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Sunday, June 14th, 2009
12:09 am
Blind VI Now on Twitter & Facebook!
More ways to promote/support Blind VI and spread the word about the website!

Blind VI now has a twitter page! Please follow Blind VI! This is a great tool for those who have no time to read a long lengthy blog entry. Lots of people can read stuff on their mobile phones so this is something new that could be a positive for the website. Once you're following Blind VI's twitter page, spread the word by telling your entire followers list to follow Blind VI!

Facebook Fan Page
Everyone's doing it! Please place Blind VI as one of your fan pages! Click on Become a Fan and then click on the SHARE button and share Blind VI's fan page info to all your friends on facebook. And ask them to become a fan to Blind VI as well to support the website.

Current Mood: excited
Wednesday, June 11th, 2008
4:28 pm
introduction and my BrailleNote story
My name is Kevin. I am visually impaired, and I have a little bit of sight in each eye. I am fourteen years old, and have been visually impaired basically since birth. My LiveJournal user name is


The BrailleNote MPower, currently version 7.5 build 29, from HumanWare, has greatly assisted me in my academic success. I also enjoy it because it is a very entertaining piece of technology. I began using the BrailleNote in August 2006, and have used one ever since. For one thing, its keyboard layout is one of the most logical I've ever seen, and much more so than the Braille Lite.

Many of the features I enjoy on the BrailleNote include the fm radio, media player, planner, address list, scientific calculator, planner, and its ability to record audio, either from an internal or external microphone or directly from the fm radio.

Since I feel I'm a BrailleNote expert, in my opinion, if anyone would appreciate any tips or tricks, I'd love to help. I have a question for the multilanguage BrailleNote users. How can I install Spanish or French languages on the BrailleNote? I might be needing one of the two for next year, when I'll be a freshman in high school.

Simply leave me a message in my inbox on my personal LJ at


or in my email address provided on my profile.

Current Mood: calm
Friday, February 29th, 2008
12:08 am
A New Wiki
BrailleNote now has its own Wiki page It contains basic information on using various well-known and more obscure features of the BrailleNote. You may find the answer to a question you've always wondered about, or you may learn about some new feature that you didn't even know exist. A Wiki is user-edited content so always be skeptical of information posted on Wiki sites. But if you have a BrailleNote problem or solution, why not contribute to the fix? After all, you never know who else might
Monday, January 21st, 2008
1:55 pm
hi all
hi all. i wanted to say hi.  

Current Mood: crushed
Saturday, September 22nd, 2007
2:21 pm
Playing media files in KS7.5

Is there a way to play all media files in a folder on a BN mPower running KeySoft 7.5? I thought this was one of the new features. I know I can mark every file individually, but surely there's a better way! Thanks for any help.
Wednesday, June 13th, 2007
4:28 pm
USB keyboards
well, after a bit of shlepping my bn back and forth from me to HW and back again,  I now have a working MPower, a working MPower with a working AC adapter jack! w00t!

I am deafblind and am planning on using the bt with a USB qwerty keyboard to ficilitate communication between me and a captioner.  I am post-lingually deaf, so I do speak, but I need people to type and then I read the text on the braille display.

I am going to be attending the ACB convention and would like to have a USB keyboard before I go.  My question is, what kind have you all tried, and what works the best?  Where can I buy it that won't break my bank?

I have seen the grandtech flexible keyboard advertised, and didn't know if it was as good as they say?

Thanks so much for any help.

Current Mood: curious
Monday, March 5th, 2007
6:05 pm
mPower Pricing
Hi All,
Do any of you happen to know approximately how much a BrailleNote mPower BT with an 18-cell braille display would cost, with no transplant? I just need an approximation...Thanks so much!
Wednesday, November 29th, 2006
12:26 am
the bn and wifi?
Alright, here's the deal.  I have a braille note classic, and I would like to be able to use wifi on it.  I am pretty clueless as to what part or card or whatever it is that I need to buy so that I can make the bn get wifi, if it even can?
The fine city of New Orleans has at last, supposedly, gotten city-wide wifi up and running.  I am deafblind and it would be really, really helpful if I can get email or surf the interwebnet where ever I am.
Sorry if this is a stupid question, but the manual is unclear and so am I.  Also if I have to buy a card thingy, can I buy it from the store, or is Humanware going to extort the funds from me themselves?
Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

Current Mood: bored
Sunday, November 12th, 2006
3:27 pm
any ideas?

I'm trying to set up Active sync on the braillenote classic BT version 6.11. Can any one tell me which software you need to install on the Pc you want to connect the Braillenote to? Also, can you download the software from the internet and, if so, does any one know the address?


Bubbles and Star :D

Current Mood: curious
Saturday, November 11th, 2006
3:44 pm
My introduction
Dear commnity members,
This is Joseph form the BN list. Some of you (I think most of you) already know e by now, so I won't give you my own introduction here. I use my BrailleNote mPower running KeySoft 7.2 patch. My personal slogan in: "when you get it, use your BN to its full potential."
That's all. You can contact me using my LJ account (joslee22590) or Skype (same ID) or contact me on the BN list.

Current Mood: excited
Friday, October 27th, 2006
4:45 pm
I am looking at buying a Braille Note or other notetaker, mainly for use as a braille display and input for the computer. I was wondering how much trouble is it to set the BN up as an input (sole input with BT keyboard, no computer QWERTY Keyboard) and output device, then to return it to a stand-alone device. Is it quick and easy or does it take some work? I won't be using voice, just the braille display.

Also, when using it as a braille display for the computer, how well does it work with MSN, Yahoo, and AIM?

TIA! And sorry if you've seen these questions (or similar) elsewhere, I'm asking everywhere I can because I can't seem to get straight forward answers - especially from Humanware *rolls eyes* I'm losing my vision fast and I need to make a decision on which one to get...I'm so confused!

Current Mood: confused
Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006
1:59 pm
Sunday, August 20th, 2006
8:07 pm
Second Hand Braille Note
Hi everybody,
I'm new here, and a brand-spanking-new Braille reader (taught myself over the summer). I work at a camp for the visually impaired, and we are looking for second-hand Braille Notes that we can use with our kids. We don't have a lot of money, so I am wondering if anyone here either knows a source of second-hand Braille Notes and/or Braille 'n' Speaks or can volunteer their own second-hand equipment.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

Thank you!

Current Mood: giggly
Saturday, August 19th, 2006
10:35 pm
RTF question
I am trying to open a large .rtf file on my flash card of the Braille note and after about three or four minutes of trying to open, it gives me the message
that there is not enough space on the disk to open the .rtf file... Any thoughts or solutions? I also can't move it to my flash disk.

Current Mood: frustrated
Tuesday, August 8th, 2006
7:32 pm
Displaying braille characters
I'm reading a document that, instead of regular quotation marks, has left double quotes and right double quotes.

I've tried using a search and replace for these, but it won't let me put them in the search field. Right now they are displayed as a weird combination of dots which, while readable, take up about four cells of the dislay every time they occur, and it's annoying and slows me down. I've tried going into the unicode table and replacing how these two characters are displayed, but it only shows the new dot combination when I route the cursor to those characters, not when I'm just reading the text. Is there a way to make it display the new dot combination ALL the time, not just when the cursor is on the character?

(Note: I'm using a BN mPower QT32 with Keysoft 7.0, if that makes any difference. This document I'm referring to is a text document. I've tried translating to braille and the left and right double quotes still come out as weird characters.)

Thanks for any help anyone can offer.
Tuesday, July 18th, 2006
1:18 pm
I have a braille note BT, and when I go into the word processor and begin typeing a document, sometimes the cursor will move up to random places in the document and begin typing there instead of at the end where I had put it.


Can anyone offer any hints/advice because this is driving me crazy and I cannot use the word processor until I fix this problem because my documents come out as total chaos with sentenses in the middle of other paragraphs, it makes no sense.

TIA for any help you can give.

Current Mood: frustrated
Friday, July 14th, 2006
10:28 am
BN ListServ
How do I join the BrailleNote email list? Thanks Katie

Current Mood: worried
Wednesday, July 5th, 2006
12:45 am
Keysoft 7.01 is Released
KeySoft 7.01 is released, and available for download for all BrailleNote models at the Keysoft 7.01 download page

This software should only be installed if you are experiencing one of the problems listed in the Fixed Issues section (see below).

You must have either 7.0 on your system, or a valid 7.0 product key, to install this release. If you are upgrading from 7.0 to 7.01, you will not require a new product key, as 7.01 will work with your existing 7.0 product key. Please follow the upgrade instructions for 7.0 but skip the steps referring to downloading and installing the product key.

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Tuesday, June 27th, 2006
6:13 pm
accent marks
Does anyone know how to make accent marks on the Braille Note? I am taking a Spanish course and need to be able to make the á ñ etc. Thanks.
5:09 pm
What's Coming in KeySoft 7.2
KEYSOFT 7.2 IS COMING! HumanWare will be releasing KeySoft 7.2 early in the 4th quarter of 2006, making your BrailleNote or VoiceNote even more useful and efficient.
Whether you have a BrailleNote or VoiceNote mPower, a BrailleNote PK, or a BrailleNote or VoiceNote Classic, there is a version of KeySoft 7.2 that will be available for you. KeySoft 7.2 takes one count from your Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA). An SMA allows you to receive two major versions of KeySoft for the price of one. Remember, an SMA can only be used for a version of KeySoft if it is purchased prior to the release of the software concerned. So if you are not yet an SMA holder, ensure you get the best deal on KeySoft 7.2 by purchasing your SMA now. Contact HumanWare or your local dealer for KeySoft 7.2 pricing. What's in KeySoft 7.2? Working with Files Is Easier (available on all models)

KeySoft allows extensive manipulation of files from any file list. Anywhere you can see a list of files, you can copy, erase, move, protect, unprotect and rename a file. Now, it is possible to mark files for action. Move through a list of files, mark those files that you need to take action on, and the file manipulation commands can be applied to the group of files. Now, when you look through a file list using the Directory option in File Manager, pressing ENTER on any file will launch its associated application. Pressing ENTER on an mp3 file for example will immediately cause it to start playing in the Media Player. In any file list, it is now easier to get it sorted. You can still sort files alphabetically as you have always done, however you can now also sort by date and by size. Sorting by size is a great way of finding those pesky large files that are consuming FLASH Disk space. Sorting by date makes it easier to trace the progress of a project whose files are contained in their own folder. e-mail Signatures (available on all models) KeySoft 7.2 adds the ability to set up two e-mail signatures. Configure an e-mail signature for messages you generate, and another for messages you forward or reply to. You can see the text of the signature right in the body of any e-mail message you create. Statistics Support in the Calculator (available on all models) KeySoft 7.2 offers intuitive, powerful statistical functions in KeyPlus. Create data sets within the Calculator using a special data entry mode. Enter your data into a KeyWord document, and paste it into data entry mode from the clipboard. Import data sets from many common applications. Save data sets for later use, and export them for use by other applications. Perform a wide range of statistical functions on a data set using an intuitive KeySoft menu, or with hotkeys. DAISY Support (available on BrailleNote and VoiceNote mPower, and BrailleNote PK) Your BrailleNote or VoiceNote is about to become your digital book player. HumanWare is the world leader in DAISY playback technology, through our Victor Reader products. Now, we have incorporated Victor Reader technology right into KeySoft. Listen to DAISY audio books, with the flexibility to speed up and slow down the narration and change the tone of the audio. Set bookmarks, create text notes, and jump to any time in the book. Text only DAISY books are instantly translated into your preferred grade of Braille. With books that offer both text and audio, you have the best of both worlds. Choose to read in Braille for detailed study, and let the narrator read to you when it suits. Move through DAISY elements, or use the familiar KeySoft sentence and paragraph navigation commands in text DAISY books if you prefer. Get ready!

Make sure you have a current Software Maintenance Agreement so you can download your copy of KeySoft 7.2 when it is released. KeySoft 7.2 from HumanWare will change the way you work, learn and play.
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