looking at what’s app for mac os: an accessibility epic fail

Note: if you would like to watch the youtube demo, feel free to do so by following the prompts at the bottom of this page.

I go over what’s app for mac os or try to anyway. I could not get the QR code scanned. I fully expected this to be a native app not some app where it needs the phone to be used. I would not mind entering a from my phone into the app, or loging in with facebook.

This to me is a big oversite by what’s app If we could find a way to contact the developers that would be nice. Please leave a comment in the disqus frame with more info. Also please feel free to show what’s app the video . I don’t care for the fact that what’s app made this look like their what’s app web interface. In fact that’s what it says in the title.

Following is a screenshot of said window.

Screenshot of the what's app for web window before the QR code  is scanned. Notice it looks a lot like the what's app web website, not a customised app.

I really hope we can get a customised interface. What if for example you did not have a phone? You could then log on to what’s app for mac or windows via facebook.

Below you will find the video on youtube.

Let’s race some horses

I should add that before I begin the show notes, I said the name of the app wrong. Look in the show notes for more info about what the app is called. My appoligies to all who tune in.

I go over blindfold horserace another game in the blindfold series. This is a fun filled, fast paced game that is very exciting to play. The developers really did a good job on this game and I encourage you to try it out.

blog post; a way to test your mac for free

When I came across the following article on lifehacker, on speedster I was a bit surprised that someone came up with this app. I’m testing this for accessibility. As most of you know who listen to the podcast or read the blog, I’m totally blind and use a screen reader called voiceover. Voiceover ships with osx 10.4 and above and can be accessed with command f5. Many apps are accessible with voiceover and while some are not, some of the devs I’ve spoken to have worked hard to make the apps accessible and easy to navigate.

main interface of speedster

When you first navigate the program you are presented with a start test and a number of tests remaining. There is an in app purchase that enables you to remove this limit. the following is a screenshot of the speedster window. Notice the start test button that is prominent.

After the start test button is opened, you are presented with a web view of the start test screen. This might appear to be inaccessible to voiceover users, but if you quit interacting with that and go right, you will notice the results. Here are mine.results of the test. Notice the download and upload speed which  in this example is 35 Mbps by 5 Mbps.

exit

Over all the app is very usable with voiceover and free. You only need test your speed maybe once a day or so. I hope you enjoy this app. Feel free to leave a comment and discuss this in the forums as well. I love the way this app is simple to use and I hope you mac users will make use of this tool.

looking at overcast for ios; the good, the bad, and the ugly.

<p>In this episode I go over the iOs app <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/overcast-podcast-player/id888422857?mt=8">overcast.</a> I discuss the good and bad and just plain ugly regarding the app. For example, focus is lost a lot when using voiceover, at least on my iPhone 6 running iOs 9.2.1. Also, at least in the version I'm using, which is the latest at the time of this recording, the download option is missing per episode. I also don't like the fact I have to apply my actions to 1 episode at a time. I have to delete twenty-four hundred episodes from my download queue and swiping down to delete is not fun that many times. If you have any questions please contact the developer from their <a href="https://overcast.fm/">website.</a> You can also log in to that website using your overcast info and view and listen to your podcasts from anywhere. They also have a twitter account, however I have not received any answers from them via <a href="http://twitter.com/OvercastFM">twitter @OvercastFM</a> or their email form which can be found on their <a href="https://overcast.fm/contact">contact page.</a> Feel free to share this podcast. Any comments and suggestions are more then welcome.</p>

blog post: selecting text across page boundries

The following is a post I had on the applevis site, but i’m modifying it a bit. This shows how to select text across pages in the pages app in osx.

History.

At the time of this writing, and for a year preceding, you cannot select text across pages in pages as it would highlight. This is with voiceover on. I emailed apple about this with no response. I get the feeling that more of us must submit feedback about this. I even put a youtube video about this with no results.
Yet, others can reproduce this. I don’t know why apple cannot or will not fix the issue

I decided to write a guide based on an email I received on how to select text across pages in pages or any other text editor. Following is how to do this. Any comments can go in the disqus frame.

introduction.

Here is a quick written tutorial on how to select text across page boundaries in pages or any other text editor. This is a quote from an email I received. You will need to follow the directions. A blank line is left between what is to be pasted in to the file.

Note: I prefer to use text edit for my editing and saving of these documents. Remember to hit cmd shift t to change to text before following the below directions.

Instructions

As mentioned in the above paragraph you will need to paste this in to a text edit document. Because I’m writing this in mark up separating this should be easy. Just copy the paragraph below the instructions.

Open a TextEdit document and paste in the following without the quotes:

“{ “^y” = “yankAndSelect:”; //control-y “^@” = “setMark:”; //control-@ “^w” = “deleteToMark:”; //control-w “^x” = { //control-x control-x “^x” = “selectToMark:”; }; “^ ” = “setMark:”; //control-space “~f” = “moveWordForward:”; //option-f “~b” = “moveWordBackward:”; //option-b }”

Save the document as:

DefaultKeyBinding.dict

You’ll need to change the extension to .dict manually. You can do this in the save dialogue. If text edit complains, click the use .dic button.

Next steps

After saving the document let’s say on your desktop you will need to go to your user library by going to the Go menu in Finder and using the VO keys to navigate down to Library. You will need to do this if you did not show the library in the show column dialogue (cmd j) in the finder. Alternatively you can just hit cmd shift g and type

~/library

in to the dialogue, pressing enter at the end.

Create a folder Called KeyBindings and put the .dict document into it.

From now on, you should be able to select text in any text editing application by pressing Ctrl-Space to mark the beginning of the selection, and Ctrl-x-x to mark the end of the selection. Everything in between will be selected, including page breaks.

exit

Now that you have a temporary fix for pages, you can now select text across page boundaries like a non voice over would do. Until apple gets this fixed, feel free to use this work around. I hope this helps. I modified the email just a bit to explain some points. If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments section of this post..

blog post: getting started with syncthing

Syncthing is a program designed to sync files across the Internet and your local area network. it is easy for a beginner to set this up. Following is a guide on how to set this up. If you want more info or to download the program go to their homepage. They also have some very good documentation on the program and their forums are wonderful.

Downloading the program is easy. Unzip the folder to a place where you will remember. I suggest unzipping the program to a place that can be easily gotten to. For mac users I suggest your home directory and no sub folders, so the contents of the syncthing folder is one level deep.

Once you have the file extracted follow these instructions.

step 1.

launch the exe file if you are on windows.. If you are on a mac, start a screen session by typing screen and hit enter. and cd to the directory you stored the syncthing files, and launch ./syncthing.  Once it is launched and the web UI, or user interface, comes up detach from the screen with ctrl plus a, then d. No need to hit enter. to reattach to the screen session if you need to view output (probably will never happen) type screen -r and hit enter, then detach when you are done with control plus a then d, again no need to hit enter.

for windows users just forget the terminal window is there. You guys don’t have screen. So simply launch the exe file and pretend the command line window does not exist.

step 2

from the web UI click add device. This will bring up a dialogue with the following items.

  • Device id. This is the device id you will paste in.
  • Device name (optional). You can give this a name or wait for the field to populate once the user has accepted your adding their device.
  • addresses. Don’t worry about that. This next section is for advanced users.
    *compression (leave this at the default)
  • introducer. Once you check this box all devices with this checked will show up in each others lists according to the help documents.
    *shared folders. You can check the folders you have set up to share with the device.

After you selected the folders click save. The following shows a screenshot of the device window for anyone interested.

screenshot of the add device section

step 3

paste in my computer ID.

X5TDAGJ-FP4LEIT-A4K4OFZ-7LH4Q3D-3QZAKVS-CYM75GQ-CMC3CPU-HGXW6QT 

This is a long string of numbers as seen above. Copying and pasting would be a good idea. If you have any folders you want to share, you check the boxes for the folders. If not go to the next step.

step 4

click save. You can then click actions at the top of the window in the nav bar. Then click restart. Every time you add a device you must restart syncthing.

step 5

The user whose device you added will then get a request. For anyone who gets a request, it will be after the navigation bar. and in the top most section. it will for now be a heading level 3. The user can then click accept, or decline if they don’t expect or know who  you are. 

Folders, folders and folders

Now for the folders. If you are already connected to me and I add a folder, or you do and you share it with me or someone else, an invite on the page. will be shown, and you have to look for it as it will be hidden and in order of your folders list so keep an eye on the web UI every once in a while.

Should you need to reopen the web UI simply go to  

http://127.0.0.1:8384

There you will find actions which is where all of your settings are and your computer’s ID.

hint

Set your folders to master that way you and only you can make changes.  and if you ever need to re-add a folder re-share it by checking the devices that are granted accesses and check master. There is a lot of good documentation that is in a easy to read format that does a better job then I could, also the forums on there are a big help. They helped me get sharing to the outside world with in about an hour.

conclusion

I hope this helps a bit.  As you can see the program is very very easy to use and the more you play with it the more you will learn, more then me. And the developers are willing to make all of the interface very accessible, so tweet them @syncthing with any feedback you might have. I will be updating this eGuide with more as I learn more but for now this should get you started.

Looking at ringr: a podcast by Melanie Peskoe

In this episode Melanie goes over ringr an app for recording high definition phone calls. this does not rely on your phone but an email invite code. The calls sound almost as good as face time.

She starts by going over the interface and discussing the few hitches with registration. she then lets us hear 2 excerpts. One in mono and one in stereo so ware head phones if you want to hear both sides of the conversation. This was originally on blind abilities, and audio boom channel which is why she began the way she did. Follow this guest podcaster on twitter

Feedback and comments on this app are more then welcome as my goal is to give this to the developer for discussion of changes to the interface in some areas.

looking at be my eyes: a podcast by Darron Duff

this is a look at be my eyes an ios app that can if used appropriately aid the blind in getting help with identifying a package.1

Darron goes over the layout of the app followed by a use case scenario and ends with his thoughts. . I hope you enjoy.


  1. This was a guest podcast done by Darron Duff. If you would like to contact him you can do so via his twitter. 

final look at blind square: a sound skape of a real life use case

I finish this series by taking you through the app once again, but this time with out me explaining what I’m doing and why. I also just for fun include a phone call to brake the monotony of the wait. We also hear from a special guest who decided to pop in. enjoy the discussions, app use, and more.

Feedback is more then welcome. I really enjoy this app, and I hope you will to.