The fact that a mainstream software product such as Replay AV was nominated amongst programs specifically for the blind shows me the commitment to equal access exhibited by Applian Technologies
San Anselmo, CA (PRWEB) January 28, 2008
Applian Technologies' Replay AV was the only mainstream software nominated in the Best Software category in the Blind Bargains 2007 Access Awards last week. The other software nominated in the best software category was specifically designed for blind users. Although, Replay AV didn't win the award the program's inclusion in the top four Best Software category is a testament to the efforts Applian Technologies has put into making their products accessible to the blind.
"The fact that a mainstream software product such as Replay AV was nominated amongst programs specifically for the blind shows me the commitment to equal access exhibited by Applian Technologies," said J.J. Meddaugh, webmaster of BlindBargains.com. "Other companies should follow their lead and work to include the blind and visually impaired when producing and distributing software."
About a year ago a blind forum was established to help blind users understand how to use Replay AV and other Applian Products. Petro T. Giannakopoulos, the forum's unofficial monitor and avid computer user, has created regular podcasts that demonstrate how to use the different features of Replay AV and other Applian programs like Replay Media Catcher, their streaming flash video recorder and Replay Music, their streaming music recorder. Mr. Giannakopoulos also acts as a beta tester for Applian to test any new product developments or enhancements to ensure that the programs work well with his screen reader and offer easy keyboard shortcuts. Additionally, a member of Applian's staff also monitors the forum to make sure that the company is staying abreast of any accessibility issues that their programs might have. Any recommendations from the forum are immediately relayed back to the Applian developers so they can fix any accessibility issues that may occur.
The members of the blind forum predominantly like to use Replay AV to capture their favorite streaming radio shows. But interestingly, the blind users also use Replay AV to capture streaming video -- like the playlists you would find on YouTube. The blind users like to listen to the videos just like they like to listen to their favorite radio shows.
"Replay AV has brought a lot of enjoyment to my life," said Petro Giannakopoulos. "Applian is a great company that really cares about making their products accessible to the blind user. Bill Dettering is a fantastic CEO and the overall company is a fantastic group."
"Our programs have always been about helping people get more enjoyment out of streaming media," said Bill Dettering. "We are thrilled that our products have developed a loyal following in the blind community."
Replay A/V and all other Applian products are available for download and immediate purchase from the Applian Technologies web site at http://applian.com. Free demos are available for all the products. The programs require a PC running Windows.
About Applian Technologies
Applian Technologies was started by Bill Dettering in 2000 with the launch of Replay Radio, a program Bill created to combat the boredom of his long commute down to Silicon Valley every day. Replay Radio allowed Bill to listen to his favorite radio programs whenever he wanted. Now, seven years after the launch of Replay Radio, Applian is recognized as the global leader in recording software. Other popular Applian products include the Audio Video Streaming Capture Suite, Replay AV, Replay Media Catcher, Replay Music, Replay Converter, and Replay Screencast. Learn more about Applian Technologies and all their products at http://www.Applian.com.
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