Canute 360 Manual
Thank you for purchasing Canute 360 from Bristol Braille Technology, the world's first multi-line Braille e-reader. Canute 360 features a nine-line display, with each line comprised of forty cells of Braille. Canute 360 is compatible with *.BRF and *.PEF file formats and can display Braille text, mathematics, music, or any other six-dot braille code.
With Canute, you can read files in Braille, as well as insert, edit, and navigate to bookmarks.
Bristol Braille Technology is a not for profit community interest company, and your purchase will allow us to continue to invest in and develop new Braille products to benefit the wider blind community. Inside the box
You will find the following included within the shipping box: • 1x Canute 360 Braille e-reader • 1x corded 19V power supply • 1x print user manual (this document) • 1x Braille quick start guide Please let your distributor know if any of these items are missing or damaged.
Place Canute 360 on a flat surface, with the three large control buttons on the front panel facing towards you. Insert the power supply into the socket towards the right of the rear panel of Canute, and press the small on/off button located immediately to the right of the power socket once to turn the unit on. Canute 360 will take around 50 seconds to turn on. During this time you will hear, feel, and see each of the nine lines of Braille initialising one at a time. Navigation controls
On the front edge of Canute are three large control buttons. These are labelled "back"; "menu", and "forward" in Braille on the top of the reading surface.
Directly to the left of each line of Braille is a triangular line select button. These are labelled with numbers one through to nine in Braille; corresponding to the adjacent line on the display.
Immediately above the first triangular line select button is a circular "help" button. This is labelled "H" in Braille.
Immediately below the last triangular line select button is a square button, labelled "0" in Braille.
Getting files onto your Canute 360
Your Canute 360 is compatible with both *.BRF and *.PEF files. For best results, we recommend using a *.BRF file, formatted for a page length of nine lines, and a width of 40 characters per page. Translating print files into Braille
A number of software packages and online services can translate a print document into a Braille file, which can be read on your Canute.
The latest version of Duxbury DBT ™ includes a "Canute 360" preset to ensure correct formatting. To use Duxbury DBT ™ you will need to purchase a licence from Duxbury systems. You can find more information at https://www.duxburysystems.com.
You can also use a number of free software packages to translate print documents into BRF format. BrailleBlaster™ from the American Printing House for the blind is a free programme for preparing documents to be read on Canute 360. Braille Blaster is available for Windows, Mac and Linux users. You should ensure that Braille output is set to produce a document with nine lines per page, with a line width of forty characters. You can find more information, and download Braille Blaster from https://www.brailleblaster.org
RoboBraille™ is a free online translator from Sensus in Denmark which can translate a print document or webpage into a BRF Braille document to be read on Canute 360. To use RoboBraille™, navigate to www.robobraille.org in your preferred web browser. Select "file" from the "Source" menu to translate a file on your computer. Select "URL" to translate a website.
To translate a file, click on "choose file", and select the file using your file browser. Then click on "upload" to prepare your file for translation.
To translate a webpage, enter the URL into the text field after selecting the "URL" option, then click on "fetch and upload" to prepare the webpage for translation. Please note that in order to work with robobraille a webpage URL must end in a file format (eg: www.example.com/example.htm). A webpage ending in a top-level domain (e.g. www.example.com) will return an error message.
Select "Braille" from the "select output format" menu.
From the "Specify Braille options" menu, you can select your preferred language and Braille code settings. Select "Canute 360" from the "Target Format" menu to ensure your file is correctly formatted for your Canute.
Finally, enter your email address in the "Enter email address and submit request" form. Click "Submit" to confirm your choices. You will receive a BRF file formatted for Canute 360 in your email inbox within a few hours.
Bristol Braille Technology cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy or performance of any third party Braille translation service.
Transferring Braille files to Canute 360
To get a file onto Canute, simply remove the SD card from the side of the unit when it is turned off. Copy and paste the file onto the SD card included. Insert the SD card back into the SD card reader towards the centre of the bottom of the left side panel. Turn Canute 360 on, and the file will appear in the library menu.
Ensure that only *.BRF; *.PEF, and *.TXT files are stored on the SD card, or USB stick as other file types are not supported. Do not use folders, simply copy and paste files directly onto the SD card. Files are arranged in the menu first numerically, and then alphabetically.
You can also use a standard USB memory stick to get files onto Canute 360. Copy and paste the file onto the memory stick, and insert it into the USB port on the left side panel of Canute 360.
Choosing a book from the library
Canute is designed with an easy to use Braille user interface. To select a file to read on Canute, simply navigate to the library menu:
First, press the large menu button in the centre of the front edge below the reading surface. The main menu will load, one line of Braille at a time, from top to bottom. The entire page will take around 10 seconds to display.
As with all menus on Canute, options are selected using the triangular line select buttons. To select an item from a menu, press the triangular line select button immediately to the left of that line of Braille.
On the main menu, "VIEW LIBRARY MENU" is displayed towards the bottom of the reading surface. Press the line select button immediately to the left of the menu option to select it. The library menu will load, one line of Braille at a time, from top to bottom. The entire page will take around 10 seconds to display.
The library menu will display a list of all the files on the SD card or USB stick.
To select a file, press the line select button to the left of the file you want to read.
If more than 8 files are present on to the SD card or USB stick, the required file may be on the next page of the library menu. Press the large forward button to the right of centre on the front panel to advance the library menu one page.
Press the large back button to the left of centre on the front panel to move back one page in the library menu.
Once a file is selected, it will load one line at a time, taking around 10 seconds to load the whole page.
Moving within a file
To move within a file, use the three large control buttons on the front panel of Canute.
Press the large forward button to the right of centre on the front panel to move forward one page within a file.
Press the large back button to the left of centre to move back one page within a file, similar to turning the pages in a physical book.
From the main menu, you can insert a bookmark at the current page, return to a bookmark that was previously placed within a file, or navigate to a given page within a book.
As with all menus on Canute, to select an item from the main menu, press the triangular line select button immediately to the left of the menu item on the reading surface.
To navigate to a page within the file, press the line select button immediately to the left of "GO TO PAGE" on the reading surface. A help page will appear on the reading surface. To enter a page number, use the triangular line select keys and the square zero button located to the left of the reading surface.
To go to page 20, for example, press button number two, followed by the zero button. You will hear, feel, and see one line of Braille click up and down to confirm the selection. Press the forward button to navigate to the selected page, or the back button to return to the last page that was read.
To place a new bookmark at the current page in a file, return to a bookmark previously placed within a file, or navigate to a given page within a book, first navigate to the in-book menu by pressing the large menu button on the front panel of Canute.
To insert a bookmark, press the line select button immediately to the left of "INSERT BOOKMARK AT CURRENT PAGE"
A bookmark will be inserted at the current page.
To retrieve a bookmark, press the line select button immediately to the left of "CHOOSE FROM EXISTING BOOKMARKS".
A list of bookmarks in a file will display on the reading surface. Use the triangular line select buttons to select a bookmark. Canute 360 will then display the selected page in the book.
From the bookmark menu, it is also possible to select "START OF BOOK" or "END OF BOOK" to navigate to the beginning or end of a book using the line select button immediately to the left of these options.
Changing language or Braille code
You can change the system language or Braille code (for example to switch between contracted and un-contracted Braille) from the system menu. Please note this will only change the language and code within the menus, help file, and manuals; not the language or code in any books on Canute.
To access the system menu, first access the main menu by pressing the large menu button in the centre of the front edge of Canute 360. Then, press the line select button immediately to the left of “VIEW SYSTEM MENU” to access the system menu. Press the line select button immediately to the left of “SELECT LANGUAGE” to access the language selection menu. You can then select a language or Braille code using the triangular line select button immediately to the left of your chosen language or code. Press the forward button once to confirm your selection.
To safely turn off your Canute 360, press the power button located to the right of the power socket on the back panel. You will hear, see and feel each line of the display reset, and drop down into the display. After a few seconds the top line of the display will refresh to show "PLEASE WAIT" (please wait). After around ten seconds, this will disappear. It is now safe to remove the power supply from Canute
Updating your Canute software
From time to time, Bristol Braille Technology may make available software updates for Canute 360, to fix any issues; improve performance, or add additional features.
Each update will come with installation instructions. To install an update, you will require a clean SD card. For full installation instructions, consult the readme document packaged with your software update.
For technical support, in the first instance contact your distributor.
To report a bug, or contact the team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more support information, please visit www.bristolbraille.co.uk/support