[nabs-l] Lost in Translation

Maria Kristic maria.kristic at gmail.com
Wed Dec 17 17:14:25 UTC 2008

A free solution is to use WinTrans
(http://www.blind-computing.com/braille/programs/winbt.exe), a GUI interface
to NFBTrans, or, if you want to use NFBTrans, the command-line app, itself,
download that from
http://www.nfb.org/Images/nfb/Products_Technology/nfbtr774.zip. Kurzweil
1000 uses NFBTrans, so I have used it in conjunction with K1000 when
back-translating BRF files, and the quality is pretty decent.


-----Original Message-----
From: nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf
Of Brice Smith
Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2008 11:07 PM
To: nabs-L at nfbnet.org
Subject: [nabs-l] Lost in Translation

Is there a way I can translate text from .brf to .txt, .rtf, .html, or
another usable format so I can read on my computer?
I started using web-Braille two years ago: I downloaded the .brf file
from the site, then I'd always use commands in Duxbury to translate
the file from Braille to readable text, and just read with jaws from
However, I don't have access to duxbury anymore and would rather not
pay hundreds of dollars to download a complex system where the only
thing I could see myself using on a regular basis is the translate
Are there any other, preferably free and easy, methods to translate a
braille file to readable text?

For the record, I do understand that the point of web-Braille is to
allow patrons to read files on a machine such as the Braillenote which
supports the specific format and includes a Braille display. However,
since translation is readily available in duxbury, I don't think I'm
breaking any rules by converting the file for personal use.
P.S. Excelent film (see subject)

- Brice

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