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Braille EDGE 40 v1.1 Patch (Updated: 12/10/14)

The release of the new Braille EDGE 40 v1.1 patch firmware is now available!

The following is a list of the changes and fixes:

  1. Notepad:
    • Added confirmation when changing movement units.
    • Fixed problems with text search.
    • Fixed problem when navigating consecutively by paragraph.
    • Fixed problem of moving by inconsistent amounts when moving by page.
    • Fixed problem of sluggish movement when moving by page.
    • Fixed problem of not recognizing paragraphs correctly in Word documents.
    • Fixed some problems for searching using European Braille codes.
    • Fixed the problem of displaying blank lines at paragraph boundaries.
    • Fixed problems with saving bookmarks.
    • Decreased Block copying time.
    • Now Outputs beep when moving by page.
  2. General:
    • Fixed problem of unit not returning to previous state after querying date and time.
    • Fixed problems with computer Braille output when viewing Options menu.
    • Fixed a problem displaying all results of a given search string.
    • Added Bluetooth Mac Address to information.
    • Fixed problem where EDGE sometimes repeats SD input sound over and over on Power On.

You can download this new firmware from the following link:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/eh7lqamy1efxd41/BrailleEDGE40_141124.zip

To update the firmware, follow these steps:

  1. On your PC, download the ZIP file from the link above.
  2. Extract the ZIP file. You should see one .bin file.
  3. Copy this .bin file to the root of an SD card.
  4. Insert the SD card into the Braille EDGE 40.
  5. Hold down F8 while pressing the reset button.
    (NOTE: It is NOT necessary to hold down reset.)
  6. Continue holding F8 until your Braille EDGE speaks, “Start system update”.
  7. The machine plays progress sounds to indicate that something is in fact happening.
  8. The machine should say, “Update Success” and then restart itself after ten seconds.

Check that your machine is running version 1.1, build 20141124. To do this:

  1. From the Main Menu, use the SPACEBAR repeatedly until you get to “Information”.
  2. Press ENTER to open this screen.
  3. Press SPACE-DOT 4 twice. This will display the version and build you are running.

We hope you find this update useful. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at (512) 837-2000, pressing option 2 for Tech Support.

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NFB Review ‘The Braille Edge: new firmware, new case, almost like having a new device’

“This brief blog entry looks at what is new in the firmware of the Braille Edge and puts it through its paces. I’ll also discuss the new case built for the Edge made by Executive Products. Among the enhancements in the new firmware are the ability to read .doc, .docx, and .rtf files, the ability to read all these formats in contracted Braille, terminal clipboard, the addition of a few language Braille tables, and several other additional features. . .”

Click here to read the full review.

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Jaws Braille EDGE Driver

The following .zip file contains the driver to use your device as a Braille display with Jaws for Windows, TXT and DOC versions of the installation guide, and TXT and DOC versions of the available key commands. Please download the zip file to your computer. In the File Menu of Windows Explorer choose “Extract All”. From the extracted folder, open the installation guide and follow the instructions.

JAWS Braille EDGE Driver v2.0

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Braille EDGE USB Driver

The following .zip file contains the driver to use your device as a Braille display with the screen reader like Window-Eyes from GW Micro and installation and configuration instructions. Please download the zip file to your computer. In the File Menu of Windows Explorer choose “Extract All”. From the extracted folder, open the installation guide and follow the instructions.

Braille EDGE USB Driver (3.8MB)

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Braille EDGE 40 iOS Bluetooth Connection

Braille EDGE Pairing with IOS devices

Use the following instructions to connect the Braille EDGE as a Bluetooth Braille display with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

Note: You must be running IOS 4.2 or higher on your i-device in order to use the Braille EDGE as a Bluetooth Braille display with VoiceOver. These instructions refer to the iPhone, however, they apply to all compatible i-devices: iPhone 3Gs and higher, iPad, and iPod Touch 3G and later.

On the Braille EDGE:

  1. Turn Bluetooth on by moving Bluetooth switch to the rear position.
  2. Press B(dots 1-2) or move to the “Terminal for Screen Reader” item in the menu and press “Enter”.
  3. Braille EDGE displays “Terminal mode”.

On the I-Phone:

  1. Navigate to Settings/General/Accessibility/VoiceOver/Braille.
  2. If Bluetooth is not activated on the I-Phone, it will prompt you to do this. WHEN Bluetooth is activated, the I-Phone searches for devices.
  3. The Braille EDGE should appear in the list of available Braille devices.
  4. Double tap the “Braille EDGE” in the Braille devices list.
  5. You are asked for a pin code. Enter 0000, as this is the default code for the Braille EDGE 40.
  6. Double tap the “Pair” button.
You should hear a chime on the iPhone, and the text displayed on the iPhone should appear on the Terminal for Screen Reader of your Braille EDGE.
For information on operating the iPhone using the Braille EDGE 40 as a Braille Terminal, please refer to Apple’s accessibility website at www.apple.com/accessibility
To exit “Terminal for Screen reader” press “Space-z (dots 1-3-5-6)”.

Pairing Process Video

Below is a video explaining Braille EDGE 40 pairing with iOS devices:

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