Learning How to Use VoiceOver with VOStarter App

VoiceOver is Apple's built-in screen-reading software for iOS devices. It helps blind and visually impaired iOS users navigate their devices (iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches) and access apps, the web, messages, etc. But learning how to use this technology effectively can be quite daunting to new users, especially if they are not familiar with high-tech devices. The goal of the VOStarter app is to make learning VO easier through guided tutorials. Although there is a practice section under Settings in VoiceOver, it is not a guided, systematic tutorial.

From the developer: "VO Starter is the first app to offer blind and visually impaired iOS users training on the built in screen reader, VoiceOver. For more information, visit our web site at iaccessibility.net."

Price: Free

Summary of comments from users on AppleVis Forums:

-Some believe it duplicates the native practice section in VoiceOver itself.
-Most agree that it is very helpful, especially for users unacquainted with VoiceOver. 

-Criticisms include:
            -Grammatical errors in the tutorial
            -Tutorial does not explain how to use the cursor in VO
            -Does not show how to edit text or use certain specific apps

This seems to be a helpful, much-needed app for beginners. The first version trains the user on basic uses for VO. In future versions, more advanced tutorials would be useful.


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