blog post: My view point about what fleksy did, and an over view of the new fleksy VO app

Yesterday (january 31 2014) Fleksy released its new
app As many of you know they have a
voice over specific app.
This has caused many a concern amongst the blind population as they are worried about fragmentation, and other issues and as one twitter user put it “I was a beta tester of @Fleksy and think they have completely exploited the blind community shame on you Fleksy” I how ever am not too worried as I have been testing fleksy since its infancy in 2012 and I know they can produce a superior product. I should add that this voice over app update is for iOS. I have to disagree with the statement above and here are my reasons in the remainder of this post.

As stated yesterday they came out with a new app that is now inaccessible to voice over users and they want us to install the voice over app. This is fine by my part. I can still type an email and send it successfully. See the screenshot pictured here.
an email with one mistake in it typed in fleksy Note I had to correct the mistake. I think this is a good move on fleksy’s part as it would be filled with features we will never use. Since I am not a sighted person i cannot tell what those are, but you sighted folks reading the blog can pitch in.

Reactions among the blind community

As stated I think Fleksy are doing a wonderful job when it comes to what they are doing. I am therefore shocked as to how some of the blind in general are reacting toward this news. As seen on this person’s
blog post,
they are uninstalling fleksy because of this move. This to me is an extreme reaction and should be taken in to consideration very carefully. We as the blind tend to over react, in that if it does not work anymore of if things don’t go my way I will just uninstall the app and wine about it. Some folks even on the applevis site are concerned as well.
will fleksy not be in the hall of fame any more?
I personally think it should be: it still is a very good app, it can save someone battery if they don’t have a bt (blue tooth) key board, it is very productive, it is feature rich, and devs are now encouraged to incorporate it in to their apps, of which there are 3 at the time of this writing.

I can see where fragmentation might worry some visually impaired people, and they have the right to think this, but by all means, be more proactive and professional in your feed back when giving it. Give the app a chance, below I will post a small overview for those that are new to the app.

Overview

Here is a slight overview of the fleksy window. Pictured here is the main screen with no letters typed yet on it. <blank fleksy screen with no letters typed After holding down your finger at the top you get a menu pictured here Here is what it looks like with no typing menu when you have a blank fleksy screen and here is what it looks like with typing, showing your various options. fleksy menu with options after you have typed. In this case it's the word test These might vary according to your device, how ever just tap the one you want to accomplish and it’s done. You might need to correct some mistakes but over all fleksy is very good and the team are doing their job right in my opinion.

I hope that people will think of their reactions and take them in to consideration and give fleksy another chance. The team are trying their hardest and they do not deserve the attitude that some of us are giving. As for me I’ll stick it out and see what they have to offer in their product line up.

Comments and questions are more then welcome. What are your thoughts, be constructive in your feedback. Should fleksy have done what they did and why.

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Author: Sarah Alawami

licenced amature radio operator, loves to read and sing.