[BCAB] Notetaker Opinions

Ian Macrae ian.macrae at disabilitynow.org.uk
Fri Aug 5 07:36:12 BST 2016


the announcement which was made at the March launch of the Braille Note Touch was that there would be a standard £600 trade-in price for any Braille note taker.  This would need to be taken up with Humanware to find out whether the offer is still extant.  
> On 5 Aug 2016, at 00:08, Adrian Picton via Bcab <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk> wrote:
> 
> Hi John,
> 
> Did you say Humanware were giving a discount on the Braillenote Touch for
> Pac Mate users? Surely not as the Pac Mate is a freedom Scientific product.
> Humanware would give a discount on the Apex. If anyone gave a discount for
> Pac Mate users it would be Freedom Scientific, but it would appear that the
> ElBraille is actually not made by them either, although the Focus Blue which
> goes with it is.
> 
> Whilst you couldn't use the Esys with the Elbraille for £875 you could buy a
> Focus Blue for £1,075.
> 
> Cheers,
> 
> Adrian.
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of john
> gallagher
> Sent: 04 August 2016 11:14
> To: bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk
> Subject: Re: [BCAB] Notetaker Opinions
> 
> hi steve interesting and to give android is due i'm using the old google
> nexus 7 which is very very slow i think though that it uses android 5 point
> zero which again is ahead of what the touch is using and again i do
> understand keysoft is the over lay.
> 
> so then yesterday also i registered on the website for the sight village in
> leeds. 
> 
> again the same questions would apply. could i then with the samsung at #149
> and the braille display at #895 still be able to do this as well as my
> laptop. 
> 
> i must say access is moving forward with this method and that's for #1000 
> 
> now if i get the el-braille it's over 2 thousand for me as i have jaws but i
> would be able to use windows 10. now with the touch i rang humanware and
> because i have an old pac mate it would cost me #2695. i did say to them i
> would not need the one day's training at #500 but they say you cannot do
> that you must pay in full and one cash or one bank payment. now for my #2695
> i have a very user friendly device but say in two years is this still the
> case. could i now go on the web with the touch and fill in the form for the
> sight village okay great to be able to type braille in the edit boxes fast
> and quick. 
> 
> i think it is a facinating subject for us all but for me i must make the
> right choice because i cannot get any funding from access to work they say
> my earnings are too low. 
> 
> my old u 2 is brill but for the web is no good at all now really. i cannot
> say go on to the sky fantasy football like i can on my other devices and
> make transfers and the like. now again with the samsung and a braille device
> could i say do that one. 
> 
> very very interesting and i would like to thank everyone for giving feedback
> on their devices and how they manage. 
> 
> i understand in september or early october the big update will be hear on
> the touch thereby being able to edit brf doccs and have the knfb reader it's
> catching up but again it's the price for me. 
> 
> all very very interesting and at least now a days we have the choice. 
> 
> if only the el-braille could be used with the braille device at #895 i would
> buy one later today. 
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Steve Nutt  <steve at comproom.co.uk>
> To: "'Bcab Discussion List'"  <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
> Date: Thursday, 4 August 2016 9.52 am
> Subject: Re: [BCAB] Notetaker Opinions
> 
>> 
>> 
>> Hi John,
>> 
>> It's hard to say, because there are too many factors.  It depends on 
>> how accessible the web site for booking is in the first place.
>> 
>> But potentially yes, you could do it with the Samsung tablet, which is 
>> #149, not #169.  You'll have an even better chance, once Chrome 50 goes
> public.
>> 
>> I actually think web browsing for me is better now on Android than iOS.
>> Android doesn't jump about so much.  But I am using Chrome Beta and 
>> you can too.
>> 
>> All the bes
>> T
>> Steve
>> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of john 
>> gallagher
>> Sent: 04 August 2016 09.36
>> To: bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk
>> Subject: Re: [BCAB] Notetaker Opinions
>> 
>> today i had to book an appointment to see a doctor. over the phone its 
>> not possible you have to do it online.
>> 
>> online with the pc it is just about possible to do it using window 
>> eyes jaws or nvda. but, big question could i do this using an ethesys 
>> 12 say with the new tablet at #169. or could i do this with a braille 
>> note touch or even the el-braille.
>> 
>> i must say with android i have always struggled with using the internet. 
>> 
>> next task is i must send out an invoice to a church where i tuned 2
> pianos.
>> so, i can use my u 2 but then to print i have to put the doc on the pc 
>> to print it.
>> 
>> or, i can use a braille display at #895 connected to the pc
>> 
>> or i could use the el-braille or a braille note touch. 
>> 
>> which way to go. 
>> 
>> it is very difficult to make the correct choice. 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: Steve Nutt  <steve at comproom.co.uk>
>> To: "'Bcab Discussion List'"  <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
>> Date: Thursday, 4 August 2016 8.55 am
>> Subject: Re: [BCAB] Notetaker Opinions
>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Hi Paula,
>>> 
>>> Yep there are many Braille displays that are not good at staying 
>>> connected, but Esys sure does.
>>> 
>>> All the best
>>> 
>>> Steve
>>> 
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of 
>>> Paula Pinder
>>> Sent: 03 August 2016 17.07
>>> To: 'Bcab Discussion List' <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
>>> Subject: Re: [BCAB] Notetaker Opinions
>>> 
>>> Thanks Steve. I love the quality of the braille and it always stays 
>>> connected.
>>> 
>>> Best wishes
>>> 
>>> Paula
>>> 
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