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

  • From: David Holladay <david@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2006 13:26:28 -0400

Thank you for your information. We have been privately (off list) in contact with Annemarie, the daughter of Interpoint Elekul developer Professor François. She did report a problem with multiple copies. We determined the fault was the way DBT created files for folio output. DBT failed to pad enough form feeds in some situations. Her discovery led me to look carefully at all three embossers that produce folio (magazine, or double sized) output.

We sent her a special patch, and she reported that this fixed the problem. As I understand it, she asked Peter for one more change, which I produced and e-mailed just before the weekend.

The code changes we made for the Elekul (and other embossers) is now built into the beta 6.

At this point, I am looking forward to hearing from Annemarie to find out if the latest changes solve all of her issues. At this point, I am unaware of any issues she has which we have not addressed.

For the record, I am also desiring to hear if the latest Tiger embossers with ink attachments work with DBT, and I am also desiring to hear if Index 4x4 units properly support 25 line output.

And, a late breaking report that there is an error in the emb.elt table relating to the TED-600 (a very, very old embosser model). It produces 26 lines per page instead of the 25 lines I put in the table. This error will be fixed in the next round.

-- David Holladay


At 12:27 PM 4/19/2006, you wrote:
Hello David,

Indead, Elekul55 (recto-verso) can print recto or verso only, recto-verso and folio. Elekul55 need DOS (print55) to printing. There is a problem: when printing with DBT under DBT, only a printing copy is not a problem. When asking multiple copy, printing is not possible (DOS memory problem ?). I need to save the file as US BRF and leave DBT, run print55 as DOS only programm. And folio is another problem! Daughter's Professor François working now for software Elekul problems. I see her last days. Contact her, I promissed my help.

Philippe van den Brande
Belgium

----- Original Message ----- From: "David Holladay" <david@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: <duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, April 14, 2006 8:23 PM
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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