Duxbury Braille Translator

Why Update? One major reason is that DBT 11.3 can read Word 2007/2010/2013 files.
handles tabular format, Excel files, and can deal with many more languages.

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DBT 11.3 2015-07-08 (2015-07-10)

Absolutely New Features

Amid hundreds of changes and no small number of improvements, the latest DBT presents three absolutely new features for our users:


Primary Focuses of Improvement:


UEB (Unified English Braille)

Math Improvements

DBT Template Improvements

File Open (Import)

User Interface Improvements

Accessibility and JAWS Script Files

Improvements to the Activation Process

Braille Embossers


New Languages and Translation Improvements

FlagDescription
South African Flag Afrikaans: Respecting emphasis in braille-to-print.
Albanian Flag Albanian: Adding Arabic and Greek script in print-to-braille, Respecting emphasis in braille-to-print.
Azerbaijan Flag Azeri: New table for braille-to-print translation. Table includes respecting emphasis in braille-to-print.
Assyrian Flag Biblical original language studies, This table combines Biblical Hebrew, Biblical Greek, and Syriac on a UEB table.
Bosnian Flag Bosnian: Added Arabic script in print-to-braille. Respecting emphasis in braille-to-print.
Andorra Flag Catalan: In print-to-braille, each upper case letter now gets its own dot 46 indicator. Respecting emphasis in braille-to-print.
Russian Flag Chuvash is a minority language in Russia. Respecting emphasis in braille-to-print.
Croatian Flag Croatian: Corrections made for sequences of all caps, and strip emphasis codes in print-to-braille. Respecting emphasis in braille-to-print.
Netherlands Flag Dutch: Certain math symbols (such as plus), are now preceded by either a space or a dot 5, but not both. Respecting emphasis in braille-to-print.
Estonian Flag Estonian: Strip emphasis codes in print-to-braille. Respecting emphasis in braille-to-print.
Philippines Flag Updated Filipino and Tagalog based on user reports. Letter sign now supported. Some print-to-braille improvements, and extensive braille-to-print improvements.
Finnish Flag Finnish: Strip emphasis codes in print-to-braille. Respecting emphasis in braille-to-print.
German Flag German: Fixes in braille-to-print translation to improve the handling of some braille contractions.
Greek Flag Greek: Respecting emphasis in braille-to-print.
 Flag Hebrew/Israeli: Now supports four scripts: Hebrew, Roman, Arabic, and Russian. We have added a simple math data entry system devised by ALEH (translation variation DBT code required).
Indonesian Flag Indonesian: Added Arabic script in print-to-braille and respecting emphasis in braille-to-print.
IPA Flag IPA: A brand new braille-to-print table. (Only comment changes in print-to-braille.)
Irish Flag The Irish Gaelic print-to-braille table has been updated for initial implementation of the new Updated Irish Braille (UIB) Code, specifically to implement non-use of specific contractions when bridging the basic word boundaries in certain compound words.
Italian Flag Italian: Fixed the handling of the period character.
Japanese Flag Japanese: Fixed braille-to-print for 12 strings, and 1 string for print-to-braille.
Indonesian Flag Javanese: New Language! Uncontracted Indonesian plus uncontracted Arabic.
South Korean Flag Korean: Now handles one contraction that was not previously supported.
Luxembourg Flag Luxembourgish: Fixed handling of all caps and respecting emphasis in braille-to-print.
Macedonian Flag Macedonian: Added Arabic script in print-to-braille. Respecting emphasis in braille-to-print.
Malaysian Flag Malay: Adding Arabic script in print-to-braille, and respecting emphasis in braille-to-print.
Flag of Malta Maltese: The braille translation tables have been updated per further revised specifications received from a Maltese source. Also respecting emphasis in braille-to-print.
mongolian Flag Mongolian: Now uses UEB for punctuation and math; respecting emphasis in braille-to-print. Also handles Unicode characters U+04AF and U+20EA correctly.
Montenegro Flag Montenegrin: Added Arabic script in print-to-braille. Respecting emphasis in braille-to-print.
Norwegian Flag Norwegian: Several contractions fixed in both print-to-braille and braille-to-print translators. Respecting emphasis in braille-to-print.
Polish Flag Polish: Fixed several characters, and respects emphasis in braille-to-print.
Romanian Flag Romanian: Fixed 2 characters in braille-to-print. Respecting emphasis in braille-to-print.
Russian Flag Russian: Respecting emphasis in braille-to-print.
Serbian Flag Serbian: Added Arabic script in print-to-braille. Respecting emphasis in braille-to-print.
Slovakian Flag Slovakian: Respecting emphasis in braille-to-print. Slovakian emphasis character is dots 46, not dots 456.
Slovenian Flag Slovenian: Added Arabic script in print-to-braille. Respecting emphasis in braille-to-print.
Flag of Zimbabwethe United Nations Shona: African language combining uncontracted UEB and uncontracted Arabic.
Somali Flag Somali: Added Arabic script in print-to-braille.
Turkey Flag Flag of Cyprus Turkish: Added Arabic script in print-to-braille.
Turkmen Flag Turkmen: Respecting emphasis in braille-to-print. Fixed open double quotes on print-to-braille.
Pakistan Flag Updated Urdu based on user reports (fixed 1 print-to-braille error and three braille-to-print errors).
Uzbek Flag Uzbec: Respecting emphasis in braille-to-print. Fixed open double quotes in print-to-braille.
Wales Flag Welsh: Updated to conform to Welsh Braille Code changes intended to make Welsh Braille Code more consistent with UEB.


What does our software for braille look like?

Whether you are blind or sighted, our software comes up as a standard modern application, fully accessible AND fully in tune with the latest advances in operating systems and sister applications.

screen shot of D B T

What does software for braille do?

Most people understand the basics about braille: that it provides a reading medium for blind people, using "cells" made up of raised dots in various patterns instead of the characters used in regular print. But many people do not realize that the cells-for-characters substitutions are not, typically, on a one-for-one basis. The process is especially complicated in languages such as English and French where "grade 2" braille is used, involving "contractions" that are based in part upon pronunciation. Formatting of braille pages also involves issues beyond those affecting print. DBT provides translation and formatting facilities to automate the process of conversion from regular print to braille (and vice versa), and also provides word-processing facilities for working directly in the braille as well as the print. "Fonts" are used for displaying the braille.

Who uses software for braille?

Our software is designed for two types--those who don't know braille and those who do. Even if all the braille you know was learned from the previous paragraph, the Duxbury Braille Translator (DBT) will allow you to create highly accurate braille for school books and teaching materials, office memos, bus schedules, personal letters, signs compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and more. Where you need to be sure of "perfection," we would certainly recommend that you also make use of proofreading (just as you would proofread print books) by a knowledgeable braillist--who may be using DBT as well. That is because DBT is just as important to professional transcribers--for fast conversion to braille from a wide variety of print sources.

Interline Printing

example of interline printing

Notable Features of DBT

DBT is simple to use--beginners learn in just minutes. Yet its depth, power and accuracy are such that it is used by most of the major braille production centers throughout the world. The current version provides the following features:

Systems Requirements for DBT Win

DBT requires 100 megabyes of hard drive space after installation is complete; DBT requires Microsoft Windows version 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8.


Release History DBT Win | Purchase | Updates | Demo | Complete Price List


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