[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.

HTH,
Maria

-----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
there.
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
command.
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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