Duxbury Braille Translator ver. 10.4 (Win)
(upgrade pricing available)
270 Littleton Road Unit 6
Westford, MA 01886-3523
A Pentium machine running Windows 3.1 or Windows 95, 98, or 2000. A Braille
embosser is required if Braille materials are to be produced.
This software translates text to grade 2 Braille and exports it to a Braille embosser. Grade
2 Braille has the same alphabet as grade 1, but it has added contractions for many words
and word segments. The software can also be configured to export a Braille file to a
printer if a print copy is desired.
DBT is simple to use and yet its broad range of capabilities and its accuracy have made it
a program widely used by most major Braille production centers. This program installs a
Braille font in the Windows system. This font can then be used by other programs, e.g.,
for text labels in a graphics program used to create maps or diagrams for blind students
(such material can then be "toasted" by a graphics image enhancer to produce tactile
The file formats most efficiently supported by Duxbury are ASCII, Word, and
TEX/LaTEX (from Scientific Notebook).
Once a file is opened in Duxbury, it is possible to see it as text or as Braille. It also is
possible to create a text file in Duxbury and then convert it to Braille. It also is possible
to import a file created in Braille. Duxbury supports a six-key Braille editor for those
familiar with six-key Braille input.
Duxbury is "smart" about formatting, and in most cases, there is no need to take
advantage of the many formatting options that Duxbury does provide. While viewing text
of an imported file, it may be necessary to remove minor extraneous characters before
converting the file to Braille.
Basic Steps to Import a File into Duxbury
1. Have ready a saved Microsoft Word document, (e.g., created in Office 97). Make
sure the Braille embosser is turned on.
Creating Alternative Text Formats