using iphone with a braille display as a notetaker

Hi everyone, I am new to this site and have a question for those of you who use an iphone with a braille display. My current notetaker, a braillenote, is old and I need to be buying a new notetaker soon. I'm wondering whether I should buy a blindness specific device such as a braillenote or braillesense, or whether I should get an iphone with a refreshable braille display. I'd mostly be using it for work, to take notes while I counsel my patients. I need it to be reliable, fast, and easy to go back and review my notes. Do any of you use it for heavy notetaking especially with braille input? Do you find it annoying that you have to unlock your phone, turn on your braille display and then get to a notes application before you can actually start taking notes? It seems as though this would take a while and would take up valuable time. I know the benefits of using the iphone, but I am really not a fan of the touch screen, so I would be using it primarily with the braille display. What do you all think? Thanks so much.


What I use for note taking

Hi all, I'll jump in here with my thoughts as well. I'm a college student and have a braille note apex which I use a lot. I rarely hook my iPhone into it but when I do I find that everything works. The poster who said that the braille note apex's keys are clunky and the software is out of date couldn't be more wrong. I love the simplicity of keysoft and the way it manages things. I'm learning braille music so the apex is an invaluable tool to me. I also use it for taking notes in classes and using it as a GPS. My problem with using my phone as a GPS on busses and such is my concern for battery life. I'm really looking into using my iPhone as a GPS though. I love my braille note apex and when I need to use it for my iPhone I can. The best part is that I can choose what I want to do with my devices and not have to be tied down to just a braille display. I also use Access Note for note taking on my iPHone when I feel the need too.

producing @ sign on I devices with Braille keyboards

I use an Alva BC640 with an iPhone 4S. I have discovered that dot 4 will produce an @ sign if contracted Braille is turned on (chord G). When it's turned off, dot 4 produces the `. This is inconvenient, but there it is. Is there any documentation concerning Apple's implementation of contracted and computer Braille in I/OS VoiceOver? For example, how do you capitalize letters in uncontracted Braille?

the @ symbol and captiol letters

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

HI Rick. IN uncontracted braille, to capitolize letters, press the letter you wish to capitolize with a dot 7. Similarly, to produce the @ symbol in uncontracted braille, press dot 4 with dot 7.

If usb bluetooth adapter connect BrailleNote MPower and iPhone?

Hi all,
I am very pretty interested in this topic and realized that my Braillenote MPower could not work with iPhone because of its old version of Bluetooth. I have an idea if Usb Bluetooth adapter works on BrailleNote MPower and if it makes MPower connect with iPhone.I hope someone has MPower and usb Bluetooth adapter can try my suggestion.
All the best

Where is text writer?

This thread mentions text writer. I can’t find it in the App Store. Has its name changed or has it gone away?

Notetaking facility

Since my braille lite M 20 died, I am facing the same problem as the writer of this thread. I was considering the focus 40 blue fifth generation. It has a notetaking capability, but I am told that although the files are stored on a microSD card, they are not stored in standard ASCII format, basically dot patterns. (It can output the text to a computer, Or maybe jaws, as keystrokes.) does the braille edge do something strange like that, or does it store it’s text in standard format?

Braille Edge is standard


Braille Edge uses full-size SD carcs and stores in standard format. When I had mine, I had it create text files, which I could still type in contracted braille. The Edge translates as it goes.

The concern with it is that the firmware hasn't been updated in several years, and I'm not sure how well the device is supported. The only reason I got rid of mine is that I needed something easier to read with my RSI.