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					            Updating your Plextalk Pocket
                      Firmware
This document has instructions on how to update your Plextalk
Pocket and a list of the new features and bug fixes. There have
been a number of updates since it was launched and these
updates are cumulative so you only need to install the latest
firmware to benefits from all the preceding updates.

Contents
Instructions .................................................................................... 1
   Part one - updating the firmware ................................................ 1
   Part two - Load internet radio stations ....................................... 2
   Part three - Install the Plextalk Pocket transfer software on your
   PC ............................................................................................. 2
Firmware Release Notes - new features and bug fixes ................. 2
   Firmware upgrade: Version 5.02 ................................................ 2
   Firmware Upgrade: Version 4.05 ............................................... 6
   Firmware Upgrade: Version 4.04 ............................................... 6
   Firmware Upgrade: Version 3.00 ............................................... 7
   Firmware upgrade: Version 2.01 ................................................ 9
   Firmware upgrade: Version 1.05.00 ......................................... 11
   Firmware upgrade: 1.04.00 ...................................................... 11

Instructions
Part one - updating the firmware
1. Download the firmware file - Plextalk_Pocket_5.zip (ZIP,
   74MB). This compressed folder contains a number of files
   which are used in this process.
2. When you open the Plextalk_Pocket_5.02.zip there are six files:
           PlexVerUp (folder)
           PlexWebRadio (folder)
           SampleBooksAudible (folder)
           Plextalk_manual_V5.0 (text file)
           PTP_firmware_release_notes (word file)
           Setup_plextalkTransfer_V102_1 (program file (exe))
3. Copy the folder "PlexVerUp" to root of SD card
4. Connect the PTP1 to AC power using the PTP1 power adapter.
5. Insert the SD card and turn on PTP1.
6. When the Plextalk Pocket has started up it will automatically
   begin the update process by stating "new firmware found,
   please wait". The installation process will be executed
   automatically and takes approximately 4 minutes. If it does not
   happen, please check you have extracted the files from the zip
   file before copying to the SD card.
7. When upgrade installation is completed, PTP1 will automatically
   re-boot.
8. Remove SD card after the firmware upgrade and delete the
   created folder.

Part two - Load internet radio stations
Copy the PlexWebRadio folder to the root of the SD card. Within
this folder are a number of files, each with the name of a radio
station. To remove a radio station you can simply delete the file
from the folder.

Part three - Install the Plextalk Pocket transfer
software on your PC
1. Simply double click the "Setup_PlextalkTransfer_V102_1.exe"
   file and follow the installation instructions.
2. Once installed you will be able to transfer data and configure
   wireless networks on your Plextalk Pocket. For detailed
   instructions on how to use this software, please read the
   manual included with the firmware release -
   Plextalk_manual_V5.0.txt

Firmware Release Notes - new features
and bug fixes
Firmware upgrade: Version 5.02

New Features
 Podcast receiver: Single or multiple episodes of podcast feeds
  are downloaded via the wireless LAN feature of the Pocket
  PTP1. You can subscribe or unsubscribe to podcast feeds
  using the ‘PLEXTALK Transfer for Pocket’ software. The
  Podcast category is announced when you press the Title Key
  and go to ‘Category’. The podcast menu has also been added
  in the Menu system.
 Web radio streaming: When you download a play list file (PLS,
  M3U, ASX) from a web site to your computer and transfer it to
  the Pocket PTP1 the ‘PLEXTALK Transfer for Pocket’ software,
  you can stream a web radio station on your Pocket. The web
  radio category is announced when you press the Title Key and
  go to ‘Category’.

New contents support
 Microsoft Word .docx file support: To read a Microsoft Word
  .docx file on the SD card or USB flash memory using the Text
  To Speech synthesizer (TTS). The Pocket PTP1 categorizes
  MS Word .docx in 'text' category.
 BrailleNet (France) PDTB2 support: To play DAISY 3 text
  encrypted by PDTB2.
 Internet Archive (U.S.) PDTB2 support: To play DAISY 3 text
  encrypted by PDTB2.
 BRL, BRF support (only for U.K English, European languages
  and Australian English firmware): To play Grade 2 English
  braille files using the TTS.

New categories for easier title selection
 ‘Recordings’ category has been added and the English ‘Audio’
  category has been changed to ‘Music’ category. The categories
  for the title selection is ‘DAISY title’, ‘Recordings’, ‘Music’, ‘Text’,
  ‘Audio book’, ‘Podcast’ and ‘Web Radio’.

Enhanced ‘Music’ play and management
 ‘Music’ category on English voice guide (see above): This was
  announced as ‘Audio’ on the previous version firmware.
 Track-wise, album-wise, folder-wise or all-music play: You can
  play music by a track (an audio file), an album (a folder
  containing tracks or audio files), a folder (a folder containing
  albums) or all music in the SD card or a USB drive when you
  choose one of those selections on the Title Key.
 Repeat play or shuffle play in an album or a folder selected, or
  in all music.

New music CD or DAISY CD back up features
 An option to choose a category of either Music or Audio Book
  when you back up a music CD
 Date insertion in a folder name where a music CD or a DAISY
  CD is backed up

Intuitive title management
 ‘New titles list’ navigation added on the Go-to Key after pressing
  the Title Key.
 Category-wise ‘Recent titles list’ navigation: up to 10 titles are
  listed in each category.
 Audio book play: All audio files stored in the ‘PlexAudioBook’
  folder are played as audio books, not as music. Pocket PTP1
  handles a folder in ‘PlexAudioBook’ folder as an audio book
  title.
 Date and publisher announcement for DAISY title: When
  choosing among DAISY titles, Pocket PTP1 announces the
  date and publisher name of each DAISY title.

Easy time jump
 10 minute or 30 second time jump: When you play music or an
  audio DAISY title, you can choose either of the time periods by
  the Up/Down Key and jump forward or backward by the
  Right/Left Key.
 Slower maximum speed of fast forward and rewind: When you
  press and hold the Right/Left Key, Pocket PTP1 moves in a title
  every one minute as the maximum speed.
 Quicker response on fast forward and rewind

Complete power off and power save mode
 Complete power off: When you press and hold the power key
  for a longer period, you can turn off Pocket PTP1 completely to
  save power consumption while power is off. When power on,
  Pocket PTP1 takes about forty seconds to start up.
 When you press and hold the Power Key for two seconds, you
  can turn Pocket PTP1 into power save mode. And whenever
  you press any key, Pocket PTP1 resumes from power save
  mode immediately.
 If you keep Pocket PTP1 unused for two minutes, it goes into
  power save mode. And whenever you press any key, the
  Pocket PTP1 resumes from power save mode immediately and
  announces the current time and date.
More Network Setting menu options (for particular
languages firmware)
 Network device enabled/disabled: You can enable or disable
  the network device so that you can control its activation in
  particular places such as an aircraft.
 Wireless network setting: You can search available wireless
  networks, add/delete/change the settings without your
  computer. The settings can also be done by transferring a
  setting file from your computer to the Pocket PTP1.
 Network folder setting: You can change the network folder
  name, user ID and password without a computer. The settings
  can also be done by transferring a setting file from your
  computer to the Pocket PTP1.

Text memo
 Create a text memo and save it into a plain text file on the SD
  card of Pocket PTP1: You can also edit the text memo or
  change the text file name using the Edit mode of the Pocket
  PTP1.

Other enhancements
 Announcement of a name of a title you are going to back up or
  delete
 Playing voice bookmarks while reading a text category file
 File deletion: You can delete a file in Music, AudioBook or
  Podcast category.
 A menu option to change audio or text playback of a multi-
  media DAISY title
 Deletion PDTB decryption key: You can delete PDTB
  decryption keys installed in the Pocket PTP1.
 Announcement of network status and remaining podcast
  episodes to be downloaded when pressing the Information Key

Bug fix
 Backing up a DAISY title consisting of 1,000 or more files
 Proper playback of text DAISY: Fixed 1) An issue that the
  Pocket PTP1 repeatedly plays a part of a particular text DAISY
  title, 2) An issue that the Pocket PTP1 hangs up after page
  navigation of a particular text DAISY title and 3) An issue of
  slow response of navigation when playing a particular large size
  text DAISY title.
 Bookmark for music: When you have chosen an album or an
  individual audio file in Music category, you can use the
  bookmark function. Bookmarks on an album will be erased
  when you add or delete a file in the album.
 MP3 compatibility: You can play MP3 files with ‘Frame Sync’
  header in its ID3 tag.

Firmware Upgrade: Version 4.05
Wireless LAN channel No. 12 and 13 are enabled for Europe
language versions. This expansion allows your Pocket to connect
to an access point which uses channel No. 12 or 13.

Firmware Upgrade: Version 4.04
Network folder function: You can upload / download content
between SD card in Pocket and your computer by wireless LAN
capability.
NOTE: PLEASE MAKE SURE TO USE THE PLEXTALK SETTING
UTILITY SOFTWARE TO CONFIGURE NETWORK SETTING ON
YOUR POCKET. THE LATEST SOFWARE IS AVAILABLE AT:
http://www.plextalk.com/in/download.html#sd

Content support
 Audible.com audio book support: Pocket supports Audible
  format 4.

More flexible adjustments of volume and speed
 Different settings for content playback and voice guides
 Different speed settings for ‘text’ (DAISY titles or text-based
  files), ‘audio books’ (DAISY audio book or Audible books) and
  ‘audio music’.
 Different volume settings for headphone and the internal
  speaker.
 “Guide speed” setting option has been moved from the Menu
  system to the “1” Key (The Tone/Speed Key).

Enhancements for quick and easy navigation
 “Shortcut menu” function: You can assign a shortcut for your
  favorite item in the Menu system to a Number Key Pad.
 “Recently titles” list navigation added on the Go-to Key after
  pressing the Title Key.
 Faster rewinding and forwarding speeds of Left/Right Key.
 ‘Percent’ navigation during DAISY book playback.
 Quick power on after pressing the Power Key.

More detailed navigation of text-based content
 Spell navigation on text contents: Spelling out the characters
  with word message.
 Telling the punctuations in the word navigation.

Other features for more ease-of-use
 Folder name announcement during title selection.
 Multiple DAISY books in one folder are recognized and played.
 Pocket starts to play the Help manual automatically after
  pressing the ‘0’ Key.
 Default level of navigation for a DAISY book is the lowest level
  of heading in level 1 to 6.
 The level of navigation of a DAISY title remains unchanged
  when pressing the Up/Down Key once.
 Pocket opens the title selection menu automatically after
  removing the title on the media management of the Menu
  system.
 Plug-in power suspended automatically when external audio is
  set at ‘line-in mode’.

Bug fix
 Correct announcement after deleting a DAISY title by Media
  Management on the menu system. When you delete a title on a
  SD card where another title are available, your Pocket will move
  to that title and announce its title name.

Firmware Upgrade: Version 3.00
New Contents Support
 Microsoft Word .doc file support: To read a Microsoft Word .doc
  file on SD card or USB flash memory by the TTS engine.
  Pocket PTP1 categorizes MS Word .doc in 'text'.
 WMA (Window Media Audio) support: To play back unprotected
  WMA format audio files on SD card or USB flash memory.
 Bookshare book playback improvement: To announce the title
  name of a Bookshare book. To navigate a Bookshare book by
  page properly.

More Simplified and Intuitive Operations
 All key responses have been improved. A key confirmation
  sound or a voice prompt comes up more quickly after pressing
  a key (fast forward, rewind, level navigation, direct title/content
  jump, menu selection, etc.).
 New option to eliminate the sounds made after key press. On
  'Select the Key Press Confirmation Sound' of 'System Settings'
  on the Menu, you can choose those sound 'On' or 'Off'
 Announce an album/track name of audio content. On 'Reading
  audio file name' of 'Playback Settings' of the Menu, you can
  choose the announcing options of either 'Read Album/Track
  Name' or 'Read Album/Track Number'. Pocket PTP1 announces
  a folder name where the audio content is stored as the album
  name, and a file name without the file extension as the track
  name of the audio content.
 Automatic bookmark numbering. If you do not want to
  determine the number of a bookmark you are going to set, just
  press the Bookmark Key twice then press the Enter Key, so
  Pocket PTP1 will automatically give the smallest bookmark
  number you were not using. If you press the '0' Key and the
  Enter Key after you press the Bookmark Key twice, Pocket
  PTP1 will also give you the smallest number automatically.
 Changed the title/folder/category announcements. When you
  select a title after pressing the Title Key, Pocket PTP1 makes
  simple announcements than the previous versions. And when
  you want to select a folder by pressing the 'Up' Key following
  the Title Key, Pocket PTP1 announces the folder name.
 Play text files more naturally when going to the next line.
 Changed the order of the items in 'System Settings' of the
  Menu. 'Initialize all settings to default' has been moved to the
  last item.

More Powerful Navigation
 Added two navigation levels for text playback; 'line' and 'screen'.
  1) Forty words or 2) less than forty words before a carriage
  return have been defined as a 'line'. Forty lines has been
  defined as a 'screen'.
 Now you can navigate a text file by screen, paragraph, line,
  sentence, word or character., and a DAISY title by heading
  (level 1 to 6), group, page, phrase, screen, paragraph, line,
  sentence, word or character if such items are defined on the
  DAISY title.
 Added a DAISY-like level navigation feature for html files by
  recognizing H1 through H6 heading levels.

Recording and Playing Feature Enhancement
 Improved the recording sound quality by MP3 for DAISY
  recording and voice memo.
 Added MP3 high-quality modes on 'Back-up' of music CD. After
  pressing the '9' Key to back up a music CD on a CD drive
  connected to Pocket PTP1, you can select 'MP3 256kbps high-
  quality' or 'MP3 128kbps high-quality' in addition to the previous
  modes, 'MP3 256kbps', 'MP3 128kbps' and 'PCM'. When you
  select either of the two modes, you can back up better sound
  quality music titles into a SD card. Please note that those
  modes need 20% to 90% more time to back up the music than
  the previous MP3 modes.
 Enhanced the compatibility with variety of MP3 formats.
 To announce decryption key information on the Menu. After you
  install a key to decrypt a PDTB title (for example, books from
  NLS or RFB&D), you can check whether the key has been
  installed properly by hearing this announcement. The
  announcement is heard on 'System Properties' of 'System
  Settings' on the Menu.

Firmware upgrade: Version 2.01
New Contents Support
 NLS support: To install the key to decrypt and play NLS
  contents in a NLS cartridge or transferred from the NLS BARD
  (Braille and Audio Reading Download) site through PC
 Please click here for a guide to play NLS books on Pocket.
 RFB&D support: To install UAK to decrypt and play RFB&D
  contents on Pocket PTP1
 Ogg support: To play back Ogg audio files
TTS Feature Enhancement
 Two languages TTS engines except U.K. or U.S. version
  firmware (one is English and the other is local language)
 Announce the name of the voice of TTS when selecting the
  voice on the Menu Key, by speaking in the same language
 Adjusted TTS sound loudness for better TTS sound quality at
  near maximum volumes on the built-in speaker

Response Improvement
 Fast forward and rewind: To shorten the silent period around "5
  seconds" and "10 seconds"
 Quick key response: particularly responsiveness of right/left
  arrow keys when choosing DAISY titles

Navigation Feature Enhancement
 Jump directly to a DAISY title or an album you want to play by
  selecting the title or album number with 10 keys
 Assign '#' key as Enter Key and '*' key as Cancel Key
 Not announce the media when navigating title by title using
  Right or Left Key, but announce only the title
 Announce the folder name when navigating DAISY titles by
  folder using the Up or Down Key
 Keep the current level of the DAISY title after recording voice
  memo
 After you record and make a new DAISY title when you select
  an audio file, the new DAISY title is selected to check if the
  DAISY title has been made successfully
 Change it to notify you that you cannot backup/buildbook this
  content before backup/buildbook about the Daisy book which
  there is the number of the headlines (the sections) more than
  1,000

Usability Enhancement
 Order of time announcement: 'date -> time' to 'time -> date'
 New sleep timer setting: 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes, 1
  hour, 1 and a half hour and two hours
 '24-hour' time announcement (except U.S. English firmware and
  Canadian firmware)
 Cancel and get out of the menu when you choose a DAISY title
  which is not editable at 'edit' on the Menu Key
 Play back the beginning of the voice memo automatically after
  recording to confirm whether this title is a target to delete
 Optimize the volume of the voice prompts not moving from the
  lowest volume to the highest volume or vice versa
 Admit to backup PDTB contents located in Root folder of the
  original media (e.g. NLS cartridge) to a folder in SD card of
  Pocket PTP1
 Announce "please wait" when just after power supply ON.

Bug Fix
 Correct announcement of lock status of SD card
 Correct announcement of battery status
 Correct inverted L-R channels while recording with external
  stereo microphone
 Correct heading or phrase jump precision on a title which has
  been recorded for long time at MP3. This issue has been fixed.

Firmware upgrade: Version 1.05.00
Performance improvement
 Sound quality improvement for TTS voice

Bug fix
 Special characters on DAISY text, HTML, txt files was not
  pronounced properly. This issue has been fixed.

Firmware upgrade: 1.04.00
Performance Improvement
 Audio quality improvement for recoding
 USB compatibility for PC/peripherals has been improved.
Bug fix
 TTS pronunciation of special characters has been fixed.
 Beginning of an audio file was sometimes not heard when
  starting playback. This issue has been fixed.

				
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