Before I leave the Mayberry Compound, I dig through my bag past everything else to make sure I have it. Without it, there will be much squinting and guessing and mostly likely giving up on reading text with these eyes. What makes deciphering print easy? My hand-held LED magnifier.
I’m always on the lookout to simply my routines and devices though. I learned about the Visor – Low Vision App and why it was developed over on AppleVis. I figured for 99 cents, I would try the app which serves up mobile contrast and magnification.
The Visor – Low Vision App features as described on the iTunes product description:
2x, 3x, 5x, and 8x magnification; 3 viewing modes: standard full color, black on white with enhanced contrast, white on black with enhanced contrast;ability to enable the LED flash on iPhone and iPod touch.
I purchased the Visor – Low Vision app like any other app from the iTunes store. I gathered up some testing material: a bank statement, a glossy magazine, an ingredient label, my terrier…because, science.
The app is easy to master in a seconds. Large, color coded buttons control light, magnification, and contrast. I placed an object on my desk. I selected the white on black enhanced contrast mode and zoomed in. I tapped the screen twice to auto-focus on the text I wanted to read. Voila, readable print.
I preferred standard full color mode for full color layouts, but used the white on black with enhanced contrast mode for the bank statement and ingredient label. (My terrier looked painfully adorable in all modes.)
I still need to test the app out in public in restaurants and stores, but so far so good. I’m happy to use my phone yet again as an assistive device as well as eliminating the need to perhaps haul around both a magnifier and my phone. In short, I recommend the Visor – Low Vision app for anyone who benefits from magnification and contrast controls.
Do you use apps on your phone or tablet? Have you tried the Visor – Low Vision app or any other accessibility related apps? What do you think? Tell me about it.