Fleksy? No? Fleksy VO!

Man, Fleksy’s been struggling like mad lately. It all seemed to start when an expiry date got accidentally leaked out from their beta version onto the real live version. They had to release an update quickly so people could actually use the damn thing again…

except…

It was bug bug buggilicious! Holy crap! When it’s faster to touch type, the program has problems.

Then they released another update that seemed to fix some of the bugs, but still did things in a weird way.

And then, this other thing showed up on the App Store, Fleksy VO. I was trying to figure out what this was for, or what the need for it was. At first, I thought they were apologizing to the blind users, since Fleksy was originally built to make touch typing easier for blind folks, and then sighted people liked it too, so it took off. So I thought they were sort of trying to rebuild relationships by giving us a version that worked like the old one until they could fix all the broken that was introduced when they had to rush out a release to make their product usable again.

Then Friday’s update came out, and was completely broken for Voiceover users. In fact, they knew it was broken, and put a message right in the app telling VO users to get Flexi VO.

This is a disturbing trend, and I really really hope it’s temporary. I get really nervous when a product releases a blind version and a sighted version. My fear is the blind version will never see updates, and will always be that one step behind.
I still want to have faith in Fleksy, but I’m nervous. Jonathan Mosen has ripped Fleksy out on principle. I’m not sure if I’m ready to do that yet, but I totally get what he’s saying. They say in the alert that this is a temporary thing. Pleasepleaseplease, let it be temporary. There should be one Fleksy for all of us. Please, Fleksy, please resume being awesome.

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