Sequence of Operations

In general, here is a suggestion on how to approach a new NIMAS project:

  1. If a NIMAS book is available with or without images, obtain the NIMAS file-set with images.
  2. Obtain the hard copy book as well. There are many issues best resolved by checking their visual presentation.
  3. Launch NimPro and open the NIMAS archive (.zip) file. It can be helpful to save the project immediately as a .nimpro file before any edits are made.
  4. Use NimPro to evaluate the Headings, Paragraphs, and other Styles in the document. Get a sense of how things are arranged.
  5. Wherever a task can be automated, use NimPro Wizards for the "heavy lifting." (By the way, let Duxbury Systems know if you think of helpful ways these Wizards can further make the transcriber's life simpler.)
  6. Change the document Styles as needed using Quick Keys (the NimPro "Edit Styles" mode). You can also edit text directly using the NimPro "Edit Text" mode. Note: text editing in NimPro is rudimentary, so in some cases you might just want to leave markers in the text to flag areas to edit later in DBT, MegaDots, or Word.
  7. Handle the images in the document.
  8. Export the Document to Duxbury DBT or to MegaDots using the File Menu. NimPro makes it easy to export the document in smaller sections for better efficiency in these programs.
  9. Save your work frequently as a NimPro file, especially if you are about to attempt a tricky edit.
  10. Use Duxbury DBT or MegaDots to complete your braille transcription project.