Braille Translation Software - Particularly Free, Preferably


 

I have recently received a referral about setting up a Braille embosser for someone who's mother purchased it over a year ago and where it has been sitting in a box ever since.  Setting up the device itself is not the issue, but it is quite probable that no Braille translation software was purchased with the embosser based on what I've been able to gather so far.

The needs for functionality would most definitely be on the very simple end of things.  I suspect that virtually all of it will be straight translation of simple documents created in MS-Word for embossing.

I am well aware of Duxbury, and have used it in the past, but that seems like overkill here.  But because the translation software is going to need to be used by a variety of people with differing levels of computer skill, many of whom have never dealt with Braille at all, I want to make certain that whatever gets chosen is pretty darned easy to use.  Brailleblaster from APH is something I'd consider if feedback about it is positive.  There may be other alternatives, and I certainly don't know them all.  It's been over 10 years since I was actively producing Braille material from MS-Word or other text files, so a lot of water may have passed under the bridge since then.

All guidance would be appreciated.
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Brian - Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 21H2, Build 19044

The psychology of adultery has been falsified by conventional morals, which assume, in monogamous countries, that attraction to one person cannot co-exist with a serious affection for another.  Everybody knows that this is untrue. . .

    ~Bertrand Russell


Pranav Lal
 

Hi Brian,

 

One option is braile blaster. https://www.brailleblaster.org/

 

I believe it was updated recently.

 

Pranav


Dan Beaver
 

Hi Brian,


I use Braille Blaster.  I find it quite easy to use.  I use it for hardcopy braille and for creating braille files to load onto my refreshable braille device.


Some of the settings and controls take a little getting used to but it isn't bad at  all.


Dan Beaver

Dan Beaver (KA4DAN)
On 6/29/2022 1:06 PM, Brian Vogel wrote:

I have recently received a referral about setting up a Braille embosser for someone who's mother purchased it over a year ago and where it has been sitting in a box ever since.  Setting up the device itself is not the issue, but it is quite probable that no Braille translation software was purchased with the embosser based on what I've been able to gather so far.

The needs for functionality would most definitely be on the very simple end of things.  I suspect that virtually all of it will be straight translation of simple documents created in MS-Word for embossing.

I am well aware of Duxbury, and have used it in the past, but that seems like overkill here.  But because the translation software is going to need to be used by a variety of people with differing levels of computer skill, many of whom have never dealt with Braille at all, I want to make certain that whatever gets chosen is pretty darned easy to use.  Brailleblaster from APH is something I'd consider if feedback about it is positive.  There may be other alternatives, and I certainly don't know them all.  It's been over 10 years since I was actively producing Braille material from MS-Word or other text files, so a lot of water may have passed under the bridge since then.

All guidance would be appreciated.
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Brian - Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 21H2, Build 19044

The psychology of adultery has been falsified by conventional morals, which assume, in monogamous countries, that attraction to one person cannot co-exist with a serious affection for another.  Everybody knows that this is untrue. . .

    ~Bertrand Russell


Howard Traxler
 

If a hardware solution would due, I have a couple of Ransley Braille translators that I would part with very inexpensively.  The Ransley was a device about the size of the old external modem.  It was built and sold back in the '70s.  You send normal text into it and translated Braille came out the other end.  Unfortunately, the interface supported only RS232 serial and parallel.  The grade II Braillle wasn't perfect, but it could be fixed up by including control codes in your document.  A very interesting bit of history.

Howard


On 6/29/2022 12:06 PM, Brian Vogel wrote:

I have recently received a referral about setting up a Braille embosser for someone who's mother purchased it over a year ago and where it has been sitting in a box ever since.  Setting up the device itself is not the issue, but it is quite probable that no Braille translation software was purchased with the embosser based on what I've been able to gather so far.

The needs for functionality would most definitely be on the very simple end of things.  I suspect that virtually all of it will be straight translation of simple documents created in MS-Word for embossing.

I am well aware of Duxbury, and have used it in the past, but that seems like overkill here.  But because the translation software is going to need to be used by a variety of people with differing levels of computer skill, many of whom have never dealt with Braille at all, I want to make certain that whatever gets chosen is pretty darned easy to use.  Brailleblaster from APH is something I'd consider if feedback about it is positive.  There may be other alternatives, and I certainly don't know them all.  It's been over 10 years since I was actively producing Braille material from MS-Word or other text files, so a lot of water may have passed under the bridge since then.

All guidance would be appreciated.
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Brian - Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 21H2, Build 19044

The psychology of adultery has been falsified by conventional morals, which assume, in monogamous countries, that attraction to one person cannot co-exist with a serious affection for another.  Everybody knows that this is untrue. . .

    ~Bertrand Russell



 

What about nfb trans?

Never used it but I think its free.


On 30/06/2022 5:06 am, Brian Vogel wrote:

I have recently received a referral about setting up a Braille embosser for someone who's mother purchased it over a year ago and where it has been sitting in a box ever since.  Setting up the device itself is not the issue, but it is quite probable that no Braille translation software was purchased with the embosser based on what I've been able to gather so far.

The needs for functionality would most definitely be on the very simple end of things.  I suspect that virtually all of it will be straight translation of simple documents created in MS-Word for embossing.

I am well aware of Duxbury, and have used it in the past, but that seems like overkill here.  But because the translation software is going to need to be used by a variety of people with differing levels of computer skill, many of whom have never dealt with Braille at all, I want to make certain that whatever gets chosen is pretty darned easy to use.  Brailleblaster from APH is something I'd consider if feedback about it is positive.  There may be other alternatives, and I certainly don't know them all.  It's been over 10 years since I was actively producing Braille material from MS-Word or other text files, so a lot of water may have passed under the bridge since then.

All guidance would be appreciated.
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Brian - Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 21H2, Build 19044

The psychology of adultery has been falsified by conventional morals, which assume, in monogamous countries, that attraction to one person cannot co-exist with a serious affection for another.  Everybody knows that this is untrue. . .

    ~Bertrand Russell


John Sanfilippo
 

It may help to know which embosser this is. For instance, the Enabling Technologies Juliet 120 which costs just over $4k USD, has a built-in translater. Just put a .txt file on a ram stick and it will churn out a UEB contracted braille document. Other embossers may have this as well. (I mean, if you are thinking of going with a translating box ...) 

Of course, if you need to have closer, detailed control, then, yeah, you'll want some software.

John


 

A big thanks to all who've responded.  I have not as yet received the details on the actual hardware that is sitting in that box.  I'm just trying to get my "worst case ducks in a row."
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Brian - Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 21H2, Build 19044

The psychology of adultery has been falsified by conventional morals, which assume, in monogamous countries, that attraction to one person cannot co-exist with a serious affection for another.  Everybody knows that this is untrue. . .

    ~Bertrand Russell


soloman s
 

Hello sir,
I would like you to consider using
http://liblouis.org/
if you are comfortable working at command line and I hope you are.
I've heard of it hence sharing but have not used personally though.
I have my BrailleMe RBD that helps in reading and translates braille
documents by a simple command.

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With warm regards
Solomon S
teachsolo@...