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AbiSee Eye-Pal Ace Plus User manual
Eye-Pal Ace Plus
Version 2.0
User Manual
ABiSee, Inc.
30 Sudbury Rd., Unit 1B
Acton, MA 01720
www.abisee.com
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Table of Contents
Introduction 4
What's in the Box 4
The Basics 4
Reading/Zoom Cameras 4
Object Lighting 5
Speakers 5
Position 5
Buttons, Controls, Connections 5
Power and Battery 9
Power Button 9
Power Indicator Light 9
Power Up 9
Standby Mode 9
Power Down 9
Checking the Battery Charge Status 10
Charging the Battery 10
Battery Replacement 10
Internet Connection 10
How to Register the Device and Obtain an Email Account 11
How to Add a Network to your Device 12
How to Enter Passwords and Characters 13
How to Connect to a Network 13
Navigation and Settings 13
Main Menu Options List 13
Scan and Read 14
Voice Mode 15
Text Mode 15
Generic Scan and Read Settings 17
Managing Documents 17
Saving Documents and Books 17
Saving a Single-page Document 18
Saving a Multi-page Document or Book 19
Opening a Document or Book 19
Converting to Text or MP3 Page 19
Book Navigation 20
Deleting a Document 20
Sending a Saved Item via Email 20
NFB Newsline 20
Bookshare 22
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Email 23
Zoom 26
Calendar/Reminders 26
Photo Album 28
Clock/Alarm Clock 29
Settings 29
Address Book 30
Help 31
WARRANTY 32
Appendix A: Safety Rules 33
Appendix B. Troubleshooting 34
Appendix C: Braille Display Information 36
Freedom Scientific Focus 14 Page 37
ALVA BC640 Page 39
APH Refreshabraille 18 Page 40
HIMS Braille Edge 40 Page 41
Baum SuperVario2 40 / Humanware/PDI Brailliant 40 Page 42
Humanware Brailliant bi40 Page 43
Contact ABiSee 44
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Introduction
Congratulations on choosing the Eye-Pal Ace Plus device.
ABiSee’s Eye-Pal Ace Plus (hereafter referred to as the Ace Plus) is a portable
electronic text-to-speech device. It is compatible with select refreshable Braille
displays, allowing nearly instant conversion of text to Braille. The Ace Plus can be used
to send and receive emails, and to download and read Bookshare books and NFB
Newsline publications. The device can also be used as a multi-tasking daily assistant
for people with visual impairment and those who are blind.
Characterized by a contemporary design with time-tested simple controls, the Ace Plus
has internal speakers, a rechargeable, user-replaceable battery, and a 10-inch built-in
screen. Enjoy reading any printed material such as letters, newspapers and books. The
text is displayed in magnified font and read aloud in a natural-sounding voice. The Ace
Plus can be used as an electronic photo album, magnifying glass, alarm clock, and an
appointment reminder as well.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact ABiSee, Inc. at 855-354-4080
or by email at support@abisee.com. We greatly appreciate your feedback and hope
you enjoy using your Ace Plus.
What's in the Box
In the Ace Plus box you will find:
 the Ace Plus device (with the battery already installed)
 the Ace Plus power supply (which has a rectangular piece approx. 4 inches by
2 inches by 1 inch with a cord attached)
 the Ace Plus power cord (a cord with a big prong on one end and smaller
prong on the other)
 this user manual
 a small object cardstock placemat
The Basics
Reading/Zoom Cameras
Ace Plus has two 5 megapixel cameras. Both cameras work simultaneously to take a
snapshot of your material. Place the document in the landscape position, directly
alongside the front of the Ace Plus. The optimal camera-viewable area is letter/A4
paper sized (8.5" by 11").
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Object Lighting
Both cameras automatically provide sufficient lighting when taking a snapshot. No
additional light is needed even in a dark room.
Speakers
Any material with printed text placed in front of the Ace Plus can be read aloud using
the built-in speakers. Alternatively, headphones or a Braille display can be plugged in,
or the Reading Mode can be set to Text Mode for those who prefer to read silently.
Position
The top of the device has a panel with a set of Daisy arrow buttons on the left, a large
round button in the center, a volume knob on the right toward the back, and a halfmoon shaped Scan Button in front of the knob. The front of the device has a Screen
with a Thumb Wheel (Roller) at the top front of each side. When setting up the Ace
Plus to scan a document, place the device on a flat surface with the front of the device
facing you and the top panel facing the ceiling. It must be in this upright, flat position
when scanning a document, but once you have scanned it, you can hold the device
comfortably on your lap, tilted however you’d like while listening or reading.
Buttons, Controls, Connections
The diagrams below have pictures of the device, with the first one showing the top and
front view, and second showing the left side panel. All of the buttons and controls are
labeled. Below the diagrams, each button and control is described. If you are reading
this manual using this device, please be aware that the labels on the diagram will not
be converted verbatim. A full description of each labeled item starts after each diagram.
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Top Panel Buttons:
Home Button:
A large round button located in the middle of the top panel. Press it anytime to get to
the Main Menu.
Volume knob:
Located in the upper right corner of the top panel. Turn it clockwise to increase the
volume or counterclockwise to decrease the volume.
Daisy Buttons:
Located on the left side of the top panel. The Daisy Buttons have a total of five buttons:
four arrow buttons and one round button centered between them. The function of each
Daisy Button is explained later, according to which application you are using.
Action Button:
Located on the right side of the device above the Right Roller. Press this Button to
select a desired menu option. In Reading mode – this Button is used to pause and
resume reading. When using a Network Account, or Adding a Network, the Action
Button is used to select letter and character choices for passwords, titles of Bookshare
books, and names and email addresses in your Address Book. (Alternatively, to be
explained later in the manual, a USB keyboard can be plugged in to enter addresses,
phone numbers and passwords).
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Right Roller:
Located at the front right shoulder of the device. Scroll it up or down to go through
menu options. In reading mode, use the Right Roller to scroll up or down to go to the
previous or next line. When using a Network Account or Adding a Network, use the
Right Roller to scroll through letter and character choices.
Left Roller:
Located at the front left shoulder of the device. Scroll it up to increase font size or down
to decrease it. Alternatively, in the Settings Menu, the Left Roller function can easily be
switched to control reading speed rather than font size.
Scan Button:
The Scan Button is a half-moon shaped Button located on the right of the top panel in
front of the Volume Knob. This is used to take a picture of the material you want to
scan.
Back Button:
Located above the Left Roller. From the Main Menu, when you select an option such
as the Clock or Settings menu choice, you can access additional functions from a submenu. From a sub-menu, press the Back Button to return to the previous menu.
When trying to delete a document, book or photo, if you accidentally choose the wrong
item to delete, when you are prompted to confirm the deletion of the item, use the Back
Button to cancel your choice.
The Back Button can also be pressed in order to cancel or interrupt an email from
being sent after pressing send, but before hearing the confirmation that the email has
been sent. Likewise, the Back Button can be pressed to interrupt a Bookshare search.
Additionally, the Back Button can be used in Scan and Read mode after scanning a
document to turn the camera back on for scanning the next page.
Audio Output Socket:
A 3.5mm audio output socket is located on the front of the device in the lower left
corner. The audio socket can be used for plugging in external speakers or a headset.
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Side Connections/Power Button
On the left side, toward the bottom and back, there is a set of ports aligned vertically.
The first one from the bottom is for plugging in the power supply. Just above that is a
round power button. Above that is a USB port, and above that is a second USB port.
USB ports can be used to plug in a USB flash drive, a refreshable Braille display, or a
keyboard for input of data in the NFB Newsline, Bookshare and Address Book
applications.
To summarize, in general, use the Right Roller to scroll through the menu items and
the Action Button to confirm the menu selection. Use the Back Button when in a submenu to return to the previous menu. Use the Home Button to return to the Main Menu.
Please note: For best sound quality on your voice recordings in the Email, Calendar
and Photo Album modes, record using battery power only. If your device is plugged in,
you can just briefly unplug it for your recording and then plug it back in afterward.
Throughout this manual there are “scroll to and select” instructions for
operating different functions. In each case, you will use the Right Roller to scroll
and the Action Button to select.
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Power and Battery
Power Button
The Power Button is located on the left side of the device toward the back near the
bottom, just above a small round port for the power supply.
Power Indicator Light
The Power indicator light is located above the Power Button. The light glows steady
green when the device is on; the light blinks when the device is in standby mode; the
light is off when the device is turned off. It glows red when the device is off and is being
charged, and glows orange when the device is on and is being charged.
Power Up
Press the Power Button to power up the device. The start-up process is indicated by a
series of beeps and takes approximately 90 seconds. When the Ace Plus is ready, you
will hear the announcement: “Main Menu: Scan and Read.”
Standby Mode
When using the device on battery power, after a customized period of inactivity, the
Ace Plus goes into standby mode, to consume less power. By default, standby will
begin after five minutes of inactivity. To select a different length of time you want the
device to stay awake when idle, start from the Main Menu and scroll to and select
Settings, and then select “General Settings.” Next, scroll to and select “Time Until
Standby.” Scroll through the length of time options and select your preference.
A short series of tones indicates when the device is going into this mode, and then a
blinking power indicator light indicates the device is on standby.
Press the Power Button to wake up the Ace Plus and return it to the active mode.
It takes about 15 seconds for the Ace Plus to “wake up.” After a series of beeps, the
device is ready for use. It wakes up in the same spot where it was left off going into
sleep mode. To check which menu you are in, press the Center Daisy Button. To return
to the Main Menu, press the Home Button.
Power Down
To safely power down the device, from the Main Menu, scroll to and select Settings.
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Then scroll to and select System Settings. Finally, scroll to and select Shut Down.
Checking the Battery Charge Status
To quickly check the battery status, press the round Center Daisy Button. An
announcement will tell which menu screen you are in, the battery status and whether
or not you are connected to a Network.
The battery status is also given in the Settings sub-menu under Status. To get to the
Status menu from the Main Menu, scroll to and select Settings. Then scroll to and
select Status. (The percentage of available battery charge is announced and also
displayed on the screen) “100%” means a fully charged battery. If the charge is below
15%, it is time to recharge. The Ace Plus can be used while it is being charged.
Charging the Battery
Important: Before the first use, the Ace Plus’s battery needs to be charged to full
capacity which can take up to four hours. To charge it, use the power supply and
power cord provided as follows: First connect the power cord end with the small prong
into the port at the end of the rectangular part of the power supply. Next, plug the
power supply cord into the power supply port on the Ace Plus. Finally, plug the power
cord into a power outlet.
Do not use the Ace Plus while it is being charged for the first time. Later on, the device
can be used while it is being charged. In general, charging a depleted Ace Plus battery
to full capacity takes approximately four hours. A fully charged Ace Plus battery lasts
for about five hours of continued use.
For safety reasons, only the adapter supplied by ABiSee, Inc. for the Ace Plus should
be used to charge the Ace Plus device.
Battery Replacement
When the battery has reached the end of its rechargeable life, a replacement can be
ordered either from the dealer who sold you the device or directly from ABiSee. On the
lower back side of the device, there is a battery compartment with a cover that is
attached by four small screws. To install the replacement battery, unscrew the screws,
and remove the cover and battery. Position the new battery like the original, replace it
and tighten the cover.
Internet Connection
The Ace Plus offers all the features of the standard Ace device (which are described in
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this manual), PLUS Internet connectivity. A person can opt out of using Internet
functions by starting from the Main Menu, scrolling to and selecting Network Accounts,
and then selecting “Disable Networking Features.”
Internet functions available on the Ace Plus include:
 Ability to download books from Bookshare
 Ability to download publications from NFB Newsline
 Ability to send and receive emails and attachments
To use Internet functions on the Ace Plus, you need access to an available WiFi
network. If the WiFi network you would like to use requires a password, you will need
to know the password to connect to it. When you choose a network, such as a home
wireless network that needs a password, you will be prompted to enter it.
Some public places, like many public libraries, offer free WiFi connection with open
access and no password needed. Other places, like airports, coffee shops and hotels,
may require you to open a web browser and agree to their terms of service. The
network being used with the Ace Plus must be one that does not require you use a web
browser to read and accept user terms.
To use the Bookshare function on the Ace Plus, you must have a Bookshare Account.
An NFB Newsline Account is required to use the NFB Newsline function. Before using
the NFB Newsline function on the device, you will need to have your NFB Newsline In
Your Pocket favorites list set up from a computer via the NFB Newsline online site at
www.nfbnewslineonline.org.
Please contact the dealer who sold you the device or ABiSee’s tech support at 1-855354-4080 for assistance connecting to WiFi.
How to Register the Device and Obtain an Email Account
You can register online or by phone. To register online, please follow Steps One and
Two below. To register by phone, please call ABiSee, Inc at (855) 354-4080 with the
PIN number provided with your device to obtain an Email Account, and then proceed to
Step Two below.
Step One:
Go to: www.abisee.org
Select Create New Account.
Enter the Device Serial Number.
Enter PIN provided to you by ABiSee with the shipment of your device.
Enter your email address, not the @abisee.org, but the alternative one.
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Enter the contact name for this device.
Enter phone number for the contact name.
Select your relationship to the device user.
Press Create Account button.
Enter the username you would like to have for the abisee.org email account on this
device.
Step Two:
Turn on the device.
From the Main Menu, scroll to and select Settings.
Next, scroll to and select System Settings.
Then, scroll to and select Device Registration.
The device will announce/show, “No registration information available. Press Action
Button to retrieve.”
The message, “Retrieving registration information. Please wait,” will be
announced/shown.
Wait until you hear “Retrieved registration,” and then press the Action Button.
You will then hear “This device is registered to,” followed by the email address you
picked in Step One (yourusername@abisee.org).
Follow the steps in the section below on how to enter characters and how to add and
connect to a Network to send and receive emails. Then follow the steps in the Email
section of this manual for instructions on how to add contacts to your Address Book,
Please note: In order to receive emails to your Ace Plus email account, the contact
has to send the email to the username you selected followed by @abisee.org.
Additionally, only contacts entered in your Address Book will be able to send and
receive emails via your Ace Plus email account.
Send a test email to someone in your address book and ask for a reply to make sure
your email is set up. If you need assistance, please call your local dealer or ABiSee.
How to Add a Network to your Device
To add an available Network to your device, start from the Main Menu, scroll to and
select Settings. Then scroll to and select System Settings. Next, scroll to and select
Wireless Network Settings. Scroll to and select Add/Delete Networks. Then scroll to
and select Add Network. Scroll through the list of networks until you come to the one
you want to connect to and select it. If it is password protected, you will be prompted
to enter a password.
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How to Enter Passwords and Characters
When using Internet functions, you will be able to enter characters to spell out
Bookshare book titles you want to search for, and enter characters to add names,
email addresses and phone numbers to your Address Book. When signing on to your
Bookshare Account, your NFB Newsline account, or some Wireless Network Accounts,
you will need to enter a password.
Later in this manual, you will learn how to scroll to and select specific functions, like the
Address Book, Bookshare or NFB Newsline functions which require character entry.
You’ll also learn how to bring up the screen that will prompt you for your entry.
Character entry for the above functions can either be done with a keyboard by
connecting it to the Ace Plus via one of the USB ports, or characters can be entered
without a keyboard using the device’s character selection option.
When using a function where you need to enter characters, if using a keyboard, type
your entry and press the Right Daisy arrow when finished to complete your entry.
To enter characters using the device, press the Daisy Up or Down arrow to move
between lowercase, uppercase, numbers, email shortcuts and symbols. For example, if
you are in a mode to enter a password and you want to start with an uppercase letter,
press the Up arrow until you get to the choice “Uppercase.”
Use the Right Roller to scroll to the character you want and select it with the Action
Button. If you enter a character in error, use the Left Arrow button to delete it. When
you want to complete your entry, press the Right Arrow Button.
How to Connect to a Network
To connect to a Network, start from the Main Menu, scroll to and select Settings. Next,
scroll to and select System Settings. Then, scroll to and select Wireless Network
Settings. Next, scroll to and select Connect to Network. Choose the Network you
added from the instructions in the previous section.
Navigation and Settings
This section details all the Menu options and how to navigate through scan and read
and other functions. Let’s start by pressing the Home Button to get to the Main Menu.
Main Menu Options List
 Scan and Read
 Document Management
 NFB Newsline
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Bookshare
Email
Zoom
Calendar (Includes a reminder function)
Photo Album
Clock (Includes an alarm function)
Settings
Address Book
Help
Scan and Read
This application enables you to read printed text like letters, books, portions of food
packages and medicine labels, including fine print. The Ace Plus reads printed text
aloud (unless a Braille display is in use), and displays magnified text on the screen.
Scanned material can be saved. Instructions for saving are given in the Managing
Documents section.
Positioning a document
The Ace Plus can scan and read a document that fits in the 8 ½ by 11 inch field directly
in front of the device on a flat surface. Use the base of the device as a guide, and
place the long side of the paper so it is aligned with the length of the base. The
orientation of the document will not influence the recognition of the text.
If you are scanning a document that is smaller than the 8 ½ by 11 inch field, for best
results, place a blank sheet of 8 ½ by 11 inch paper in the scanning area and lay your
smaller document on top of that. For smaller documents, it works better to place it
toward the right side of the scan field rather than in the center of the blank page.
Scanning and Reading Printed Material
This section gives directions for Scanning and Reading documents via the text and
voice modes. If you prefer to read with a Braille display, please refer to Appendix C.
Scanning and Reading without a Braille Display:
Turn on the Ace Plus with the power button. After the beeps, you will hear: “Main Menu:
Scan and Read.” Press the Action button to choose the Scan and Read option. The
camera light will automatically turn on by default. If you are near a window with bright
sun and there is too much light, you can turn the light off by pressing the Daisy down
arrow. You will hear, “Light Off.” Press the same button again to turn the light back on
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when desired.
Position your document as described above.
Press the Scan Button once – you will hear a shutter sound. The Ace Plus will start
reading the text almost immediately after that. Do not press any other buttons when
doing the Scan and Read operation, as it will interrupt the scanning/reading process.
Please note: If you are scanning a small object with fine print, place it under the right
camera only and, when pressing the scan button, hold the scan button for two seconds
before releasing it to achieve the best focus.
Reading modes:
Voice Mode
Used for having the text read aloud – this is the default choice
Text Mode
Used for reading text on the screen quietly without voice output.
The reading mode can be changed in Settings. To change the mode, from the Main
Menu, scroll to and select Settings. Next, scroll to and select General Settings. Then,
scroll to and select Reading Mode. Scroll to your desired option (Voice Mode or Text
Mode), and set it with the Action Button.
Voice Mode Settings
Reading Speed:
This setting lets you adjust the speed in which the document is read aloud. If you want
to be able to adjust the reading speed with the Left Roller while reading a document,
you can set the Left Roller Mode to “Reading Speed” in General Settings. You can also
set a Reading Speed in General Settings, which will keep the reading speed at a set
pace you choose once. By default, the Left Roller Mode is set to Font Magnification,
which allows you to control font size as you read. If you would rather use the Left
Roller to control reading speed as you read instead of using it to control Font
Magnification, you can switch the Left Roller Mode to “Reading Speed” by doing the
following:
From the Main Menu, scroll to and select Settings, and then select “General Settings.”
Next, scroll to and select Left Roller Mode. Finally, select Reading Speed.
To change and set the Reading speed once in Settings, from the Main Menu scroll to
and select Settings. Next, scroll to and select General Settings. Then, scroll to and
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select Reading Speed. Next, scroll between the speed values from 1 (the slowest) to
10 (the fastest). Stop at your preferred speed and set it with the Action Button.
Voice/Language:
To adjust the setting for your preferred reading voice or language, from the Main Menu,
scroll to and select Settings. Then, scroll to and select General Settings. Next, scroll to
and select Reading Voice.* Next, scroll through available language/voice
combinations and select your preference.
The reading language and language of the document must match in order for the text
recognition to be accurate.
*Please note: There is also a setting that is labeled Voice rather than Reading Voice.
The Voice setting is to choose the voice that will be used for announcing Menu options
and prompts on the device, whereas the Reading Voice will be the language of the
content you are reading.
To Navigate Through Text:
The five Daisy Buttons and Right Roller are used for text navigation.
 Press the left or right arrow button to, respectively, move to the previous or
next word.
 Press the up or down arrow buttons to, respectively, move to the previous or
next paragraph.
 Press and hold the Daisy Center Button while repeatedly pressing the right
arrow button to spell out the next word.
 Press and hold the Daisy Center Button while repeatedly pressing the left
arrow button to spell out the previous word.
 Scroll up or down with the Right Roller to move, respectively, to the previous or
next line.
 Press the up and down arrow buttons simultaneously to hear the orientation of
the document.
 Press the left and right arrow buttons simultaneously to switch between
column mode and table mode.
Press the Action Button to pause or resume reading. Alternatively, you can set the
Center Daisy Button Mode to pause/resume in Settings, to use that.
Text Mode
In Text Mode, the scanned document is presented on the screen, but it will not be read
aloud unless you press the Action Button. By default, the device is set to control font
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magnification with the Left Roller. If you have previously changed the settings in the
Settings menu for the Left Roller to control Reading Speed, you will need to switch this
back if you want to use the Left Roller for font magnification.
Generic Scan and Read Settings
Generic Scan and Read settings apply to both reading modes.
Font, Font Size, Contrast:
To adjust the setting for your preferred font, font size or contrast, begin at the Main
Menu. Scroll to and select Settings, and then select General Settings. Next, scroll to
and select one of the options: Font, Font Size or Contrast. Then, scroll through
available options and select your preference.
Tables and Spreadsheets:
By default, the Ace Plus will recognize text columns as separate pages. To disable the
column recognition in order to accurately read tabulated text, press and hold the left
and right arrow Buttons simultaneously until you hear the announcement "Switched to
table mode." Press the same two Buttons again when you want to switch back.
Reading tall food packaging:
Tall food packages, such as a cracker box, can be read as long as the top of the
package does not come closer than four inches from the camera lens. For packages
where the entire dimension of the box is four inches or less, place the package under
the right camera only. When placing a package, press and hold the Scan Button for
two seconds - that way the camera will bring the item into sharp focus before taking the
snap shot.
Managing Documents
Saving Documents and Books
The Ace Plus allows you to save single-page documents, multi-page documents and
books. Documents and books can be saved internally or on a USB external memory
device (flash drive). When following the steps for saving documents, if a flash drive is
plugged in, the documents will be saved on it. If there is not a flash drive plugged in, it
will be saved internally.
Please note: Scanned documents being saved via Scan and Read mode can only be
saved internally. If you want to save a document to a flash drive, you must do this via
the Document Management mode.
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If you would like to convert the documents or books you are saving to txt format that
can be edited on a computer, or if you would like to convert saved material to an MP3
file so you can listen to the file on different player, save your material to a USB flash
drive.
Please note: To use a USB flash drive to save or retrieve documents, power up the
device and wait until you hear “Main Menu. Scan and Read,” before inserting the flash
drive into the device’s USB port.
Saving a Single-page Document
To start saving a single-page document that you have positioned, select Scan and
Read from the Main Menu. Next, press the Scan Button. After the Ace Plus starts
reading the text, press and hold the Action Button, then press the Back Button. Three
options will be displayed:
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Save with Voice Label
Save without Voice Label
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Send via Email (This option will not display if WiFi functions have been disabled).
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To save the document with a voice label, select the first option with the Action
Button. You will hear: “Press Action Button to Record.” After pressing the Action Button
again, speak your preferred label after the short beep, and then press the Action button
when finished. The voice label will be played back and you will then hear, “Confirm
Save.” If you are satisfied with your recording, press the Action Button, and you will
hear an announcement with the first line of the document that the document has been
saved. If you were not satisfied with the voice label you recorded, press the Back
Button to be prompted to record again.
To save a single-page document without a voice label, select the second option.
The name of the saved document will be the first line of text. If the document does not
resume reading on its own, press the Action Button to resume reading.
If you prefer not to save the document, but rather to email the document you are
scanning, select the third option and follow the prompts. (In order to use this option,
you will first need to follow the instructions in the Email section of this manual).
An alternative method of saving single-page documents is to go directly to Document
Management from the Main Menu before scanning your page. After selecting
Document Management from the Main Menu, select Management. Next, select “Save.”
Then, either select “Save Page with Voice Label,” or scroll to and select “Save Page
Without Voice Label,” and follow the prompts.
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Saving a Multi-page Document or Book
When saving lengthy material, you may want to keep your device connected to a
power outlet to make sure your battery doesn’t run low mid-stream. To start saving a
multi-page document or book, select Document Management from the Main Menu.
Next, select Management, and then select Save. Scroll to the “Save Book” option and
select it. You will hear, “Press Action Button to Record.” Speak the label you would like
to name your multi-page document or book, and press the Action Button when finished.
Press the Action Button to confirm if you are satisfied with the label or, to re-record it,
press the Back Button and then select “Save Book” again to repeat the process. Once
you have recorded your label, you will hear, “Press Scan Button to Add a Page.”
To begin adding pages to your multi-page document or book, place the first page you
want to scan under the camera and press the Scan Button. After the shutter sound, you
will hear, “The page has been saved. Press Scan button to add a page.”
Position your next page and press the scan button, repeating until you have scanned
all the pages you wish to save in your multi-page document or book, and then press
the Action Button. You can then press the Home Button to return to the Main Menu if
you want to enter a new mode.
Opening a Document or Book
To open a previously saved single-page document or book that has been saved on the
device, begin at the Main Menu and select Document Management. A list of your
saved books and documents will be displayed. Scroll to and select the item you want to
open. Your document or book will appear on the screen and will be read aloud.
To open items that have been saved on a USB flash drive, begin at the Main Menu,
and insert the drive. Scroll to and select Document Management and follow the
instructions in the previous paragraph.
Converting to Text or MP3
To convert a document or book you have saved on a USB flash drive, insert the flash
drive on which you saved the material. Scroll to and select Document Management,
and then select Management. Scroll to and select Convert. Scroll to and select the
document or book you’d like to convert. You will hear “Convert to Text.” If you would
like to convert to text, press the action button. If you would like to convert to MP3, scroll
down to “Convert to MP3” and select it. You will hear “Converting Document.” Wait until
you hear “Document has been converted.”
You can now remove the USB flash drive and open the converted document on
another device.
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Book Navigation
While reading a saved book, use the same method for navigating through text that was
explained above in the Scan and Read Section, with these exceptions:
 Press the Down arrow to go to the next page. You will hear, for example:
“Opening page three of three.”
 Press the Up arrow to go to the previous page. You will hear, for example:
“Opening page two of three.”
Deleting a Document
To delete a previously saved document or book, from the Main Menu, scroll to and
select Document Management. Next, select Management. Scroll to and select
“Delete.” Scroll to and select the item you’d like to delete. You will hear, “Are you sure
you want to delete this document?” If you are sure, press the Action Button, or, if it is
not the item you want to delete, press the Back Button to reselect.
Sending a Saved Item via Email
To send a saved document or via email, from the Main Menu, scroll to and select
Document Management. Next, select Management. Scroll to and select “Send via
Email.” Scroll to and select the document you’d like to send, and follow the prompts. (In
order to use this option, you will first need to follow the instructions in the Email section
of this manual. You will also need to be connected to a WiFi network).
NFB Newsline
The NFB Newsline menu item provides the ability to download publications from NFB
Newsline and read them with or without voice output on the Ace Plus. To use this
feature, you must have an NFB Newsline account and access to a wireless network.
You must also create your NFB user “In Your Pocket Favorite Publications” list via the
NFB Newsline online website, www.nfbnewslineonline.org
If you have an NFB Newsline account and a wireless network to connect to, follow the
steps earlier in this manual on “Internet Options” to:
 Add an available Network to your device and
 Connect to a Network
How to sign on to your Newsline Account
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Before downloading publications, you will need to sign on to NFB Newsline account
with your NFB Newsline username and password. To do this, start from the Main
Menu, scroll to and select Settings, and then select System Settings. Next, scroll to
and select Network Accounts, and then scroll to and select NFB Newsline. Enter your
username and password using the entry method described above under “Internet
options.” Now you are ready to download publications!
To download publications:
Start at the Main Menu and scroll to and select NFB Newsline. Next, select “Manage
Publications,” and then select “Download More Publications.” You will hear “Select
Publication to Download,” followed by the title of the first publication on your In Your
Pocket Favorites list. If you want to download the publication that is announced, press
the Action Button. If you want to download a different publication from your list, use the
Right Roller to Scroll through your publication choices and select your preference.
When you select a publication, you will be prompted to select the issue. Scroll through
the options and select your choice. In a few seconds, the issue will automatically open.
Navigating through an NFB Publication
Use the Daisy up and down arrows to toggle through the following navigation choices:
 Level 1: This level merely announces the heading at the top of the publication
you are reading. It can be useful to choose this level whenever you want to return
to the top of the publication.
 Level 2: Use this level to navigate to section titles of the publication (for
example: Business, Sports, Local News, etc).
 Level 3: Use this level to navigate to titles of individual articles.
 All Levels: Use this to hear/read all headings including the main heading, the
section titles and the article titles.
 Paragraphs: Use for moving to the next or previous paragraph.
 Words: Use this for moving to the next or previous word.
When pressing the up or down Daisy arrow, once you have heard the level you want,
use the left arrow to move in reverse and the right arrow to move forward. When you
have found the section, article, etc. you want to read, press the Action button to start
reading from that point.
Otherwise, use all the buttons and controls to navigate the same way as when you are
reading other modes on the device.
To Open Previously Downloaded Publications
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From the Main Menu, scroll to and select NFB Newsline. Scroll past “Manage
Publications,” to the list of your previously downloaded issues. When you come to the
issue you want, press the Action Button. Your choice will be displayed on the screen,
and will begin reading it aloud. If you prefer to just read it on the screen, set the
Reading Mode in General Settings to Text Mode before opening the publication.
To Delete a downloaded publication
From the Main Menu, scroll to and select NFB Newsline. Next, select “Manage
Publications.” Scroll past “Download More Publications” and select ‘Delete
Publications.” Scroll through the issues and select the one you want to delete. You will
be asked if you are sure you want to delete your selection. If you do not want to delete
the selection that is read or shown, press the Back Button. If you are sure you want to
delete it, press the Action Button.
Alternatively, you can scroll past “Delete Publications” until you hear “Clean Up Old
Publications,” and select this if you want to delete all publications older than 30 days
(from the date you downloaded it).
Bookshare
The Bookshare menu item allows you to search for and download books from
Bookshare and read them with or without voice output. To use this feature, you must
have a Bookshare account and access to a wireless network.
If you have a Bookshare account and a wireless network to connect to, follow the steps
in the section above on “Internet Options” to:
 Add an available Network to your device and
 Connect to a Network
Now you are ready to sign on to your Bookshare account.
How to sign on to your Bookshare Account
Before downloading books, you must sign on to Bookshare with your Bookshare
username (which is the email address you used to sign up for Bookshare) and your
password. To do this, from the Main Menu, scroll to and select Settings, and then
select System Settings. Next, scroll to and select Network Accounts, and then scroll to
and select Bookshare. Enter your Bookshare email address and password using the
entry method described above under “Internet options.” Now you are ready to
download books!
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To Download Books:
From the Main Menu, scroll to and select Bookshare. Next, select “Manage Books,”
and then select “Download More Books.” You will hear “Select search type.” Scroll
through the options of Title Search, Author Search, Title/Author Search, Full-text
Search, Recently Added Books and Popular Books, pressing the Action Button to
choose your search type preference. You will then hear, “Enter search query.” Enter the
characters for your search using the entry method described above under “Internet
options.” After entering your query, a list of search results will be provided. Scroll
through the list and select your choice. The book will be added to your list of previously
downloaded books, and will automatically open.
To Read a downloaded book
From the Main Menu, scroll to and select Bookshare. Scroll past “Manage Books,” to
hear the titles of your downloaded books. Select your preferred title using the Action
Button, and the book will begin reading aloud and be displayed on the screen. If you
prefer to just read it on the screen, set the Reading Mode in General Settings to Text
Mode before opening it.
To Delete a downloaded book
From the Main Menu, scroll to and select Bookshare. Next, select “Manage Books.”
Scroll past “Download More Books” and select “Delete Books.” Scroll through the titles
and select the one you want to delete. You will be asked if you are sure you want to
delete your selection. If you do not want to delete the selection that is read or shown,
press the Back Button. If you are sure you want to delete it, press the Action Button.
Email
To use the email function, you must have access to a wireless network as
described in the section above on “Internet Options.” Follow the directions
under “Internet Options” for device registration and creating an email account.
How to Enter Names and Email Addresses in your Address Book
To do this, from the Main Menu, scroll to and select Address Book. Next, select Add
New Entry. First enter the name of the person you want to add using the entry process
above, and press the Right Daisy arrow to save it. Next, enter their email address. It
should be in the correct email format such as example@example.com. Press the Right
Daisy arrow to save. Although you will not be able to send an email to a telephone
number, if you would like to add a telephone number in the Address Book for your own
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reference, you can add it when prompted after entering a contact’s email address.
You may want to enter several contacts you would like to send or receive emails from
because your device will only retrieve emails from and send emails to people you have
entered in your Address Book.
To Use Email Functions: Check your Network Connection by pressing the round
Center Daisy Button. An announcement will tell which Menu you are in, the battery
status and Network: Connected or Disconnected. If you hear Disconnected, make sure
you are in an area where WiFi is available. Then, either Add a network following the
steps above if the network has not been added yet, or follow the steps for Connecting
to a Network.
To Send an Email: From the Main Menu, scroll to and select Email. Scroll to and
select Send e-mail. Scroll to and select the name you would like to send it to. (If you do
not find the name, follow the instructions in the “Internet Options” section to Enter
Name and Email Address in the Address Book).
After selecting the name, select “Add Voice Attachment.” You will be prompted to Press
Action Button to Record. Speak the message you want to send, and press the Action
button. It will play your recording back, and then, if you don’t like the message, you can
opt to Change Voice Attachment. Once you like the Voice Attachment, you can either
Add an Image along with it, or just send the Voice Attachment.
To Add an Image, scroll to and select “Add Images.” You will be prompted to Press the
Scan Button. You can then either add another image or, if you are ready to send the
email, scroll to and select Send e-mail. You will hear, for example, “Sending voice
attachment and one image.”
Alternatively, a person can opt to send an email without a voice or image attached as a
means to simply send a “Hi” signal to communicate with someone.
To Check for New Email: From the Main Menu, scroll to and select Email. Next, scroll
to “Check for New Email.” You will hear an announcement as to whether new
messages were retrieved or not. If there are new messages, press the Action Button to
hear/read the name of the person who sent it and the subject line. You can select the
message you want by pressing the Action Button and/or scrolling to the next retrieved
message if more than one was retrieved. Once you have read a new email, it will be
saved in the View Email Menu unless you choose to delete it.
Please note: You can receive email attachments on the Ace Plus that are either PDF,
JPEG, MP3, PNG, TXT or WAV files. If other file types are attached, they will not be
displayed. Only image attachments (JPEG and PNG formats) can be saved on the
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device. However, unless you delete the email, you can continue to open the other
attachments by returning to the View Email menu item.
Saving an image attachment in the Photo Album or as a document: If you receive
an email with an image attachment, you can save the image either in your photo album
on the device or (if it is an image of printed material) you can save it as a document. To
do this, press the Action Button when you are viewing the image. Next, scroll to and
select your preference of saving the image as either “Text” if it is an image of a printed
document, or as “Image/Photo.”
If you select to save as “Text”:
 Once the attachment begins reading aloud, press and hold the Action Button
 While holding the Action Button, press the Back Button.
 Next scroll to and select your preference to “Save with Voice Label” or “Save
without Voice Label.”
 Follow the prompts.
 You will then be returned to the screen with the recognized text from the image
and you can now press the Back Button to return to displaying the image.
If you select to save the attachment as an “Image/Photo”:
 Select “Save to Photo Album.”
 Select an existing album you would like to save it in or select “Create New
Album,” and follow the prompts.
Please note: If you receive an email with multiple images attached, you will find a
“Save Images As” option as the bottom sub-menu choice upon selecting to open the
email. If the group of images are all photos and you want them all to be saved in the
same photo album on the device, you can use this “Save Images As” for a short-cut
instead of saving each image individually. Likewise, it you want multiple text images to
be saved under the same voice label, you can use this option to save them together as
a book. Otherwise, if you want to save photo images in different albums, or save some
as photos and some as text, or only save some images, you can press the Action
Button when viewing an individual image attachment and you will then be given the
option to choose Text or Image/Photo for saving that particular image.
Sending an image attachment you received by email: If you receive an email with
an image attachment and you want to email it to someone, press the Action button
when you are viewing the image. Next, scroll to and select “Image/Photo.” Then, scroll
to and select “Send via Email.” Select a recipient, and then you can choose to either
add a voice attachment, an additional image attachment, or to just send the email.
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To Delete an Email: From the Main Menu, scroll to and select Email. Then scroll to
and select Delete e-mail. You will hear the date the email came in, the name of the
person who sent it, and the subject. Scroll to and select the email you want to delete. It
will ask you to confirm the deletion. If you do not want to delete it, press the Back
button. If you do want to delete it confirm with the Action button.
Zoom
Select Zoom when you need to write a check or magnify any small object such as a
hearing aid. Only the camera on the right side is used for capturing a zoom image.
Align the small object cardstock placemat that came with your device so that it is
placed lengthwise on the surface along the front of the device with the thick black
outlined shape on the right. Use the control buttons as follows:
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Daisy down arrow: Press it to turn the camera light on and off
Action Button: Press it to re-focus
Left Roller: Scroll up or down to zoom in/out
Daisy right arrow: Press it repeatedly to view contrast options; stop at your
preference
 Right Roller: Scroll it to adjust the contrast.
 Daisy up arrow: Press it to reset the display to original contrast
 Daisy left arrow: Press it to reverse the direction of contrast options being shown.
PLEASE NOTE: When changing the object being magnified to a new object of a
different height, such a switching from a sheet of paper to now have the Ace
Plus magnify a small box, press the Action Button one time to re-focus.
Calendar/Reminders
The calendar application allows you to create reminders for yourself using your voice.
You can create a new reminder for today or any future date and set the exact time
when you want to hear the reminder. You can also choose to set the reminder as a
One-time Reminder or a Daily Reminder.
When the time for a reminder arrives, you will hear a musical chime to alert you. You
can then select “Listen to Reminder” to hear the recording or press the Home Button to
return to the Main Menu.
If you have walked out of the room and did not hear the chime when it initially sounded,
it will chime every 15 minutes until you either listen to the reminder or return to the
Main Menu.
The calendar sub-menus will give you the choice to listen to, change or delete existing
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reminders and to add reminders. To use the calendar function, select “Calendar” from
the Main Menu. You will hear the current date. (If this date is not correct, it can be
changed in the Settings Menu/Systems Settings sub-menu). By selecting the Calendar
function, you will come to a sub-menu of the following options:
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Today
Add Reminder
One-Time Reminders
Daily Reminders
All Reminders by Day
Details of sub-menu options:
Today: Gives current date. If you select “Today,” you will be given the choice to “Add
Reminder” for the current date, or to scroll through the times of existing reminders for
the day. If you select Add Reminder, you will be prompted to scroll to select the time for
the reminder. Use the Left Roller to change the hour and the Right Roller to change the
minute. Press the Action Button to confirm the time. Press the action button again to
record your reminder, and press it one more time when you’re done recording. Your
recording may be no longer than 30 seconds. The time of the reminder you just set for
the current date will now appear in the list of the current date’s reminders (or will
appear alone if there are no other reminders for the current date). By selecting a time
listed under the Today option, you will then be given the choice to Listen to Reminder,
Delete Reminder or Change Reminder. Select your choice and follow the voice
prompts.
Add Reminder: Gives choice of adding a One-Time or Daily reminder. For a One-Time
reminder, select a date using the Left Roller to change the month and the Right Roller
to change the day of the month. Press the Action Button to confirm the selected day.
Next, select the time using the Left Roller to change the hour, the Right Roller to
change the minutes, and the Action Button to set it. You will be prompted to press
Action Button to record. Record your reminder and press the Action Button when
finished. When choosing to set a Daily reminder, you will be prompted to set a start
date and end date for the reminder and then the time.
One-Time Reminders: Provides the option to select and hear/read dates and times for
All One-Time Reminders, One-Time Reminders for the Next 7 Days, or One-Time
Reminders for the next 31 Days. By selecting a particular date and time, you will then
be given the option to Listen to Reminder, Delete Reminder or Change Reminder.
Daily Reminders: Provides the option to hear/view a list of times for all Daily
Reminders, By selecting a particular time, you will then be given the option to Listen to
Reminder, Delete Reminder or Change Reminder.
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All Reminders By Date: Gives the option to select any specific date and hear/read
times of all reminders (both one-time and repeating) for that date. Selecting a time will
bring up the option to Listen to Reminder, Delete Reminder or Change Reminder.
Photo Album
The photo album allows you to load photos or any other JPEG or PNG format image
into albums on your device from a USB drive and voice record a name for the album
and individual images. When using a USB flashdrive to load photos, make sure to use
an individual flash drive, not a USB hub.
Image attachments received by email on the Ace Plus can also be added to an album.
Refer to this manual’s Email section for instructions on adding email images.
The photo albums can store anything from family photos to images of curriculumoriented Power Point slides for educational purposes. Slides that depict reminders for
activities of daily living can be loaded into the albums as well as brain teasers, quizzes,
games and more.
To use the Photo Album functions, from the Main Menu, scroll to and select Photo
Album. These sub-menu options will be given: View Album, Add Photos to Album,
Delete Album and Rename Album.
To View an album, from the Main Menu, scroll to and select Photo Album. When you
read or hear “View Album” select it. The albums that have been created will be given
as options. Scroll to the album you want to open and select it.
To magnify a picture, use the Left Roller. To move the magnified image, use the
left/right and up/down arrows. Use the Right Roller to move to the next picture.
To Add Photos from an external source to the Ace Plus, the photos must first be saved
on a USB flash drive in a folder named “Pictures”. Insert the flash drive into one of the
Ace Plus’ USB ports. From the Main Menu scroll to and select Photo Album, select Add
Photos to Album, and follow the prompts. You can opt to scroll to and select an existing
album to add new photos to or scroll to and select “Create New Album.”
After choosing the album you want to add photo(s) to, you will be prompted to insert a
device with photos. Next, insert a USB drive with photos in a “Pictures” folder. The
photos will be added to the album you chose.
To record a voice label: From the Main Menu, scroll to and select Photo Album. Next,
scroll to and select View Album. Then, scroll to and select the album you want. Scroll to
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and select the photo that you want to label. The photo options menu will open to
“Record Voice Label.” Select it and follow the prompts. To delete a picture, follow the
instructions above under Record Voice Label, but rather than selecting “Record Voice
Label,” scroll to and select “Delete Photo” instead. You will hear “Are you sure you
want to delete this photo?” If you are NOT sure you want to delete it, press the Back
Button. If you are sure, press the Action Button, and the photo will be deleted.
To Delete an Album, from the Main Menu, scroll to and select Photo Album. Next, scroll
to and select Delete Album. Scroll to and select the album you want to delete. If the
album still has photos, you will receive a message that the Album still has photos and
be asked if you want to delete anyway. If you are NOT sure you want to delete it, press
the Back Button. If you are sure, press the Action Button, and it will be deleted.
To Rename an Album: From the Main Menu, scroll to and select Photo Album, then
scroll to and select Rename Album. Scroll to and select the one you want to rename.
Follow the prompts to record a new name.
Clock/Alarm Clock
Select Clock from the Main Menu to hear the current time. To set the alarm time and
access the set alarm mode functions, press the Action Button. To set the alarm time,
select alarm time and use the Left Roller to change the hour, the Right Roller to
change the minutes, and press the Action Button. Next, scroll to and select either One
Time Alarm, Daily Alarm, or Off. If you want to turn off a previously set alarm, from the
clock menu, scroll to Set Alarm Mode and scroll to and select Off.
Please Note: If the current day/time is not correct, it can be adjusted from System
Settings. To do this, from the Main Menu, scroll to and select Settings, and then scroll
to and select System Settings. Next, scroll to and select Set Time and Date and press
the Action Button. The next menu will have the option to Set Time or to Set Date. To
change the time, select Set Time. Use the Left Roller to adjust the hour and use the
Right Roller for the minutes. After selecting the correct time, press the Action Button.
To change the date, scroll to Set Date. Use the Left Roller to adjust the month and the
Right Roller for the date and then press the Action Button.
To change the clock from 12 to 24 hour mode, from the Main Menu, scroll to and select
Settings. Next, select General Settings and scroll to and select Time Format. Scroll to
and select your preference of 12 hour or 24 hour format.
Settings
The following options are available:
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General Settings
Reading Speed
Reading Mode
Voice (select male or female voice and language options for Menu and Prompt
voice)
Reading Voice (select voice and language options for material being read by
device)
Left Roller Mode
Center Daisy Button Mode
Font
Font Size
Contrast
Time Format
Grade 2 Braille
Braille Word Wrap
Enable Additional Voice Guidance
Time Until Standby
Status:
Battery
Version
Model
Serial Number
Network Connection Status
System Settings
Customize Main Menu
Upgrade Software (When new software versions are released, they can be
obtained from ABiSee, Inc or your local dealer and can be installed by
selecting this setting)
Wireless Network Settings
Network Accounts
Set Time and Date
Device Registration
Go to Sleep (Use this to put the device in standby mode without waiting)
Shut Down (Use this to safely power down the device)
Address Book
The Address Book option allows you to add email addresses of people you want to
send to or receive emails from. Refer to the section on “Internet Options” to learn how
to enter names and addresses into the Address Book. Although the device can not
send emails to a telephone number, the Address Book can store phone numbers for
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convenient reference if desired.
Help
Select the Help option from the Main Menu to hear a detailed description of the Ace
Plus functionality and the function of each button. You can interrupt the Help talk by
pressing any Button, and the Ace Plus will explain the function of the selected Button. If
you press the Home Button, it will bring you to the Main Menu.
If you want continual voice instruction as you navigate through menu options, you can
“Enable Additional Voice Guidance” by choosing Settings, from the Main Menu, and
then choosing General Settings. Next scroll to and select “Enable Additional Voice
Guidance,” and scroll to and choose “Yes.”
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WARRANTY
TWO YEAR WARRANTY ON ALL ABISEE, INC. PRODUCTS:
ABiSee, Inc. warrants to the original purchaser that its products are free
from defects in materials and workmanship (with exception of the battery)
for two years from the date of purchase. The battery is warrantied against
defectiveness for nine months from the date of purchase. This warranty
does not cover accidental damage, misuse, improper care or alteration, acts
of God - such as floods and earthquakes, any products whose mechanical
serial number or electronic serial number has been removed, altered or
defaced, or damage from exposure to moisture, humidity, excessive
temperatures (outside the range of 55-86 degrees F) or extreme
environmental conditions. Coverage terminates if the original purchaser
sells or otherwise transfers the product.
To report a warranty defect, please contact your local distributor or ABiSee,
Inc. Please include your email and telephone number so that we may
contact you. If, after inspection, we find that the product is defective in
materials or workmanship, we shall, at no charge to you, repair or replace
the product at our discretion, and return the product to you. You are
responsible for shipping costs to ABiSee, Inc. but there is no charge for the
inspection or the return postage.
This warranty excludes claims for incidental or consequential damages in
connection with the warranty problem. Some jurisdictions do not allow the
exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages so the above
limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. This warranty gives you
specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights, which vary from
state to state.
To obtain warranty service, a warranty card must have been filled out and
mailed back to ABiSee, Inc. ABiSee, Inc. sells only through authorized
distributors. Online auction confirmations are not accepted for warranty
verification and ABiSee, Inc. will not replace missing components from any
package purchased through an online auction or any other authorized
source. ABiSee, Inc. retains the exclusive right to either repair or replace
the unit with a refurbished unit or new unit at its sole discretion. The same
policy shall apply to software.
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Appendix A: Safety Rules
 Handle the Ace Plus with care. Rough handling will damage the device.
 Be especially careful with the screen – do not touch it with sharp objects.
When you carry the device outside, use a protective carrying case. If the
Ace Plus is not in a standing position, do not place any heavy or sharp
objects on the screen surface.
 Use only the Power Adapter that comes with the Ace Plus.
 Do not open the Ace Plus (except for the battery compartment) under any
circumstances; it will void the warranty. Contact ABiSee or your dealer for
service if necessary.
 Do not expose the Ace Plus to excessive heat or direct sunlight to avoid
risk of fire.
 Do not use the Ace Plus near inadequately shielded medical devices.
 To avoid risk of electrical damage, keep your Ace Plus away from water or
fluid chemicals.
 To clean the device, always unplug it first. Use a soft fabric with no
chemicals or abrasives to clean the Ace Plus, and only clean the exterior
of the device. Use the special spray that is used for cleaning laptop
screens to clean the Ace Plus screen.
 When storing the device, do not put any heavy items on top of it.
Use of the Ace Plus only as it is described in this manual. The warranty will be
voided if the device is used with violations of these rules.
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Appendix B. Troubleshooting
When turning on the Ace Plus, make sure no flash drives are plugged into the
device.
Troubleshooting: Power/battery/connections
1. If the Ace Plus does not respond to any Button:
 Make sure the battery is charged. If the battery is discharged, connect the
power adaptor to charge the battery.
 If the battery is fully charged, but the device has stopped responding to
any Button, turn the device off, then on again.
2. If the adaptor does not power the Ace Plus:
 Check the connections. Make sure the power adaptor is firmly connected
to the Ace Plus and to the power outlet, and that the cord from the wall
outlet is firmly connected to the rectangular box on the power adapter
cord.
 If the adaptor still does not power the unit, contact ABiSee or your ABiSee
distributor.
3. If the battery does not power the Ace Plus:
 The battery may need to be charged. Connect the power adaptor to
charge the battery.
 If the battery is not charging, and your power supply is working, you can
order a new battery from ABiSee, Inc.
Troubleshooting: Scan and Read Application
1. If the text you are reading does not make sense:
 Do not stress the Scan Button. Press it and wait for the shutter sound.
 Make sure your reading language is the same as the language of your
document.
 Switch to/from table reading mode.
2. If the text recognition takes unusually long before starting to read your
document or it is not accurate:
 Make sure your reading language is the same as the language of your
document.
 Place a document, leave it still and make sure that there is nothing
between the cameras and the document.
 Press the Scan Button just once and wait for the shutter sound.
 Do not stress the Daisy keys during the OCR process; wait until OCR is
done before you navigate through the text.
3. Upon scanning a document, if you are not getting an accurate read, or
if the OCR process is not beginning and you only hear multiple beeps you
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can also:
 Try turning the camera light off with the Daisy down arrow, and then rescan the document. The need for the camera light to be turned off usually
occurs if you are scanning a glossy document or the device is near a
window where very bright sunlight is shining through. The Daisy down
arrow will need to be pressed after you have selected the Scan and Read
mode with the Action Button.
Troubleshooting: Calendar Application
1. If you do not hear the reminder after you finished your recording:
 Make sure that the device was turned on and was charged when the alarm
was supposed to go off.
 Increase the volume – turn the Volume knob clockwise.
 Make sure that when you are talking your Ace Plus is close to the device.
2. If you think that you did not hear the reminder you have entered at the
right date/time:
 Go to the Main Menu, and select Calendar. Use the Right Roller to scroll to
All Reminders, and press the Action Button to select. Check whether the
expected reminder exists. It is most likely that the reminder has not been
scheduled for the time you tried to hear it.
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Appendix C: Braille Display Information
Part A: Using a refreshable Braille display with the Ace Plus
(See Part B of Appendix C for details on supported Braille displays and on which
controls on a particular display corresponds to which control on the Ace Plus).
Before using your Braille display, if you would like to use Grade 2 Braille, you will
need to turn this feature on in General Settings as described below. (By default
Grade 2 Braille is set to off). Also, if you would like to disable word wrapping to
allow more characters per line, you can turn Word Wrap to off in the Settings.
To adjust your settings, start from the Main Menu, scroll to and select Settings.
Next select General Settings. Scroll to and select Grade 2 Braille. Then, scroll to
and select “On.” You will be returned to the Settings menu options. If you want to
turn Word Wrap off, scroll to and select Braille Word Wrap, and then select Off.
Next, connect the Braille display to one of the USB ports on the Ace Plus. Wait
10-30 seconds for the Braille display to start, depending on your display.
To use a Braille display without adjusting the settings first, please power on the
Ace Plus and wait until it is fully booted and you hear “Scan and Read,” before
connecting the Braille display to one of the USB ports on the Ace Plus. The
Braille display should start within 10-30 seconds.
Next, choose the Scan and Read menu option from the Main Menu. To take a
picture, press the Scan button. It will start reading aloud. When scanning a
document using the Scan button on the Braille display, there is no voice output.
If you use the Scan button on the Ace Plus, it will behave as it normally does,
but will stop reading aloud if you scroll the Braille display.
Use the buttons on your Braille display to navigate through the text (read
Appendix C part B for details on your particular display). The cursor will follow
along as you read. The Ace Plus will not, however, read aloud if you are reading
the text using the panning buttons (sometimes called Back and Advance) on the
Braille display.
Please note: If you are doing a quick check of the battery status and network
connection status by pressing the Center Daisy Button, and you are using a
Braille display, once you press the Center Daisy Button on the Ace Plus, you
can use the Right Roller or equivalent controls on your Braille display to scroll to
the battery status and the Network Status. Once you have read the status, you
can press the Back Button (or equivalent) to return to the screen you were on.
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Part B: Supported Braille Displays and Control Details
This section has a picture of each of the supported Braille displays with the
buttons labeled. After each diagram, there is a table that lists each control on the
Ace Plus in the first column, followed by the corresponding control on the Braille
display in the second column. If you are scanning and reading this manual, you
will need to press the left and right Daisy arrows at the same time to switch to
table mode in order to hear the information in the correct order.
Freedom Scientific Focus 14
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Table of corresponding controls for the Freedom Scientific Focus 14
Control on Ace Plus:
Control on Braille Display.
Right Roller Up:
Right NAV Rocker Up.
Right Roller Down:
Right NAV Rocker Down.
Left Roller Up:
Left NAV Rocker Up.
Left Roller Down:
Left NAV Rocker Down.
Action:
Right Mode Button.
Back:
Left Mode Button.
Scan:
Right Selector Button.
Home:
Left Selector Button.
Function:
Control on Braille Display.
Pan Display Left:
Left Panning Button.
Pan Display Right:
Right Panning Button.
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ALVA BC640
Table of corresponding controls for the ALVA BC640
Control on Ace Plus:
Control on Braille Display.
Right Roller Up:
Smartpad Up or Thumb Key 2.
Right Roller Down:
Smartpad Down or Thumb Key 3.
Left Roller Up:
F4 + Smartpad Left.
Left Roller Down:
F4 + Smartpad Right.
Action:
Smartpad Right.
Back:
Smartpad Left.
Scan:
Center thumb key.
Home:
F2.
Volume Down:
F4 + Smartpad Down.
Volume Up:
F4 + Smartpad Up.
Function:
Control on Braille Display.
Pan Display Left:
Thumb Key 1.
Pan Display Right:
Thumb Key 4.
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APH Refreshabraille 18
Table of corresponding controls for the APH Refreshable 18
Control on Ace Plus:
Control on Braille Display.
Right Roller Up:
Joystick Up or SPACE+1.
Right Roller Down:
Joystick Down or SPACE+4.
Left Roller Up:
SPACE+1+2.
Left Roller Down:
SPACE+4+5.
Action:
SPACE+8.
Back:
SPACE+1+5 (E-chord) or SPACE+7.
Scan:
Joystick Press or SPACE+2+3+4 (Schord).
Daisy Center:
SPACE+3+4 (ST-chord).
Daisy Left:
SPACE+3.
Daisy Right:
SPACE+6.
Daisy Up:
SPACE+1+2+3 (L-chord).
Daisy Down:
SPACE+4+5+6.
Home:
SPACE+1+2+3+4+5+6 (FOR-chord).
Volume Down:
SPACE+2+3.
Volume Up:
SPACE+5+6.
Function:
Control on Braille Display.
Pan Display Left:
Left Bar or Joystick Left.
Pan Display Right:
Right Bar or Joystick Right.
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HIMS Braille Edge 40
Table of corresponding controls for the HIMS Braille Edge 40
Control on Ace Plus:
Control on Braille Display.
Right Roller Up:
Up on either directional pad or
SPACE+1.
Right Roller Down:
Down on either directional pad or
SPACE+4.
Left Roller Up:
SPACE+1+2.
Left Roller Down:
SPACE+4+5.
Action:
SPACE+8.
Back:
SPACE+1+5 (E-chord) or SPACE+7.
Scan:
SPACE+2+3+4 (S-chord).
Daisy Center:
SPACE+3+4 (ST-chord).
Daisy Left:
SPACE+3.
Daisy Right:
SPACE+6.
Daisy Up:
SPACE+1+2+3 (L-chord).
Daisy Down:
SPACE+4+5+6.
Home:
SPACE+1+2+3+4+5+6 (FOR-chord).
Volume Down:
SPACE+2+3.
Volume Up:
SPACE+5+6.
Function:
Control on Braille Display.
Pan Display Left:
Back.
Pan Display Right:
Advance.
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Baum SuperVario2 40 / Humanware/PDI Brailliant 40
Table of corresponding controls for the Baum SuperVario2 40 and
Humanware/PDI Brailliant 40
Control on Ace Plus:
Control on Braille Display.
Right Roller Up:
1.
Right Roller Down:
4.
Left Roller Up:
1+2.
Left Roller Down:
4+5.
Action:
1+5 (E).
Back:
1+3+4+6 (X).
Scan:
2+3+4 (S).
Daisy Center:
3+4 (ST).
Daisy Left:
3.
Daisy Right:
6.
Daisy Up:
1+2+3 (L).
Daisy Down:
4+5+6.
Home:
1+2+3+4+5+6 (FOR).
Volume Down:
2+3.
Volume Up:
5+6.
Function:
Control on Braille Display.
Pan Display Left:
2.
Pan Display Right:
5.
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Humanware Brailliant bi40
Table of corresponding controls for the Humanware Brailliant bi40
Control on Ace Plus:
Control on Braille Display.
Right Roller Up:
SPACE+1 or Left.
Right Roller Down:
SPACE+4 or Right.
Left Roller Up:
SPACE+1+2.
Left Roller Down:
SPACE+4+5.
Action:
SPACE+8.
Back:
SPACE+1+5 (E-chord) or SPACE+7.
Scan:
SPACE+2+3+4 (S-chord).
Daisy Center:
SPACE+3+4 (ST-chord).
Daisy Left:
SPACE+3.
Daisy Right:
SPACE+6.
Daisy Up:
SPACE+1+2+3 (L-chord).
Daisy Down:
SPACE+4+5+6.
Home:
SPACE+1+2+3+4+5+6 (FOR-chord).
Volume Down:
SPACE+2+3.
Volume Up:
SPACE+5+6.
Function:
Control on Braille Display.
Pan Display Left:
Up.
Pan Display Right:
Down.
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