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Erik Sine

Braille Output

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Do some of these sign software programs come with plug-ins or something that output the braille dots? I though Flexisign had it.


You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life. - Winston Churchill

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I have flexi and it has braille as a font, but so far I only use a vinyl cutter. I am sure it can be used otherwise.

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Is it in the font and clip art CD, I don't see it.


You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life. - Winston Churchill

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Braille output is done with a conversion program to machine language through software written by Duxbury.

http://www.duxburysystems.com/products.asp

Duxbury started by writing the conversion program for books. It makes the braille #2 - the "reading" braille for blind people and the ADA required braille for signage. The "Font" braille which is Type 1 braille is a direct letter to letter conversion and is not legal on braille signage. Most braille layout's are done with the font just for ease and then the proper conversion is laid in at time of production. Type #2 braille is truncated to represent sounds and double letters. It also includes symbols that cue the blind to capital lettering, numbers, etc.

Duxbury has contracts with the software designers that produce software to run CNC flat bed machines. The machine the sign industry use's to make raster braille. They also have contracts with software designers for plug in's. For example you can buy a license to the conversion software for Corel. When you purchase the machinery and thus the sign package to run it, you have also purchased the license to produce #2 braille.

That's the crash course in raster braille production Eight years to late for this post but maybe helpful to someone else.

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Yep, Duxbury is the only solution I know that works. Its a simple translation program and you cut and paste from there to Illustrator or Flexi as needed and use the braille font.

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Doesn't Duxbury still have the patent on it?

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The translation is not patentable, The software he wrote - the translator - was copywritted. Accent used to hold the patent on the braille bead's and probably still does in the US. When you bought your translator you would get a certificate to buy the braille balls as well. Flex uses a plug-in - not cut and paste, in 2013 they changed over to some other software system because of the multi-language ability. Duxbury now has a multi language translator so they might have gone back to them. Last I understood CroelDraw use's MegaDot as it's plug in so you don't have to cut and paste. I don't know about AI, but I assume they have something similar.

MegaDot is built by duxbury as well. It's the DOS engine for the translation.

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