Re: VarioUltra and NVDA

Quentin Christensen

Hi Amy,

Here's the section from the User Guide on using Baum displays including the VarioUltra specifically:

12.5. Baum/Humanware/APH/Orbit Braille Displays

Several BaumHumanWareAPH and Orbit displays are supported when connected via USB, bluetooth or serial. These include:

  • Baum: SuperVario, PocketVario, VarioUltra, Pronto!, SuperVario2, Vario 340
  • HumanWare: Brailliant, BrailleConnect, Brailliant2
  • APH: Refreshabraille
  • Orbit: Orbit Reader 20

Some other displays manufactured by Baum may also work, though this has not been tested.

If connecting via USB to displays which do not use HID, you must first install the USB drivers provided by the manufacturer. The VarioUltra and Pronto! use HID. The Refreshabraille and Orbit Reader 20 can use HID if configured appropriately.

The USB serial mode of the Orbit Reader 20 is currently only supported in Windows 10. USB HID should generally be used instead.

Following are the key assignments for these displays with NVDA. Please see your display's documentation for descriptions of where these keys can be found.

Scroll braille display backd2
Scroll braille display forwardd5
Move braille display to previous lined1
Move braille display to next lined3
Route to braille cellrouting

For displays which have a joystick:

upArrow keyup
downArrow keydown
leftArrow keyleft
rightArrow keyright
enter keyselect

On Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 8:47 AM, Amy Ruell <womantech@...> wrote:


How do I enter a space and a backspace when using the VarioUltra and NVDA? Is there a list of commands for braille displays?



Quentin Christensen
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