• USB host port

    Print Braille from USB memory

    usb connecter V5Connect your personal USB memory stick to the USB host port connector on the V5 Index Braille embosser to emboss standard files using Index-direct-Braille: idB. [ie. emboss without using a computer]

    Currently supported file formats for direct braille printing from USB are:

    • .doc
    • .pdf
    • .txt

    The braille translation, available in contracted or literary braille format, will be made using the active layout settings selected during the set-up of the braille embosser.

    .brf and .brl files are additionally supported for printing with idB, however the translation and formatting comes from the original file. There are no changes to the braille signs or formatting.

    Back-up and restore embosser settings

    Index Braille embossers are loaded with many features and layout setting options. This is so that users have the opportunity to emboss different kinds of Braille documents, all available in a single braille embosser.

    Setting options include:

    • paper size
    • print type
      • single sided
      • double sided
      • booklet format
      • z-folding
      • z-folding sideways (vertical printing)
    • braille page layout
      • top margin
      • binding margin
      • lines per page
      • characters per line
      • braille page number
      • folding line (if using booklet format)
      • braille translation (language, braille grade and version)

    By backing up layout settings to a USB memory stick, users can save any personalized layout settings. Backed-up layouts can be used for:

    • restoring personal settings on another Index V5 embosser.
    • restoring personal layout settings after service.
    • quickly localize the setup of a new Index V5 embosser.
  • Introducing the BLAZE

    The Blaze ET offers our power users more advanced functions via the addition of a full numeric keypad for entering text, playback navigation, and additional functions like file management, writing memos and performing calculations as well as our optional Sense dictionary program.

    Order the BLAZE ET before 30th September 2015 and receive a 10% discount and a FREE dictionary. (Normal RRP of £525.00)

  • Get the most out of your Topaz...

    A short instructional video which aims to show you all the features and benefits of the Topaz, the market leading electronic desktop magnifier for the blind and partially sighted.


    Click here to sign up for Sight Village London as an exclusive Sight and Sound VIP, or call us on 01604 798070

  • NNAB Information Days

    Information Day – Norwich

    Monday 19th May 2014
    The Norfolk & Norwich Association for the Blind
    Venue: NNAB, Bradbury Activity Centre, Beckham Place, Edward Street, Norwich, NR3 3DZ
    Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm

    Information Day – Cromer

    Tuesday 20th May 2014
    The Norfolk & Norwich Association for the Blind
    Venue: Cromer Equipment Centre, Merchants Place, 16 Church Street, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9ES
    Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm

    Information Day – Great Yarmouth

    Wednesday 21st May 2014
    The Norfolk & Norwich Association for the Blind
    Venue: Great Yarmouth Equipment Centre, 12 Hall Quay, Great Yarmouth, NR30 1HP
    Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm

    Information Day – King’s Lynn

    Thursday 22nd May 2014
    The Norfolk & Norwich Association for the Blind
    Venue: West Norfolk Equipment Centre, No. 3 North Lynn Business Village, Bergen Way, King’s Lynn, PE30 2JG
    Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm

  • ZoomText 10.1 for Windows 8

    ZoomText 10.1 for Windows 8 is here, offering full support for the Windows 8 operating system, including touch screen devices.  It’s compatible with Office 2013 and Internet Explorer 10, offers faster performance when viewing videos or playing games, includes smooth enhancements, additional magnification levels, and more!

    We’ve even got touch screen support - ZoomText will follow along as you tap, drag, and swipe your way through all of your applications on your Windows 8 touch device.  And you can access key ZoomText features instantly using touch gestures.

    Introduction to ZoomText 10.1 for Windows 8

     Using Touch Screen Gestures in ZoomText

     What’s New in ZoomText 10.1

    Picture of ZoomText running on a touch screen deviceZoomText 10.1 for Windows 8 contains the following new features and enhancements, allowing for greater productivity and support in the Windows 8 operating system as well as in the latest versions of popular applications.

    Support for Windows 8 ZoomText 10.1 provides unmatched magnification and reading support for the new Windows 8 operating system and interface.  Whether you’re running new Windows 8 apps or legacy applications, ZoomText allows you to work at the highest level of speed and productivity.  ZoomText 10.1 also includes ZoomText’s patented “xFont” magnification, which provides the sharpest magnified text available on the market today.

    Support for Microsoft Office 2013 ZoomText 10.1 supports the core applications in Microsoft Office 2013 including Word, Excel and Outlook.  Create, navigate and read your documents with ease and accuracy.

    Support for Internet Explorer 10 With robust support for Internet Explorer 10 (aka IE10), ZoomText 10.1 makes web browsing a snap.  Search, navigate and read your favourite websites using ZoomText’s powerful Web Finder and reading tools.

    Improved Support for Videos and Games With a new magnification engine and full DirectX support, you now can watch and play all types of videos and games with ZoomText.

    Support for Touch Screen Devices ZoomText 10.1 can be used on Windows 8 touch screen devices including tablets, laptops and desktop monitors.  ZoomText follows along as you tap, drag and swipe your way through all of your applications.  And you can instantly access key ZoomText features using the ZoomText Touch Icon and gestures.  Note: Requires a 5-point or greater multi-touch device.

    Additional Levels of Magnification To support users wanting higher magnification levels and ultra-high resolution displays, ZoomText’s magnification levels have been extended and now include 42x, 48x, 54x and 60x.  We've also added more fractional levels between 1x and 5x.

    Improved Tracking and Program Echo ZoomText’s improved event handling delivers more accurate and complete tracking and reading as you navigate application menus, dialogues and other controls.

    Smooth Mouse Pointers At all magnification levels, ZoomText now displays mouse pointers with smooth edges that are more pleasing to look at and use.

    Colour Enhancement Transition Effects ZoomText’s new transition effect gives a fresh, comfortable feel when switching between colour enhancement schemes.

    Try out ZoomText 10.1 for Windows 8, the world’s best screen magnifier and screen reader for the visually impaired. This trial software is completely free, fully functional, and runs for 60 days and can be downloaded from the following link:  ZoomText 10.1 Trial Download

  • MAGic Large Print Keyboard

    The MAGic® Large Print Keyboard provides low vision users with an easy-to-read keyboard with 22 dedicated MAGic keys that make learning and using MAGic screen magnification software easier than ever.

    Easy on the Eyes

    Bold high contrast keys with oversized characters provide fast, accurate typing with less of the eye fatigue experienced when straining to locate keys on standard keyboards.

    One Touch Access to MAGic features

    The most-used functions of MAGic screen magnification software are preassigned to single keys to provide quick access to these features. Press a single key to launch MAGic. Quickly zoom out to 1x to check formatting, and then return to your working magnification level. Toggle on and off visual enhancements for mouse, cursor, and focus tracking. Adjust reading speed on the fly. Control all these features and more with the 22 specialized keys, making the MAGic keyboard a true independent living aid.

    Keys Reserved for User Assignment

    The M1, M2, and M3 keys are intentionally unassigned, allowing individual users to assign them to their favorite MAGic functions. They can also be assigned to user-created shortcuts and Windows commands available in the MAGic keyboard manager.

    MAGic Large Print Keyboard
    Built-in Controls for Dual Monitor

    The Toggle Monitor and View Locking keys improve productivity for MAGic users working with different applications in two independent monitors.

    Benefits for JAWS® Users

    While the keyboard enhances functionality for MAGic users, it is also designed with JAWS screen reading software users in mind. Several keys have already been assigned in JAWS to features such as adjusting speech rate and bringing up the Links List and the Research It tool. Other MAGic keyboard feature keys can be assigned JAWS functionality through the keyboard manager of JAWS.


  • MAGic Scripting Edition

    Customise Your Screen Magnification Software

    MAGic® Scripting Edition adds a whole new level of customization to our already-powerful MAGic screen magnification software. This edition gives you the ability to increase flexibility and enhance productivity by creating and running custom scripts to modify the behaviour of MAGic in any application. MAGic Pro Scripting Edition also includes speech as well as authorization for remote access, using Citrix and Terminal Services.

    Easy Access to Documentation and Online Help While Writing Scripts

    The Freedom Scientific Script Manager and full scripting language are included with the program. The scripting language traditionally used by JAWS® has been expanded to provide new functions for directing visual focus and utilizing MAGic-specific features. The Help menu of MAGic provides easy access to script documentation including the Freedom Scientific script manual, Freedom Scientific Developers Network, and online help.


  • MAGic Multi-Monitor Overview

    The following describes how to set up your Windows display settings and configure MAGic for multiple monitor operation.

    System Requirements

    The following hardware and software is required for Multi-Monitor operation:

    • A computer and video card that supports dual monitors
    • Two computer monitors
    • Windows Vista or later

    Note: If using an HDTV as a computer monitor, use the VGA or HDMI connector on the TV. Both 720p and 1080p are supported.

    Windows Configuration

    Before using the Multi-Monitor feature in MAGic, you must connect a second monitor to your computer, and configure Windows for multiple monitor operation. These procedures will vary based on your operating system.

    Note: Each monitor can use a different screen resolution. This provides greater flexibility between laptop and desktop monitors.

    1. Press WINDOWS Key+M to minimize all open applications, and move focus to the Windows Desktop.

    Note: Focus must be on the Windows Desktop. If you see or hear that an icon on the desktop is selected, pressCTRL+SPACEBAR to unselect it.

    1. Press the APPLICATION Key Application Key, and do one of the following:
    • For Windows 7, select Screen Resolution.
    • For Windows Vista, select Personalize and then Display Settings.
    1. Make sure that the primary display is positioned as the leftmost or topmost display. In this example, the primary is labeled as 1. The other display, which is known as the extended display, is labeled as 2.Leftmost display icon example
      Leftmost example

      Topmost display icon example
      Topmost example

    Note: Setting the display icons side-by-side (borders evenly touching) horizontally or top-to-bottom vertically provides a smooth transition when moving the mouse cursor from one monitor to the other. If necessary, select the Identify button or the Identify Monitors button to discover which one is the primary display.

    1. Select the extended display, and verify the following:
    • The orientation is the same as the primary display (Windows 7 only).
    • The color quality (depth) is the same as the primary display. The recommended color setting is 32-bit color, which is the default setting for Windows 7. To locate the Windows 7 color settings, select Advanced Settings, Monitor tab, and then the Colors combo box for color settings.
    • For Windows 7, the Multiple Displays combo box is set to "Extend these Displays."
    • For Windows Vista, the Extend the Desktop onto this Monitor check box is selected.
    1. Choose OK to save changes.

    Setting Up Multi-Monitor Support in MAGic

    MAGic is preconfigured to recognize and utilize dual monitors when they are recognized and available through the operating system. However, if this feature was previously disabled on your system and you now want to enable it, do the following:

    Note: When MAGic starts with Multi-Monitor mode enabled, it automatically detects if the system is currently set up with dual or single monitors and utilizes the monitors that are available on the system. If only one monitor is available during this launch, MAGic automatically reverts to single-monitor mode without requiring a computer reboot. This is useful when travelling with a laptop computer. When you restart MAGic after returning to your home or office where a second monitor is available, it will use both monitors.

    1. From the Magnification menu, choose Multi-Monitor Settings. The Enable Multi-Monitor Support check box is selected by default.Multi-Monitor Settings dialog box
    2. In the Magnified Mode combo box, select Independent, which is the default setting, or Overview.
    • For Independent mode, both monitors are magnified, and each can operate independently. For example, you can have a spreadsheet open on one monitor while editing a document on the other monitor. To move the mouse pointer between monitors, press MAGic Key+SHIFT+D, the Jump to Display keystroke. When switching between monitors, the cursor will return to its previous location in the open document. You can also drag the mouse pointer left, right, up, or down (depending on the monitor configuration) to jump to the other monitor.In Independent mode, the Windows 7 shortcuts WINDOWS Key+SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW and WINDOWS Key+SHIFT+LEFT ARROW allow you to move the current application window between monitors while maintaining mouse pointer and cursor location.
    • For Overview mode, the same screen and desktop appears on both monitors; however, one monitor is magnified and the other is not. Press MAGic Key+SHIFT+D to switch the magnified and unmagnified views between monitors. Note that if you switch from Independent mode, where both monitors are magnified, to Overview mode, all desktop and taskbar icons are consolidated to the primary monitor.
    1. If Magnified Mode is set to Independent, go to step 4. If Magnified Mode is set to Overview, go to step 5.
    2. To prevent the mouse pointer from accidentally moving to the other monitor, do the following. Note that these settings are not available for Overview mode.
    • Select the Restrict Mouse to Active Monitor check box.
    • Select the Switch After Waiting check box and then specify in seconds how long the mouse pointer must stay at the edge of the screen before it moves to the next screen.
    • Select the Switch on Double Tap Within check box and then specify in seconds the time required to perform the double tap before the pointer moves to the other monitor. If the double tap occurs outside of this period, the pointer does not move to the other monitor. (If you are using a touchpad, the double tap is a right-left-right or left-right-left sliding motion. Use an up-down-up or down-up-down sliding motion for vertically arranged monitors.)
    • Use the Sound When Reaching Monitor Edge combo box to select a WAV file to play that indicates that the mouse pointer is at the edge of the screen.
    • Use the Sound When Switching Monitors combo box to select a WAV file to play that indicates when the mouse pointer has moved to the other monitor.
    1. In the Unmagnified Display combo box, select the monitor that will not be magnified. This combo box is not available for Independent mode.
    2. Select OK to save changes, and close the Multi-Monitor Settings dialog box.
    3. To save Multi-Monitor mode so that it is on when you restart MAGic in the future, choose Save Default Settings from the File menu.

    Using View Lock

    Use the View Lock feature to freely move the mouse pointer across screens without moving any objects on the desktop. Press and hold MAGic Key+SHIFT while moving the mouse pointer across the screen. This provides a smooth transition from one monitor to the other without shifting the view on the screen. Normal mouse pointer movement resumes when you release MAGic Key+SHIFT. This feature is useful when you are moving back and forth between two monitors and you want to keep the screen views locked.

    Note: You can also use the View Lock feature when using only one monitor with MAGic. By pressing MAGic Key+SHIFT, the current magnified view on the screen remains in place while you freely move the mouse around this area.

    Multi-Monitor Keystrokes

    • MAGic Key+SHIFT+D: Use this MAGic keystroke to quickly switch focus from one monitor to the other. This eliminates the need to drag the mouse between monitors.
    • WINDOWS Key+SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW or WINDOWS Key+SHIFT+LEFT ARROW: Use these Windows 7 shortcuts to move the current application or window in focus to the monitor on the right or the left. This eliminates the need to click and drag an application window from one monitor to the other.
    • MAGic Key+SHIFT: Press and hold while dragging the mouse to smoothly move the mouse pointer between screens without scrolling any screen content. This is the View Lock feature. To resume normal operation, releaseMAGic Key+SHIFT.


    Use the following to troubleshoot any Multi-Monitor issues.

    Problem: Moving the mouse cursor between monitors is difficult since the application scrolls until the mouse reaches the edge. It would be better if I could just jump to the other screen without either monitor scrolling.

    Solution: Press MAGic Key+SHIFT+D to quickly jump from one monitor to the other. This is easier and faster since you do not have to drag and lift the mouse (or your finger on a touchpad) several times to travel the same desktop area.

    Problem: Double tapping my touchpad does not move the mouse pointer between monitors.

    Solution: To double tap with a touchpad, press and hold your finger on the touchpad, and then slide it to the right, left, and right to move from the left monitor to the right monitor. Slide your finger left, right, and left to move from the right monitor to the left monitor. If your monitors are arranged vertically, use an up-down-up motion or down-up-down motion.

    Problem: A message displays asking to verify that the primary monitor is set as the leftmost and topmost display.

    Solution: Open the display settings in Windows and make sure that the primary display is positioned to the left or above or both of the extended display. Refer to the procedures described earlier in the Windows Configuration section for more details. MAGic will not open until this is resolved.

    Problem: A message displays stating that the colour depth is not the same.

    Solution: Open the display settings in Windows and make sure that the colour depth on both displays is the same. The recommended setting is 32-bit colour.

    Problem: The primary and extended displays are reversed.

    Solution: In Windows, you must configure your main (primary) display as the leftmost or topmost display. As for the physical placement of the monitors on your desk, you can position the monitors anywhere you like. For example, the monitor designated as extended can sit on the left side of your desk while the other monitor sits to the right of it. To verify which monitor is the primary, use the Identify button or Identify Monitors button in your display setting for Windows.


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