MD evReader for iPad

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The iPad app we’ve developed for Royal Holloway University is now in the app store. The MD evReader helps people with macular disease (MD) to read eBooks using the eccentric viewing technique. Eccentric viewing involves a person trying to see by making use of the peripheral, rather than central vision. The technique is like trying to see ‘out of the corner of your eye’ and can be a useful way of enhancing visual tasks such as reading. The app scrolls text, one line at a time, with the speed and direction of scrolling controlled by a track pad on the iPad screen. Large fonts can be used and the text can be presented onto a digital TV screen via HDMI.

Development required overcoming a number of technical challenges to ensure steady performance while rendering large fonts to two screens simultaneously.

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    • Adrian Cox
      Adrian Cox says:

      On the book listing screen, swipe your finger across the book title (like deleting an email in Mail), then press the delete button that appears. The books bundled with the reader cannot be deleted. Hope this helps, and please get in touch if you have any more questions.

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  1. Craig Heron
    Craig Heron says:

    This type of app would also benefit Visual Impaired musicians if you could design something to read and scroll music in the same way. Is that something you think could be done?

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  2. Adrian Cox
    Adrian Cox says:

    Interesting idea – I had a quick look at existing score readers, and none of them do quite the same thing. I’m not sure how well it would work overall, as we’d have to scroll at the tempo of the music, rather than at the pace of comfortable reading. We’d also have to look at the music score formats, to work out which would be feasible to present this way.

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  3. Mary Dandridge
    Mary Dandridge says:

    Hi,
    I installed the MD evreader on my dads iPad and when I click on a book to start the reading, the screen goes out of the App and ends up at the desktop where you see all the apps on the iPad.
    How do you get a book to come up on the screen.
    We tried “start from the beginning” with no luck.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks,
    Mary

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    • Adrian Cox
      Adrian Cox says:

      Mary, we’ve had a couple of reports of problems on the original iPad – which model does your Dad have, and which version of iOS is it running?

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      • Mary Dandridge
        Mary Dandridge says:

        Hi Adrian,

        He is using an iPad2. The SW version is 4.3.3(8J2).
        Hope this helps.
        Another thing I noticed is that the “settings > focus” didn’t work either. Blank screen when I tried to set it. All the other settings seemed to work.

        Thanks, Mary

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        • Adrian Cox
          Adrian Cox says:

          Mary,
          I’m afraid we’ve not done much testing with iOS4, as the stats we’ve seen suggest that there aren’t many iPads still running it. I’ll take a look at this and see if we can reproduce it.

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          • Mary Dandridge
            Mary Dandridge says:

            Hi Adrian,

            We looked into the update and it won’t allow us to at this point. The update program doesn’t react when we try to apply it.
            I guess we are out of options here.
            Thanks for your help though. I appreciate it.

            -Mary

          • Adrian Cox
            Adrian Cox says:

            Mary, I’ve managed to replicate the problem, but I’m afraid I can’t find an obvious fix. Testing shows that the problem doesn’t occur on iOS 5, and I think we’ll have to drop support for iOS 4. For your update problem, all I can suggest is trying the Apple support forums.

            – Adrian

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