[nabs-l] Lost in Translation

Brice Smith brsmith2424 at gmail.com
Wed Dec 17 23:37:14 UTC 2008

Thanks Maria! This looks great.

On 12/17/08, Maria Kristic <maria.kristic at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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-----
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> Of Brice Smith
> Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2008 11:07 PM
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> 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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