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Duxbury Braille Translator
Duxbury Braille Translator software converts regular print to braille


 
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Most people understand the basics about braille: that it provides a reading medium for blind people, using "cells" made up of raised dots in various patterns instead of the characters used in regular print. But many people do not realize that the cells-for-characters substitutions are not, typically, on a one-for-one basis. The process is especially complicated in languages such as English and French where "grade 2" braille is used, involving "contractions" that are based in part upon pronunciation. Formatting of braille pages also involves issues beyond those affecting print. Duxbury Braille Translator (DBT) provides translation and formatting facilities to automate the process of conversion from regular print to braille (and vice versa), and also provides word-processing facilities for working directly in the braille as well as the print. "Fonts" are used for displaying the braille. The software is designed for two types of users--those who don't know braille and those who do. Even if all the braille you know was learned from the previous paragraph, the DBT will allow you to create highly accurate braille for school books and teaching materials, office memos, bus schedules, personal letters, signs compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and more. Where you need to be sure of "perfection," we would certainly recommend that you also make use of proofreading (just as you would proofread print books) by a knowledgeable braillist--who may be using DBT as well. That is because DBT is just as important to professional transcribers--for swift conversion to braille from a wide variety of print sources.

Item# Item Name Our Price Qty Add
DUX100-0001 Duxbury Braille Translator Single User License
$595.00
DUX100-0002 Software Maintenance Agreement
$195.00
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Features:
  • Built-in interline printing (see sample above) to have ink-braille and print together. This makes an easy proofing and teaching tool. Great for the braille-impaired too!
  • Math/Science Code and Computer Braille translation for American, British, and French Braille.
  • Intermediate levels (between grade 1 and 2) for American and British braille
  • The ability to include tactile graphics files for mixed text-and-graphic documents
  • Imports from popular word processors including Microsoft Word and WordPerfect, HTML, ICADD, DAISY/NISO/NIMAS, formatted and plain ASCII, earlier braille editors such as EDGAR and Polkadot, Duxbury's own historical file formats, and more.
  • The current translation table menu includes dozens of major languages plus variations, including grade 2 support for most jurisdictions where grade 2 is customarily used. Moreover, DBT allows languages other than the principal language to be embedded in the same file and treated as appropriate for the context. (Contact us if you have questions about a specific language.) Now braille for foreign-language texts and language teaching texts is a snap.
  • Bidirectional (print-to-braille and braille-to-print) translation
  • American textbook layout according to Braille Authority of North America (BANA) standards, and likewise the Braille Authority of the United Kingdom (BAUK) customs for the same purpose
  • Accurate presentation of both print or braille in either WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) or coded (how-you-get-what-you-want) views in the word-processing screen, with easy switching between views
  • A "translated line" showing the "other" form in either print or braille files
  • Six-key chording for braille and print entry, not timing-based, compatible with most keyboards
  • Help screens throughout the program
  • Over 100 formatting & translation codes for a high level of flexibility
  • A library of user-configurable styles
  • A user-extendable template library for even more flexibility
  • A spell-checker with 300,000-word dictionary
  • A "Quick Find Misspelling" feature for increased speed and ease of use
  • Embossing to all major braille printers; the first page may be a "banner" for job identification by personnel who don't read braille
  • The Duxbury Braille Font for viewing braille dots within other programs
  • Choice of single-user, site & other licenses
  • Unlimited technical support by telephone, email, fax, etc.
  • An Internet user forum to communicate with other Duxbury users
  • All backed by a 90-day satisfaction guarantee!




Literature:
  • DBT requires 50 megabyes of hard drive space after installation is complete; DBT requires Microsoft Windows version 2000, XP, Vista, or Windows 7.



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