News Rack On The Mac

The popular paid app on iOS News Rack came to the Mac OS not so long ago. However, it being £4.99 in the UK App store, I didn’t want to risk buying it just in case it was terribly inaccessible and on the off chance the developer might not be forth coming about accessibility improvements. However, after a quick email to OMZ: Software, I was pleasantly surprised to receive an informative email disclosing that although News Rack was currently not very workable with VoiceOver on the mac as it was on iOS, they were working on changing this and if I were to buy, I should wait for the 1.1 version release.

So, I thanked them and waited.

They then emailed me a few weeks ago to let me know that despite not mentioning the VoiceOver changes, that the app was more accessible with VoiceOver now.

Upon downloading News Rack in the mac app store tonight, I have discovered much more than I anticipated. A few buttons are not labeled as yet but this app is totally accessible in my opinion. The buttons that are not labelled seem to just change something on the screen. The refresh, mark as read, star, etc are all labelled and there’s a menu button to with short cuts, edit, subscribe to new feed, etc and an action menu that allows you to share the current highlighted article.

Using arrows makes navigating this app super slick. Up and down in the first table switches from folders/feeds. You do need to interact with the table to expand the folders. However, if you hit your right arrow while not interacting, it jumps directly to the article table and vo-right once and the HtML area is immediately there, containing your content. Tabbing will get you there to but you run past the menus and buttons first.

There’s notification alerts, all the sharing options available in iOS. If you love the iOS app and you want to have the same RSS freedom on your mac, download this app that works very nicely with VoiceOver. The beauty of this app compared to some others is that you don’t need to use your google account if you don’t want to or don’t have one.

Great job to OMZ software. Keep it up and I’m happy such a feature filled RSS app is now accessible on the mac from a developer seemingly committed to accessibility.

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