Updating your Plextalk Pocket
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.
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
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:
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
8. Remove SD card after the firmware upgrade and delete the
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 -
Firmware Release Notes - new features
and bug fixes
Firmware upgrade: Version 5.02
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Announcement of a name of a title you are going to back up or
Playing voice bookmarks while reading a text category file
File deletion: You can delete a file in Music, AudioBook or
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
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
NOTE: PLEASE MAKE SURE TO USE THE PLEXTALK SETTING
UTILITY SOFTWARE TO CONFIGURE NETWORK SETTING ON
YOUR POCKET. THE LATEST SOFWARE IS AVAILABLE AT:
Audible.com audio book support: Pocket supports Audible
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
Different volume settings for headphone and the internal
“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
Plug-in power suspended automatically when external audio is
set at ‘line-in mode’.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Announce "please wait" when just after power supply ON.
Correct announcement of lock status of SD card
Correct announcement of battery status
Correct inverted L-R channels while recording with external
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
Sound quality improvement for TTS voice
Special characters on DAISY text, HTML, txt files was not
pronounced properly. This issue has been fixed.
Firmware upgrade: 1.04.00
Audio quality improvement for recoding
USB compatibility for PC/peripherals has been improved.
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.