Category: Voice Output


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AccessNote is a word processor program and voice input and output audio notetaker program designed for people who are blind or have low vision. This application (or app) allows a person to use their Apple iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch as an electronic notetaker. It is designed particularly for people who use the VoiceOver feature (see separate entry) of Apple's iOS. AccessNote creates notes in the .TXT file format, and it can also import .TXT files from e-mail or Dropbox accounts. The AccessNote home screen is titled "All Notes" and provides a list of all saved notes, which includes a table index for quickly scrolling through notes. New notes may be created by tapping the "+" button, and there two search features for finding text globally across all notes and within an individual note. Once the user is in a note, the app offers a "Review" button for going into a read-only mode, and cursor tracking that always keeps the user's place when he or she returns to a note. The app is compatible with both QWERTY and refreshable braille display keyboards that can connected to the host device, and it includes keyboard commands for both types of keyboards. AccessNote also includes a user guide and an interactive tutorial. COMPATIBILITY: For use with an Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Apple iOS 6.0 or later.


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The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit whose mission is to ensure that the ten million Americans who are blind or visually impaired enjoy the same rights and opportunities as other citizens. The American Foundation for the Blind promotes wide-ranging, systemic change by addressing critical issues such as employment, independent living, literacy, and technology. In addition to its New York City headquarters, the AFB maintains four National Centers in cities across the United States, and a Governmental Relations office in Washington, DC. It publishes the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, a professional journal, and Access World, a consumer-oriented publication on assistive technology that is available free through the AFB web site. The AFB Press also publishes books on teaching braille, which are available through the AFB Bookstore.

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