Braille Production

Placeholder Image
(countertop with bell, list of receipts, & coffee with latte art in a leaf shape)

BANA Format Examples (retrieved from BANA Braille Formats 2016, updated for UEB

Screen Shot 2017-05-08 at 3.13.43 PM
(BANA Braille Formats Example 10-6)

Software

Literary
*remember that you can download many items from Bookshare in BRF format!
Nemeth
Graphics
Document preparation tools
Multipage scanner of your choice
Optical Character Recognition Software to liberate text from PDF:
*Has a special option for drawing boxes around text/graphics to ignore when converting. Trust me, this is amazing.
Hardware
Embossers/Embossers that do graphics/Embossers that combine braille & print
“Toasters:” Draw or print graphic onto special paper, then heat!
Tactile Graphics

Tactile Graphics for Beginners

PLANNING GRAPHICS

APH Guide to Tactile Graphics

Tactile Graphics Planning Sheet

Tactile Graphics Decision Tree:

Graphic Readability

Tactile Graphics on the Fly!

Iowa Braille Tactile Graphics Resources

Braille Art as a “Stepping Stone” to Tactile Graphics

 

BANA Guide to Tactile Graphics

Pat Van Geem, TSBVI, Drawing in Microsoft Word:

Link 1 Link 2 Link 3 Link 4 Link 5

TSBVI Archived webinars:

Link 1 Link 2 Link 3

APH Tactile Graphics Library

 
SUPPLIES:

Tactile Graphics: Beyond the Basics

TIPS:

BANA Guide to Tactile Graphics

  • Use Braille 29 font to hold your place
  • Under View, click Gridlines for even placement/spacing
  • Use ASCII chart when you need to update braille on an image
  • Use Microsoft Paint for the few things you can’t manage in Microsoft Word-then import
  • Save word documents as 97-2003 so that you can use the select/group feature
  • Remember Ctrl+d will duplicate any drawn object selected
  • Ctrl+d can duplicate sets of objects, as well–they don’t even have to be grouped
  • Remember to ALWAYS save before translating
  • Feel free to avoid translating by using Braille 29 font
  • Work from the outside in–start with text boxes filled with Braille 29, and arrange them before other features
  • Remember that you can remove the outline of a text box when you no longer need it, for stylistic reasons

STRATEGY:

Create an electronic bank of templates and resources to be used, re-used

Number lines

Graphs

2×3 tables

Create a bank of PIAF materials to be used and re-used

SUPPLIES:

Current Hardware Options:

Tiger Embosser

PIAF/TIE Swell Machines (expensive paper, save for re-useable items, benchmarks)

Additional software that works with Tiger Embossers:

TactileView Software

http://www.irie-at.com/content/tactileview-design-software

CorelDraw + Macros

https://www.prcvi.org/files/articles/creating-tactile-graphics-using-corel-draw-macros.pdf

https://www.prcvi.org/tactile-graphics.aspx

RESOURCES:

Adapted Graphics Listserv (email accessibleimage-request@freelists.org )

Duxbury

Mathtype+TSS

Braille Translation Options for Contraction Purgatory:
                Duxbury will translate by Braille Fundamentals clusters
                Braille 2000 has a Grade Relaxer that allows you to customize contractions