Braille EDGE 40 v1.1 User Manual
This latest release for the Braille EDGE 40 contains the following new features and enhancements: Expanded UEB Support, Test Mode (for testing braille cells), Exam Mode, Typing Mode, and enhanced JAWS support.
The Braille EDGE 40 already supported the use of UEB in the Notepad application. Now UEB can also be used in the Braille EDGE 40 menus and prompts.
To change the default grade of Braille used in the Notepad:
This feature is useful when testing Braille cells for weak dots.
Typing Mode has been available on the Braille Sense for many years. Now this function comes to the Notepad on the Braille EDGE 40. While in Typing Mode, pressing “SPACE” with any character on the keyboard enters that character followed by a space into the document. This mode can keep you from accidentally moving to a different part of the document by pressing “SPACE” plus any characters that are navigation commands. Typing Mode is especially useful for fast typists.
Typing Mode is a toggle. To enable Typing Mode from within a document, press “F4+K”. The same key combination will exit Typing Mode.
Function keys on the Braille EDGE 40 should produce the same results as their QWERTY keyboard equivalents: Escape, Tab, Control, Alt, Insert, Shift, Windows and Applications.
Exam Mode locks the Braille EDGE 40 in terminal mode, so that it may be used as a Braille display for a student using a computer designed to facilitate standardized testing. Exam Mode requires that a password be entered so that the function cannot be exited without entering the same password. The computer must contain a screen reader compatible with HIMS Braille displays for Braille input and output to be possible.
Terminal Mode is the mode in which the notetaker serves as a Braille Terminal (Braille display) for a screen reader. The screen reader outputs the screen information in Braille to the device, and translates keystrokes from the Braille keyboard into text and commands the computer can understand. This Braille access provides a truly accessible testing environment for the student.
We have left specific instructions out of this release note and the Braille EDGE 40 user manual in an attempt to keep it out of the hands of students. Please email HIMS at email@example.com for instructions for using Exam Mode.
You can download the Braille EDGE 40 updated firmware here:
Check to make sure the Braille EDGE 40 is running Firmware Version 1.1 Build 20160811 by doing the following:
If you have any questions, please call HIMS Technical Support at (888) 520-4467 Option 2 or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org. mail them at email@example.com.
“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. . .”
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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.
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.
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.
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)”.
Below is a video explaining Braille EDGE 40 pairing with iOS devices: