Month: February 2011
The March meeting of the iOS Developer Group is a mere two days away.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
The theme this month, if you can call it that, is Perfectly Preserved Previously Postponed Presentations, Plus the iPad 2 Premiere.
Updates, News, & Events
A brief overview of the news from the previous month. — Matthew Frederick
iPad 2 (and iOS 5?)
The morning of the meeting Apple will (very likely) announce a brand new version of the iPad and will (likely) provide a peek at the next version of iOS. Get the scoop and insight from one of our youngest members. — Luke Hellum
App Insight: There’s A Guy For That
Check out a clever new social networking app and learn the secrets of Facebook integration. — Tony Farag, MobilEaZe, LLC
App Insight: My Eyes Only™ Photo Pro
Learn about the concepts and coding behind the slick new edition of My Eyes Only™ Photo: custom UI components, printing, WiFi and Bluetooth transfer of photos, strong encryption, and more. — Joe Michels, Software Ops LLC
Joe’s Famous Business Numbers Presentation
Get the inside scoop on the ups and downs of the sales of an indie developer’s apps, with detailed explanations of the effects of marketing, pricing changes, and more. Joe is incredibly open in this presentation and provides a lot of useful insight for anyone interested in app sales; you won’t want to miss it. — Joe Michels, Software Ops LLC
PI Developer Challenge
With fingers crossed, there should finally be enough time for a brief presentation on the Developer Challenge. — Matthew Frederick
Make the scene!
Wednesday’s meeting was full of great information on the impact of making your apps accessible and how to do so. Perhaps the most important lesson was that not only is it incredibly important, it’s also not at all difficult to ensure that your app includes fully accessible features. I’d like to express my sincere thanks to all of the presenters.
Accessibility Presenter Justin Mann
The entire presentation was Justin’s idea, and he provided several important links. Follow him on Twitter @w9fyi.
AppleVis, for Vision Impaired Users of Apple’s iOS Devices: includes news and a helpful app directory.
VIPhone, a user’s group devoted to discussion of iOS and the Visually Impaired community.
The Fall 2010 series of iOS programming tutorials from Stanford (iTunes link) includes session 18, Accessibility for iOS: Make an App for Everyone. Presented by Chris Fleizach, a member of the Accessibility team at Apple, this presentation provides excellent working examples of not only how to use the accessibility tools built into the iOS framework but also other ways you can make your apps accessible.
Accessibility Activist Darrell Shandrow
Technical Presenter Rob Haack
Rob Haack, app developer and owner of Engineered Stuff, presented the technical basics of ensuring that your app is accessible, and provided some great links:
Apple’s video demonstrations of VoiceOver on iOS and the Mac. Includes the use of Springboard (the iOS home screen), Safari, and Mail.
Matt Gemmell’s excellent post on Accessibility for iPhone and iPad Apps, which includes a very thorough explanation of what you need to do to make your app accessible.
More to Come
I’ll post some more great links over the weekend.