useful apps

Last updated May 28, 2021

The following are recommended Apps to choose from that are not installed from the factory which may be useful. No one needs all of them. Note: always read the description in the app store for more information and to decide if an app is likely to be useful to you and to check the price.

Reading and Writing

Voice Dream Products

I have moved all of the Voice Dream LLC. apps to this section. I realized that the app bundle he offers for those who have not purchased Voice Dream Reader is a fantastic bargain. And, if you are looking for a couple good voices, James and Sharon are included in the Voice Pack (for $5.99 instead of $4.99 each. So, below is the app bundle information plus the information on each application.

The App Bundle is $29.99, while buying each app separately is $41.96. See below after the app bundle link for the individual app pricing and links.

Voice Dream Suite, $29.99

Voice Dream Suite contains all our award winning apps, plus our two best text-to-speech voices for US English. 4 Apps in This Bundle, Voice Dream Reader, Writer, Scanner, and the Voice Pack:
Voice Dream Suite on the App Store, $29.99

Voice Dream Reader version 4 - Text to Speech, $19.99

This is my go to app for almost all reading material, especially for reading Bookshare books. Also gives access to Dropbox files, Project Gutenberg books, web pages, Word files, PDF files, and more. You can select your default voice, you get one Acapella voice free with the app. You also have access to all the languages of the built-in VoiceOver voices. You can purchase other voices from Acapella, Neo Speech and Ivona. *Note: you cannot read books made for a specific format like iBooks, Nook, Kindle, etc. However, with Kindle books, there is a PC utility you can use to convert Kindle books so they can be read using Voice Dream Reader, see Codex below.
Voice Dream Reader, $19.99

VoiceDream Writer, $9.99

Voice Dream Writer helps everyone write better: Text-to-speech proofreading reduces mistakes, phonetic and meaning search help you use the right words, and an active outline helps you still organized and improves the structure of your writing.
Writer automatically creates an outline of headings, paragraphs and sentences. The Outline helps you structure your document better by giving you an always-on overview. You can also quickly navigate to a section in a long document without endless scrolling. You can also drag and drop elements in the Outline to organize your writing. No more selecting, cutting and pasting large blocks of text.
If you also have Voice Dream Reader, any extra voices you purchased with Reader are available in Writer.
Voice Dream Writer, $9.99

Voice Dream Scanner by Voice Dream LLC., $5.99

Winston Chen, who developed Voice Dream Reader and Writer, has developed an OCR Scanner that is better than any other OCR app on the market, bar none! You can save documents as PDF or text, though the PDF is fabulous because it retains the formatting, graphics, and is completely accessible with a screen reader.

If you turn on Edge Detection and auto Capture, and hold the iPhone steady, it will capture the image automatically. I have tested it free-hand and with the Fopydo scanning Stand. It is amazing. It completely out performs KNFB Reader
You can use a batch mode and process all the pages when you are done, or save the first page and then continue adding pages to that scan.
The Scanner can be used as a stand-alone app or in conjunction with Voice Dream reader.
The Scanner app uses the Voice Dream voices that you already have, or you can use any of the iOS voices.

Voice Dream Scanner, $5.99

Voice Pack, $5.99

Voice Pack adds two of the best US English voices, Sharon and James, to Voice Dream Reader and Voice Dream Writer at 25% discount.
After downloading this app, run it and you'll be prompted to download the two voices. When download is complete, restart Voice Dream Reader and Writer, and these voices will be available. Make sure you have updated Reader and Writer to the latest release.
This app also does something useful. It contains a text box which you can paste any text into. And you can tap on any word, the app will speak that word. It is useful to beginning visual readers to improve their phonetic skills.

Voice Pack: US English, $5.99

AppleVis Podcast on Voice Dream Scanner

Thomas Donville has done a thorough podcast on Voice Dream Scanner. You can listen to it at the following link:
Voice Dream Scanner Podcast

Voice Dream Products Email list

If you want a list dedicated to discussing all Voice Dream LLC. products, click on the following link to send an Email to: Subscribe to Voice Dream Products discussion list

Codex by James Scholes

Here is a little section from his web site. I encourage any avid readers to follow the link below and read about it and install the utility.
A few years ago, I wrote a tutorial which guided people through the installation and configuration of software for the purposes of gaining access to books purchased from the Amazon Kindle Store. The guide proved popular, but it required heavy use of the command line, making it unsuitable and daunting for quite a lot of people, not to mention that it was an absolute nightmare to troubleshoot if anything went wrong. Which it frequently did.
Subsequently, in 2014, I started to develop a small prototype application to make the process easier and more intuitive, not only for people wanting to read Kindle eBooks, but also for me when people needed help. I named it Codex, a word used from the 16th century onwards to denote, now ancient, manuscripts in book form. In the second half of 2015, I finally rewrote that prototype to include the functionality I wanted it to have from the start, and the software is now publicly available to download.
Please note, that you can only convert books you have purchased and only for your use--you cannot share them with others without violating the copyright laws and cheating the author out of their tiny royalties.
In order to convert your Kindle books with Codex, you will need to install Kindle For PC version 1.17, which you can get here:
KindleForPC-installer-1.17.44183.exe
Codex project web site

BARD Mobile, free:

This app allows you to search for and read Braille and audio books and magazines from the National Library Service. You can search the BARD website and save books to your wish list. By going to your Wish List, they can be downloaded to your device. Up to five devices can be used with one user account. Note, a braille display is required to read braille material.
BARD Mobile in the App store

Audible app, free

Requires an Audible account, but any books you purchase from audible can be down loaded directly to your device.
Transfer books to your device over wi-if. Chapter navigation, bookmarking, sleep mode, variable narration speed, button-free Mode. Multitasking for background downloading and listening. Switch between reading and listening with Whispersync for Voice (compatible Kindle app or device required)
Audible app in the App Store

Books from Apple, Free

This app from Apple allows you to read most ePub and PDF documents/books. It gives you access to free as well as books for purchase through the iBookStore. These are books in text format that can be read either on the screen or by using VoiceOver. All the books provided through the ibookStore are supposed to be accessible.
iBooks in the App Store

Learning Ally app (formerly, RFB&D Audio App), Free

This is the app from Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic.) It allows one to listen to their books on any of the iDevices. It is fully accessible with VoiceOver. Includes bookmarking, page and chapter navigation and the ability to change the playback rate. Learning Ally has created a new Download Manager that makes it much easier to down load their books for DAISY players or the Apple IOS devices. Note: A Learning Ally membership is required.
Learning Ally app in the App Store

Kindle, Free

Amazon released a fully accessible version of their Kindle app for the Apple devices. These are eBooks that you read on the screen or with Voiceover.
Kindle app in the App Store

Nook, Free

The Nook app is now fully accessible with VoiceOver. There is even an accessibility tutorial when you start the app. This gives access to the Nook eBooks from Barnes and Noble either visually on the screen, or using VoiceOver.
Nook app in the App Store

OverDrive Media Console, Free

Read eBooks and listen to audiobooks from your library using OverDrive Media Console on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. More than 22,000 libraries worldwide offer titles via OverDrive, so download the app and add your library today.
A valid account with a participating library, school, or other institution is required.
New look. Simplified menus put everything a swipe and a tap away. Sync recent position and bookmarks across devices using OverDrive.
Please note: OverDrive Media Console v3 must be installed on all devices. OverDrive Media Console v3 must be authorized with the same Adobe ID on all devices.
OverDrive in the App Store

Read2Go, $19.99

Not recommended unless you use a braille display. It may work better with a braille display than Voice Dream Reader, though Voice Dream Reader has gotten much better with a braille display. This is the app from Bookshare that allows you to search their catalog, down load books directly from Bookshare on the device, and read them with Acapella Ryan or Heather, or with the built-in VoiceOver voices.
Read2Go in the App Store

Meteor Notes, $2.99

Text writing app with the ability to create folders, sync with DropBox and is completely VoiceOver friendly. Uses .txt files. There is a lite version that is free so you can try before buying.
Meteor notes in the App Store

NoteMaster, $4.99 or less

This is a plain text editor that will sync with DropBox or Google Docs. It has the usual options of e-mailing documents, printing to an air-print printer, etc. There is a free lite version you can try out that limits the number of documents you can have.
NoteMaster in the App Store

Pages, $9.99, but free with more recent devices

Pages is the Apple word processor for mobile devices. Create, edit, and view documents. Pages works with iCloud, so your documents stay up to date on all your devices automatically. This app works much better with a Bluetooth keyboard or wireless braille display.
pages in the App Store

Notes, included on your iDevice, free

With Notes in iOS 9 you can turn a list into an interactive checklist with a single tap. Or easily add a photo, map, or URL to a note. You can even draw a sketch with your finger on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. And thanks to iCloud, everything in your Notes are kept up to date across all your devices. So you can create a note on your Mac and check it on your iPhone when you're on the go. To use the new Notes. You can also sync notes from Microsoft Outlook and have them on your iDevice.

Microsoft Word

You can view and do basic editing of Word documents on your iDevices with a free Microsoft account. To use the full features of Word and other Microsoft Office products you will need an Office 365 subscription. But, the basic Word app and Microsoft accounts are free.

Microsoft Word in the app store

Camera Related

Note: Unless otherwise specified, these apps are best when used on the iPhone 4S (and above,) iPad 3rd gen and above and the iPod Touch 5th Generation. and above

OCR, Optical Character Recognition

Voice Dream Scanner by Voice Dream LLC., $5.99

winston Chen, who developed Voice Dream Reader and Writer, has developed an OCR Scanner that is better than any other OCR app on the market, bar none! You can save documents as PDF or text, though the PDF is fabulous because it retains the formatting, graphics, and is completely accessible with a screen reader.

If you turn on Edge Detection and auto Capture, and hold the iPhone steady, it will capture the image automatically. I have tested it free-hand and wiht the Fopydo scanning Stand. It is amazing. It completely out performs KNFB Reader
You can use a batch mode and process all the pages when you are done, or save the first page and then continue adding pages to that scan.
Be sure and update Voice Dream Reader because there will be an option to add documents by using the scanner.
The Scanner app uses the Voice Dream voices that you already have, or you can use any of the iOS voices.

Voice Dream Scanner on the App Store

Seeing AI: Talking Camera for the Blind, Free, by Microsoft Corporation

Seeing AI is a free app that narrates the world around you. Designed for the blind and low vision community, this ongoing research project harnesses the power of AI to open up the visual world and describe nearby people, text, and objects. Optimized for use with VoiceOver, the app enables you to recognize:

Seeing AI Product Channel Demo

Below is a link to a short recording demonstrating the product channel in the Seeing AI app. I did not say everything in the recording. Bar Codes are usually near the label seam on a can or bottle, on the bottom of boxes, along the seam of a bag, etc. When you hear the first beep on your device, turn the item slowly until you hear fast beeps. Then, slowly move the device closer to the item. When you are about 4 to 6 inches from the item, you should get results. SeeingAIProductChannelDemo.mp3

Prizmo Go - Instant Text Capture, By Creaceed SPRL, Free with In App purchases

Description from the app store:
As of version 2.0, will recognize handwriting in English.
Prizmo Go Version 3.0 * Optimized for iOS 13, and more. Prizmo Go 3.0 is fully optimized for iOS 13. Dark Mode is supported, and Prizmo Go also provides a new icon theme based on iOS 13 Symbols. Other iOS 13 features include support for highly accurate Apple OCR, Shortcuts Actions (Shortcuts app), Core ML-based document orientation detection, and the new iOS 13 Voice Control feature. Finally, Prizmo Go 3.0 also features specific processing for curved text. * Curved Text Recognition Prizmo Go now provides curved text recognition. Text from curved book or magazine pages receives specific processing both for improved OCR accuracy and superior finger-based text selection directly on the image. Text overlay now gently osculates curved contents. * Dark Mode and SF Symbols (iOS 13) Prizmo Go got a face lift to support the new Dark Mode of iOS 13, and to be coherent with iOS 13 new visual language with updated SF Symbols-compliant user interface. * Shortcuts Action (iOS 13) Prizmo Go now features a Shortcuts Action with input parameters to recognize the text of an input image. To use the action in Shortcuts app, connect "Wait to return" and "Get clipboard" blocks after Prizmo Go's action. Clipboard is used as a workaround to iOS extension memory constraint. Prizmo Go's X-Callback-URL API remains available in addition to this Shortcuts Action. * Apple OCR (iOS 13) Prizmo Go 3.0 brings support for Apple OCR (iOS 13 required). You can enable Apple OCR from Prizmo Go 's OCR settings (Settings ? Use Apple OCR), and it will be used when English on-device OCR is picked from the list. Apple OCR brings improved accuracy in most situations. Apple OCR is available without limitations to both Export Pack owners and Premium Plan subscribers. * New Languages with On-device OCR Five new languages are supported by the on-device OCR (previously only supported by the Cloud OCR): Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Hebrew, and Japanese. * Orientation Detection with Machine Learning / Core ML Prizmo Go has been trained to recognize the document orientation when taking a picture ( Latin alphabet only at this time). It means that if you take a picture of a text that has been rotated (left, right, or upside down), Prizmo Go will automatically restore the appropriate orientation. To activate this feature, tap the Compass button in the camera view. * Accessibility (iOS 13) Support for new accessibility feature: Voice Control.
*Send text to other apps, etc., Requires the Export App package $7.99.
* See the rest of the app description on the app store.
Prizmo Go on the App Store Creaceed SPRL Web SitePrizmo Go - Instant Text Capture Support

Prizmo, $9.99

Has two modes, Quick Capture that is designed to quickly read a page that you do not intend to save. (make sure in the options, Detect Page is turned on for Quick Capture. Especially when using with a scanning stand.) Create New Document, where you can scan several pages and then storfe them in one document. Prizmo does a good job of retaining basic formatting of documents.
Prizmo in the App Store

TextGrabber, $4.99

Provides fairly quick and accurate results.
TextGrabber in the App Store

Boop Light Detector by ariel anders, free

Boop is an an app to detect levels of light and interpret this information with sound. It allows its blind and visually impaired users to detect whether lights are on or off. It covers a broad range of light levels which spans from sensing daylight through open windows to checking whether the indicator light is on for a wifi router.
How to use
- Open app and accept permissions to use camera (first time only) - Point phone towards a light source - Listen and feel as your phone changes tone and frequency of vibration while getting closer to the light - Only the light level at the center of the camera (directly perpendicular to the phone face) is measured. Pointing the phone directly at the light source will get the highest reading.
Volume control
- Volume control buttons on side of phone control Boop's playback volume - Mute will completely turn off sound - Toggle vibrate on or off manually with the switch at the bottom of the app.
Voice over features
- 2 finger scrub to turn vibrate on or off - 2 finger double tap to close app - Tap center of app to read light level

For more information see our website Boop Light Detector in the app store

Light Detector, $0.99

Light Detector transforms any natural or artificial light source it encounters into sound. Light Detector is easy to use! Just run the application and point your iPhone camera in any direction. You will hear a higher or lower sound depending on the intensity of the light.
Tap on the screen to hear (if VoiceOver is enabled) the current luminosity value (from 0 to 100%). The result can be provided with a short delay (within three seconds). If you tap and hold, LightDetector stops playing. Useful to check lighting before attempting to perform OCR (Optical Character Recognition.)
Light Detector in the App Store

Scanning Stands

In case you find it difficult to hold the phone steady for OCR, or need to scan a large number of pages, here are some stands that make scanning easier.

I own, or have access to all of these stands. I also have communicated with all the creators of the stands below. Each stand has its pluses and minuses. I have tried to keep the descriptions brief. I only provide this as a guide from my perspective. All the stand makers give at least a 30-day money back guarantee, so if you order one and don't like it, you are not stuck with it.

ScannerBin

Scanner Bin is a device that can double as a bin to store papers or receipts to be scanned, then turned on its side and used as a scanning stand.
I just received this new scanning stand, and assembled it without sighted assistance by folowing his video instructions for blind/visually impaired customers. Its brilliant!
Common Uses:

ScannerBin web site Scanner Bin Setup for a visualy impaired person ScannerBin on Amazon, $12.50

Fopydo Scanning Stand for the Blind and Visually Impaired

FopyDo stands for Photo-Copy-Document. It is a great concept in stands. It measures 11.75 by 9.5 by .5 inches when folded up. It is made from corigated plastic, so it is light weight but very durable. It is easy to set up. The default height is 10.5 inches and works great for scanning an 8.5 by 11 inch sheet of paper. At it's tallest setting, it puts the device about 14 inches from the desk and will work for scanning legal sized documents or both pages of a book at once. It has a notch to help you place the camera correctly and it has a microsuction strip on the top to hold the device steady. It is strong enough to hold an iPad Mini. There are two metal legs that have microsuction tape on the ends so it doesn't slide on slick surfaces.

You have several options for ordering:
order Fopydo using Pay pal or a credit card from: Ordering
You can also order the Fopydo Scanning Stand from the National Federation of the Blind Independence Market for $12.00 plus shipping and handling.
You may place an order over the phone by calling (410) 659-9314, extension 2216.

Deployment and operation instructions for FOPYDO are also available on his web site

DannyBoy Smart Phone Stands, $39.99

It holds your Smart Phone or device stationary allowing your device's camera to view items and documents clearly providing perfect recognition and imaging! It is lightweight and portable! It can be assembled for use or collapsed for transport in a matter of seconds! Developed for Blind, visually impaired and low vision Smart phone users, The DannyBoy Portable Smart Phone Holder is also wonderful for anyone with motor disabilities! It is perfect for everyone wanting clear, distortion free images and document recognition! Use it to hold your Smart Phone or Device stable and secure while operating Seeing AI, Voice Dream Scanner, and other OCR apps, take a picture of an item or personal property for your records, or with DIGIT-EYES or another bar code reading ap for perfect recognition of bar codes. Its Open Frame Construction eliminates the need for additional lighting to illuminate the document or item under it. The DannyBoy Portable Smart Phone Holder works with any model iPhone or Android Smart phone! It can even work with other devices that have a camera. as there are many different sizes and models of Smart phones. The stand is made of Lightweight, sturdy plastic with corner molding providing strength and stability and portability. It weighs less than 6 ounces! The DannyBoy Portable Smart Phone Holder's platform tray measures 10 inches by 4 inches and the adjustable rail allows the DannyBoy to hold phones from 3 inches wide to 4 inches wide. The DannyBoy measures 12 inches long overall and 13 and a half inches tall when standing at its full height. Its height is adjustable up to 13 1/2 inches high! This stand is portable! Just fold it closed and it will easily fit into a briefcase, computer bag, or backpack allowing it to be easily transported from place to place! It can be quickly set up and ready for use in a matter of seconds!

Order Your DannyBoy Portable Smart Phone & Device Stand Here DannyBoy Stands are shipped Free Matter For The Blind!
International Orders Welcome!

ScanJig, $40.00 plus shipping

ScanJig is made from hard plastic and is quite durable. It uses room light or the camera flash for getting a good stand. It measures 9 by 13, by 1.5 inches when closed. The assembly instructions are good and you can call them to get help if necessary.
Phone: 800-390-1125
Web site: www.scanjig.com

ScanJig Pro Plus, $49.00

ScanJig comes in a new "Pro" version that has a bracket to allow you to turn the ScanJig on its back and use it to scan books. See the link above or call their number: 800-390-1125

Object Identification

Examine Clothes Color, free, by Masao MIYAKE, Doctor of Engineering

As of March 12, 2018, VoiceOver calls the app "Clothes Color." This app does a very good job identifying the colors of clothing and does not need access to the internet. It is not as good with patterns as TapTapSee, but is much faster. Open the app, double tap on the Examine button at the bottom of the screen, double tap on the Take Picture button and then double tap on the Use picture button. The built-in voice will speak each section. it will call seams, or wrinkles, stripes.
Examine Clothes Color on the App Store

TapTapSee - Blind & Visually Impaired Camera, now free

TapTapSee is designed to help the blind and visually impaired identify objects they encounter in their daily lives. Simply double tap the screen to take a photo of anything and hear the app speak the identification back to you. (Note: Spoken identification requires VoiceOver to be turned on) Also has the ability to identify US paper currency and colors.
TapTapSee in the App Store

Digit-Eyes, $9.99

Bar code and QR Code Reader app. Also, you can use labels to record audio labels for things. The labels are available from their web site: Digit-Eyes.com
Digit-eyes is continually adding more bar codes from all over the world. With each update, it seems to get faster at identifying bar codes. See their web site above for tips on finding Bar codes more easily.
Digit-Eyes in the App Store

Color Inspector By Aaron L'Heureux, Free or can pay what you will to remove ads.

Description
Color Inspector is designed to help colorblind and other vision impaired people differentiate and identify difficult colors by evaluating live video to describe the color in view. With options like zoom, varying sample sizes, and torch settings*, it's easy to make sure you've got the right name for the right color.
Color Inspector features full VoiceOver support for its live color processing.
Please note that metallic and other shiny surfaces can easily take on the colors of the objects reflected in them and of the light around them. If you find colors that you believe were misidentified, please feel free to submit them as described in the application.
*Not all functionality is available on all devices.
What's New in Version 2.0
- New Feature: VoiceOver support. The app now has labels and hints for all actionable UI elements and also reads colors aloud as they are processed. Live color name announcements can be paused by magic tapping (two finger double tap). Instructions are available at startup and additional instructions are available in the info menu for those utilizing VoiceOver.
- New Feature: Hex values for colors. Tap the color indicator in the lower left to pause live color processing and the hex value will be shown.
- Now (finally) supports larger iPhone screen sizes without zooming.
- Improved color accuracy.
- Improved performance.
Support and Feedback Color Inspector in the App Store

CamFind, free

CamFind is the very first mobile application that can photograph, identify, and provide information on virtually any object you desire to learn about. Simply take a photo of anything around you and receive relevant information about that object - including where you can buy it and web search results.
CamFind in the App Store

Be My Eyes Helping blind see, Free

Be the eyes for a blind person in need of help remotely through a live video connection if you are sighted or be assisted by the network of sighted users if you are blind.
They have recently begun a section to request help from a specific company. Microsoft Accessibility is the first to join with Be my Eyes to provide help if your computer stops speaking and you need expert help figuring out what is going on. Blind users can request help from a sighted person and the sighted users will then be called for help. As soon as the first sighted user accepts the request for help a live audio-video connection will be set up between the two and the sighted user can tell the blind person what she sees when the blind user points his phone at something using the rear-facing camera.
As a sighted user you don't need to worry about missing a call and 'leave a blind person hanging' - you are a part of the bigger Be My Eyes helper-network and we will find the next available sighted person in the network. The challenges that the blind person needs help with can be anything from knowing the expiry date on the milk to getting help crossing the street.
Note: We encourage blind users to be patient when requesting help because we rely on real people to help you.
- Live audio-video connection between blind and sighted users
- Add the languages you know under settings
- An easy way you can make a difference for blind people
Be My Eyes in the App Store

BeSpecular - Help The Blind By BeSpecular LTD, free

BeSpecular is the best way to do a good deed so that even when you have a busy schedule, you can help someone who s blind. As a blind/visually impaired person, you can ask text/voice questions and receive quick replies that are friendly and helpful.
Are you blind or visually impaired and need that extra little bit of help?
You can:
Ask your question and receive your reply shortly,
Use the app in various situations, e.g. getting more detailed descriptions of items you d like to buy online, read the ad insert you found in the mail, understand what s going on with your computer when your Screen Reader won t work,
Re-live memories with beautiful descriptions of your photographs, etc,
Remain on a first-name basis and not have to reveal any personal info,
Ask as many questions as often as you d like.
BeSpecular Support Email Bespecular in the App Store

Aira, free with paid options

Aira is a service that connects you to real people instantly to simplify daily life for a free 5 minute call once every 24 hours or for a paid service for longer calls.
When you need to do something where some extra information can help you save time and be more efficient, just open the app and give us a call. You'll connect with real, highly-trained people who can see your surroundings through your phone's camera.
Protecting your privacy and ensuring you feel secure using Aira are our top priorities. Anyone you connect with will have passed robust background checks, signed strict privacy clauses, and undergone weeks of rigorous training.
Getting started is easy
1 - Download the free app
2 - Create a free account. All you need is your mobile number to get started. No credit cards, no commitments, no problems.
3 - Connect with a real person and get stuff done. A live, trained agent is just one tap away, ready to take your call.
Give us a call, and we can create a tailor-made plan that works for you.
Call: 1-800-835-1934

Aira Home page Aira on the App store

Money Identification

EyeNote money identifier from Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Free

As of January 22, 2018, the updated EyeNote. 3.0 app is now 64-bit and works on Apple mobile devices that support iOS version 9.1 or greater. These include Apple iPhone. 5 and newer models, 5th generation iPod. Touch and later generations, and iPad.2 and newer models.

Scanning Notes:
To complete a successful scan, the note should be positioned 6 to 8 inches away from the camera. The app must scan more than half of the note to recognize it. Adequate natural or artificial lighting is required for proper scanning, for ideal scanning conditions limit hand movement to reduce image blur. For best results, place the note on a flat surface. In Privacy mode, the app will not speak the denomination, but will communicate results back to the user with a pulse pattern (see below). On the iPhone, Privacy mode uses the vibration buzzer for the pulses. On the iPod Touch and iPad 2, Privacy mode uses an audible beep for the pulses. The patterns follow an easy sequential pattern:

Also, in the iOS Settings/Eyenote, you can toggle a settings menu on, so you can change from Speak, Tone, or Pulse in the app itself.
Make sure you set your device correctly:
Go to Settings, then Sounds. There are 2 Vibrate setting switches on this screen. At the top of the Sounds screen there is Silent, with a vibrate switch setting; this switch does not matter for the EyeNote to vibrate. Scrolling down the screen there is another Vibrate switch just above Ringtone. This Vibrate setting has to be set to ON for EyeNote to vibrate on an iPhone.
EyeNote in the App Store
www.eyenote.gov

Cash Reader: Bill Identifier, Money Reading for the Blind by Hayaku s.r.o. $17.99

From the app store description:
Cash Reader identifies banknote denomination for the largest number of currencies. Point your camera to the money in hand and hear, see or feel its value. All banknotes supported by Cash Reader are listed below alphabetically by region.
European Union: Euro, Bulgarian lev, Croatian Kuna, Czech Crown, Danish krone, Hungarian Forint, Polish zloty, Romanian leu, Swedish krona
Europe: British pound, Bosnian mark, Icelandic crown, Macedonian Denar, Moldovian Leu, Norwegian krone, Russian Ruble, Serbian dinar, Swiss franc, Turkish Lira, Ukrainian hryvnia, Scottish Pound
North America: United States dollar, Canadian dollar, Mexican peso
Central America and the Caribbean: Costa Rican colon, Guatemalan quetzal, Honduran lempira, Trinidad and Tobago dollar, Dominican Peso, Nicaraguan Cordoba
South America: Argentine peso, Bolivian Boliviano, Brazilian real, Chilean peso, Colombian peso, Uruguayan peso, Paraguayan guarani, Peruvian sol, Venezuelan bolívar
Middle East: Bahraini Dinar, Emirati Dirham, Israeli shekel, Iranian rial, Iraqi dinar, Jordanian Dinar, Kuwaiti Dinar, Lebanese pound, Omani rial, Qatari riyal, Saudi riyal, Syrian pound
Asia: Chinese yuan, Hong Kong dollar, Indonesian rupiah, Japanese yen, Malaysian ringgit, Mongolian Togrog, Pakistani rupee, Philippine peso, Singapore dollar, South Korean won, Sri Lankan Rupee, Indian rupee, Vietnamese dong, Thai Baht, Afghan Afghani, Nepalese Rupee, New Taiwan Dollar, Kazakh Tenge, Uzbekistani Som
Oceania: Australian dollar, New Zealand dollar
Africa: Egyptian pound, Ghanaian Cedi, Kenyan shilling, Tunisian Dinar, Mauritian rupee, Moroccan dirham, Rwandan Franc, South African Rand, South Sudanese Pound, Sudanese Pound, West African CFA Franc, Nigerian Naira, Ethiopian Birr, Zambian kwacha, Comorian Franc, Liberian Dollar, Ugandan shilling, Tanzanian shilling
The app is localized to these languages: English, Arabic, Albanian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Malay, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Japanese, Macedonian, Norwegian, Vietnamese
Without the Internet, Cash Reader can still be used. After you download the currency database, you don't need an internet connection for reading the paper bills, so you can now use the app at any time and anywhere.
Cash Reader is free to download. The free version limits the identification to the lowest two banknotes for each currency.
Full version identifies all banknotes for the growing number of currencies. You can purchase the Full version within the app at any time.
See the app store page for updated currencies and languages.
Cash Reader on the App Store

Magnification

Magnifier, built-in since iOS 10

In the iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad settings, go to General/Accessibility, Magnifier, and toggling it to on. Then, the triple tap of the home button will activate the Magnifier.

Supervision+Magnifier, Free

From the app store description:
SuperVision+ is the only magnifying glass app on the market that offers a supreme live image stabilization capability. Highly magnified images are usually shaking. It is a problem especially for old people. No more image shaking with SuperVision+ magnifier (magnifying glass). Highlighted in Technology News for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired published by the American Foundation for the Blind. From reading small print at near distance to seeing signs at far distance, SuperVision+ magnifier (magnifying glass) is your go-to app for seeing better and clearer. Place your phone camera close to small objects, the app can also be used as a microscope. You can see something small that even normally sighted people can't see.
Support is available by Email at: support_vision at meei.harvard.edu SuperVision+Magnifier in the App Store

Visor-Low Vision, $0.99

Turn your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch into a hand held low vision aid. Enlarge difficult to read text by 4 magnification levels and display it in 3 different viewing modes. Optionally, turn on the LED flash of your device to help you see clearer in low-light conditions.

Features:
Feedback or suggestions can be sent to: visor@sebastianmarr.de
Visor-Low Vision in the App Store

Magnifying Glass with Light, Free

Turns any Apple iDevice with a camera into a hand-held magnifier. Not as good as a stand-alone magnifier, but useful for some.
Magnifying Glass with Light in the App Store

Seeing Assistant Magnifier, $0.99

Seeing Assistant Magnifier allows you to use the phone as a magnifying glass. This allows people with sight problems to easily read small text or watch small items. Seeing Assistant Magnifier, beside magnifying image, also allows image adjustments such as contrast, brightness, and color of displayed image (Black and white and Invert). Application can use back and front camera. Before buying the application please read the terms of use of the application:
Seeing Assistant Terms and Conditions
Seeing Assistant Magnifier in the App Store

GPS

Turn-By-Turn Navigation

Generally requires an iPhone or iPad with cellular data and GPS receiver

Google maps, Free

The Google Maps app for iPhone and iPad makes navigating your world faster and easier. Find the best spots in town and the information you need to get there. Comprehensive, accurate maps in 220 countries and territories. Voice-guided GPS navigation for driving, biking, and walking.
Google Maps in the App Store

GoodMaps Explore, by APH, Free

(I received this information on September 14, 2020.)
GoodMaps is proud to announce the release of GoodMaps Explore, an accessible wayfinding app designed primarily for people who are blind or visually impaired, which sets a new standard for indoor navigation across the globe. GoodMaps Explore uses audio instructions to communicate routing and critical spatial information as users move through a space, whether indoors or outdoors, drawing upon GoodMaps' state-of-the-art digital maps. In doing so, GoodMaps has solved four problems that have frustrated the field for several decades by:
1. delivering superior positioning accuracy with minimal infrastructure,
2. dramatically speeding the process to digitally map a building, which provides the foundation for the app,
3. creating a way for building owners to securely control their mapping data,
4. providing the public with a complete package of maps with an app to actually use them.

GoodMaps Explore on the App Store

Mapquest4Mobile, Free

Turn-by-turn GPS app, only good on the iPhone or iPad with a data plan. The maps are stored on their servers, so you have to have a constant internet connection; therefore, it will not work on the iPod Touch even with a GPS receiver. Mapquest gives both a text list of directions that you can read with Voice Over but also provides its own voice to announce upcoming turns.
Mapquest in the App Store

MoovIt: Train and bus times, free

From the description on the App Store, read all the details by following the app store link below.
Description: Live Directions. Get step-by-step bus directions and other transit directions with live guidance from A-to-B: Know how long you need to walk to your station, view the arrival time of your line, receive get-off alerts at your destination, and more.
Users reports. Moovit's users report issues found with stations, line service, and schedules so that we can inform all nearby riders about what's going on in their area.
Favorite lines, stations, and places. Get easy access to lines, stations, and places you ride and visit all the time. Plus, get real-time updates if/when there are changes to your favorite lines in case your bus time or train time is impacted!
Bike routes. Get bike routes in addition to the bus, subway, train, or metro trip plans. If you ride bikes (yours or shared) we can plan a route that includes the train or bus. Moovit will help you plan a trip that meets your transit-needs. Bike docking stations are updated in real-time. Bike trip plans are only available in supported metro areas.
Maps view. Interested in seeing the whole picture? View all stations, routes, and lines on the subway or bus map. Additionally, maps are available in PDF for when you're offline, or underground on the subway.

MoovIt on the App Store

PDXBus, Free

This is a great app for those who are wanting real-time information about the bus, street car, or Max stops on the Tri-Met system IN Portland, Oregon. It is completely accessible with Voice Over. You can set favorite stops so you can quickly check when the next two scheduled arrivals are due. You can also just search for near-by stops. Or, if you have the stop ID you can enter it. You can also use Trip Planner within the app.
PDX Bus in the App Store

Transit Bus and Subway Times by Transit App, Inc., Free

Description:
Transit is your real-time urban travel companion. Navigate your city's public transit system with accurate real-time predictions, simple trip planning, step-by-step navigation, service disruption notifications, and departure and stop reminders... all presented in a clear, bold interface. Public transport not cooperating? Easily request an Uber, reserve a car2go, or grab the closest bike share.

10 GREAT THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH TRANSIT:
1) See real-time arrivals for nearby buses and trains instantly upon launch.
2) Watch your transit vehicle approaching on a map in real-time*
3) Compare options with powerful A to B trip plans using real-time data.
4) Launch GO for step-by-step navigation when you're on an unfamiliar route or want to nap/read/space out.*
5) Receive departure alarms and stop notifications as well as prompts to pick up the pace in GO.*
6) Get push notifications if service disruptions will affect your commute.
7) View transit schedules and route itineraries-even when you're offline!
8) Locate bike share stations, see the number of bikes available, pay for passes, and unlock bikes (in select cities).
9) Check ETA (and surge) for nearby Ubers, and book in two taps.
10) View availability and book cars with car2go and other local car-share services.
Cities covered are listed in the app description.

Transit on the App Store

Maps, by Apple, built-in

Maps gives you turn-by-turn spoken directions, interactive 3D views, and the stunning Flyover feature. All in a beautiful vector-based interface that scales and zooms with ease. And now Maps even gives you guidance to take public transportation and helps you explore your surroundings, so you always know what s around you.
Transit
Bringing you public transit information for subways, buses, trains, and ferries with lines and stations right on the map, the new Transit feature is customized for each city where it s available so signs on your screen will look the same as the ones on the street, and you will know exactly where the nearest subway station entrance is. When you plan a route, just one tap pulls up schedules and you will get step-by-step directions to keep you on track. You can also ask Siri to guide you.
See where Transit is available Apple Maps web site

Nearby Explorer Online, Free, by American Printing House for the Blind

Nearby Explorer Online is a free outdoor and indoor location app designed for use by people who are blind. It supports onboard maps from OpenStreetMap, and can optionally augment these maps with online data from Google Places or Foursquare.
Nearby Explorer Online works with any device running iOS version 9 or later, but if the device does not contain its own GPS receiver, like most iPads and iPods, you must use an external GPS receiver outdoors. All iPhones contain GPS receivers.
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. You may even mark a point, then use the position of the device to get haptic feedback about that point's location.
You may also create favorites, name them, and share them on OpenStreetMap so others can benefit from the places you mark and identify.
A transit feature is included which provides detailed mass transit schedules for over 100 metropolitan areas in the U. S. and Canada. The app 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 explore, search, or use the transit maps for that area.
* Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.
For complete details about Nearby Explorer Online, see: Nearby Explorer Web Site Nearby Explorer Online in the App store

Nearby Explorer, $79.99

Nearby Explorer is a full featured GPS app designed for use by people who are blind. Instead of just providing directions, it describes the environment in ways comparable to reading signage or observing road characteristics. It uses onboard maps, so a data connection is not required, but if you have one, Nearby Explorer supplements the on board map data with crowd collected locations from Foursquare or Google Places. It includes complete maps for the United States and Canada which contain millions of points of interest. The onboard maps are over 4GB in size, so be sure the device you plan to use has enough available space before purchasing. Nearby Explorer works with any device running iOS version 9 or later, but if the device does not contain its own GPS receiver, like most iPads and iPods, you must use an external GPS receiver. All iPhones contain GPS receivers. Nearby Explorer works by letting you select from several different location related options about what to announce as you move. These include both typical items like street name and address and specialized options like approaching streets, intersection configurations, and nearby places and 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 let's your preferred voice speak the characteristics of the environment as you move.

Nearby Explorer in the App Store

Seeing Eye GPS, and Seeing Eye GPS XT by Aira Tech Corp

The Seeing Eye, the pioneer in guide dogs, and Sendero Group, the pioneers of accessible GPS, have teamed up to create The Seeing Eye GPS . Almost 20 years of user feedback and feature requests are behind the design of all Sendero GPS products. The accessible features in The Seeing Eye GPS are only the beginning of what is yet to come as users help in evolving this first fully accessible GPS product for the iPhone. The Seeing Eye GPS is a fully accessible turn-by-turn GPS iPhone app with all the normal navigation features plus features unique to blind users.
Unique to The Seeing Eye GPS
Instead of multiple layers of menus, the three important navigation elements are on the lower portion of every screen: Route, POIs and Location.
At intersections, the cross street and its orientation are announced
Intersections are described (e.g. four-way) with the clock face orientation of the streets.
There are two choices for POI data (Google Places and Foursquare).
Directions are configured appropriately for Pedestrian and Vehicle routes, including heads-up announcements for approaching turns, turn now, continue straight and upcoming turns.
If one wanders off the route, it's automatically recalculated and updated turn information is announced.
Point your phone in a given direction to hear what is nearby with the LookAround Wand.
Nearby Points of interest and intersections are automatically announced.
You can choose between a subscription of 30-days, $5.99, or a one time purchase called Seeing Eye GPS XT for $199.99
See the app description in the app store for the lengthy What's New section.
Seeing Eye GPS, 30-day or 1-year subscriptions in the app store Seeing Eye GPS XT, $299.99 one time purchase in the App Store

Orientation

Lazarillo - Accessible GPS for blind and low vision, Free by Rene espinoza

Lazarillo is very similar to BlindSquare, only it is completely free. You can track a destination, launch Google Maps or Apple Maps to get turn-by-turn directions, etc. It does not have all the extra features, but if you want a simple app to assist you with orientation and directions, this will do the trick.
The author is also very responsive to feedback.
Lazarillo in the App Store

BlindSquare, $39.99

When BlindSquare has determined your location using your device's GPS capabilities, it will look up information about your surroundings on FourSquare and Open Street Map. Employing unique algorithms, it will then ascertain the information most useful to you and speak it to you. Use this app to find a nearby cafi, post office, store. Shake your device to hear your current address, as well as information about the location of the nearest street intersection and nearby venues. Also interacts with several GPS apps for turn-by-turn instructions. Google Maps is recommended.
BlindSquare in the App Store

Loadstone GPS by Shawn Kirkpatrick, $7.99

* Note: Turn-by-Turn directions are now included.
Description from the App Store:
Loadstone GPS enables blind pedestrians to "go blindly where everyone sighted has gone before." It is designed by the blind, for the blind with an emphasis on being powerful but still easy to use. Features * designed specifically with accessibility, especially for voiceover users, in mind.
* no data plan required to use major functions.
* access to a world-wide database of points from OpenStreetMap, public mapping sources, transit systems, and points shared by other Loadstone users.
* available in multiple languages.
* create, store, and share your own navigation waypoints with others.
* see points in your neighbourhood or search for points.
* check points you're interested in and hear them announced as you approach or arrive.
* highly customizable and configurable.
* able to import text databases and checkpoints from previous Loadstone versions.
* display astronomic information, sunrise and set, moonrise and set, etc.
for the latest news and more information please visit the Loadstone website at: Loadstone web site
Loadstone in the App Store
Loadstone mailing list page

Ariadne GPS, $5.99

This innovative accessible location app lets the user explore a map with their finger using VoiceOver. You can know your position at any time and monitor it while walking, you can decide to be informed about what changes along the way, street numbers, street names, etc. There is also the option to save your favorite points and to be alerted, when you approach one of them, for example when you are on a train, bus, etc.
Aeriadne GPS in the App Store

Where To GPS, free, ad free version is available with an in-app purchase

Where To will show you businesses nearby in a wide variety of categories, much like Around Me. They added VoiceOver support so it now will tell you roughly how far away the business is from your location and in which direction.
Where To Go in the App Store

Around Me, Free

This app will tell you about various businesses that are around you. It is broken up into categories. Examples are: banks, food, parking, gas, theaters, pubs, restaurants, etc.
Around Me in the App Store

GPS Receivers for the iDevices

Bad Elf GPS Receiver for iPod touch, iPhone, iPad and iPad2 (66-channel, SBAS/WAAS, 10Hz)

Bad Elf receiver at Amazon

Dual Electronics XGPS150 Universal Bluetooth GPS Receiver for iPad 2, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone and Other Smartphones, Tablets and Laptops

P> dual Electronics Bluetooth GPS Receiver at Amazon.com

Weather related

Sundial - Sun & Moon Widgets, by Tier 9 Digital, free with in-app purchases

I wrote the developer because the explanation of the in-app purchases was very confusing in the app store. He responded in less than 24 hours, more like 12 hours, with a clear explanation which is also on his web site, see below. I went with the bundle that unlocks everything for the phone and watch for $9.99. I like supporting developers who are that responsive.
Some information from the App Store description:
12 fun home screen widgets • Apple Watch App with 100s of Complications • Create alerts for 24 solar & lunar events such as sunrise, sunset, dawn, dusk, and moonset
Sundial displays the sun and moon's rise/set cycle in a 24-hour ring. You can create alerts for solar/lunar events and see times for a different date or location. No Internet is required to compute rise/set and other times: everything is calculated on your iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.
Times for dawn, sunrise, solar noon (sun peak), sunset, and dusk are displayed, along with daylight length. Moonrise, lunar noon (moon peak), and moonset are shown, along with lunar illumination and graphical moon phase. Unlike most apps, moon tilt is customized to your time and location.
Create iOS notifications for 24 solar and lunar events:
The app has full voice over support for all features.
Note: reported times switch between AM/PM and 12/24 notation based on your system settings.
What’s New
May 4, 2021 Version 7.1
Sundial Watch:
- New option for what to display inside the dial circular complication: solar or lunar altitude
- Added warning to About page if location services are disabled
- Voice over improvements
- Fixed: the setting to turn off the twilights on dial complications was not sticky and reverted back to on whenever the Watch app was killed off by watchOS
- Fixed: on the Watch, latitude/longitude meridian direction on About page could be reported incorrectly as E or N when near the meridian
Sundial Widgets:
- Voice over improvements
iOS and iPad:
- Add information about watchOS 7 requirement to Welcome and in-app purchase pages
Note from the developer: the Apple Watch app should be good to go for voice over, but I still have some work to do on the complications. The dial complication is good, but any of the others only read the label of the complication and not data. That is high on my list to complete. He has a VoiceOver user on his beta team to assist him.

Sundail Labs home page Sundial - Sun & Moon Widgets on the App Store

Weather Gods, Free, Offers In-App Purchases

From the app store description:
Meet the Gods: Fire, Ice, Water, Air & Moon delivering you the Weather as you have never experienced it before. Weather Gods redefines the weather app with painstakingly crafted data visualizations, procedural graphics and audio that enable you to literally see, hear and feel the weather. With no more weather icons to decode, the Weather Gods is simply the quickest, most engaging, most enjoyable way to get the accurate weather information you need.
The Weather Gods skillfully integrates premium weather data into an elegant, iOS Exclusive, easy-to-use interface that will delight casual users and weather enthusiasts alike.
With a wealth of rich weather data from the world’s most respected providers, the Weather Gods provide detailed site-based forecasts for over a million locations worldwide. Our advanced, next-generation notifications are easy to setup and bring you exactly the information you want right when you need it.
With 24 hour charts, observed weather, built in moon phase, widget, world clock and much, much more, the Weather Gods is a powerful personal time machine that lets you travel the world and visit the future. Please come join us on this exciting journey as we begin our mission to bring you the finest, most practical, most enjoyable weather app experience ever. We can’t wait to hear what you think!
Features
* Day & Night summary for 7 Days with animated real-time weather backgrounds
* Weather based procedural soundscape
* Detailed 24 hour charts & hourly charting
* Moon phase, rise and fall
* World clock & international support
* Powerful accessibility support - 100% support for Voiceover* Siri shortcuts
* 3D Touch Menu
* Taptic Engine support
* Over 1 million weather-accurate locations
* Complimentary 32 x sticker pack
Premium
* 10 Day HOURLY Forecast via the amazing ‘Weather Wheel’
* Stay safe with severe weather alerts for the USA, Canada and Europe.
* Advanced user-friendly weather notifications. Receive rain and snow notifications, daily summaries with custom schedules, frost warnings and more for up to seven of your favorite locations.
* Weather Gods themed watch app and multiple, powerful, smart weather complications.
* Automatically receive a one day or three day forecast as you arrive at your destination.
* Timely weather highlights for your favorite locations, delivered throughout the day in one of three widget sizes.

Weather Gods on the App Store

Allergy Alert, by Pollen.com, free

From the Description:
If you suffer from allergies like hay fever, you need accurate, reliable, timely information that allows you to consistently manage your allergy symptoms and take control of your life!
Newly redesigned Pollen.com's Allergy Alert App provides you with essential tools to do just that.
With the latest app redesign we have added five days of weather and allergy forecasts, allergy diary and more features:
* Multiple locations can be checked instantly with the swipe of a finger.
* Side by side 5 day up-to-date weather & allergy forecasts.
* The only app to provide in-depth information about top allergens (Oak, Cedar, Juniper, Birch, Maple, Elm, Ash, Ragweed, Grass, Pigweed, Mulberry, Goldenrod and more) with detailed plant descriptions and images.
* Dynamic screen background changes depending on allergy season: Tree, Grass or Ragweed.
* Allergy diary to let you keep track of your symptoms and how you're feeling.
* All the diary data can be later retrieved and printed as a chart or a calendar on My Pollen.com.
* Ford SYNC AppLink integration
Bring allergy information from Pollen.com to your device!
*** Please note this app is intended for the continental US only. ***

Pollen.com's Allergy Alert on the App Store

Dark Sky, $3.99

From the description:
Dark Sky offers hyperlocal weather information. With down-to-the-minute forecasts, you’ll know exactly when the rain will start or stop — right where you’re standing. (It’s like magic.)
YOUR WEATHER, DOWN TO THE MINUTE
Dark Sky delivers forecasts for your precise location, giving you minute-by-minute predictions for the next hour and hour-by-hour forecasts for the next week.
BEAUTIFUL WEATHER ANIMATIONS
The same technology that powers Dark Sky’s predictions also allows us to make beautifully smooth radar animations. These animations show you the path of the storm, including how it moved up to now and where it’s going next.
NOTIFICATIONS
Dark Sky comes with advanced notification options. Receive up-to-the-minute alerts before it starts raining at your exact location, get notified of severe weather alerts (for events such as thunderstorms, flooding, hurricanes etc.) or even create your own custom notifications covering the next 24 hours for things such as temperature, wind, precipitation and more. Dark Sky will tell you what you need to know, when you need to know it.
WIDGET
The Dark Sky widget tells you at a glance what’s going to happen in the next hour or the next week, so you don’t even have to unlock your phone to quickly check the weather before going out.
TIME MACHINE
Explore weather in the past or future. Choose a date and see historical weather data or future predictions based on seasonal averages.
APPLE WATCH
Dark Sky looks great on your wrist. Get notifications and view the weather for the next week with the Dark Sky app built for Apple Watch.
Dark Sky is available in the US, UK and Ireland.

Dark Sky in the App Store

Taxi Related

Lyft

Need a lift? Try Lyft for a friendly, affordable ride whenever you need one. Request a ride with the tap of a button, and get picked up by a nearby community driver who ll take you to your destination within minutes. Yep, it's that easy. Split the cost of a ride with friends. It s easy, fast, and secure. All Lyft drivers pass comprehensive background and DMV checks. Drivers are rated by passengers and only the highest-rated drivers are allowed on the road. Lyft provides a first-of-its-kind $1M liability insurance for total peace of mind.
Lyft in the app store

Uber

Get a reliable ride in minutes with the Uber app no reservations or waiting in taxi lines. From low-cost to premium, every ride option feels like an upgrade to the everyday. Create your account using a credit card or PayPal, and your fare will be charged automatically at the end of your ride. You can also pay with cash in select cities. After your trip, we'll email you a receipt.
Uber on the app store

Curb, formerly Taxi Magic, Free

With Curb, the world's number 1 taxi app, your ride is our command. Book a ride to your location in three taps of your iPhone. Use the app to track a nearby taxi as it arrives. Register a credit card and pay for the ride straight from your phone - we'll email a receipt once the ride is over.
Want to make our app more magical? Email your thoughts to: Curb Support
(Requires a credit card be kept on file)
Curb in the App Store

Personal Organization and Banking

Banking

Bank of America Mobile Banking, free

The Bank of America app allows you to manage your accounts, pay bills, check balances, deposit checks using the camera and more.
bANK OF aMERICA IN THE APP STORE

U.S. Bank App, free

The US Bank app allows you to pay bills, check balances, deposit checks using the camera, check credit card balances, etc.
US Bank app in the app store

Wells Fargo Mobile Banking, free

The Wells Fargo bank app allows you to check account activity, transfer money, deposit checks using the camera, pay bils, etc.
Wells Fargo Mobile in the app store

Organization

GoodBudget, free with in app purchases

Goodbudget is based on the envelope budgeting method. But with no physical envelopes ... only virtual envelopes! Use envelope budgeting to plan your spending, not just track it!
Share a budget and sync across multiple phones (and the web!) Goodbudget helps you make sense of your budgeting and spending with in-app reports. See Income vs spending reports to check what you have spent versus what is left. Ad-free, Free Forever version includes 10 regular envelopes & 10 annual envelopes. Subscribers get more features including, unlimited annual envelopes, the ability to sync up to five devices and friendly customer support.
Goodbudget in the App Store

Calculator HD Pro Free by Cider Software LLC

The app developer was made aware of some changes that would make this app work better with VoiceOver and in three weeks he had made the changes so it now is fully accessible with VoiceOver. You can pay $2.99 to remove the ads which gives a little more display area. Here is some information from the app store description:

Calculator HD Pro Free in the App Store

ABC Contacts Free - Contact Manager, Edit Groups, Send Group Emails & Text Messages, Free, with inapp purchases

by Playa Apps ABC Contacts is a great app for creating groups for sending text messages or Emails to up to 100 people at once. ABC Contacts in the App Store

Cooking, etc.

Paprika Recipe Manager 3, by Hindsight Labs LLC, $4.99

Organize your recipes. Create grocery lists. Plan your meals. Download recipes from your favorite websites. Seamlessly sync to all your devices.

Features:

It is completely accessible with VoiceOver. See the app description in the app store for even more details on updates, etc.

Paprika 3 in the App store

Betty Crocker

Sadly, or maybe not so sad, the Betty Crocker app is no longer available. However, they have everything available on the web site, which is quite accessible.
Check it out at:

Betty Crocker web site

Big Oven

this used to be a completely free app, and the basic app is still free, but to get all the features it is now a subscription for either $1.99 per month or $19.99 per year.

You can try the app out by going to the app store page:
Big Oven App store

Wine Searcher, Free with in-app purchase

This app is quite accessible, A free account gets more information. I have not subscribed so I do not know what extras you get for your $7.99 per year.
Description
Find, compare and buy wines using the world’s #1 wine resource: The Wine-Searcher app is a genius shortcut to your favorite wines, beers and spirits – wherever you are on earth. Just scan the label and find a wealth of info on 8 million wine offers from 55,000 merchants.
With the Wine-Searcher app, you can look up a wine to find out prices, critic scores, grape and region information, available vintages, and most importantly, where to buy. You can even rate and review your own favorites, and share them with the community.
Looking to compare prices for the 2005 Mouton Rothschild? Or wanting to get information on a rare Cognac, bourbon or single malt Scotch whisky? Maybe you’re just interested in the best vintages for your favorite vineyards and wineries.
Search quickly and easily
Use our Recognize Label tool to scan the wine, beer or whisky in front of you, or just type in the name of a product you want to learn more about. Find out about grape varieties, producers and regions, access pricing information across vintages, and even see how critics have scored it.
Locate stores near you. Find out what wine stores are closest to you, and see what wines are the best value at your local wine merchant. Buy wines online through the merchant’s site, or get in touch with a store directly through the app.
Expand your wine knowledge. Access Wine-Searcher’s exhaustive encyclopedia covering producers, wine regions, appellations and grape varieties – from the ubiquitous to the obscure.
Wine-Searcher is free to use. You can purchase an auto-renewing subscription to Wine-Searcher Pro through an In-App Purchase, for $7.99. Subscriptions will be charged to your credit card through your iTunes account. Your subscription will renew automatically, unless cancelled at the 24 hours before the end of the current period. You will not be able to cancel the subscription once activated. You can manage your subscriptions in ITunes Account Settings after purchase.

Wine Searcher App Store

MEDICAL

Pill Reminder, by Sergio Licea

Description
. VoiceOver accessibility support
. Dark Mode (Available in iOS 13 and later)
. Notifications are local. No internet connection required
. App doesn't need to be open to receive notifications
. Universal App, full native support for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
. In the free version, you can add unlimited medications but only 2 reminders
. Full version with unlimited reminders is available as an In-App Purchase, $1.99
Pill Reminder is an easy-to-use and reliable app that helps you remember to take your medications at the right time. It allows you to create any type of recurring reminders (every X hours, specific times, daily, weekly, monthly, every X days, etc). It tracks the remaining quantity of each medication and shows a refill alert when running low.
It has everything you need:
. Reschedule Medications
. Refill Reminders
. PRN (as needed) Medications
. Calendar
. Reminders for Medical Appointments
. Email Reports to your Doctor
. Multiple User Support
By remembering to take all of your medications at the right time, you are taking control of your own health.
RECURRING REMINDERS
. Repeat every X hours (e.g. From 8 AM to 8 PM, every 4 hours)
. Repeat at specific times (e.g. 9:15 AM, 1:30 PM, 8:50 PM)
. Repeat every half hour (e.g. From 10 AM to 2 PM, every 30 minutes)
. Repeat on selected days of the week (e.g. Every week only on Mondays and Fridays)
. Repeat every X days, weeks or months (e.g. Every 3 days, Every 2 weeks)
. Repeat daily for 21 days and then take 7 days off (Birth Control)
MAIN FEATURES
. User friendly interface
. If you took your medication early or late, you can reschedule the next doses in that day
. Get alerts to refill your prescriptions before they run out
. Can be used with any medication, supplement, vitamin, or birth control that follows a regular schedule
. Swipe from right to left to mark a medication as "Taken" directly from the lock screen or notification banner
. Ability to add PRN (as needed) medications
. Keep track of the medications you have to take throughout the day
. Pre-Alarms: Be notified prior to the actual time
. Auto-Snooze: Automatically repeat the alarm up to 5 times at regular intervals (e.g. 1 min, 10 mins, 30 mins) until you take action
. Add notes, time and dose taken for reference
. Mark medications as Taken or Not Taken
. Get alerts when medications are about to expire
. Email your medication list or administration history to your doctor
. Add reminders for medical appointments
. Add photos to each medication for easy identification
. Multiple user support. Add medications for yourself, family members, or others you care for
. Ability to search the FDA Drug Database for your medications (Available in the US only)
. Has a calendar to view all reminders by month
. Backup and restore all data on the same device or multiple devices
. 32 built-in alarm sounds

Pill Reminder in the App Store>

My Medical, $3.99:

Keep track of medical information including doctors' contacts and insurance info. You can have different sets of info for each family member. Tie appointments to any calendar, not just the one in the app. Keep track of test results and xrays. Password protect your details. Generate a report from your medical record and email it.
My Medical in the App Store

Simply, Pill Alert, $1.99

From the app description: Pill Alert will show you whether you missed taking a dosage, and also show you how late you were taking it. Just say: Daily pills, and select Once a day, and tell the app that you have taken them. Make your schedule as complicated as you wish. Alerts you when your pills are due. You don't need to have the app running.

Simply, Pill Alert in the App Store

Diabetes App Lite, free:

Here are key features from the app description:
Diabetes App Lite in the App Store

NEWS RELATED

NFBNewsline, Free

The app for NFBNewsline subscribers, works on all Apple iDevices. This app makes it very easy to access any of the newspapers or magazines offered by NFBNewsline.
You must reside in a State that participates in the NFB newsline program. In Oregon that is The Talking Book and Braille Library: Talking Book Library Website
NFBNewsline in the App Store

Access World, Free

This is the official app of the American Foundation for the Blind's online publication dedicated to technology and people with vision loss.
AccessWorld in the App Store

General News Apps, Free

Search in the App Store for your favorite newspaper, TV news channel, etc. You may find that they have an app.

Audio Related

Radio and Podcasts

iBlink Radio, Free

Radio stations, podcasts and reading services of special interest to blind and visually impaired persons; as well as their friends, family, caregivers and those wanting to know what life is like without eyesight.
iBlink radio in the App Store

TuneIn Radio, Free or TuneIn Radio Pro, $4.99

Allows streaming of radio stations from all over the world. Also allows recording.
TuneIn radio in the App Store

ooTunes Radio - Recording and Alarm Clock: $4.99

Great for radio streaming for any stream from anywhere; audio recording and also alarm clock.
ooTunes in the App Store

MLB at Bat, $19.99

Provides radio feeds for all the Major League Baseball teams from Spring Training through the World Series.
MLB at Bat in the App Store

iTunesU, Free

Access to thousands of free podcasts, both audio and video, from Universities, Library of Congress, etc.
iTunesU in the App Store

Recording

Dolby On: Record Audio & Video (iOS/iPadOS, Free)

I learned about this app through the Applevis.com newsletter for November 2019. It is an extremely easy to use app with great sound and fully VoiceOver accessible. I encourage everyone to go to the app store and read the full description, but two recent fixes of note related to VoiceOver users:

Dolby On in the App Store Dolby On Support Email

Just Press Record by Open Planet Software, $4.99

Description from the App Store:
Just Press Record is the ultimate mobile audio recorder bringing one tap recording, transcription and iCloud syncing to all your devices. Life is full of moments we would rather not forget - like your child's first words, an important meeting or spontaneous idea. Capture these moments effortlessly on iPhone, iPad or for ultimate convenience, Apple Watch. RECORD o One tap to start, stop, pause and resume recording. o Unlimited recording time. o Record discretely in the background. o Choose to record from the built-in mic, AirPods or external microphones. o Start and stop recording from the Lock screen widget, with a 3D Touch Quick Action or via the URL scheme. o Record independently on Apple Watch and sync later. PLAY o Seek backwards and forwards during playback. o Adjustable playback speed. TRANSCRIBE o Turn speech into searchable text. o Support for over 30 languages, independent of your device's language setting. o Format as you record with punctuation command recognition. SHARE o Share audio and text to other apps on your iOS device. o Share to iTunes on Mac or PC via the Lightning Port. ORGANIZATION o View recent recordings or browse your library by date and time. o Search by filename or transcription content. o Dedicated tab for quick access to recordings made on Apple Watch. o Peek and Pop the contents of folders in the Browse tab. o Rename recordings. o Slide Over and Split View support on iPad. STORAGE o Choose to store recordings either in iCloud Drive or locally on-device. o Recordings stored in iCloud Drive automatically sync across all your devices. o Transcriptions are stored within the audio file. PRO-AUDIO o Support for high quality external microphones connected via the Lightning Port. o Customizable Audio Settings to enhance your recording experience. o File types include WAV, AIF or standard iTunes M4A (ACC). o High quality audio up to 96kHz / 24-bit. ACCESSIBILITY o VoiceOver support throughout the app. o Magic Tap gesture to start / stop a recording. APPLE WATCH Just Press Record includes an Apple Watch app that gives you the freedom to record anywhere, even when your iPhone is not around.
Just Press Record on the App Store

iRecorder Pro Audio Recorder by SIMPLETOUCH, Llc. Free with In-App purchase of $4.99

Description from the App Store:
iRecorder Pro is a quick and easy to use audio recorder for iPhone and iPad, with Wi-Fi transfer to any computer. Customers LOVE iRecorder, you will TOO! SIMPLY THE BEST: iRecorder is designed to be quick and easy use, and simple to understand. Great for on-the-go capture of your thoughts, ideas, notes-to-self, lectures, concerts, music, you name it! Record for hours, or just seconds. * HIGH-QUALITY RECORDINGS * FAST LOAD TIME * EASY TO USE * EVERYTHING ONE TAP AWAY * USERS LOVE THIS APP, YOU WILL TOO! MORE GREAT FEATURES: * Wi-Fi Sync to transfer recordings to any computer on the same Wi-Fi network * iTunes file sharing * Share recordings using iOS share extensions * SmartSplit to easily send large recordings in multiple parts * Record in the background * Adjust playback speed * pause and resume during recording * no limit to recording length * rename and re-arrange recordings quickly * rotates upside down for easy microphone use * Use microphones, headsets etc. * VoiceOver optimized, VoiceOver on during recording SIMPLE BY DESIGN: When it comes to mobile applications, sometimes less is more. We kept iRecorder simple and un-cumbersome, leaving a great user experience. PRO QUALITY: Our recording quality is second to none. We deliver pro-quality recordings, and a high-quality? user interface you would expect on iPhone. GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE: Our customers praise us for great customer service. We take it to heart. If you have an issue we are here to help you. ACCESSIBILITY PROMISE: We are dedicated to making the best & most accessible recording app for iOS. iRecorder is optimized for VoiceOver users! iRecorder is a trademark of SimpleTouch software, all rights reserved.
* The in-app purchase gives you an unlimited number of recordings you can store on your device. Without upgrading, you can only store 3 recordings at a time. If you off load/delete recordings, you can use it without purchasing the upgrade. iRecorder Pro in the App Store

Audio Memos Pro $9.99

Audio Memos is a professionally made audio recorder. It has an amazingly intuitive interface, which is easy to use and full of powerful features. Use it in interviews, lectures, music session, briefings, ... and simplify your recording tasks.

Audio Memos Pro in the app store

Zoom IQ 6 Microphone, $99.99

I use the IQ 6 for recording with the iPod Touch or iPhone. The IQ 6 has an earphone jack so you can hear VoiceOver while recording. Note: you either have to remove your case or have a thin enough case for the short jack on the microphone to fit into the lightning plug on the device.
Turn your favorite iOS device into a field recorder by connecting an iQ6. Whether it's a podcast on the fly, an impromptu concert or band rehearsal or a sound effect you want to incorporate into your next video, you can count on the iQ6 to capture the moment with superior audio.
X/Y recording made easy
The iQ6 features two high quality unidirectional condenser microphones in an X/Y configuration, the same ones used in our world-famous H4n Handy Recorder. (handiRecorder is a good app, but difficult to use with VoiceOver.)
X/Y stereo recording is a great way to cover a wide area while still capturing sound sources in the center with clarity and definition. You can even change the mic angle from 90 degrees for a tightly focused image to 120 degrees for immersive wide-angle stereo. (US Patent 8184815)
Zoom IQ 6 at Amazon I used the IQ 6 and Audio Memos Pro to record the demo of Voice Dream Reader 4, available here:
Voice Dream Reader 4 demo MP3 There are other models of the Zoom IQ microphones that you can read about on their web site:
Zoom USA

MTSR, Free, or Pro $1.99

Multi-Track Song Recorder is a premier 4 track recording app. MTSR allows you to record up to 4 tracks with a simple and easy to use interface. Designed with a simple tape recording style and with many features for creative and more advanced music recording.
Includes a Metronome with options for creating Perfect Loops and duplicating your recordings to loop as many times as you d like. Features options for merging all of your tracks in the same recording session to allow for unlimited recording possibilities. You can also export your songs via Dropbox, Email, SMS, and iTunes File Sharing.

Multi Track Song Recorder is the perfect iOS app for musicians looking to write and record simple songs at home or on the move! Now includes Upgrade to Pro option! This In-App Purchase will remove all advertising and unlock the more advanced Metronome for only $1.99! For more information see Multi Track Song Recorder Pro on the iOS App Store.

Includes:
Derrick Walker web site MTSR Support MTSR in the app store

Ferrite Recording Studio, free with InApp purchases

Ferrite combines the ease-of-use of a voice memo audio recorder, with a versatile multi-track editing studio and powerful additional tools like effects & automation available when you need them.
With time-saving features and a UI designed to get out of your way, this is the app you need for podcasting, radio journalism, or other professional voice production like lectures, speeches, and voiceovers.
Streamlined Recording
Open Ferrite and with just one tap you re recording. No fuss, and it won't break a sweat even with hours-long sessions. Just make sure your device has enough free space!
Recording an interview and you want to highlight a few quotes? Have to take out some inappropriate language? Or just fluffed a sentence and need to fix it? Bookmark moments during your recording and they will be flagged up during edits, so you can jump right to them.
Monitor levels with live recording meters, or listen through headphones. Tag your audio to find it quickly later. And of course you can import audio from your Music Library, iCloud, and other services such as Dropbox.
* Please note: the free version has limited duration for recording & editing projects. Upgrade, and you can edit projects up to 24 hours long! Top In-App Purchases

Ferrite Recording Studio in the app store

Odds and Ends

GAMES

Chess-Wise 3, Free or Chess-Wise 3, $2.99

The first chess app on the iDevices that was made accessible with VoiceOver.
Chess-Wise 3 in the App Store

Shredder Lite, Free or Shredder Chess, $7.99

Shredder has a little more useful feedback and according to a member of the U.K. Chess Team, has a stronger chess engine than Chess-Wise.
Shreader Chess in the App Store

King's Corner, $0.99 byBitpress, LLC

Addictive card game with some features like Solitaire. It is possible to play against another opponent over the Game Center, or to play against the device. Fully VoiceOver accessible.
King's Corner in the App Store

Note: there are many, many accessible games and these are just a few. Some games are designed for the blind or anyone who wants to play using only audio feedback; Papa Sangre and Papa Sangre II are two very popular adventure/puzzle games. Sixth Sense is a Zombee shooting game. Audio Archery, is a simple audio game? There isn't room to list them all. AppleVis.com is a good place to search for accessible apps: AppleVis.com

Miscellaneous

Crochet and Knit Counter by J B van Asselt, free with in-app purchase

Description

:
Knit and Crochet Counter helps you keep track of the rows while you're working on your project.
Simply tap anywhere on the screen and track your rows, and don't worry about your screen turning off, as it will stay on while you are using the app.
Working on multiple projects simultaneously? No problem, just create multiple projects, and give each of them their own name.
Don't like the color theme of the app? Change it, there are many different options to choose from, and if you become a supporter of the app, the icon will also take on the color you select!
Prefer to work in silence? Use the option to turn of the tap-sound, easy!
Use the widget for maximum convenience!
Support for less then a yarn. $0.99
*Note: a friend says to name your projects, just double tap on the pencil icon.

Crochet and Knit Counter on the App Store

Smart Metronome, by Tomohiro Ihara, free, or $2.99 to remove ads

Smart Metronome turns your iPhone into a simple, stylish and very accurate metronome!
It contains three modes; Normal, Repeat and Program.






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