[blindkid] Braille and Read2Go [Was RE: Pairing a Focus 40 to a Macintosh]

Allison Hilliker AllisonH at benetech.org
Thu Nov 14 16:50:08 UTC 2013


Hi all,

I work for Bookshare so may be able to help you out. Here are some instructions I wrote for reading Bookshare books on an iOS device (like an iPad) with a Braille display. Some of this stuff you will probably already know, but the changes to the visual settings may solve the page navigation issues. Hope these help. Let me know if they do not.

To read with VoiceOver and a Braille display, please make sure that your Braille display is connected to your device via Bluetooth. Then do the following: 

1. Open Read2Go.
2. Select Settings.
3. Select Audio.
4. Change the Read2Go Audio option from On to Off.
5. double tap the Back button or do a two finger scrub. 
6. Select Visual. 
7. Select Display by Page, and turn it off. 
8. Select the Bookshelf tab.
9. Select the book you wish to read. 
10. Double tap the Read button.
11. Do a two finger triple tap to mute VoiceOver's speech.
12. Begin reading with your Braille display.

To eliminate Voiceover's new line sound, activate the Mute function before starting Read2Go.

Happy reading!

Allison Hilliker
Bookshare Customer Support Specialist
Benetech Global Literacy
allisonh at benetech.org

-----Original Message-----
From: blindkid [mailto:blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Holly Miller
Sent: Thursday, November 14, 2013 9:04 AM
To: Blind Kid Mailing List, (for parents of blind children)
Subject: Re: [blindkid] Pairing a Focus 40 to a Macintosh

Oh! 
My son was having an issue with the same thing this weekend. He has a brailliant 40. I wasn't paying close attention because it was during our state convention and I was assuming user error due to all the commotion.  He hadn't used his ipad with it in a while. 

Maybe the new iOS update broke something? Would love to hear more!

Holly


> On Nov 14, 2013, at 10:21 AM, IftheShew Fits <barnesraiser at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> I'm sorry that I can't offer any technical help for the question posed, but
> I have one of my own! :) We have successfully paired the Focus 40 with an
> iPad but we run into a goofy issue when reading books from Read2Go. When my
> son reaches the end of the page, the button he uses to advance a line
> suddenly goes to "previous page." So in mid- sentence (or whatever is at
> the end of that page of text) he reads "previous page" ...he then realizes
> what has happened and with a series of button pushes (I'm not sure which
> ones, but several button pushes) he is able to get it to the next page.
> However, it's at the end of the page, and I have to touch the first line on
> the next page to get it to start again at the top.
> 
> This seems really unworkable. He is 11 and we are doing shared reading much
> of the time (which is why having the print on screen is so helpful) but
> eventually he should be able to be entirely independent. This appears
> impossible, as a sighted response is needed with each page turn.
> 
> We've had similar navigational problems with books from Kindle and other
> apps as well. :(
> 
> Any thoughts are appreciated! Thanks in advance!
> 
> :) Carolynn, aka Brian's mom
> 
>> On Tuesday, November 12, 2013, Richard Holloway wrote:
>> 
>> I have a Focus 40 BT I need to pair with a Macintosh G5, OS 10.5.8. The
>> Mac sees the Focus 40 and after entering 0000 shows it "paired" on the
>> paired devices list, but with the Focus 40 turned on, the Mac shows the
>> Focus 40 as not connected.
>> 
>> I suspect I'm missing a step. We can pair with an iPod and an iPad fine,
>> and there were no other devices active when testing this, so it isn't that
>> the Focus 40 was paired with anything else.
>> 
>> Does anyone know the steps to follow or have a link to share? Seems it
>> should be simple...
>> 
>> Thanks so much.
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Sent from my iPad
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