Duxbury Braille Translator

Version 12.1 sr1 – Released 26th July 2016

DBT: Now Supporting over 130 Languages
DBT: Now Importing Word 2007/2010/2013, Excel, & Open Office Files
DBT: Supports Most Braille Embossers, Past and Present
DBT: Math Braille for UK Math Code greatly enhanced

Duxbury Systems leads the world in software for braille. The Duxbury Braille Translator (DBT) and MegaDots, are used by virtually all of the world’s leading braille publishers. No one supports more languages than Duxbury Systems — DBT supports grade 1 and grade 2 translation in English, Unified English Braille (UEB), Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Arabic, Malaysian, Swedish, and other languages. Our software can produce contracted and uncontracted braille, mathematics, and technical braille.

Right click and select “Save Target As…” to download a demonstration or upgrade version of 12.1 (sr1) – http://www.techno-vision.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/dbt-1201sr1.zip

If you would like to download the new Duxbury 2017 braille calendar, please click on this link – calendar-2017

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Description

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Price

Single-User Duxbury Braille Translator (Includes media) SWDUX/W £435.00
As above but for Apple Mac (Includes media) SWDUX/M £435.00
Upgrades are available but price depends on License Number Please call

What is new in Duxbury DBT

Why Update? One major reason is that DBT 12.1 can read Word 2007/2010/2013/2016 documents.  DBT 12.1 handles tabular format, Excel files, and can deal with many more languages.

Major New Features

  • DBT has always been at the forefront in implementing Unified English Braille. 12.1 contains further enhancements. DBT now has a UEB Learning Series for the UK (these are series of translators that allow learning of contractions in graduated steps).
  • You can now use variable width fonts on the “print side” of DBT.  For many languages, this is a substantial improvement.
  • Easier support for the new BANA 2011 Formats (used in the United States)
  • New SWIFT 4.0 gives greater power and flexibility from Microsoft Word
  • Nemeth Code, Braille to Print support added. (see below)
  • Export from DBT to Microsoft Word via HTML.
  • DBT has new software to handle installation and activation issues (see below)
  • DBT now contains a Czech and a Chinese User Interface (see Global Menu, Internationalization).
  • Formatted Braille Files with non-US encodings can now be imported by DBT (requires *.bff extension and the use of another encoding in the Global, Internationalization Menu).
  • Smart Phone Integration with DBT.
  • More languages and better support of existing languages (see very end of this page).
  • Better Embosser support (see below)
  • Math file importation and braille math translation have been improved substantially.
  • Numerous Miscellaneous Changes (see below)

Installation, Activation, De-activation, and Network Installation

  • DBT now contains an Activation Wizard to guide a user through the activation process.
  • The Activation Wizards contains a diagnostic screen to help the user understand the activation status on a given computer.
  • The Activation Wizard is very aware of subtle traps made by some versions of Microsoft: the Wizard knows about variations in  UAC controls and only requests elevated credentials when they are truly needed.
  • It is now possible to fix many activation problems without having to uninstall DBT (and then re-install DBT).
  • The software to manage a network installation is available as a separate download. This program is helpful in situation where another product uses a similar activation system.
  • The Network installation no longer requires writing text files.

Mathematics

  • Now students or teachers can six key in Nemeth and get print math to their printer for the print reader! (See next two items)
  • DBT now has a translation table to translate Nemeth Code technical notation into DBT print math in a .dxp file.
  • DBT now has an experimental option to save a .dxp file  as LaTeX. This allows DBT print math, which may have come from braille-to-print translation of UEB or Nemeth Code, to be brought into a program, like Scientific Viewer, where a sighted teacher or colleague can view the math.
  • In a matrix or determinant, DBT now uses the proper one space between columns instead of two.
  • In Nemeth Code, bold items in technical notation, such as vectors and bold numbers, are now translated with the proper Nemeth Code typeform indicator.
  • DBT now imports a kind of matrix from Scientific Notebook and other LaTeX files that it did not recognize before. (Previously a matrix in a LaTeX file had to use \begin{array} and \end{array} commands; now \begin{matrix} and \end{matrix} work as well.)
  • A large number of problems with conversion from MathType that gave the message “MathType Conversion Error: mtTRANSLATOR” have been fixed.
  • A large number of problems with conversion from MathType that gave the message “MathType Conversion Error: mtNOT_FOUND” have been fixed.
  • A problem with converting very large expressions from MathType that gave the error message “MathType Conversion Error: mtMEMORY” has been fixed.
  • Some problems with converting from MathType that gave extra text like “0.5em” in the document have been fixed.
  • In UEB print-to-braille translation, a hyphen within technical notation is now treated as a minus sign (dots 5, 36) unless that is overridden with a new [ammh] code.
  • When importing a hard space from MathType or LaTeX, DBT now preserves it as a hard space. This is useful for handling numbers with separated groups of digits in UEB.
  • Some symbols that weren’t included in the MathType importer and would come up missing in the DBT file have been added. These include the expanding integral sign (a character for the integral sign which takes care of changing its size for typesetting needs).
  • The handling of various commands and structures in the LaTeX importer has been improved. For example, the use of \[ and \] now causes the math item to be on a line of its own in DBT; the importing of LaTeX tables has been improved.

Nemeth Braille-to-Print

Duxbury DBT can now produce math printed output directly from braille. This works with three types of Duxbury DBT *.dxb braille files:

  • Just Nemeth braille  in DBT (everything is in math mode). Use the Math Notation (Nemeth 1972 math mode only) Template.    With this template, writing math is easy, writing text is harder. See How to Write These Files (below).
  • A mixture of literary braille text and math Nemeth braille. Use the English text with math Template that you     create yourself. See Save the Math Template for Your Own Use (below).
  • A UEB file, which can mix UEB literary text with UEB math. Use the English (Unified) Template. When BANA voted to adopt UEB in the United States, the vote included maintaining Nemeth Code for technical material. Thus UEB math has a more limited role in the US.

Embosser Support

  • Support for the new Enabling Cyclone and Enabling Trident embossers.
  • Support for the Viewplus EmBraille
  • Support for new Braillo embossers: Braillo 300, Braillo 600SR, Braillo 650 6&F, and Braillo 650 SW
  • Support for the new Cosmo Brailler from EBrailler.
  • Improved support for the Index V4 embossers
  • Support for A4 paper and extended A4 paper on several embossers
  • Embosser form (paper) size name has been changed for some Index and ONCE Impacto embossers to more closely match choices offered by the manufacturer.

Miscellaneous Changes

  • DBT can now import files whose names contain unusual characters.
  • The JAWS scripts now verbalize the spaces and new lines on the braille side, verbalize DBT codes and style codes when you use  backspace or delete, and also verbalize the context for replacing text.
  • You can now use a Moon font with DBT on the “braille side”.
  • In “Verbose Mode”, DBT shows the Unicode number of the current character at the cursor position on the status line.
  • As always, many improvements have been made to make DBT a more stable environment.
  • As always, many fixes have been done to improve the importation of Word and Open Office files.
  • As always, math importation and math translation has improved as we work to handle challenging files.

DBT 11.2: Languages and Braille

Language Highlights

Better Font Support for most languages. For many languages of the world, the DBT print screen is readable, and editing is possible.

New User Interfaces: now supporting a Czech and a Chinese User interface.

New Languages: Bengali for Bangladesh (supporting the braille rules of Feb. 1996), Croatian contracted braille supported,  Montenegrin, Tatar, and Udmurt. Contracted Turkish braille and Taiwan braille supported with a supplemental download from Duxbury Systems.

New Braille-to-print for existing languages: Amharic, Mandarin Chinese, Hausa, Somali, Swahili, and Yoruba.

We have added a new feature to the Serbian braille-to-print: while this usually uses the Cyrillic alphabet, the use of a variation code [vrn~ar] changes the braille-to-print translator to use the Roman alphabet. Another variation code [vrn~ac] reverts back to using the Cyrillic alphabet. These codes also work on other languages closely tied to Serbian.

Modest adjustments have been made in the handling of punctuation in the translators for the following European languages:  Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Luxembourgian, Maltese, Portuguese, Serbian, and Turkish.

Modest adjustments have been made in the handling of punctuation in the translators for Georgian and Mandarin Chinese as well.

Arabic and Hebrew are still not supported by the DBT editor. While the display may be improved, DBT is still not able to entirely figure out what is right-to-left, and what is left-to-right, so editing a line is absolutely not recommended until this issue is resolved.

Inspired by new braille entry devices, Duxbury Systems has made an effort to improve braille-to-print in almost every language. We welcome your suggestions on how we can further make progress in this area. The languages of India, plus Lao, Thai, Hebrew, Vietnamese,  have been especially improved.

Language Details

Ethiopian Flag DBT now has a braille-to-print translator for the Amharic.
Flag of Iran The print-to-braille and the braille-to-print Armenian translators have been improved.
Bangladesh Flag DBT now supports the Bangladesh braille rules of Feb. 1996 (Bengali language). DBT also supports the SutonnyMJ font, widely used in Bangladesh for writting Bengali.
Chinese Flag Singapore Flag DBT now has a Chinese User Interface.
Chinese Flag Singapore Flag DBT’s import of Chinese script into Pinyin has also been substantially improved. DBT now has a braille-to-print translator for Mandarin Chinese (into Pinyin Romanization, not into Chinese script).
Chinese Flag Taiwan Flag DBT now supports the braille code of Taiwan through a supplemental download from Duxbury Systems.
Chinese Flag DBT has a modest improvement in the Cantonese braille translator.
Croatia Flag DBT now supports contracted Croatian print-to-braille and braille-to-print.
Czech Republic Flag DBT now has a Czech a User Interface.
Czech Republic Flag The print-to-braille and the braille-to-print tables have also been improved.
Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the United States DBT has made improvements for the English translators used in the US, the United Kingdom, and other nations.
Flag of Bhutan The braille-to-print Dzongkha translator has been improved.
Flag of Esperanto The print-to-braille Esperanto translator has been fixed (for the question mark).
Ghanaian Flag The print-to-braille Ewe translator has been fixed.
Flag of Iran The braille-to-print Farsi translator has been substantially improved.
Flag of France The French translator has been improved, based on feedback from a user.
Flag of Germany The German translator has been improved, based on feedback from a user.
Flag of Greece Flag of Cyprus The print-to-braille and the braille-to-print translator for Greek has been substantially improved.
Nigeria Flag Flag of Niger DBT now has a braille-to-print translator for the Hausa language.
Flag of old Hawaii Flag of the United States DBT now has support for the Hawaiian Language in the following templates: English/Unified (UEB), English/American (Standard Literary), and English/American (Textbook) through the use of the language tag [lng~haw]
Israeli Flag The braille-to-print translator for Hebrew has been substantially improved.
Flag of Laos The print-to-braille and the braille-to-print translator for Lao has been substantially improved. Third party software can improve the Lao braille output.
Norwegian Flag The print-to-braille and the braille-to-print Norwegian translators have been improved.
Flag of Montenegro DBT now supports Montenegrin (supported the same as Serbian).
Polish Flag The print-to-braille and the braille-to-print Polish translators have been improved.
Serbian Flag DBT now has improved the handling of punctuation in the Serbian translator. DBT now both the Cyrillic and the Roman alphabet in the braille-to-print translation
Somalia Flag DBT now has a braille-to-print translator for the Somali language.
Swedish Flag The print-to-braille and the braille-to-print Swedish translators have been improved.
Kenya Flag Tanzania Flag DBT now has a braille-to-print translator for the Swahili language.
Russian Flag DBT now supports Tatar (a minority language in Russia).
Thai Flag The print-to-braille and the braille-to-print Thai translators have been improved. Third party software can improve the Thai braille output.
Chinese Flag The print-to-braille and the braille-to-print Tibetan translators have been improved.
Turkey Flag Flag of Cyprus DBT now supports contracted Turkish (and 4 levels of partial contraction) through a supplemental download from Duxbury Systems.
Russian Flag DBT now supports Udmurt (a minority language in Russia).
Flag of Iran The print-to-braille Ukrainian translator now supports automatic hyphenation.
Flag of Pakistan The braille-to-print translator for Urdu has been substantially improved.
Vietnam Flag The braille-to-print translator for Vietnamese has been substantially improved.
Nigeria Flag DBT now has a braille-to-print translator for the Yoruba language.