[access-uk] Re: Fw: [vip-l] Feedback wanted re Braille Apex and/or other Braille displays

Thanks for clarifying that, David. Does it work with NVDA when used as a display?


Regards
Vivien
----- Original Message ----- From: "David W Wood (G3YXX)" <david.g3yxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, May 21, 2011 12:48 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Fw: [vip-l] Feedback wanted re Braille Apex and/or other Braille displays


Hi Vivien

The Alva BC640 with feature pack will only read .txt files.
It is possible to move any such data into its 4mB of memory.

David

Ham call - G3YXX
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-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Vivien Palcic
Sent: Saturday, May 21, 2011 2:47 AM
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Fw: [vip-l] Feedback wanted re Braille Apex and/or other Braille displays

Hi Jackie,

Thanks so much for your reply. I've actually approached the Australian
distributors of the Alva BC640/680 about the possibility of getting hold of
one to try out, and/or the Focus displays from Freedom Scientific, which
they also distribute here. I'm yet to hear back from them, but I was
wondering if the notetaker on the Alva handles DOC files or just TXT files? And can it be used to read files someone has sent you - eg via email or on a
USB drive etc? As far as I know, the BrailleSense notetakers have no
Australian distributor, though it was a fair while back when I checked this,
so it's worth following up again.

Kind regards
Vivien
----- Original Message ----- From: "Jackie Cairns" <jackie.cairnsplace@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, May 20, 2011 9:49 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Fw: [vip-l] Feedback wanted re Braille Apex and/or
other Braille displays


Hi Vivien

I can recommend the BrailleSense Plus 32 or BrailleSense OnHand.  The
BrailleSense Plus has the features of the Apex, and 32 Braille cells with
a
very responsive keyboard.  It supports DOC and DOCX files, and you can
surf
the web and use its Email client. There is also SenseNav which is the GPS
solution that may be purchased in addition.  The BrailleSense OnHand is
slightly smaller but with 18 Braille cells and a built-in GPS receiver.
But, again, you would need to purchase the maps additionally.

Regarding Braille displays, then I highly recommend the Alva BC640 or
BC680
series.  They are beautiful USB and Bluetooth displays, and the BC640 can
be
bought with a built-in basic note-taker.

I hope that gives you some food for thought.


Kind Regards,

Jackie Cairns
J&M Work-Ability

jandm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
www.work-ability.co.uk
-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of
Vivien Palcic
Sent: 20 May 2011 13:54
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Fw: [vip-l] Feedback wanted re Braille Apex and/or
other Braille displays

Hi list,

I'm forwarding the below message, which I originally posted to the vip-l
list. I will also add that since then I've had the opportunity to try out
a
Brailliant2 40, albeit for only a couple of days, but I nevertheless
enjoyed
using it. I would appreciate any feedback from this list.

Regards
Vivien
----- Original Message -----
From: "Vivien Palcic" <vivienpalcic@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <vip-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, April 18, 2011 6:53 PM
Subject: [vip-l] Feedback wanted re Braille Apex and/or other Braille
displays


Hi list,

I sent my poor old BrailleNote Classic off to HumanWare in Sydney a
few weeks ago, and I've received news that the repair costs are well
in excess of what I would consider worthwile going ahead with; and as
I am well and truly past the minimum waiting period for eligibility to
apply for our Lotteries grant here in WA (the last one was indeed for
the old BrailleNote Classic), I'm going to apply for a new Braille
display, either a BrailleNote Apex or perhaps one of the Braille
displays which isn't a notetaker/PDA, just a display. I would like
some feedback from users of either. I did have a look at an Apex last
year when the Association for the Blind had one on loan, but I believe
the most recent Keysoft 9.1 update has led to significant improvement
- eg handling of Word files, so I'd be interested in people's
experiences, good or bad. One of the things I like most about the
BrailleNote, which I'm sure most users of the device would agree with,
is the very user-friendly interface, along with the portability. Being
able to sit outside on a nice day and read some article which someone
emailed me or carry on with writing my own emails etc, is something I
always enjoyed about the device, and I do like the slimmer, lighter
design of the Apex. The user-replaceable battery is also a most
welcome feature. On the other hand, there are features I wouldn't see
myself using - eg Keychat. (I prefer to actually chat with my voice,
otherwise i'd rather just email.) {smile} But then again, there is
plenty I don't use on the Windows PC. If I do go down the Apex path,
that then obviously opens up the opportunity for the GPS too, which I
would possibly be looking at later on. I am interested in the 32-cell
model, or if I opt for one of the other displays such as the
BrailleConnect or Brailliant (both made by Baum), I'd possibly even go
for the 40-cell model, but either way, I'm not considering any less
than 32 cells. I was using the BN Classic extensively as a display for
my Windows XP machine, both with JAWS and NVDA, and although I
uninstalled JAWS a few months ago and am just using NVDA now, I'd be
interested in people's experiences with their Braille display with
other screenreaders too, including VoiceOver on the Mac.

Regards
Vivien

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