[access-uk] Re: Satnav app suggestions

  • From: Richard King <rking689@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2014 04:26:01 +0100

Sanctimoneous? I have trouble spelling it, let alone understanding it! :)
I understand that this is of course your opinion and your point about
developers having the confidence to develop such tools in the first
place is a very valid one. However, with respect, it's sometimes a
little unclear on such lists to know whose opinions and experiences
are completely impartial. It does seem to me that some guys here do
have a vested interest in some of the products and services that they
are promoting, and that is fine, as long as that is clear. In relation
to the Navigator app, The biggest disappointment that I have with it
is that it doesn't have the ability (yet) to tag your own points of
interest, such as the "my places" function that Blind Square does. For
example, we recently spent a week in Cornwall on a holiday park that
we had never stayed at before, where this feature proved invaluable to
me. It allowed me to tag the shower block, shop, clubhouse and, the
caravan. This allowed me for the first time to navigate independently
in a totally alien area quite safely and accurately, having had the
sighted assistance to do this in the first place. In my view this is a
serious failing with the navigator app and should be considered for a
future upgrade?

Just my personal opinion mind.
Regards

On 7/8/14, Ibrahim Gucukoglu <ibrahim_gucukoglu@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi.
>
> BlindSquare with extras? An interesting way of putting it. I use the RNIB
> Navigator app for three reasons. Firstly, if you purchase a three year
> subscription it works out at about £30 a year, not at all unreasonable given
> the specialist nature of the app. Secondly, everything is under one roof,
> all the tools you need to navigate successfully, safely and reliably. I have
> spent some years using the free/multi App approach and although it has its
> benefits, I preferred the simplicity of it all in one. Finally, if we are to
> seriously encourage developers to consider GPS as a serious tool for
> blind/partially sighted users, it is worth investing in the tools and giving
> developers the confidence to realise that there is a market for blind users.
> I'm confident that apps like RNIB Navigator will only get better with time
> however we need to ensure that we tell developers how much we appreciate the
> work that they do by buying the product so that they have encouragement to
> develop it fur
>  ther. I don't mean to sound sanctimonious, this is just my opinion.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On 7 Jul 2014, at 23:45, Richard King <rking689@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>
>> I like Google maps and this can also be run in conjunction with blind
>> square or on its own. RNIBS Navigator app sounds good but I am not
>> prepared to pay £6.99 per month for a nap that is effectively BlindSquare
>> with extras
>>
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>>> On 7 Jul 2014, at 22:24, BJ Edwards <bjthequill@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>
>>> I vote for "Blind square" you could also try "rnib navigator."
>>>
>>> bj
>>>
>>> Message composed on Granny Smith's typewriter.
>>>
>>>> On 7 Jul 2014, at 22:19, "Mark Threadgold" <m.j.threadgold@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Hi all.
>>>>
>>>> I am looking for a GPS satnav app for my iPhone for a Geocaching  event
>>>> I am
>>>> taking part in. Although it's initially for this, I want one that will
>>>> be
>>>> more broadly useable in the future for general travel.
>>>>
>>>> The obvious app that  springs to mind is TomTom, but are there any
>>>> others
>>>> better suited to the totally blind and the iPhone with voiceover?
>>>>
>>>> Cheers,
>>>>
>>>> Mark Threadgold
>>>>
>>>> Of all the things I have ever lost, the one I miss most is my mind...
>>>>
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