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PIAF Picture in a Flash Tactile Graphic Maker

Extended Warranty:
Swell touch paper - 8.5" x 11" - 100 sheets:   ADD (Add $220.10)
Swell touch paper - 11" x 11.5" - 100 sheets:   ADD (Add $276.90)
Swell touch paper - 11" x 17" - 100 sheets:   ADD (Add $383.40)
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Index Basic-D V5 Embosser

For years; Basic-D has been the most sold braille embosser in the world. It uses fan-folded paper to produce single or double-sided braille.

Over 25 years of experience: Basic-D V5 is a compact and powerful tractor-fed Braille printer as it has always been; but now it's available with new modern features like Wi-fi connection, embossing from USB memory and braille printing from mobile devices. 

An even better Basic-D: Though the physical appearance has not changed, the Basic-D V5 has been updated to include all the latest Braille techniques and compatibility with mainstream technology.

Region defined layouts: Select and save region specific layouts or operate using 1-9 layout options including user defined.

Horizontal & Vertical Braille printing: Emboss Braille horizontally or vertically (sideways) on the page using the Basic-D V5 Braille embosser.

Light to sharpen the design: Light is an important design component in all V5 embossers and a hallmark for its technology level. It both guides the user interface and decorates the embosser.

An enjoyable user interface: The control panel is a local user interface which allows the user to interact with the braille embosser and provides complete embosser control.

Emboss & manage from portable devices: Index Braille V5 embossers are compatible with portable devices. With the use of your portable device and Index's own idB (free), endless braille embossing options are available directly from your smart phone, tablet or portable PC.

Even better braille quality: The V5 solenoids (hammers) offer even better braille dot quality, a longer life cycle, higher embossing speed and lower power consumption.

idB : Index-direct-Braille: idB is a direct braille printing application built in the V5 braille embosser. It is available free of charge and compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux computers.

Affordable price: Full of truly useful features and endless braille embossing opportunities, Index V5 braille embossers still maintain the most affordable braille printer price comparatively.

Acapela synthetic speech: In V5 embossers the speech feedback is generated by Acapela synthetic speech. This enables easy feedback when controlling the embosser user interface.

Remote support: Get Index Braille embosser support from anywhere in the world by simply connecting to our remote support function embedded in the V5 embosser.

Interpoint Braille: High quality Braille on both sides of the paper, known as interpoint or double-sided braille, is an Index Braille trademark.

USB host port: Connect a USB memory stick directly to any Index V5 braille embosser via USB host port to directly print braille documents or backup and restore embosser settings.

Compact size 
100 characters per second 
Print from portable devices 
Braille and text labeled control panel 
Tractor-fed paper - the most reliable paper feeding method 



Embossing speed cps: 100 cps
Single-sided: Yes
Double-sided: Yes
Vertical printing (newspaper): Yes
Braille font: 2.2, 2.5, 3.2 mm
Tactile resolution: 50 dpi
Forming method: 13 hammers/anvils


Tractor-fed: Yes
Single sheet feeder: -
Paper roll: -
Sheet feeder size
Paper weight: 120-180 g/m2 (80-110 lbs)
Paper width: 5-13 in
Paper length: 1-17 in
Paper formats: Adjustable


Height: 13 cm (5.12 in)
Width: 52 cm (20.47 in)
Depth: 26 cm (10.24 in)
Net volume: 17.58 dm3 (0.62 ft3)
Net weight: 7.6 kg (16.72 lbs)
Noise level: 80 dB(A)
Noise level with acoustic protection: 60 dB(A)


User interface: Braille and ink labelled panel with multilingual speech feedback
USB: Yes
Network: Yes
Serial port: Yes
Web: Yes
Firmware upgrade: Via internet always free of charge
LED feedback: 3 LED on front panel and 4 on back side
Printer drivers: Windows 32/64 bit


Voltage: 100-240 V AC
Power max: 140 W
Power stand by: 5 W
Eco power down: 0.0.5 W


Warranty: 2 years
cps/1000 USD: 27


Height: 13 cm (5.12 in)
Width: 52 cm (20.47 in)
Depth: 26 cm (10.24 in)
Net volume: 17.58 dm3 (0.62 ft3)
Net weight: 7.6 kg (16.72 lbs)
Noise level: 80 dB(A) (Sound level may vary with ambient conditions)
Noise level with acoustic protection: 60 dB(A)


Tractor-fed: Yes
Cut sheet fed -
Paper roll -
Sheet feeder size
Paper weight: 120-180 g/m2 (80-110 lbs)
Paper width: 100-325 mm (3.9"-12,8")
Paper length: 25-431mm (1"-17")
Adjustable paper size: Yes



SKU: 06-EXT1PIAF - One Year Extended Warranty for the P.I.A.F
SKU: 06-EXT2PIAF - Two Years Extended Warranty for the P.I.A.F

Resources for PIAF Users and Producers of Tactile Graphics

A graphic of Table Mountain This page is the gateway to our collection of manuals, guides and resources for the producer of tactile graphics. Click on the link in each paragraph to go to the resource mentioned in that paragraph.

To read the PIAF User Guide in English or download the PDF file, click here.

There are several sites around the web where you will find useful tips, examples and downloads to help you make better tactile images.

Guides and design resources

Collections and examples

We have a small collection of images on this site, similar to the Table Mountain diagram alongside, for you to use as resources for making tactile graphics using the Piaf.

We also have a small subset of the Purdue graphics, offered here as a collection of example graphics. Each example has two parts - one for Low Vision diagrams, and one for Braille. Use these examples to help you design your own graphics, and to give you an idea of the quality of images available from View International, linked above.

We have also included a pdf download of Marco Schuffelen's manual on producing tactile graphics. Marco has distilled the experience of 20 years' work at the Netherlands Library for the Blind into an exceptional resource for people making Tactile Graphics.

All image files should open in your PC's default image viewer; PDF files open in Adobe Acrobat; doc files will open in Microsoft Word or OpenOffice Writer.  Please feel free to download these images to use them yourself.


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