[duxhelp] Re: News about some embossers, Elekul 55, Braillo 440 and Index 4x4

  • From: "George Bell" <george@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 14 Apr 2006 18:47:42 +0100

Hi David,

Should we try to get down to Westwood, N.J. when I'm over?

George. 

-----Original Message-----
From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of David
Holladay
Sent: 14 April 2006 19:24
To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [duxhelp] News about some embossers, Elekul 55,
Braillo 440 and Index 4x4

Just after we released DBT 10.6 beta 5, we received word
that there was a 
problem producing multiple copies on the Interpoint Elekul
55.

This embosser is one of three embosser models that can
produce folio or 
magazine format braille, that is 4 pages of braille on each
sheet of paper. 
The three models are: Elekul 55, Index 4x4 and the Braillo
440SW.

In the process of reviewing the Elekul code, I realized that
the output to 
all three models was not ideal. I have made a change that
will be in beta 6 
that will affect all 3 models. Based on my review of the
code, I think the 
current beta 5 does work fine for the Braillo 440SW with
multiple codes.

However, I doubt that the Index 4x4 output would work for
multiple copies, 
if the number of pages produced is a multiple of 4 plus 1
**or** a multiple 
of 4 plus 2. That is, an 8 page document would work, but not
a 9 page or a 
10 page document.

The simplest test would be to take a single page document (a
single line 
would suffice), and ask for multiple copies on an Index 4x4.
I suspect that 
you would get the same text on the front and back side of
each sheet of 
braille.

If someone could run that test, it would be great. If you
did get wrong 
output, we would want to repeat the test with beta 6 to
verify that the fix 
worked.

A further issue is that we have had far too few reports on
the Index 4x4. I 
had difficulty generating more than 23 lines per page when I
did my own 
tests in September 2005. We were able to establish that the
problem was in 
the device firmware. I have heard independent reports that
this has since 
been fixed. But I would feel better if I could hear from a
beta tester that 
they were able to get 25 lines per page without a problem.

Finally, even though I am convinced that the Braillo 440
should be able to 
produce multiple copies with no problem, I would appreciate
it if a beta 
tester could try this again with a single page DBT document
with both beta 
5 and 6, to make sure that the change I am making does not
cause a problem.

At this stage, I want to be very careful about software
changes.

I would appreciate hearing from any beta testers who have
access to the 
Index 4x4 and/or the Braillo  440.

Please respond directly to me at david@xxxxxxxxxx

-- David Holladay
Duxbury Systems

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