VisionAssist 2.51 released

Slinkyware has now released VisionAssist 2.51.

Apple's recent update - iOS8, has increased the operating system overhead on all devices.   This is most noticeable on the older devices now such as the iPad 2, iPad 3, iPhone 4S, and iPod Touch 4G.   VisionAssist uses as many system resources as available to give as smooth performance as possible.   However, because iOS8 is using more resources we have had to reduce the framerate slightly on these devices.

This recent update also provides support for

  • 64bit binaries 
  • performance optimisations for iOS8
  • several bug fixes under the hood

VISIONASSIST on iPAD Mini with Retina

Slinkyware has been testing VisionAssist on the new iPad Mini with Retina display and it is an amazing experience.   The new iPad Mini is probably now the best device to use with VisionAssist - the combination of the sharp display, 5MP autofocus high resolution camera, and raw speed of the A7 64bit CPU provide outstanding performance!

You can find more out about VisionAssist at visionassist.slinkyware.com and you can purchase it at the Apple Appstore here.

VISIONASSIST V2.2 RELEASED FOR IPHONE, IPOD AND IPAD

Slinkyware is excited to announce the release of v2.2 of VisionAssist.    We have been reviewing all the suggestions and feedback from our customers and made many significant improvements to VisionAssist including:

  • in freeze mode, you can now save your enhanced image to camera roll
  • new easy to use user interface.   You can now choose between using high contrast buttons or sliders.
  • new setting to only enable panning in pause mode.  This helps make the app easier to use for many customers.
  • new mode -  inverse Highlights (swaps the Highlights colors around)
  • you can now hide all controls by tapping the screen, so that customers can get a full screen of information
  • improved size of text notifications
  • improved zoom indicator
  • new translations for German
  • improved help screen

This is a free upgrade for existing customers and we hope you enjoy these improvements and new features.

You can find more out about VIsionAssist at visionassist.slinkyware.com and you can purchase it at the Apple Appstore here.

VisionAssist v1.4 released for iPhone 5 and iOS6!

Slinkyware is pleased to announce the release of v1.4 of VisionAssist which has been updated and optimised for iOS6, iPhone 5 and iPod Touch 5G. 

In addition, by popular request, we have introduced a new feature - the ability to switch between Fixed Focus and AutoFocus.

VisionAssist absolutely flys on the iPhone 5 with its new high speed CPU.

You can find more out about VIsionAssist at visionassist.slinkyware.com and you can purchase it at the Apple Appstore here.

 

VisionAssist v1.2 and the new iPad - a proven combination!

Slinkyware is pleased to announce that v1.2 of VisionAssist has now been tested on the new third generation "new iPad" and it has passed with flying colors!   VisionAssist has been optimised to take advanatage of the higher speed processor and optics - it looks great with the high definition camera and super sharp screen.  

The new iPad's 5 Megapixel rear camera uses a lens system similar to the iPhone 4S, image stabilisation, and has a proper autofocus system which provides sharp images.  

VisionAssist uses a live video stream and the iPad supports 1920 x 1080 resolution - full HD for video capture, again similar to the iPhone 4S.   Due to the advanced video processing that VisionAssist does, the new A5X dual core CPU along with quad core GPU provides fantastic performance.

Using the big 9.7" screen, or alternatively, AirPlay streaming support for the Apple TV provides large, clear magnified images.   For those that choose to use VoiceOver, this is fully supported too.   

You can find more out about VIsionAssist at visionassist.slinkyware.com and you can purchase it at the Apple Appstore here.

 

VisionAssist gains 5 stars in review on About.com!

VisionAssist gains 5 stars in review on About.com from assistive technology writer .

"Costing just $5.99, VisionAssist represents a new magnification solution far less expensive than dedicated electronic magnifiers. It also enfolds vital assistive technology into mobile devices popular among the blind, eliminating the need to carry a separate magnifier."
...
"Pros
  • Price: $5.99 for electronic magnification is one of the best deals in assistive technology
  • Efficiency: VisionAssist, like DAISY book and GPS apps, lightens your load by moving more solutions to your iOS device
  • Robust: Offers all functions found in portable and desktop video magnifiers, e.g. color schemes and "freeze" frame
  • Easy to Use: App installs automatically and has simple layout, intuitive controls, and well-organized online help."

...

"VisionAssist is a very impressive app that, over time, could make portable electronic magnifiers obsolete. I did my testing with an iPod touch. Even though the resolution is higher on the iPhone and iPad, the convenience, functionality, and price represent a new paradigm of value in the world of magnification aids."

For the full review, please follow this link.

If you are interested in VisionAssist, you can purchase from the Apple AppStore here.

 

VisionAssist and the new third generation iPad

Great to see the new third generation iPad announced today. 

VisionAssist should work well without further changes and will be stunning with the retina display (4x the pixels of the iPad 2) and 5 Megapixel rear camera.   The new iPad camera uses a lens system similar to the iPhone 4S, image stabilisation, and has a proper autofocus system which will give sharp images.   

VisionAssist uses a live video stream and the iPad supports 1920 x 1080 resolution - full HD for video capture, again similar to the iPhone 4S.   Due to the advanced video processing that VisionAssist does, the new A5X dual core CPU along with quad core GPU should provide fantastic performance.

The only downside it that there is no flash LED that can be used to illuminate what you are reading.   However, there is the new feature - Temporal Noise Reduction, which is intended to improve video quality in low light levels.  That should be interesting to experiment with.

However the big 9.7" screen along with AirPlay streaming support to the Apple TV will provide great images.

 

Can't wait for it to be released in New Zealand on the 27th March!   If you happen to get your hands on it earlier, please let me know how VisionAssist performs.

Press Release: Announcing VisionAssist for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad

Slinkyware is excited to announce the release of VisionAssist - an app for people with Low Vision conditions that enhances their reading ability.

VisionAssist is a new category of handheld electronic magnifier that utilises your iPhone or iPad.  It is designed to help people with Low Vision conditions including AMD (age related macular degeneration), Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy, Cataracts and color blindness.  Use it on your iPhone for when you are out and about for spot reading, use it with your iPad for big easy to read images, or connect it wirelessly with your Apple TV and your big screen TV at home for extra large viewing!   

"Slinkyware is committed to creating great products that help improve quality of life.   The convergence of camera technology with smartphones and tablets enable us to provide assistive technologies to those that need them at better value than was possible in the past with specialised electronics", says Mike Ullrich, founder.  "Why purchase an expensive dedicated electronic video magnifier when you can utilise your smartphone or tablet that is always with you.  Distributing these products using the Apple AppStore enables us to reach many more customers that we could have in the past."

VisionAssist provides a rich range of viewing modes that uses our advanced image processing algorithms to best suit your eye condition.   If you find that a magnifying glass or glasses do not provide enough clarity, VisionAssist will provide magnification and enable you to improve the contrast to help you read or see what you want to read.  If you are in a dark area, you can use the iPhone's flash as a torch to lighten up what you are reading. 

During the initial launch you can purchase VisionAssist for at a special introductory discount price. 

You can find more out about VIsionAssist at visionassist.slinkyware.com and you can purchase it at the Apple Appstore here.