For those looking to master their iPhone or iPad, two new training options have been released with wildly differing price points.
Freedom Scientific has announced a new "training bundle" for VoiceOver users on Apple's iOS platform. The bundle includes over 10 hours of VoiceOver training in DAISY format which come pre-loaded on a 2 GB SD card. The training is said to be applicable to new users of the iPhone or iPad and covers the very basics, according to the press release. This training material also comes with a Plextalk Pocket, which allows you to play the DAISY content that you have purchased. The cost of this bundle is $599.
Shelly Brisbin has also announced her updated book, iOS Access for all. For $20, this comprehensive text tutorial, which covers VoiceOver, low vision settings, hearing aid features and much more, is available in ePub format, which is compatible with many readers on a variety of platforms. Brisbin reports on her blog that a PDF version will soon be available as well.Source: Freedom Scientific
I see FS are feeling the drop in JAWS quality, and the lack of sales resultant from it. Good. Still, to they'd be wise to provide the materials as a separate option not just with the pocket. I'd wager that most people buying this already have a player of some sort. Come to think of it, they ought to provide an NLS cartridge option along with it to maximize the amount of users this would appeal to. Once again, Freedom show they've apparently dropped their business sense down the toilet right after their quality assurance department.
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