Magnification Apps for iPhone (some may work with latest iPod Touch with camera)
Name + screenshot Cost illumination Whole Magnification Comments
Inbuilt Camera Free Yes Yes Yes – pinch zoom. Take photo with inbuilt camera- open
No magnification image in Camera roll pinch and zoom
for ”live viewing” to enlarge.
Tap Magnify Free No No Pinch Zoom or Advertisement present on screen
Easy Reader - iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G $1.19 yes yes - Pinch to zoom http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/easy-
- Two finger tap to reader-with-led-
toggle torch torch/id383057234?mt=8
- Three finger tap
to display the
Magnifying Glass Free Free No Yes or 2,3 times
magnifi magnification Advertisement in free version.
er buttons 2,3,4,8 times magnification buttons
shape available in full purchased version
Magnify $1:19 No Yes Pinch Zoom Live magnification, pinch zoom.
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$1.19 yes yes slider www.tiau.de full screen mode,
continuous zoom to 20 X. illumination
and screenshots possible. Direct link
to email screenshot.
Magnifier - medical
Lighted Magnifier for iPhone 4 & iPod Touch Free Yes yes 1, 2, or 4 times Advertisement in free version.
live magnification Easy to use, good clarity of magnified
buttons live image
iLoupe $1.19 No Yes Up to 8X Freeze Black & white option
frame option + and – magnification buttons
photo option to create still black &
white image – pinch and zoom to
adjust size of image. Good clarity
can customize and select preferred
features in settings. Shame this app
doesn’t have illumination.
iCan See Free Yes Yes - Up to 4 X Full screen magnification option and
choice illumination make this a good free
Magnifying Glass with light Free Yes yes Slider zoom Up to free magnifier app with illumination!
or 6X Good clarity and auto focus fairly fast.
$1.19 Advertiesment sometimes appears.
withou No advertisement when full version
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I See Clearly $2.49 Only when Yes 1 – 10 times Live, capture or frozen magnification
using magnification options. Capture image to camera roll,
“capture” buttons or freeze image for further viewing
and enlarging. Increasing
magnification of captured image can
result in blurring.
Uses flash when capturing an image.
$1.19 No Yes Pinch and zoom Limited features for the price. Live
live magnification viewing, pinch and zoom
magnification only, and no
iMagnify $2.49 No Yes Simple slider live Can take a photo, add a voice or text
magnification up tag and save, email or send as txt
to 4 times message. Also has a “tip calculator”
$2.49 No choice 2 – 16 X 2 - 16 X magnification can use live
magnification viewing or screen shot. Would be
button better with illumination.
16 X magnifier
Spectacles $1.19 Yes. Tap Yes Simple slider live Uses inbuilt LED light to help the
screen to magnification camera focus on its subject
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on or off
Various handy Apps for Vision Support Teachers
sensory awareness, handy utilities, Braille awareness, colour identification
Name + screenshot Cost Device Voice Website Comments
Vision !Test $1.19 iPhone, iPod Na http://www.wowsyst Assess if you are long or short
Touch & ems.pt/ sighted. Interactive assessment.
iPad Read print on screen at designated
Vision Test Free iPhone, iPod Na http://www.faceboo Screens visual acuity, colour vision,
Touch, not k.com/pages/Vision astigmatism,
d for iPad Test/135968473084
Senses - What you see? Free iPhone, iPod na http://www.multime Screens colour vision and contrast
Touch & d.biz/ sensitivity.
iPad 2 test options, “Test for children and
people with special education needs”
or “Test for young people and adults”
If 100% accuracy not achieved it will
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suggest you seek further advice.
EyeXam Free iPhone, iPod na http://www.globaley Screen visual acuity, colour vision,
Touch & eventures.com/cont astigmatism and eye dominance.
iPad actus.html EyeXam Pro version available for
Eye Chart Pro for iPad Free iPad na http://www.dokcom Uses Snellen and tumbling E charts
pany.com/products to screen acuity.
Charts are randomized so they can’t
Paid premium version allows
additional features such as resizing
test to assess at different distances.
Ophthalmology $1.19 iPhone, iPod yes http://www.faribu.co Diagrams, photos and reference
Touch & m/ material relating to the eye, eye
iPad conditions and vision. Handy
resource for teachers
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$1.19 iPhone, iPod Yes, http://www.eyetools. Shows a model of the eye in detail.
Touch & Voice com.br/ Useful for explaining eye conditions.
iPad Over Change view and layers
Eye Model - Medical
Body Parts $3.99 iPad Yes, http://support.itprof.i Clear visual diagrams of the human
Voice n/bodyparts-2/ anatomy. Including the eye. Includes
Over quizzes. Handy resource for
text teachers & students
fields - Graphics not labeled for VoiceOver
Cones and Rods Free iPhone, iPod NA http://www.iwillapps Colour vision screening app. Also
Touch & Yes, .com/wordpress/?p has simulation photos of a variety of
iPad Voice =123 the most commonly occurring colour
Over blindness conditions
iBraille Free iPhone, iPod Yes, http://www.zeegeeg Vision needed to use app. Could be
Touch & Voice ames.com/ used with families and students for
iPad Over Braille awareness activities.
text English to Braille and Braille to
fields English conversion. Grade 1 braille.
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Bumps $1.19 iPhone, iPod Yes, http://izatt.com/ Vision needed to use app. Could be
Touch & Voice used with families and students for
iPad Over Braille awareness activities.
text Flashcards, wordplay and reference
fields cards. Grade 1 braille
Learn Braille Alphabet $2.49 iPhone, iPod Yes, http://learningsheep Good vision needed for this app.
Touch & Voice .limewebs.com/ Could be used with families and
iPad Over students for Braille awareness
text activities. Listen to the letter/number
fields press the correct Braille letter. Learn
only Braille Number also available for
$1.19 Grade 1 braille
Braille 123 Free iPhone, iPod Yes, http://frogscode.co Vision needed to use app. Could be
Touch & Voice m/Braille123.html used with families and students for
iPad Over Braille awareness activities. Grade 1
Braille Driller Free iPhone, iPod Yes, http://user.gru.net/n Vision needed to use app. Could be
Touch & Voice emesis/iphoneAppP used with families and students for
iPad Over ages/ Braille awareness activities. Voice
text Over echoes letter choices, but not
fields Braille visual arrangement in quiz.
only Letters and numbers covered.
Talking clock Digital $2.49 iPhone, iPod yes http://alibalisoftware Simple app announces time and
Touch & .com/ date when tapped. Time and date
iPad also displayed clearly in large print in
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Talking Clock Pro Free iPhone, iPod yes http://www.mindwar Can change text and background
Touch & rior.biz/ colour. Robotic voice.
Talking Clock + Timer $1.19 iPhone, iPod yes http://www.gamerpi Can customize so app will speak
Touch & g.com/Site/Blank.ht time at preset intervals. Assists
iPad ml students/teachers keep track of time.
Continues to work and announce
preset times or alarm while listening
to music or using other apps.
Jeanie the Talking Clock Free iPhone, iPod Yes http://www.phing.co Announces the time out loud at
Touch & m/listing/460435- preset intervals options are 5,
iPad Jeanie-the-Talking- 10,15,20,30 or 60 minute intervals.
Clock-for-iPhone- Customise preferences in the
iPod-Touch settings. Large print digital display
Talking watch Lite Free iPhone, iPod Zoom http://www.enriques Free version announces “you are
Touch & yes, antos.es/talkingcloc using the free version, please buy
iPad Voice k/talking_support.ht the full version” along with the time –
Over ml quite annoying! Full version $1:19
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Is it dark outside? Free iPhone, iPod Yes http://malorny.net/ Simple app that tells you in large
Touch & print if it’s dark outside or use
iPad voiceover to hear if it’s dark outside.
Optical Illusions Free iPhone, iPod Yes http://sites.google.c iPad version optimised for full screen
Touch & No om/site/susasoftx/H viewing.
iPad voiceO ome/support
Optical Illusions Free iPhone, iPod Yes http://avaloid.com/ip Interactive perception and optical
Touch & No ad-games illusion quizzes. Requires good
iPad voiceO vision.
Optical Illusions Free iPhone, iPod Yes http://icoder.ca/inde 300 optical illusions. Some very
Touch & No x.php?page=shop.b complex.
iPad voiceO rowse&category_id Not optimized for iPad, using the 2 X
ver =28&option=com_vi option in iPad to utilize whole screen
access rtuemart&Itemid=53 results in some blurriness.
Color ID Free iPhone, iPod no http://www.greengar Tap app to launch – point iPhone
iPhone Touch .com/ camera at object, hold for 3 seconds
only and colour will be spoken out loud.
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$1.99 iPad http://itunes.apple.c Great for hand-eye coordination and
om/us/app/color- creative fun. Use your finger as a
splash-for- brush to "paint" sections of your
ipad/id374308914? image black and white, or to bring
mt=8# back the original color. Zooming in
and out using the two-finger pinching
http://getsatisfactio gesture allows you to work on details
n.com/colorsplash with pixel-accuracy.
Auslan Tutor Free iPhone, iPod Yes http://www.ridbc.org designed for families of young deaf
Touch & Voice .au/resources/ausla children to assist them to learn Auslan
iPad Over n_tutor.asp?utm_so and promote early communication.
only urce=RIDBC_Websi Over 500 signs are included, signs
for text te&utm_medium=S were chosen as those most needed by
hortURL&utm_cam families in their interactions with,
paign=AuslanTutor their young deaf children.
Auslan Tutor $49.99 iPhone, iPod Yes http://www.ridbc.org The RIDBC Auslan Tutor is only compatible
Touch Voice .au/resources/ausla with the iPhone and iPod touch. ch sign has
Over n_tutor.asp?utm_so five corresponding entries which can be
only urce=RIDBC_Websi viewed on demand as often as necessary.
The five entries are:
for text te&utm_medium=S
a photo of the handshape used to form the
paign=AuslanTutor a video clip demonstrating the single sign
a video clip of the sign used in a phrase
a video clip of the phrase used in a sentence
a text note about Auslan grammar that is
pertinent to the sign, phrase, or sentence.
These notes have been included to help the
user gain a basic understanding of the
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grammatical structure of Auslan.
Baby Sign and Learn in Auslan Free iPhone, iPod http://babysignandle
Touch & arn.com/
Simon Says Memory Game Free iPhone, iPod Yes http://casual- By Huge Lawn software
Touch & with mobile.com/ Classic memory game. Visual and
iPad Voice auditory.
Over May have an advertisement “tap and
win” at bottom of screen
Music Draw Free Free iPhone, iPod NA http://almarako.free. No vision needed to play music
Touch & fr/musicdraw.html using this great app. Visual effects.
iPad Great for cause and effect, or more
sophisticated music compositions for
low vision or blind students.
Smule $1.19 iPad http://magicpiano.s Play music. Multi touch enabling
mule.com/ chords to be played. Different
modes. In songbook mode Play
preloaded songs by following beams
of light - and set the difficulty level.
Customize keyboard layout. Use app
for Music, hand-eye coordination,
visual tracking, fun
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A + Compass with Voice $1.19 iPhone & Yes http://www.gp- Large print compass. Echoes
iPad with 3G with imports.com/ compass direction with or without
and Wi Fi Voice using voiceOver.
Vbookz $4.99 iPhone, iPod Not http://vbookz.com/v Ebook reader platform the includes
Touch & fully 1/Home.html search functions, text-to-speech,
iPad magnification and contrast controls,
adjust reading rate. Use to read
Free iPhone, iPod Yes – http://dictionary.refeapp delivers reference content from
Touch & not rence.com/mobilea Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com.
iPad well pp NO INTERNET CONNECTION
though NEEDED includes nearly 2,000,000
often words, definitions, synonyms and
says antonyms. Features audio
“link” pronunciation, voice-to-text search
while Spelling suggestions. Phonetic and
readin audio pronunciation. Example
g. sentences. Presence of advertising
may distract some young users.
$3.99 iPad http://itunes.apple.c Take notes, record the audio of a
om/us/app/paperde lecture at the same time. While
sk/id367552067?mt playing the audio, tap a work and
=8 PaperDesk will take you to the point
http://www.mypape in the recording when you typed that
Paper desk rdesk.com/ word. whiteboard mode allows you
to display the screen through the
external VGA connector
Splashtop Remote $5.99 http://support- remote access app bringing your
remote.splashtop.co entire computer to your iPad,
m/home featuring full video and audio
http://itunes.apple.c support! See your desktop, use your
om/us/app/splasht regular web browser with Flash and
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op-remote-desktop- all of your bookmarks, watch movies,
for/id382509315?m and access any application or file on
t=8 your computer.
Use to create an “interactive
whiteboard” tutorial and video here
Say text yes http://www.docsca Scanning with OCR and text-to-
nnerapp.com/saytex speech. Take photo of tex to have read
t/ outloud. I’ve had poor results with
OCR accuracy using this app.
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$1.19 Possibility to define multiple special
om/WebObjects/MZ events that will be triggered when the
Store.woa/wa/view timer is running.
Software?id=286567 Sounds, vibrations (if supported) and
378&mt=8&ign- messages can be notified at any time
mpt=uo%3D6 thanks to a complex time scheduling
Here are some events you'll be able
to create (and combine) :
"Play a Gong sound 30 seconds
"Every 10 seconds during 1 minute,
produce a sound with an increasing
"Play a tic tac sound every seconds"
"Once One-half the time is elapsed,
Timer play an iPod song and show a custom
message on the screen"
"While in background, plays a
Tibetan bell sound 4 times until 6PM"
apps for Communication, cause & effect, and http://slpsharing.com/app-resources/ Blog by Eric Sailers and information about apps for
for students who have multiple access and special education
learning needs teachinglearnerswithmultipleneeds.blogspot.com/2009/06/ipod-touchiphone-app-round-up-
Literacy & Education apps https://sites.google.com/a/eusd.org/eusd-iread/ipod-apps the iRead teachers have compiled a
Links for more information and reviewed app great resource! A spreadsheet of educational apps categorized under subject and grade
lists level additional information, price and links are included
http://learninginhand.com mobile learning resources - podcasting, iPods, iPod touch, iPhone,
http://www.iear.org/ Education Apps Reviews
http://www.connsensebulletin.com/2010/05/apps-for-education/ list of apps for education
•http://momswithapps.com/ creators and reviewers of family-friendly apps, high-quality,
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http://en.softonic.com/phones/home-hobbies-ebooks ebook platforms reviewed, rated with
pros and cons listed.
Accessories for amplification, mounting, http://www.spectronicsinoz.com/blog/new-technologies/2011/01/iphone-and-ipod-
drawing and customizing access accessories-imaingox-and-pogo-sketch/
Customising accessibility features: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4064
VoiceOver, zoom, white on Black, Mono Note: You can have Zoom or VoiceOver on, but not both at the same time. Zoom and VoiceOver
Audio, Speak Auto-text use the same gestures to perform different actions.
Teachers may prefer to set VoiceOver on in the accessibility features using the “triple-click
Home” option. This allows you to easily turn Voiceover on and off by pressing the Home button 3
http://soap.stanford.edu/show.php?contentid=97 video demonstrations including VoiceOver,
using iPhone 4 with Braille display
http://www.visionaustralia.org/info.aspx?page=2287 podcasts on using accessibility features on
Ipad, iPod , iPhone and Mac OS.
http://www.senderogroup.com/social_media/rss/podcast.htm podcasts on using accessible GPS
http://techaccessweekly.com/ podcasts about a variety of accessible technologies. IPhone,
iPhone apps, JAWS, screen reading software, NVDA, and other accessible software.
*** All the information is current as of February 2011. Application availability and prices may change as companies upgrade or
delete apps. There are many apps that are available in the USA – but not currently in Australia. If you read about an app you want
to try, and you can’t find it in the app store, it may not be yet available in Australia (apps in the list above are available in Australia
at the time of reviewing).
Many of the magnification apps may be compatible with the new iPad2 due for release in late March, as the iPad 2 will have a front
and rear camera. Considerations such as ability to hold the iPad2 steady while magnifying images and text may present difficulties
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for some users, strategies such as using portable stands may need to be investigated. I’m looking forward to trialling the new iPad2
for use as a portable magnification device.
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