Friday, August 31, 2007

KeySoft 7.5 Now Available From HumanWare

HumanWare is pleased to announce that KeySoft 7.5, the newest upgrade to the KeySoft software for the BrailleNote family of products, is available for download from the HumanWare web site.

What's in KeySoft 7.5?

Improved SD card and USB Drive support (mPower only) KeySoft 7.5 supports a much broader range of models and sizes of SD cards and USB drives and provides improved speed and performance in accessing and saving information.
SSL Email Encryption
A number of major internet service providers have announced that they will require this new security standard. KeySoft 7.5 delivers full SSL support as a part of its improved KeyMail application.
RFB&D AudioPlus DAISY Books (mPower and PK) KeySoft 7.5 includes fully integrated support for the special AudioPlus formatted books provided by RFB&D to its members in the United States. The enhanced KeyBook application will automatically recognize an RFB&D AudioPlus book and will now prompt the user to enter their personal identification number to access the book.
Bookshare Support for Institutional Accounts The existing support for unpacking electronic books from has been enhanced to include full support for both individual and institutional accounts. KeySoft 7.5 provides everything necessary to wirelessly access the web site, download the text, braille or DAISY electronic book and unpack and read the book, without having to use a PC.
Built-in Playlist Support for Media Player (mPower only) New with KeySoft 7.5 is the ability to select multiple files in any file list and have them automatically queued and played in KeySoft's built-in media player application. Select your favorite music tracks or chapters of an audio book and let KeySoft 7.5 play them for you automatically.
Multilingual Foreign Languages Now Available Multilingual speech and braille support is now available for the entire BrailleNote family of products running KeySoft 7.5 or later, at no additional cost. Languages offered are Spanish, French, German and Italian. Documents, web pages and email messages can all be read in their original language with the correct speech pronunciation. Documents and email messages can be composed, read and spell checked in multiple languages and quickly changed on the fly.
Unified English Braille.
KeySoft 7.5 gives you the option of using Unified English Braille (UEB), the new braille code for English that has been developed by representatives from English-speaking countries, including the USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand. Email addresses, web addresses, mathematics and all sorts of signs and symbols can be written and read directly without resorting to computer braille.
Upgrade to the Duxbury Braille Translator KeySoft 7.5 incorporates the latest version of the Duxbury braille translators.
New Visual Display Application (KeyView) KeySoft 7.5 delivers a completely new visual display application for the PC called KeyView, eliminating the need to use Windows HyperTerminal. It is fully accessible and Windows Vista compatible. Using KeyView, a sighted teacher, parent or colleague can view in real time the work being done on the BrailleNote, including the braille on the braille display and an immediate translation from braille to text.
Outlook Synchronization Improvements
The KeySync PC application has been improved with greater accessibility for screen reader users and has a number of stability enhancements. KeySync allows a professional or student who is on the move to have a fully synchronized calendar and contact list always available. Changes made on the BrailleNote or the PC are synchronized with a quick connection.

NOTE: KeySync will be available later in September as a separate utility that will be compatible only with KS 7.5.

NOTE: Users that currently are using KeySync should not upgrade to KS 7.5 until the new KeySync is released. KeySync 2 or earlier will not be compatible with KS 7.5. Only KS 7.5 or later will be compatible with KeySync 3.
KeySoft 7.5 requires one count of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA). An SMA is available for $195 through HumanWare.
This will be the final KeySoft upgrade for the BrailleNote and VoiceNote Classic models.
KeySoft 7.5 can be ordered through HumanWare by calling 800-722-3393. The serial number of the BrailleNote, VoiceNote or BrailleNote PK will be required. To download KeySoft 7.5, go to
You will need a previously purchased SMA and the serial number of the unit.

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