Re: Victor Stream List

Pamela Dominguez

I must have missed something. Who said it was trendy? I have never bought a Victor anything until I bought the trek, which I really bought for the GPS. But when I got it, I realized why so many people like their Victors. Before that, I just thought it was just another device like the Plextalk pocket or the booksense or the bookport desktop. Pam.

-----Original Message-----
From: Lynn White
Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 8:27 AM
Subject: Re: [bardtalk] Victor Stream List

I don't know why people see buying a Victor Stream or a trek as
something trendy.

I own both and have owned the Stream for several years. For me, it is
just another tool to be used along with the computer and iPhone.

I do get where Victor is not for everyone. But for those of us who have
chosen to purchase them, it's not trendy. I even knew when I bought the
Trek that I wouldn't use the machine for travel. But its overall
performance is even better than the original Victor Stream.

On 6/12/2018 9:15 PM, Pamela Dominguez wrote:
I agree. When it came out it seemed like everybody jumped on it like they had to have the hottest new toy. Once I learned how to download and unzip a book and all that good stuff, I never saw any reason to even contemplate messing with it. Pam.

-----Original Message----- From: Stephen Giggar
Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 3:32 PM
Subject: Re: [bardtalk] Victor Stream List

No I'll stay away from bard express. That is for people who know very little about computers. I'll stick with the web app that is
faster and more flexible to me and the computer is much faster with the web site at downloading books and the like. Then I can store
them however I want.

As far as phones, I'll stick to my android Galaxy S9+ and my trusty old Nokia N95-3. I don't have any reason to download book to the
phone being I have an VR 2nd Edition and an NLS player that meet my needs very well. I can quickly copy books to the SD card for the
stream using an USB 3.0 UHS-II card 32GB in a few minutes if I have that many books in my unread directory. Can't do that through
the VR stream hookup regardless of the stream you have. It only support USB 2.0 and doesn't fully take advantage of even that. Same
goes for WiFi on the stream very very slow at downloading book with it. 100MB and it takes the stream 10 minutes or so when I do it
on the computer done in 20 to 25 seconds.

Signed: Stephen Giggar

Hardware eventually fails, software eventually works.
No amount of bandwidth can fix poor design.

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Robert Acosta
Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 12:32 PM
Subject: Re: [bardtalk] Victor Stream List

Have you guys tried Bard Express? You can download books directly to your Stream. bob

Robert Acosta, President
Helping Hands for the Blind
(818) 998-0044

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Alan Lemly
Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 7:44 AM
Subject: Re: [bardtalk] Victor Stream List


Don't forget to mention that you can also reply to emails using your iDevice as I'm doing right now.

Alan Lemly
On Jun 12, 2018, at 7:29 AM, Russ <russ94577@...> wrote:

I took a lot of time thinking about if I should buy a second
generation victor reader stream. I ended up buying a ipad mini.
It has more volume and better sound than my ipod touch, first
generation victor reader stream booksense and plextalk pocket. It
does everything I would do with a specialized player. With being able
to lock the screen while playing audio content, I get much more play
time than with my specialized players.

With the bard mobile app, I can read nls books on it. Books can be
directly downloaded to the ipad mini. This can't be done on my
specialized players I currently own.

With the audible app, I can read books from audible. Books can be
directly downloaded to the ipad mini. I can't do this with my
specialized players I currently own.

With the Kindle app, I can read Kindle books from Amazon. I can't do
this with my specialized playrs.

With the voice dream reader app I can read books from bookshare,
unprotected epub, listen to old time radio shows.
Supported File Formats PDF, EPUB (DRM free), DAISY 3.0 text-based
eBooks, DAISY 2.02 audiobooks, Zipped MP3 files, such as LibriVox,
Plain Text, Rich Text Format (RTF), Microsoft Word, Microsoft
PowerPoint, Apple Pages, Apple Keynote, HTML.
What's nice about voice dream reader, you can download books from both
bookshare and Project Gutenberg directly to the ipad mini.
I bought the optional neospeech voice to make it sound just like a
booksense when reading any text based file. I can switch between
Acapela and neospeech. I can't see buying a second generation victor
reader stream inorder to download books from bookshare to it. With
the specialized players I currently own, I can't download books from
bookshare to them.

With the LibriVox Audio Books Pro provides free access to over 15,000
audiobooks and thousands of radio dramas with no ads. Each audiobook
can be streamed over the internet or downloaded for later use.

Audiobooks from LibriVox are free thanks to the dedicated work of
hundreds of volunteers who record, edit and distribute the books. New
releases are prepared daily, and the entire catalog spans the breadth
of world literature, including novels, history, biography, short
stories, poetry and more in both fiction and non-fiction.

The LibriVox Audio Books app makes it easy to search for free audio
books, as well as classic radio dramas. You can browse by title,
author or genre, look at new recordings, or search by keyword.
Because the books are free, you can listen to as much or as little of
book as you like with no cost.
The app remembers your position, so when you return to a book later,
you can start listening at the place where you left off, and includes
a sleep timer for your convenience.

To see the LibriVox catalog on the web, visit

With the downcast app, I can download podcasts directly to the ipad
mini I can subscribe and unsubscribe to podcasts on it. With my
plextalk pocket, I can't subscribe and unsubscribe to podcasts on it.
With the other two specialized players i currently own, I can't
podcasts to them.

My ipad mini is now my favorite device for reading books, downloading
and listening to podcasts and old time radio shows.

-----Original Message----- From: Miriam Vieni
Sent: Monday, June 11, 2018 6:46 AM
Subject: Re: [bardtalk] Victor Stream List

People who use ios devices which would probably be helpful in helping
decide. But one way to decide is to figure out what functions you want your new device to perform. If you're just wanting it for
reading and downloading books, listening to radio stations and podcasts, then the stream will do the trick. If you want a little
portable computer that will act as a phone and easily do searches for information for you in addition, then that's a whole different
ballgame. I also think that some blind people get keyboards to attach to their ios devices that make them easier to use. There's a
lot to investigate. By the way, the second gen stream has 4 gigs of storage space which is more than enough if you transfer
downloaded books to storage cards and you don't have 100 podcast feeds as some folks do. And there's a whole specific group of
podcasts in which you might be interested, that are not included in the ones listed on the stream. Also, podcasts can be transferred
to the SD card as well.

MiriamI know that there is an email group for

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Roger Loran
Bailey via Groups.Io
Sent: Sunday, June 10, 2018 9:01 PM
Subject: Re: [bardtalk] Victor Stream List

Do I really want to upgrade? Well, kind of. And this gives me
something of
an excuse to finally take the plunge. But as far as I know the only thing wrong with is the battery and I hesitate to take a plunge
that I would not have taken if it had not been for this one little thing. I am not the type who leaps before I look and, in fact, I
tend to look so long that I am slow at taking leaps at all. I think I will, at least, ask Humanware about a new battery. But I am
also thinking that this might just be the excuse I need to get an IOS device and that takes even more consideration, iPad, iPad
Mini, iPod? And just how hard would it be to learn all the gestures to be used on a touch screen device?

On 6/10/2018 7:37 PM, Pamela Dominguez wrote:
Why don't you contact them at Humanware and find out if you can get a
battery for it. It nothing else is wrong, it would be a waste to get
rid of it if you could. If you also want to upgrade, that's a whole
different kettle of fish. Pam.

-----Original Message----- From: Roger Loran Bailey via Groups.Io
Sent: Sunday, June 10, 2018 11:46 AM
To: Bardtalk
Subject: [bardtalk] Victor Stream List

I understand that the Victor Reader Stream users list has been having
problems lately. Has that been resolved? I used to be a subscriber,
but then the second generation of the Stream came out and eventually
that was the only Stream that was being discussed on that list and
because I was still using the first generation Stream I unsubscribed.
But lately I have been having a problem with my Stream. I have had it
for about ten years now and it appears that the battery is now shot.
I can give it a full charge and then leave it turned off overnight
and the next morning I turn it on and it immediately announces
battery very low, powering off. I can still use it as long as I keep
it plugged in with the power cord, but I sure can't go anywhere with it.
Because it is not being made now and so is obsolete I suspect that it
would be very hard to get a replacement battery. So I am
upgrading to a newer model.
The choice would be between the second generation Stream and the
Victor Reader Trek, but I don't know yet which I would prefer. There
is also the choice of finally getting an IOS device, but I am a
little afraid of that because they are not made for us blind people
and learning to use the touch screen is a bit daunting. I am
supposing that the best place to get help in making up my mind would
be the Stream users list, but if it is malfunctioning and I would
only get sporadic messages it wouldn't be of much use to me. So, is
it working now or if it is not do any of you know of some other list
that could help me make up my mind about what to upgrade to?

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