[Blindmath] QT RE: Software to produce tactile diagrams for Geometry?

Jose Tamayo jtblas at hotmail.com
Fri Oct 29 09:54:33 CDT 2010


One note about quicktac:  It is not supported by DBT!  You may want to try
their commercial product instead.  If you have problems with Quicktac, you
won't get support.

-----Original Message-----
From: blindmath-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:blindmath-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
Behalf Of Neal
Sent: Friday, October 29, 2010 7:24 AM
To: 'Blind Math list for those interested in mathematics'
Subject: [Blindmath] QT RE: Software to produce tactile diagrams for
Geometry?

Hello Roni:

You may want to have the teacher try the free beta 4.0 version of QuickTac.
You can use the mouse to draw.  It is very simple to use.
You draw with the mouse.
It will do everything you mentioned except; it will not support variable
height graphics.  You can also put in raised text and braille labels into
the graphic.

It supports graphics on the fly for almost every braille embosser on the
market including Enabling embossers and Index embossers as well as others.

The graphic can be inserted into a DBT (Duxbury Braille Translator) file so
that when the braille is produced the graphic is already on the page, so no
further collation is required.

You can download it from:
http://www.tactileaudio.com/QuickTac-beta1.msi 

more brief info at:
http://www.tactileaudio.com/doc.htm 

Sincerely,
Neal 
Email: Neal at duxsys.com

-----Original Message-----
From: blindmath-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:blindmath-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
Behalf Of Roni Mathew
Sent: Friday, October 29, 2010 5:48 AM
To: blindmath at nfbnet.org
Subject: [Blindmath] Software to produce tactile diagrams for Geometry?

Hi, I am a blind teacher of visually impaired children, and have a
two-pronged question:

1.	Is anyone aware of software which may be used in creating geometric
drawings, which may then be output to a Braille embosser?
2.	One of my student's issues is confusion about raised images in the
Geometry text. Her classroom teacher finds she works better when figures are
produced with Wicki Sticks and  glue. However, this method is extremely
labor intensive and time-consuming for the teacher, and I have been trying
to explain that such material will not necessarily be offered to her
following High School. So I ask, are there software-driven means of
producing lines/figures of varying thickness and height to provide greater
contrast  of angles, shapes  etc, but also for differentiation of properties
within a figure?

 

Thank you very much for assistance.

Sincerely,

Roni Mathew

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