As promised by Greg Stilson in our recent Humanware CSUN podcast, version 3.0 of the software for the BrailleNote Touch is now available as a free update. This version adds support for opening multiple documents in KeyWord, updated support for WebViews included in newer versions of Android, additional voices and languages, and a smattering of additional features and bug fixes. Greg demonstrates some of the new features and goes into more detail on the podcast linked above. The version 3.0 changelog is listed below and also linked from this post. Thanks to Jay Pellis for the tip.
• Single localization package. On first boot, users select their language.
• Included are many languages Compact voices. New users will be prompted to download a high quality version of that voice if one is available upon first connection to the internet.
• Note that the TTS engine has been updated and a compact voice will be installed on your BrailleNote Touch with this update. You will have to re-download your voices.
• Implementation of recent android components to improve WebView accessibility.
• KeyWord now supports the opening of multiple documents. Note that when one switches away from documents, that document is automatically saved. For improved performance, turning on read-only mode on documents which you are not editing, will avoid needing to save the document every time it is switched from. There is no limit to the number of documents that can be open at one time, keeping in mind that the larger the documents and more documents that are open will reduce performance.
• KeyWord now remembers your last location in a document when switching from one document to another.
• Users can now use up to 4 Acapela voices on their BrailleNote Touch.
• Up to 10 language profiles are now available.
• Added a multitude of Braille tables (Duxbury and Liblouis). The Touch now supports 339 different braille tables.
• Added new TTS voices selectable for download.
• Ability to replace the primary TTS voice by another voice of the same language.
• KeyMail: added "Always respond inline" option in the KeyMail account settings.
• General performance improvements.
Fixes and Enhancements:
• Fixed an issue where users could not click on links in emails when the link was off the physical screen.
• Space with G will now read continuously in KeyMail and other apps where it previously was not functioning.
• General performance improvements to KeyMail.
• Fixed an issue where the visual screen would remain on after boot even if the user had turned it off. This will improve battery life.
• Improved stability of braille manager when device is booted.
• Fixed issues with many WebView situations.
• If a user closes a document, then reopens that same document with math content, they can now edit that math content in KeyMath.
• Fixed problem in KeyWord: When using Left or right to pan in a document, the focus is placed out of the edit box when reaching the top or the end.
• Fixed missing braille content when using UEB.
• Improved retention of content when bringing some BRF files from past braille devices to the Touch. Characters are no longer lost.
• Fixed Braille Terminal issues which caused crashes when a computer was shut down or the Touch was not connected when starting Braille Terminal mode.
• Improved KeyWord’s ability to open large documents.
• KeyCalc now uses appropriate decimal separator for system language.
• Fixed situations where a proxy server setting would not be remembered when the Touch is rebooted. Note: For those using proxy server settings for an internet connection, you will need to back up your personal data and perform a factory reset on your unit after the 3.0 update is installed to correct the proxy server problem. Factory resets wipe all user data. If you do not use proxy connections or don’t know what that is, there is no need to factory reset your device.
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J.J. Meddaugh is an experienced technology writer and computer enthusiast. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in telecommunications management and a minor in business. When not writing for Blind Bargains, he enjoys travel, playing the keyboard, and meeting new people.