[Blindmath] Braille and graphics embosser suggestions?

Ron Stewart ron at ahead.org
Fri Dec 6 20:01:48 UTC 2013


Good afternoon, while I do not endorse products typically here are the
criteria I would be looking for.

1. Ability to handle SVG graphics.  This is critical to being able to
produce effective tactiles, as far as I am aware the Phoenix still does not
have that capability.
2. Ability to handle standard Braille paper and ideally Mylar as well.
Often times you cannot get enough granularity in tactiles that are limited
to 8.5 x 11 paper.
3. Dot quality or line continuity are often important, the ability to
increase/decrease dot/line density, height and the such can be very
important.
4. Speed and maintenance requirements are also critical.  I would check for
references that can speak to DPS specs, maintenance intervals and the like.
5. Ability to work with standard graphic production packages.

Ron Stewart

-----Original Message-----
From: Blindmath [mailto:blindmath-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of John
Gardner
Sent: Friday, December 06, 2013 1:08 PM
To: 'Blind Math list for those interested in mathematics'
Subject: Re: [Blindmath] Braille and graphics embosser suggestions?

Well if George can post a commercial message I guess I can too.  Out of
courtesy to the list however, I have written my long message directly to
Gabriela Moats.  I just want to point out to George that the $1,995 ViewPlus
EmBraille has a bit less graphics resolution and is a bit slower than the
$4,995 Phoenix, but otherwise is far superior in terms of braille and
graphics embossing capabilities and bundled software.

John


John


-----Original Message-----
From: Blindmath [mailto:blindmath-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of George
Bell
Sent: Friday, December 06, 2013 5:11 AM
To: Blind Math list for those interested in mathematics
Subject: Re: [Blindmath] Braille and graphics embosser suggestions?

I'd better say up front that this is a commercial reply, but based on almost
30 years of being involved with braille here in the UK and abroad.

A combination of Enabling's Phoenix which comes with graphic software, and
Duxbury, along with MathType in Word has proved a successful and economical
option.

George W F Bell
Managing Director
Techno-Vision Systems Ltd
76 Bunting Road Ind. Est.
NORTHAMPTON, NN2 6EE

Tel: 01604 792777
Fax: 01604 702726

Web: http://www.techno-vision.co.uk

[UK Home of "Cosmo", probably the worlds quietest braille writer/embosser]



-----Original Message-----
From: Blindmath [mailto:blindmath-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Gabriela
Moats
Sent: 06 December 2013 12:52
To: blindmath at nfbnet.org
Subject: [Blindmath] Braille and graphics embosser suggestions?

Hi,
Does anyone have a low-end Braille and tactile graphics embosser they like
and would recommend? We are looking into purchasing one that would produce
just around 20-50 STEM related handouts for a single student per week. So
far we're leaning towards at Enabling Technologies' Phoenix embosser, View
Plus' Tiger Max or Spot Dot, and Index's Everest or Basic embossers. A
couple people mentioned View Plu's low-end embosser Embraille to me
originally, but I was recently advised by the company that might not be high
enough quality for science materials.. Does anyone have experience with
this? Also, I'm wondering if people recommend View Plus' software Tiger over
Enabling Tech's Firebird Suite or Index's Tactile View, especially related
to producing labels in Nemeth if I don't know Nemeth.

Thanks,

Gabriela

--
Gabriela Echavarría Moats
Special Assignment Coordinator of Accommodations Office of Disabilities
Services Haverford College* | * Stokes 300I gmoats at haverford.edu
(512) 913-8067
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