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As you well know, I'm terrible at taking pictures. But I want to. With every fiber of my being. So, when I do, I use a free program called TapTapSee....

Or I think it USED to be free. But now that free program is requiring me to either buy a pack of twenty-five or fifty pictures for $3 or $5 I think. Or I could buy a month subscription for unlimited pics for $9 OR a three-month unlimited for $24. So, basically, I'm being sked to pay for picture identification.

I had an iTunes card from some friends, with which I was going to buy Kaya's first book to see how good it is and to maybe learn a bit about her. But no. In order to take the picture I wanted to take, I had to buy a pack. I mean, literally no warning. Just an alert telling me that if I wanted to continue to use taptapsee, I'd need to purchase a subscription.

I'd not mind if I'd have gotten a warning. But I didn't. I don't mind paying for things. I don't. I'm well aware of the fact that disabled people have to pay to use the things sighted people don't necessarily have to. For example, if you want to use a Windows-based PC, you have to (Or used to until there was an open-source option) pay $895 or $1200 over the actual price of your PC for a screen reading program. And even now a lot of tech support and etc assume by default you use the paid option and don't offer things like accessibility fixes for the perfectly good open-source option.

And I get that this program has got actual humans (Or I think so?) doing their identification of pictures and those people need to be paid. I get that. But could they not make the app paid from the start? I'd willingly pay $9.99 for the app.

But I guess what pisses me off is that a sighted person does NOT have to pay to use the camera functionality of their mobile device. And they don't have to pay to use foursquare. I guess what I'm asking is, if you're blind (and I'm assuming this is the same for other disabilities too) why is it you have to pay so much money to do what a signted or nondisabled person can do for free?

Date: 2014-01-27 10:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fascination
Oddly TapTapSee is still labelled as 'free' in the App Store, but it says it's a trial version that you have to buy in-app purchases for in order to carry on using it. It's annoying that they're not just letting you buy it outright.

Screen-reading applications are so very expensive, aren't they? Macs have a text-to-speech facility built in but even the cheapest Mac (a Mac Mini) is rather more expensive than a comparable Windows PC. But considering the price of JAWS, buying a MacBook or iMac is better value for money than Windows + JAWS - you'd end up paying just as much, or more, for the screen-reading service. That's if you're not using the free screen-reader, that is. But I know there are some websites and applications that work only with JAWS and not NVDA.

A similar problem occurs with speaking applications - Proloquo2Go, which a lot of people who have speech difficulties use, costs about $220 USD (or £150 or €200). Other speech apps cost similar amounts of money - and dedicated devices are even more costly and they're nothing but modified Windows PCs that are locked down to run the text software specifically.
It's frustrating to see how much more expensive computing can be for disabled people, especially as so many of us are on fixed incomes!
Edited Date: 2014-01-27 10:02 pm (UTC)

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