This website is designed to give something back to the visuallly impaired community out there. All the software on this site is accessible both by sight and by sound.
We all want the mainstream software out there to be accessible and so it should be, but sadly some commercial software is far from accessible, sometimes expensive, and sometimes both. I am hoping my software and games make a contribution to showing its possible to produce simple, quality and useful programs that are accessible, easy to use and free.
It's a work in progress. Currently there are 5 free accessible games and 7 free accessible utilities, with several more in development.
New out, is an audio typing tutor. This follows my accessible diary for 2018. My personal favourite is my model of the solar system. The most popular download is a space invader style game, playable by sight or by audio, with retro graphics and stereo sound panning. However, I am hoping my typing tutor proves to be the most valuable resource for folks with a sight impairment.
This website can be viewed in a number of styles: Currently in high contrast, it can be changed back to normal view, or large font. For example, in Internet Explorer go to the view menu, and choose styles.
To check out the games, visit:
To check out the accessible software, visit:
After a lot of work, I am proud to release the full version of my audio typing tutor. When I searched the web I could not find a free and accessible program to teach touch typing to blind people. This audio typing tutor is possibly the first of its kind. Given how important keyboard skills are for people with sight loss, please post up a link for me on any forum you feel is appropriate.
I would most welcome any suggestions of other accessible utilities that you would find useful, or accessible games you would enjoy.
Spacey Vaders has now passed 1900 downloads and I am now celebrating over 10,000 total downloads.
There has been a suggestion of a puzzles page and a request for a begin python page. Not sure yet, will let you know.
To view the on line spacey Vaders scoreboard please visit:
After concentrating my efforts on the typing tutor program I am glad to get back to coding games. My next release will be a village management game, a mixture of strategy, RPG and adventure, called Dragon Village. This game is proving great fun to write and I am confident this will be my most popular game to date. If only I had twice the time and programs took half as long as expected, rather than the other way round. Smiles.
All of the programs on this website are freeware and are the intellectuaal property of Martin Blythe, aka Rocky Waters. No alteration, claim of ownership or sale is permitted. You are allowed one copy free, for personal use, without warrantee, without liability. Please download and enjoy.
If you represent a commercial or not for profit organisation and wish to use this software in a professional capacity, or to redistribute my software, please download and read the license agreement below, or email me.
Download the End User License Agreement
Any suggestions or feedback welcome. My email, suitably disguised to avoid those bots, is:
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Most people with sight loss live in the less well off countries of the world. With a greater need of opportunity, and without the ability to pay. Thats why accessible and free software is so important. Whether you are sighted or blind, if your circumstances do not allow you to make a contribution, simply let other folks know about the resources here. The best contribution going, would be to help a friend or relative enter the world of computers by showing them my freeaudio typing tutor.
On the other hand, if you have enjoyed my software, and your circumstances allow you, please consider supporting my work, by clicking the PayPal button below.
If you would prefer not to give money to an individual, please consider a donation to Sightsavers, a UK based charity working in over 30 countries to combat preventable sight loss. See their link below.
The RNIB, the leading charity supporting blind people in the UK, charge £66 for a typing tutor program. I am hoping my audio typing tutor becomes more popular worldwide. To show there is no hard feeling, please also see their link below.
The third link is for NV Access, an Australian charity, the makers of the superb NVDA software, the worlds best free screen reader program.
In their own words: "Our free screen reader, NVDA, has given tens of thousands of people around the world access to computers."