Waccy Accy 1.1.0
SUMMARY: PFiddlesoft releases Waccy Accy 1.1.0, an update to the second application in the PFiddle Collection. Download it at pfiddlesoft.com/pfiddles/.
QUECHEE, VERMONT -- November 6, 2011 -- PFiddlesoft today announced the release of version 1.1.0 of Waccy Accy™, the second application in the PFiddle Collection.
Waccy Accy is a game based on Apple's Accessibility API that is pfun for all users, including users with impaired vision.
To win Waccy Accy, reveal your full user name by flipping the placards displaying placeholders so they show their hidden characters. You fill in the blanks by moving the mouse pointer over text elements on the screen containing the missing letters. The more you play Waccy Accy, the more familiar you will become with where things are on your desktop. You play against the clock, and your best time is recorded for posterity. It's surprisingly hard, and pfun, too—really!
Be quick. Placards flip back to the placeholder side as time goes by, and they flip back faster if you have a shorter user name. It's hard to make up for a lost character, because once you use a UI element, it's dead — you can't use it again. Worse yet, if you click the mouse or use keyboard shortcuts to reveal more UI elements, all the placards flip back to the placeholder side as a penalty and you have to start over. And don't be too quick, or you'll pass over a UI element before there's time to read it. Whew!!! This is harder than it sounds!
Visit the PFiddle Collection website now to watch a video of Waccy Accy in action. (Requires Safari or another browser that can display QuickTime HTML5 video elements.)
Version 1.1.0 of Waccy Accy adds a few features and fixes a few bugs:
- Waccy Accy now provides improved feedback if problems occur while entering a registration key
- Waccy Accy now provides improved feedback if required frameworks are not installed or are not up to date
- Waccy Accy now warns you if access for assistive devices is not turned on when you launch it
- Waccy Accy now provides menu items in the application menu allowing you to easily turn on global access for assistive devices or go directly to the Universal Access pane in System Preferences
- The Waccy Accy installer installs new versions of our PFAssistive and PFEventTaps Frameworks, resolving a few minor problems and some memory leaks
- Substantial memory leaks in Waccy Accy have been eliminated
Download a free, full-featured 30-day trial version of Waccy Accy 1.1.0 now at pfiddlesoft.com/pfiddles/.
The PFiddle Collection is a growing collection of useful and pfun Macintosh software. Buy the collection once for $4.95 US, and enjoy any and all applications in the collection, now and in the future, without additional charge.
The first application in the PFiddle Collection, Applidude™, was released late last year and updated a few days ago. Applidude floats over your screen and reminds you which application is currently active. Applidude is great for users with impaired vision, and for all of us who sometimes forget where we are. The third PFiddle, Pointer Noodge™, was released this spring and also updated a few days ago. Pointer Noodge slows down the system pointer, removing mouse, trackpad and trackball acceleration so you can place the pointer exactly where you want it in any application, and it includes many other ways to make the pointer more useful. There are many more PFiddles to come. Stay tuned!
PFiddlesoft™ has unmatched experience controlling the Macintosh Graphical User Interface using AppleScript and other technologies. PFiddlesoft is a trademark of PreForm Assistive Technologies, LLC, a company formed by Bill Cheeseman in 2010 to develop and market Macintosh software based on Apple's Accessibility and related technologies. In addition to new products released this year, PFiddlesoft is distributing applications written by Bill Cheeseman and formerly distributed by PreFab Software, Inc., including UI Browser, UI Actions, Event Taps Testbench, and the PFiddlesoft Frameworks. These products for Mac OS X carry on the tradition of PreFab Player, a seminal product released for the classic Mac OS in 1994. UI Browser was first released in 2003 to support Apple's GUI Scripting and Accessibility technologies. It was followed in 2004 by UI Actions, implementing "universal attachability" for AppleScript, in 2007 by Event Taps Testbench, a free developer utility to explore Quartz Event Taps, and now in 2010 by the PFiddle Collection, useful and pfun applications based on the Accessibility API.
This page was first published by PFiddlesoft on November 6, 2011.
Copyright © 2011 Bill Cheeseman. Used by permission. All Rights Reserved.
PFiddlesoft, PFiddle Software, PFiddle, PFiddles, the PFiddlesoft logo, Applidude, Waccy Accy and Pointer Noodge are trademarks of PreForm Assistive Technologies, LLC.