Braille+ Mobile Manager FAQ

These are the "Frequently Asked Questions" from the Braille+ Webcast series given by Maria Delgado in January, 2008. An audio clip of each question with its answer is available at the end of each question.

What is the Braille Plus? (audio)

It is an accessible, easy-to-use, mobile manager or Personal Digital Assistant (PDA). You may think of it as a mini-computer that supports and runs many different applications or programs. Some of these applications include:

  • Address book manager
  • Music Player
  • Library manager
  • Internet and e-mail access
  • Word Processor
  • Voice recorder
  • Calculator
  • Stop watch
  • Calendar, Journal, Planner and more...
What is the difference between the Braille Plus and the Icon? (audio)

The difference is that in addition to the telephone keys, the Braille Plus has a Braille keypad to enter and access information.

Will the Braille Plus play NLS Talking Books? (audio)

We are currently working on supporting the new NLS format.

How do I connect the Braille Plus to my computer? (audio)

You may connect it to the computer using the interface and USB cables. The flat end of the interface cable connects directly to the bottom edge of the Braille Plus Unit.The small end of the USB cable connects to the interface cable, and the larger end directly to the computer. Once connected, you will need to close all applications in the Braille Plus and activate the "Disc Drive Mode" option.

To activate the Disk Drive option, press the "Applications" key of the Braille Plus, then find and select "Utilities". Finally, find and select "Disk Drive Mode". At this point, your computer should show the Braille Plus as a "Removable Drive". To find the list of drives in your computer, go to your "Desktop", then, click "My Computer". Here you will see a list of available drives.

Why isn't the Braille Plus being recognized when I connect it to the computer? (audio)

Be sure to close all applications in the Braille Plus, including the Task Manager and Status Menu, otherwise your Braille Plus may not be recognized.

How do I copy or transfer files to and from the Braille Plus? (audio)

There are several ways to do this, but I will discuss the most likely scenarios.

You probably have a file in your computer that you wish to copy into the Braille Plus, or you may have created a file in the Braille Plus' Word Processor or Voice Recorder and want to transfer it into your computer.

To transfer a file from your computer to the Braille Plus, do the following:

Connect the Braille Plus to your computer as described above, and activate the Disc Drive Mode.

Your computer should see the Braille Plus as a removable drive. To find the list of available drives, go to the "Desktop", then click "My Computer", and find in the list of drives the drive letter associated with your Braille Plus. Click this letter and you will be able to see the folders/files contained in your Braille Plus. Next, find in your computer the file you wish to transfer and copy it to the clipboard. In the Braille Plus, find the folder you wish to transfer the file to, and paste the file. That's it! The file is now in your Braille Plus.

To transfer a file from the Braille Plus to your computer, you will need to follow a similar procedure:

Follow the above instructions to connect your Braille Plus to your computer and activate the "Disk Drive Mode". Then find in your computer the drive letter associated with your Braille Plus and click on it. This will show you the folders and files contained in your Braille Plus. Select the file you wish to transfer, and copy it into the clipboard. Then drop it in your Desktop or a folder in your computer.

NOTE: It is important to know that whenever you are copying files from the Braille+ over to your PC, the files have to be in a format your computer recognizes, otherwise they will not open. In the case of Word Processor files, you will have to save them in a Word format or Text format, if you wish to open and edit them on the PC. If you have saved them in the Braille Plus' default format (LDF), the computer will not recognize them.

How do I save a file in the Braille Plus' Word Processor? (audio)

To save a file you just created in the Word Processor, start by pressing the Menu button. Your first option is "File", go ahead and select it. Now your first option is "Save File", select it. Then you will hear "Select the target directory", and will be given a list of directories, if you don't want to select any of these directories, just press the OK button. Then the Braille Plus will ask you to "Enter the desired file name", enter the name of your file and press OK. Now you will be asked to "Choose a format", use the right and left arrows to move to the desired format and press "select". Your file will be saved.

Please remember that whenever you are copying files from the Braille+ over to your PC, the files have to be in a format your computer recognizes, otherwise they will not open. In the case of Word Processor files, you will have to save them in a Word format or Text format, if you wish to open and edit them on the PC. If you have saved them in the Braille Plus' default format (LDF), the computer will not recognize them.

What do I need to connect my Braille Plus to the Internet? (audio)

There are two ways you may access the Internet with your Braille Plus. You can use the Braille Plus' wireless radio and access a wireless network in your home, office or at a public place. Or you may connect to a computer with Internet access via the USB cable.

To set up a wireless network with a computer in your home, office or school, you will need to install a "wireless router" that you can purchase in any computer store. Otherwise, to connect to the internet via the USB cable, you will need to install the "Network drivers" included in your "Software and Program" CD that came with your Braille Plus. Then, you will have to follow the instructions in the manual on how to set up the USB network connection.