Re: Orbit Questions

Joe Giovanelli

Yes, Orbit Reader knows BRF.

Joe G.

----- Original Message -----
From: Penny Golden <pengold2@...>
Date: Friday, November 16, 2018 18:57
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Orbit Questions

While bookshare books are available in daisy format, I get all mine with
the brf extension.  Does the Orbit believe in brf or only in brl?  Yes,
BAUD and I were old friends.
But I was never the user that you all were.  You could probably have
built an apple II E.
Best, Penny

Thanks. Penny

On 11/16/2018 3:24 PM, Joe Giovanelli wrote:
Hi again,

I remember that you were a BAUD su bscriber. I don't remember if we ever chatted.

There are no problems with folders or daughter folders for that matter. The Reader can handle a 32 Gig SD card which means that you can have a ton of stuff in there.

Book Share books are audio books, right? Take note that there is no audio on this device. Braille is its only output.

Joe G.

----- Original Message -----
From: Penny Golden <pengold2@...>
Date: Friday, November 16, 2018 12:03
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Orbit Questions

Joe, you and I go back to dos days.  How I remember with great fondness
hearing you and the other old Apple folks chime in on the best ways to
do things.
Thanks for the info on the Orbit.   I tend to use my units as
stand-alone, and don't pair them with anything useful except the
reading-fingers. (Smiles.)
I have approximately 7000 books from bookshare. Does the Orbit allow for
folders of books, let's say, by subject?
So all my history textbooks could be in a folder. when the folder is
opened, the books would show up in alphabetical order?
So just how does that SD card operate?  What sorts of limits are there
to it?
Thanks so much.
Penny (Golden)

On 11/16/2018 10:49 AM, Joe Giovanelli wrote:
Hi, Penny,

You have the right slant on the Orbit reader. When set to its Stand Alone operation, the device is a simple word processor. It reads .txt, .brl a nd.brf documents.

In its Remote Mode, it can be connected to devices either via a USB cable or bluetooth. Information on the connected device is shown on the Orbit's display.

I only use the Orbit reader in Stand Alone.

The Braille is excellent. I thought I'd have difficulty with no speech and a 20 cell display, but I have had no problems at all.

I use the device to keep wear and tear to a minimum on my U2. HIMS charges too much for most repairs.

To sum up, I really enjoy my Orbit reader. Once you understand how to work with its Editor, I think You'll love it as well.

Joe Giovanelli

----- Original Message -----
From: Penny Golden <pengold2@...>
Date: Friday, November 16, 2018 11:00
Subject: [TechTalk] Orbit Questions

I've changed the subject line a bit.
What I like about the Orbit so far is the price. I do not own one, but I own very expensive HIMS notetaking devices. I love them, but if they go down, I'm sunk. Last year I would love to have gotten a few cells replaced on my 32-cell u2 device. Nope; they couldn't do it; they wanted 2100 dollars to replace the entire braille display.
That's four orbits, in case you're keeping score.
I don't own an orbit yet. I'm considering it. It would be nice, first, to just be able to hold an orbit and work with it for 5 or 15 minutes.
My understanding is that it will open whatever file you have and that is what you see. if you have a text file, it does not translate it into braille, as we are so used to with our HIMS or braille-note type devices.
There is no speech either, isn't that right? And there's no flash memory, to store things. it's all done on an SD card, right?
Someone with an Orbit or with knowledge of it, perhaps you will chime in and help me a little.
If my inquiry is beyond the scope of what is desired on the list, I'll gladly move it into a private discussion.
all best,
the old lady schoolmarm from Eastern Nebraska.

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