Latest iOS & Mac App Deals
This mostly accessible weather app is reduced from $9.99 to $4.99 until 23 May.
With iMap Weather Radio you will receive critical alerts via voice and push notification regarding life-threatening weather events. Your iPhone will “wake up” with alerts and also track your location to warn you wherever you go. Listen to local weather forecasts while you are on the move. Enjoy the power of a NOAA Weather Radio, with all the convenience and precision of a smart phone.
NPR's Morning Edition has an interesting piece about Winston chen, the developer of the popular Voice Dream Reader -- you can find the story here. To celebrate that, Voice Dream Reader can be purchased for $4.99 -- 50 percent off -- for a limited time. Please help spread the news as many people might find the offer interesting.
Phone Drive, an iOS app for managing content on your iOS device from your Mac or PC, is on sale for $0.99. It normally lists for $1.99. You can read the the AppleVis app description and listen to the AppleVis podcast for this app.
Super accessible flashcards app. I use it nearly everyday.
This iPad app is on sale for $0.99. It usually lists for 4.99. You can read its AppleVis app directory entry and also the AppleVis blog announcement. ZoomContacts is accessible with VoiceOver, although it is designed to provide low-vision users with access to their Contacts using large fonts and alternative color schemes.
This Audubon Owls app has gone free. It normally lists for $0.99. Please also read the App Deal link for Aububon Birds and Butterfiles that didn't get a Twitter post. Part of the Audubon birthday sale till April 29, 2013.
Audubon Birds and Butterflies is on sale for $1.99. it regularly lists for $16.99. This sale runs through April 29, 2013.
All the Audubon apps are on sale, with single subject apps that normally list between $4.99 and $14.99, priced at $0.99 each, in honor of Audubon's birthday. These are generally pretty accessible apps, with two unlabeled buttons at the top of the main guide screen. The first is really a label for "Audubon Guides" that has no button action and the second is an "Info" button.
You can read a forum discussion post on the overall general accessibility of these apps, and the poster went on to post app entries for the Audubon apps for Mammals, Reptiles and Amphibians, and North American Insects and Spiders. He also discussed his preference for the Audubon Birds app format a forum post about Audubon apps vs. iBird apps. I've now noted in that post that some of the most recent Audubon apps, including the one for Audubon Birds, have start-up screens for registering for a NatureShare account that are not accessible. While it's possible to get through that screen and another tutorial screen (detailed in the comment to that post), and the main app is still accessible, this is a major pain. I've written a detailed description of the problem to the developer, but have not heard back yet. I also note that all the new app versions that reference NatureShare seem much larger, as noted in the reviewers' comments. For example, the Audible Birds and Butterflies app linked here, that still uses the pre-NatureShare format is 752 MB for both birds and butterflies. That's comparable to the iBird Pro app size of 582 MB, to encompass the extensive bird song libraries. But the new Audubon Bird app with the problematic NatureShare registration start screens is 886 MB.
The majority of Audubon apps still use the standard, older formats. Just be very careful to read the app description and the "What's New" for any references to NatureShare. I'm linking to the Audubon Birds and Butterflies of North America app, because I know it's accessible.
Weather Alert USA is currently $3.99 in the iTunes App Store. I've seen the app as high as $9.99 before, so this is a huge drop. It should be noted that the app does not yet support the iPhone 5, but everything works and the only accessibility issue I know of is the inability to set priority of alerts.
Navigon British Isles, along with a number of other Navigon apps, have recently dropped in price. It is currently £18.99 (US $26.99) down from £39.99 (US $59.99), which is near to the lowest price it has ever been. This is version 2.4 of the app, which was updated on March 22, 2013. While the description of this app does not mention a "sale", other Navigon apps, like Navigon Europe ($79.99 reduced from a previous price of $99.99), announce "Please welcome our brand new Navigion 2.4 and take advantage of the special discount for a limited time only!". Current prices for other Navigon apps (USA $39.99; North America $44.99; Mexico $34.99) are good, but not as dramatic. Prices for Italy and France, while relatively good for the pricing history of those countries at $59.99 each, still seem high enough that buying Navigon Europe for $79.99, and getting coverage of Europe and the UK, seems a better deal. You can read the AppleVis app entry for Navigon British Isles.
Audiobus, an app that lets you Record and connect music from multiple supported apps, has just gone on sale for a limited time at 50% off ($4.99 vs. $9.99) to celebrate it's support of Apple's GarageBand iOS app. You can listen to the recent AppleVis podcast on this app. I don't think there's an App Directory entry yet, so I'll paste in the app description below. Those of you who just bought KORG's iKaosillator, or who have GarageBand, ThumbJam, or other VO-friendly supported apps, take note.
☆☆☆ We’re exceptionally proud to announce that Apple’s Garageband is now compatible with Audiobus!
To celebrate we’re putting Audiobus on a 50% sale for limited time. ☆☆☆
With Audiobus, the revolutionary new inter-app audio routing system, you can connect your Audiobus-compatible music apps together, just like virtual cables.
With a simple and clean interface, easily connect the output of one Audiobus-compatible app into the input of another. Use Audiobus to play a synthesizer live into a looper or multi-track recorder, or use one app to manipulate the live output of another.
You’ve never before been able to use your apps together like this.
☆★☆ Best Musicians App - Best App Ever Awards 2012
☆★☆ Best use of Hardware - Best App Ever Awards 2012
☆★☆ One of the Top 10 Best Paid iPad Apps Of 2012 - AppAdvice.com
☆★☆ Best Music App of 2012 - de-bug.de
☆★☆ Best Music App for iPad 2012 - ipadmusic.com
☆★☆ Best Music App of 2012 - smitematter.com
The ever-growing supported apps list includes:
✔ Animoog for iPad
✔ KORG iMS-20
✔ KORG iPolysix
✔ KORG iKaossilator
✔ KORG iELECTRIBE
✔ KORG iELECTRIBE Gorillaz Edition
✔ Rebirth for iPad
✔ PPG Wavegenerator
✔ PPG Wavemapper
✔ JamUp Pro
✔ NLog Synth Pro
✔ NLog MIDI Synth
✔ Sunrizer for iPad
✔ SunrizerXS for iPhone and iPod Touch
✔ Loopy HD
✔ SoundPrism Pro
✔ MultiTrack DAW
✔ sir Sampleton
✔ Arctic Keys
✔ Magellan for iPad
✔ Magellan Jr.
✔ Echo Pad
✔ Bit Wiz
✔ MoDrum Rhythm Composer
✔ MIDI Control
✔ Cloud DJ
✔ Musix Pro
✔ Molten Drum Machine
✔ NodeBeat HD
✔ Auria (iPad 3 or later strongly recommended)
✔ Auria LE (iPad 3 or later strongly recommended)
...and many more coming soon.
Note: We recommend using Audiobus with iPad 2, iPhone 4S or newer devices.
➤ Evolver.fm/Gizmodo: ‟Audiobus will let you play the drum sounds you like in one app and record them in another app, all while keeping the drums in time. Or it could let you play your actual guitar through one app to apply an effect and output it in the sampler of another app.”
➤ Music Radar: ‟It's what so many iOS music makers want: to be able to use multiple apps at the same time, mixing together the audio from each of them into a single project.”
➤ Create Digital Music: ‟[Audiobus] finally helps you make sense of your collection of apps. They make each other more powerful, rather than just crowding space on the app screen and competing with one another.”
For more information and demo videos:
See the constantly growing list of supported apps at:
The iPad version of the djay app is currently on sale for a limited time for $4.99, reduced from a list price of $19.99. I've heard this version is accessible -- and certainly the iPhone and Mac djay apps by the developer are accessible. However, potential buyers might want to first try the djay LE free lite version of the DJ App for iPad first.