[blindkid] New App "BrailleTouch" About 2B Launched

DrV icdx at earthlink.net
Tue Jan 29 15:44:32 UTC 2013

Here is a new app that should prove to be interesting. It certainly
created a lot of buzz on the iOS listserv.
I pasted the original post below.
Best wishes.

---- Original Message ------
From: "BrailleTouch"
Subject: BrailleTouch - Available on the App Store on Thu January 31
Date sent: Sun, 27 Jan 2013 17:50:12 -0800


Thank you for your interest in BrailleTouch, and for signing up
for the BrailleTouch email list. I am very excited to announce
that BrailleTouch will be available on the App Store on Thu Jan
31 worldwide. We offer a free trial version, which lets you type
in braille on your touchscreen and hear the letters or words
spoken as you type them. If you like BrailleTouch and find it
useful, you can purchase a full upgrade from the app which will
allow you to send text messages, tweets, and emails directly from
the touchscreen braille keyboard. You can also copy the text you
type in braille and paste it into any other app on your iPhone.

The trial version of BrailleTouch is free to download from the
App Store. The full upgrade is available for US$20 as an In-App
Purchase. However, in appreciation of the overwhelming support we
have received from the blind community, we are offering the full
version for US$15 through Sunday February 3. We would like to
express our gratitude to all of the generous volunteers who
tested the app, to Accessible Devices, AppleVis, and Macneticos
for their podcasts, and to everyone who has emailed us and posted
on the VIphone and AppleVis forums and Twitter with helpful

You can read more about BrailleTouch including a User Guide and
FAQ at our website: http://brailletouchapp.com/

The initial version of BrailleTouch supports Grade 1 uncontracted
braille, based on the North American English standards. It
includes upper and lower case letters, numbers, and most
punctuation. Grade 2 contracted braille is our top priority for a
future upgrade. We also hope to be able to support languages
other than English in the future. BrailleTouch requires iOS
version 5 or later, and will run on iPhone 3Gs or later and iPod
touch 3rd generation or later. We recommend using a case with
your iPhone or iPod touch, as this will help you grip the phone
while typing and will keep you from covering the speaker on the
iPhone under the Home button with your hand. If you use
headphones, we recommend a right-angle headphone plug or
Bluetooth headphones.

Feel free to forward this email to anyone you know who may be
interested. This is a no-reply email address. We welcome any
questions, comments, or feedback you may have. When the app comes
out, we would love to hear your story about how you use
BrailleTouch. You can contact us at:

Many braille instructors have contacted us about using
BrailleTouch as a teaching tool. We hope the free version of
BrailleTouch is helpful for learning the six-key braille
keyboard. If you are a braille instructor or student, please let
us know your experience using BrailleTouch.

We hope you like BrailleTouch and find it useful. Please download
the free version on Thursday and try it before you buy it. And
let us know what you think!

Best wishes,

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