BEFORE USING THE BRAILLE SOFTWARE
- The Braille embosser (printer) is noisy! Check that you will not be disturbing others when in use, and always ensure the room door is closed.
- You will need training prior to using this equipment.
The process of making a Braille document involves translating a text document into Braille using a piece of software called Duxbury. Braille does not directly replicate English.
For more information on Braille see http://www.afb.org/Section.asp?SectionID=6&TopicID=199.
To produce Braille you need an embosser (similar to a printer). We use the Everest embosser in the Alternative Formats Service.
Step 1 – Load Duxbury
Open up Duxbury program, by Start > 3-Output > Braille Output DBT
When Duxbury has loaded select:
- File > open, and select your file (the file must be a .doc or .txt file)
- Click <OK>
- A second dialogue box requests you to select a template and file type
- From the ‘Template’ window scroll down and select : ‘English (British)- with capitals’
- From the ‘Import Filter’ window scroll down and select : ‘Microsoft Word 6 or later’
The file will open. This will look similar to a plain text file. Then select File > Translate (Keyboard shortcut ctrl+t)
The window will now show a visual display of the Braille document.
To make Braille:
- Turn on the Everest embosser machine
- Load Braille Paper (normal paper cannot be used)
- From Duxbury select File > Emboss (Keyboard shortcut Ctrl+E)
The embosser should now start embossing the Braille document.