, then you will be in your Bookshelf screen.

Bookshelf

Your Bookshelf is your main tab in the BARD Mobile app.

The books that you get are organized in four folders/categories.

  1. Audio books

  2. Audio magazines

  3. Braille books

  4. Braille magazines

You may also see a help folder with some tips or guides that you can consult.

Lets move to the tabs at the bottom of the screen.

Tabs/Sections

In the BARD Mobile app, the sections are organized in tabs.

The first tab is selected, which is the Bookshelf tab, which I told you about above.

Secondly, you have you Get Books tab.

Thirdly, your Settings tab.

And finally, your Now Reading tab, which is dimmed if you are not reading anything.

Get Books

In the Get Books tab you can find recent books and recent magazines, along with a Wish List and Browse BARD button.

Sadly, you cannot download a book directly into the app, because there is no search function, so you must select the browse BARD button, otherwise you can look in the most recent books/magazines to find something you like.

When you select Browse BARD, you will be focused in a Safari like interface, but it is not Safari, it’s the built-in app browser.

Use the Rotor settings and put it on headings, then flick down till you find the Find Books heading. Flick right till you find the text field to search the collection.

Type in what you want ot search, and hit return on the onscreen keyboard or the Go button to the right of the text box.

Now, you will get your results. It will tell you how many books were found referring to title, author, annotation, etc.

Adding Books to The Wish List

There are two ways you can do this: you can either keep following my instructions, or use a separate device like a Mac or PC to add to the wish list, then return to the app.

But the iOS way, simply find the book you want and find the add to wish list button in the toolbar associated with the book. If you are satisfied with the books you’ve downloaded you may press the get books back button.

Downloading Books

To download a book that you’ve added to your wish list, locate the wish list button, then locate the book you would like to download by doing a single finger double tap on it. You will get a confirmation alert, and if confirmed with ok, the download will begin.

If you are still in the app when the download completes, you will hear a door bell sound from the app and an alert pop up confirming the book has been successfully downloaded.

Listening to Audio books

To listen to an audio book, go to the Bookshelf tab and select the Audio books folder.

Find your audiobook and double tap.

An audio book player will appear on your screen, in a DAISY type layout.

At the most top you will see the title of the book, a navigation button to take you through the table of contents, an author status, narrator status, and time status.

After that you can find more items like the sleep timer, bookmark, etc.

Previous and Next Buttons

There are two types of previous and next buttons in the player.

First, you have the regular Rewind and Fast Forward buttons you are familiar with.

Then, you have a previous and next button that performs many different things.

In between the Next/Previous buttons you can control what they do. For example, if it is set on jump by chapter, the previous button will move back a chapter, and the next button will move forward a chapter.

There is also jump by phrase, level, parts (if in the book), and more.

The rewind and fast forward button also have a cool function.

If you double tap and hold, it will go back an amount of seconds, minutes or hours. First, it will move back 5 seconds, then it will keep getting bigger as your finger stays held on the screen.

Speed and Tone

You can adjust the speed and tone of the narrator to the right of the fast forward button. This is a toggle button, and to the right of that is the slider to adjust to what the toggle button is toggled on.

For example: if it were on tone, the slider would move the tone. If it were on speed, it would adjust speed.

This is kind of like the next and previous button that I reviewed above.

Reading Braille books

Braille books can be read with a braille display, but VoiceOver is useless. For a computer braille reason, voiceOver does not recognize the contractions, and mistakes them for other signs.

Lets give you an example:

I am singing to myself.

As you can see, VoiceOver said that right. But if it was written in braille, VoiceOver would pronounce it as a computer sign, and it would be like this.

I am s plus plus to myf.

You can see that the I N G symbol was mistaken for the computer braille sign of plus, and the myself contraction mistaken for m y f.

To read it with your braille display, change your braille output setting to eight dot to read the text properly.
VoiceOver is useless as you read, so I recommend getting the audiobook of what you are trying to read in braille book format (if available on BARD).

Settings

Finally, that was a lot of explaining. LOL

We’ve reached the Settings screen.

In the Settings screen there are three sections:

  1. Audio Settings

  2. Visual Settings

  3. User account settings.

. IN the audio settings you can adjust:

  1. Speed

  2. Tone

  3. Background Playback

  4. Auto-lock during playback

  5. Skippable, play (drop down menu)

  6. Verbosity

  7. Restore Defaults.

In visual settings you can djust:

  1. Font Size, Medium (drop down menu)

  2. Contrast, Black & White (drop down menu)

  3. Restore Defaults

In the User Account settings there is:

  1. BARD Account

  2. Auto-lock during download

  3. Restore Defaults

With all these settings you can adjust the app to your liking.

Now Reading

The Now Reading tab is the tab that opens when the app has been opened, and you recently read a book.

For example, if I read the book Holes, in audio book format, I could re-open the app, and zap, the player is there, waiting for me.

The Now Reading tab is dimmed if you delete the book, or reached the end of the book.

Conclusion Well, I enjoyed making this guide.

It may not be perfect, but it may still be helpful.

Like always, for extra help, contact me via AppeVis contact form, or add a comment below.

Thanks for reading.

Keep navigating AppleVis,

Tunmi

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Introduction to X code 8 and swift 3 with voiceover

This podcast was submitted by Taylor. This contributor may be contacted via their email at tayarndt@gmail.com.

First podcast to learn about making apps with x-code and voiceover. if there any issue contact me a t tayarndt@gmail.com

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Radio Recorder

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Description of App: 

If a picture speaks a thousand words, then a video certainly adds a good few more on top of that. Watch the presentation video at our website. There you can also find Radio Recorder User Manual and free update to 4.5.6 version.

Stream it. Record it. Keep it.

“Radio Recorder is the most powerful streaming audio capture toolkit ever created!”

“With this great app I can easily listen and record music mixes from over 28,000 Internet stations with perfect quality…”.

We have no idea how you will experience this, all we know is that we love this app and we created it to immerse you into a world of beautiful music.

FEATURES

* 28,000 working web stations organized in 28 genres
* ALL FORMAT support: pls, m3u, mp3, ogg, wma, wav and aac
* saved music are automatically tagged with title and artist
* option to schedule and download 20 different streams simultaneously
* several quality streams for every radio stations (from 24 to 320 kbps)
* option to add any new web station
* drag&drop support to EXPORT or import any audio files to other locations
* convenient Monday-Sunday repeat mode on Scheduling
* option to save the stream as one file without split
* easy wi-fi synchronization with the free version for iPhone/iPod/iPad or Mac
* option to create playlists with radio stations, your favorite songs or both
* supported premium account login
* convenient file’s naming preferences
* a how-to video and User Manual available at our website
* powerful search engine
* … and many other great options to listen and save music from internet

Want variety and get rid of ads?..

If you’re looking for a big variety of radio stations to choose from, then Radio Recorder certainly will meet your needs. We spent over two years trying to get everything to organize and sound right. As a result we have gathered over 28,000 best radio stations that are consolidated into widest variety of genres that diverge from modern contemporary to commercial free radio stations. Almost all of the stations have a high and low quality streams. The current list is daily enriched with new radio stations!

Need to schedule the radio recording?..

A unique feature that sets Radio Recorder apart from the rest is the ability to record the audio. You can download about 200 tracks in an hour from ten different radio stations. This feature is greatly helpful if you need to create specific playlists, favorite mixes or if you need to record your favorite programs but you are beyond of the Mac access. With Radio Recorder just record your program and listen it whenever you want.

Want to immerse into new music world?..

If you want to discover new music based on your taste, you should explore the already pre-set genres, song libraries or already-saved tracks from radio. As long as you have your favorite streaming URL, connect to the stream by hitting Add Radio button. We support ALL existing formats – pls, m3u, mp3, ogg, wma, wav and aac and others!

Want to get a universal audio-player?..

Radio Recorder is designed to play and manage your media files. Just drag&drop to add your media to playlists.

While we have done our best to ensure that Radio Recorder is free of bugs and user friendly, there’s still much to improve within Radio Recorder. So please email us your ideas or questions at support@goodmoodsoft.com, or post your suggestions as a comment at App Store.

Version: 

4.4.5

Free or Paid: 

Paid

Version Of OS X App Was Tested On: 

10.12.4

Accessibility Comments: 

you need to be a little advanced to use this app

Usability: 

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver, but the interface makes the app very difficult to use.

Developer's Twitter Username: 

@GoodMoodSoft

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Basic Mac Podcasts Jump-off Point

I totally admit that this started out to be a selfish venture. I’m about to get my first Mac, and I was totally confused by how the items on the site were organized. That and I’m a total PC user, so I got out my trusty text editor and organized a list of what I thought I should listen to in the Podcasts area, organized the way I hoped I should listen. When I was done, I felt guilty, and thought I should share the list here. This is my totally uneducated stab, so please feel free to comment, and suggest corrections, plus by all means, help me be more selfish and learn the right things first, so i don’t have to be too frustrated. Just half kidding. Here goes the list.

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mysms – SMS Texting & SMS Sync – Send MMS & files

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Send & receive all your messages on your computer and tablet – just like on your smartphone. Install mysms and you’ll be able to: * Send and receive messages on your computer * Automatically sync all the messages on your smartphone, tablet and computer * Call notifications on your Mac – when you receive a call on your phone *** PLEASE NOTE: This app is not self-contained. To be able to use mysms, you have to have mysms installed on your smartphone. *** Just follow the following steps and you’ll be on your way: Step 1) Install mysms on your smartphone and register. Step 2) Start the mysms Mac application and log in using your number and password. Why you should be using mysms: ON YOUR SMARTPHONE AND ON THE COMPUTER Send and receive messages on your computer just as you would on your smartphone. All of your messages are automatically kept in sync – that means that you can access them from any of your devices whenever you want. FREE TO FRIENDS If a contact also uses mysms, you can text each other for free using mysms friends. SEND PICTURES AND FILES A picture is worth a thousand words! With mysms you can share your happiest moments with your family and friends. Also, sending all other kinds of files, like videos or word documents, is mere child’s play. SEND TEXT MESSAGES REMOTELY So you pay a flat rate for texting and you want to make use of this on your computer? When you use mysms, you can send texts via your network service provider and there are no additional costs. SAVE TEXTS TO EVERNOTE mysms integrates with Evernote, so you will never lose a message again. You can save, manage and search your text messages in your Evernote account. ****************** We’re always happy to hear from you! Do you have a suggestion? A question? A problem using the application? Just contact us at http://ift.tt/1J77vL5 and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible. You can reach us on Facebook at http://ift.tt/1i1Sy1M, on Twitter as well as on Google+ gplus.to/mysms

Version: 

3.8

Free or Paid: 

Free

Version Of OS X App Was Tested On: 

10.12.5

Accessibility Comments: 

The app is almost accessible 100 percent. However most of the image controls you click on don’t have very good labels. I tried contacting the developer but they don’t seem to understand what I mean by accessible controls. They keep saying thanks for your feedback, we’re glad to have you on board.”

Usability: 

There are some accessibility issues with this app, but it can still be used if you are willing to tolerate these issues and learn how to work around them.

Other Comments: 

I hope this app does become accessible at some point where the controls are labeled, it is a very handy app to use, I use it on my mac and android device, but there is mysms mirror for ios I believe.

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Big Fun Sounds Soundboard

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Description of App: 

This is big fun! Action-Packed Soundboard with funny sounds. Only high-quality! All sounds can be re-arranged – use your favorite sounds faster. Includes sounds like guns, sexy, fun, bombs, animals, women, phones… Everything you need! All regular updates with new sounds will be free for all customers!

Version: 

1.3

Free or Paid: 

Paid

Version Of OS X App Was Tested On: 

10.12.4

Accessibility Comments: 

This app is totally unusable with VoiceOver. Even though the app opens when you choose to open it, VoiceOver indicates a lack of app windows within the app. Very disappointed.

Usability: 

The app is totally inaccessible.

Other Comments: 

I downloaded this app in hopes that it would be usable with VoiceOver. No Such luck. See my accessibility comments for further details.

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Announcing an Enhancement to the AppleVis App Directories and Accessibility Ratings

We are pleased to announce the launch of community accessibility ratings, giving members of the AppleVis community an opportunity to submit their own accessibility ratings for all apps listed in one of our App Directories.

When viewing an App Directory entry, logged-in users will now be presented with the option to add their own accessibility rating of the app. By submitting your own ratings, you help to ensure that our information regarding what is likely to be the first thing that most in this community will want to know about an app—its accessibility status—is as accurate, representative and up-to-date as possible.

An app which has additional ratings submitted by members of the community will have a tab titled “Community Accessibility Ratings”, where you can view details of all the submitted ratings. As an example, see the entry for Overcast: Podcast Player.

User profile pages now include a section where you can view all of the ratings that the user has submitted; there is a standalone page where you can view all accessibility ratings, on all apps, by all users; and the five most recent ratings will be displayed in a new area of the site’s home page.

The rating list on profile pages makes it easy to keep track of your own ratings. Additionally, if you have submitted a rating for an app, your rating and it’s date will be shown to you on the App Directory entry itself.

We believe that the introduction of community accessibility ratings will benefit those wanting to learn about the accessibility of an app; whether that be an end user or the developer. in the case of developers, community accessibility ratings provide a quick and easy way of getting an overview of how blind and low vision users rate the accessibility of an app.

We hope that you find community accessibility ratings to be both helpful and informative.

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