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Braille Translators

A braille translator takes a document and converts it into a braille file. The braille file can then be sent to a braille printer or read on a braille display or a personal digital assistant.
   The first step in converting a computer file into a braille document is to choose the type of braille required—computer braille, a one-to-one representation of what appears on the computer screen; noncontracted (grade 1) braille, which consists of letters, numbers, and punctuation marks; or contracted (grade 2) braille, which includes contractions of common combinations of letters and words. To create a contracted braille file, a braille translation program takes the computer text file, inserts the proper contractions, and formats the document properly for the braille page. Some braille translation programs are available free of charge and may be downloaded from the Internet; other programs may cost up to $895.
   The main questions to ask when purchasing braille translators are
•   Is the translator compatible with your computer’s operating system?
•   Do you need multiple languages?

7 Products in Category

Product Table

Product NameProduct DescriptionDistributor ContactImage/Multimedia Available?
Braille Master Translates printed text to braille and sends it directly to an embosser or a braille file. Available in Windows and two DOS versions.
Cipher Braille Translator Translates documents to Grade 1 or Grade 2 braille. Offers full control over formatting and allows users to create and save style templates. Only available for British English.
Duxbury Braille TranslatorText-to-braille and braille-to-text translation program available in both Macintosh and PC versions. Producse contracted and uncontracted braille, mathematics, and technical braille.
GOODFEEL Braille Music TranslatorTranslates music files into braille. Transcribes instrumental parts, vocal solos, keyboard works and full orchestral scores from beginner through advanced levels. Includes Lime music notation editor, Sharpeye music OCR software and LimeAloud access method.
MegaDots DOS-based word processing, braille translation, and large print program that allows users to produce print or braille output from the same document. Also works with files imported from other programs, including Macintosh applications. Supports most print and braille printers. Comes with a Windows installer.
OpusDots LiteSoftware system for transcribing printed sheet music into music braille. Consists of a music notation editor, a music-to-braille translator, and a braille editor, all integrated into one self-contained easy-to-use package.
ToccataTranslates printed music of any complexity, including single-line instrumental music, songs with lyrics, piano music, and orchestral scores, into braille. Has its own built-in music notation editor and braille editor. Can import music from MIDI files. Automatically translates the entered music into braille, then displays it in a braille editor that supports six-key entry.

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