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

IftheShew Fits barnesraiser at gmail.com
Tue Nov 19 02:49:34 UTC 2013


Hi Allison,

Holly's reply reminded me that I also wanted to respond and thank you for
the instructions you provided. It did seem to work, although Holly's email
has me wondering bcse we just updated the iPad IOS tonight and we haven't
used the Focus 40 yet (and my son is in bed so a test will have to wait).

Now if I could just get the Focus 40 to work with Kindle and other ereader
apps! I have the Kindle app in my iPad and I can open a book and tap on the
text, but the text he reads on the Focus 40 is from another place in the
book. I simply cannot make the Focus 40 sync with the iPad. It' serially
frustrating!

Holly: does the Brailliant work with other iPad apps?

Thanks again, Allison! Much appreciated!

:) Carolynn

On Thursday, November 14, 2013, Allison Hilliker wrote:

> 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 <javascript:;>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: blindkid [mailto:blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org <javascript:;>] 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<javascript:;>>
> 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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