Tuesday, 12 January 2016

iOS Apps for the Visually Impaired: Braille Reference

Hello, everyone. In this video tour I look at another iOS app for people who are visually impaired and this is called "Braille Reference". It costs 79p on the UK Appstore or 99c on the US Appstore.

Essentially the app provides is a reference guide to braille, containing all the words, symbols and contractions that might have slipped your mind. The app is clear and is simple to use.

Throughout the time that I tested the app it did not crash or freeze on me.

The video is about 7 minutes long and contains a full set of subtitles.

A full transcript of the video can be read below.

Start of transcript

Hello everyone and welcome to my video.

in this video I will be looking at the iOS app called braille reference.

Pocket braille is a  braille Reference Guide. It is compatible with the screen reader VoiceOver and contains over 250 braille symbols and contractions.

It is billed as a great aid to those who are learning braille or those who are infrequent users of braille and forget the odd bit of braille.

It is an app that costs 79p. It doesn’t have any ratings.

So from the App Store, let’s type in Braille reference.

And there you go, it is in the top right hand corner of our screen.

On your screen in blue you will have a +Get button on mine it says +open because I have already downloaded it.

Now let’s open the app.

The Homepage layout is nice and clear with a black background and green writing with is in a large font.

At the top in yellow it tells you that this is the main menu and in the far right is an About tab. Beware pressing this tab as once you are in it there is no way of getting back to the main tab! It does contain some useful contact information though.

There are 10 sections.

The first section is “All Alphabet Braille” which is a list of complete list of all the symbols and contractions that are in this app.

At the top of the page, we can see that there is a search bar which is present in all sections and gives you the opportunity of searching for a piece of braille by its name or by dots.

Each braille symbol has the dots or the contraction information (if relevant) underneath.

For instance, about is the contraction “ab” and across is the letters “acr”.

If you touch any of the words in the list, it takes you to another page where the braille contraction is shown.

If you have Messenger or the Mail client set up, you can email or text this information.

So if we go back to the main menu and look at alphabet we find a list of the letters of the alphabet with the dots that make the letter, shown. Just like the All Alphabet Braille section.

There is no more information or pages in the Alphabet section.

The All Contractions section lists all of the common contractions- 187 of them by my count! If we select a contraction then there is a page of information that includes the braille contraction.

Again, If you have Messenger or the Mail client set up, you can email or text this information.

As I said at the beginning of the video, there are ten sections in this reference guide and so let me just list the other sections of this guide because the layout and formatting across all the sections appears to be pretty uniform.

The other sections in this guide are; single cell contractions, two cell contractions, short form contractions, punctuation, computer braille and nemeth code.

And that’s it- by video tour of the iOS app Braille Reference.

If you have any questions or want to join the discussion or tell me your favourite braille reference app, please do so below.

Thanks for watching.

End of Video transcript

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