Duxbury Training

Braille Production with Duxbury Braille Translator


Training For Transcribers

Learn how to get the most from your software while you save time and effort.

Customised Training

With some notice of your booking, we are able to incorporate a section in your course which answers trainees’ questions and goes through the answers in a practical fashion – embosser setup questions, braille formatting questions, language and mathematics production questions are just a few of the issues we have covered for trainees in past sessions. From the very basic “What can Duxbury actually do?” to the more complex “How do I mix English and Welsh in a document”, we are able to go through the information step-by-step.

We are even able to incorporate this customised information into your training handbook!

Small Or Large Groups

Whether you have two trainees or twenty, we can design a course for your group. It can even be more economical for you if you have a large group; call us and talk about your needs.

Basic Duxbury Training:

This covers the basics of Braille production, from preparing a document in Word for Windows or Duxbury, through translating to embossing.  We show you the possible pitfalls and how to avoid them, and the basics of formatting Braille documentation. There is plenty of practical, hands-on experience for trainees, and a comprehensive set of training notes is given to each trainee.

  • General use of templates and Styles in both Word and DBT
  • The creation of Templates to simplify different production requirements
  • The use of files in Word for the production of both Large Print and Braille

Students are also introduced to the basic notions of embedded foreign languages and mathematics.

Course duration: 1 day; 6 hours of training with breaks. Usually 9am – 4pm.

Location: At your site or in our Northampton Training Room for up to five trainees. Training at your site requires access to at least one computer per two trainees, with Duxbury 10.5 installed; we recommend that at least one embosser and if possible an ink printer is also available.

Cost: Dependent on the location and the number of trainees; please call us for details.

Advanced Duxbury Training:

This course is intended for transcribers whose Braille knowledge is good; it gives transcribers a collection of powerful tools, including in-depth use of Styles and Templates in Word,  and general Word use when preparing documents which may be required in Braille.  Although the emphasis is on Braille production, attendees find that this course helps to improve general Word skills considerably. The use of special DBT embedded codes is explained along with the Table of Contents Generator. Foreign Languages are covered in detail. There is plenty of practical, hands-on experience for trainees, and a comprehensive set of training notes is given to each trainee.

  • Scanning
  • Text from an outside source
  • Embosser Problems
  • Contact Points

Trainees are introduced to Braille Mathematics, using Scientific NoteBook; files from this program can be imported directly into DBT. Scientific NoteBook is also an excellent program for producing print maths, as well as Large Print versions of the same material.

The course can also touch briefly on the basics of producing Braille Music using GOODFEEL software from Dancing Dots.  DBT 10.5 allows direct importing of GOODFEEL files.  This section requires that GOODFEEL be installed on your systems for courses conducted at your site.

Course duration: 1 day; 6 hours of training with breaks. Usually 9am – 4pm.

Location: At your site or in our Northampton Training Room. Training at your site requires access to at least one computer per two trainees, with Duxbury 10.5 installed; we recommend that at least one embosser and if possible an ink printer is also available.

Cost: Dependent on the location and the number of trainees; please call us for details.