Straight from the July Apple News Vis newsletter – the latest accessible apps

Welcome to the July 2023 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly newsletter which highlights what’s new and noteworthy
on the AppleVis website. Below, you’ll find a selection of the best content posted to AppleVis by members of the community –
from new app entries, to app updates, to the latest news and podcasts.
We are pleased to highlight the newest apps.
…. New and Noteworthy App Entries
1) Desmos Graphing Calculator (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Explore math with the fast and powerful Desmos Graphing Calculator. Plot any equation, from lines and parabolas to derivatives and Fourier series. Add sliders to demonstrate function transformations, create tables to input and plot data, animate your graphs, and more—all for free.
*Graphing: Plot polar, cartesian, or parametric graphs. There’s no limit to how many expressions you can graph at one time—and you don’t even need to enter expressions in y= form!
*Sliders: Adjust values interactively to build intuition, or animate any parameter to visualize its effect on the graph.
*Tables: Input and plot data, or create an input-output table for any function.
*Statistics: Find best-fit lines, parabolas, and more.
*Zooming: Scale the axes independently or at the same time with the pinch of two fingers, or edit the window size manually to get the perfect window.
*Points of Interest: Touch a curve to show maximums, minimums, and points of intersection. Tap the gray points of interest to see their coordinates. Hold and drag along a curve to see the coordinates change under your finger.
*Scientific Calculator: Just type in any equation you want to solve and Desmos will show you the answer. It can handle square roots, logs, absolute value, and more.
*Inequalities: Plot Cartesian and polar inequalities.
*Accessibility: Read and edit math using a screen reader or a refreshable Braille display, and use audio trace to explore graphs and data through sound.
*Offline: No internet access required.
Current Version: 7.4.0 (May 2, 2023)
Read Desmos Graphing Calculator’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information <>
Visit Desmos Graphing Calculator’s App Store page
2) Octal for Hacker News (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Discover and discuss the latest stories from Y Combinator’s Hacker News. Your community-powered source for news in technology, computer science, programming, and more.
Octal is your go-to news feed for breaking tech news, putting the biggest stories of the day with engaging discussion right in the palm of your hand.
Beautifully designed for both iPhone and iPad, Octal focuses on what you care most about: design, speed, and usability. It’s the modern, full-featured Hacker News app you’ve been looking for.
Current Version: 4.14.0 (July 11, 2023)
Read Octal for Hacker News’ AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
Visit Octal for Hacker News’ App Store page
3) Perplexity – Ask Anything (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Perplexity gives you instant answers and information on any topic, with up-to-date sources. It’s like having a superpower on your phone that allows you to search, discover, research and learn faster than ever before.
*Powered by combination of AI and internet search, get information with cited sources
*Ask questions and context aware follow up questions
*Use your voice to ask faster
*Trust your answers by reviewing sources and browsing when you need to
*See new popular questions every day
*Keep your thread history so you can pick up where you left off
Current Version: 1.7.2 (July 30, 2023)
Read Perplexity – Ask Anything’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information <>
Visit Perplexity – Ask Anything’s App Store page
4) Pigeon — Client for Telegram (watchOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Before the telegraph, Pigeons ruled the messaging industry. Today, a little pigeon lives on your watch, bringing your messages across Telegram.
That little pigeon, is none other than this app!
Pigeon is a Telegram messaging client, built just for the Apple Watch platform. It operates directly on your watch, without even a companion iPhone app.
Current Version: 1.1.2 (July 27, 2023)
Read Pigeon — Client for Telegram’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information <>
Visit Pigeon — Client for Telegram’s App Store page
5) Rename (macOS, US$5.99)
Quickly rename multiple files/folders at once, formatting names by adding, removing, replacing text, and by numbering. It can be particularly useful at removing ‘junk’ from the names of downloaded files (like music files) giving them better, more readable, names.
Features at a glance:
*Auto number files/folders
*Remove, add and replace characters/words
*Change the filename and ext, alter their case (upper, lower, title etc)
*Apply a list of text to use as filenames (for example, a written track list)
*Build your own unique filenames and/or extensions using templates
*View a live preview of your alterations without any commitment
*Undo last rename operation (per session)
*Move files/folders up and down the list
*Alter all or only the selected items in the list
*Save options profiles for different renaming locations/requirements
Current Version: 2.4 (April 28, 2023)
Read Rename’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
Visit Rename’s App Store page
6) VoiceVista (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
VoiceVista is a critical application for the blind and low vision users’ community. It is built upon Microsoft’s discontinued and open-source project Soundscape ( and is licensed under the MIT License (
The app leverages advanced iOS audio technology and precise location services to empower individuals in developing a heightened sense of their environment. It offers reassurance in unfamiliar settings, assisting users in forming mental maps and confidently navigating their desired routes.
Current Version: 1.0.5 (July 23, 2023)
Read VoiceVista’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
Visit VoiceVista’s App Store page
7) Zanagrams (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Word puzzles just got a whole lot better.
Exercise your brain during your downtime with this new unique twist on word-puzzles you’ve come to know and love.
Each puzzle contains six clues you’ll aim to find the one-word answers for. Each answer is broken-up into groups of two or three letters, presented as buttons in the lower portion of your screen, and jumbled for your brain-teasing enjoyment. Try to spell out each of the answers in the puzzle by tapping buttons to add them to your spelling.
Zanagrams will automatically detect if you’ve spelled any of the answers in the puzzle you’re working on, and any of the buttons you used to spell that answer will be permanently-disabled to narrow-down your choices. By the time you finish a puzzle, you’ll have used every button once.
*Compete against friends by seeing who gets the best score for each puzzle in its Official mode.
*Play randomized versions of puzzles you’ve already completed for endless fun!
*Use hints to reveal the next group of letters in a word when you get stuck.
*Zanagrams contains 20 free puzzles, spread across two Puzzle Packs, totalling 120 anagrams you can play as many times as you like.
*Once you’ve fallen in-love with the game, you can purchase more Puzzle Packs, choosing from our huge selection of both themed and unthemed Puzzle Packs.
*100% accessible with Voiceover.
*High-contrast color options available for low-vision users
Current Version: 1.0.6 (July 27, 2023)
Read Zanagrams’ AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
Visit Zanagrams’ App Store page
All recent app entries posted to AppleVis can be found at:
Apple Watch
Apple TV
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