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Voicebook VO Roadmap

The following list describes the planned enhancements to the Voicebook VO product in the rough order in which they will be added.  These features will be added over several releases, but the list should give you a good idea of where the product is headed.  If you would like to see other features added, be sure to drop us a request in the support section of this web-site.

  • Notifications Support
  • Improved refreshing (in some cases, the current item is changed during a refresh.  This enhancement will eliminate that probelm)
  • Shorten amount of time it takes to pull new newsfeed items
  • Adjustable font sizes for low vision users
  • Native iPad support
  • Ability to review a friends profile
  • Split news feed item actions (such as comment, like, view comments, etc) and general (such as Post status) as well as general options (such as settings) into three tabs items on a tab strip
  • Support for reading Timeline and Check-in items
  • Possibly add gestures, such as tap and hold, for posting status and other common functions
  • Ability to manage friends
  • View/post to friends walls
  • View/post to community/fan pages
  • Message support


    Voicebook VO FAQ

     Q. Voicebook doesn't seem to be fully accessible!  I can't find all the navigation buttons, and the other navigation features described don't seem to be available!
    A. There are a few similarly named apps in the App Store.  Some of these are not accessible.  If you download one of these apps on accident, it will be quite confusing.  Be certain that you search for "Voice Book VO" and not simply Voicebook to be certain to find the correct app.

    Q: Where is the rest of the Facebook features, like wall posts, messaging, etc?

    A: Voicebook VO is not intended to be a full-featured client.  It's purpose is to give you quick and easy access to the most commonly used portion of Facebook; the newsfeed.  That being said, if there is good community adoption of the app, we will be adding additional features.


    Q: Where are the notifications?

    A: Voicebook VO does not currently support notifications.  There has been a lot of comments about this omission, so we are investigating adding this functionality in an upcoming update.


    Q: When I tap to post a comment I am told I am posting a status.  Why?

    A: Simple, the mis-labeling of the screen is simply a bug.  The good noes is that the posting of the comment works correctly in-spite of this mis-label.  We will correct this in the next release.


    Q: Can I watch videos?

    A: No.  This will likely be added in a future release.


    Q: After refreshing, my location in the feed jumps to the wrong place.  What's up with that?

    A: Voicebook VO will remember the last 1,000 entires you viewed.  The next time you refresh your newsfeed, Voicebook will scan for the first entry that has not already been read and will start reading at that entry.  Sometimes this can cause confusion if you are refreshing frequently and have a mix of read and unread entries.  We are considering alternative algorithms to reduce this confusion.


    Q: Why doesn't like/comments work?

    A: Actually, it does.  However, Facebook needs a few minutes to process the activity and you then need to refresh.  An immediate refresh may complete prior to Facebook completing it's processing and it is missed.  Rest assured, it will show up in a refresh soon.


    Q: Why does "Go To Bottom" take me to the top of the feed, and vice versa?

    A: The "Top" and "Bottom" wording is relative to the direction you have the feed sorted.  You can change the direction that your newsfeed is sorted by using the applications settings.  To find the settings, double-tap on a newsfeed item to get to the actions menu.  Right-swipe until you come to the Settings option and double-tap.

     Q. When I flick up or down, Voicebook VO reads the words or characters in the post rather than moving to the next item.  What's up with that?
    A. You need to change your Voice Over rotor setting.  When your rotor is set to word or characters, it will override the moving between items functionality.  Adjusting your rotor back to the home position will allow you to move between entries as expected.


    Voicebook VO

    App IconVoice Book is a Facebook application designed specifically for those who use the Apple iOS Voice Over accessibility features. Basic Facebook functionality is finally available for the blind, low-vision, dyslexic, or other print-disabled people.

    Imagine being able to quickly and comfortably scan your news feed, post your status, comment on and like items.  You can now keep up with your family and friends in the medium they are accustomed to without the frustration of a partially accessible app or having to resort to a PCs screen reader that is often confused by Facebook's site.

    With community support, we plan on expanding the features of Voice Book.

    Find the app in the App Store!


    Voicebook VO Privacy Policy

    In plain English...

    Voicebook VO ("application") will not collect or store your Facebook user name or password.  Authenticating to Facebook is done via Facebook's web portal.

    The application may handle personal information that you choose to disclose to Facebook.  However, the application does not store or communicate this information to any party other than Facebook.

    The last 1000 internal IDs of you and your friends newsfeed items that you have read are stored on your device.  This information is used for the sole purpose of tracking what you have already read so that you may skip to new content.  These IDs are not communicated to any party and roll off the device as more newsfeed items are read.  Potential discovery of these IDs do not pose any type of security risk.

    The application will collect a unique identifier of your device and transmit it to a third-party web-site along with basic usage information such as date and time the application was used, duration of session, and other basic information.  This information is used to generate aggregate data for the purpose of analyzing usage trends and is not used for direct marketing.