Duxbury Braille Translator (Windows and Mac)

Since 1975, Duxbury Systems has produced the world's leading software for producing braille, the Duxbury Braille Translator.


Presenting Duxbury DBT

screen shot of D B T (in the English language)

Whether you are blind or sighted, our software comes up as a standard modern application, fully accessible AND fully in tune with the latest advances in operating systems and sister applications.

What does software for braille do?

Most people understand the basics about braille: that it provides a reading medium for blind people, using "cells" made up of raised dots in various patterns instead of the characters used in regular print. But many people do not realize that the cells-for-characters substitutions are not, typically, on a one-for-one basis. The process is especially complicated in languages such as English and French where "grade 2" braille is used, involving "contractions" that are based in part upon pronunciation. Formatting of braille pages also involves issues beyond those affecting print. DBT provides translation and formatting facilities to automate the process of conversion from regular print to braille (and vice versa) and also provides word-processing facilities for working directly in the braille as well as the print.

Who uses software for braille?

Our software is designed for two types--those who don't know braille and those who do. Even if all the braille you know comes from reading the previous paragraph, the Duxbury Braille Translator (DBT) allows you to create highly accurate braille for school books, teaching materials, office memos, bus schedules, personal letters, signs compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and more. Where you need to be sure of "perfection," we would certainly recommend that you also make use of proofreading (just as you would proofread print books) by a knowledgeable braillist--who may be using DBT as well. That is because DBT is just as important to professional transcribers--for swift conversion to braille from a wide variety of print sources.

Interline Printing

example of interline printing

Notable Features of DBT

DBT is simple to use--beginners learn it quickly. Yet its depth, power, and accuracy are such that it is used by most of the major braille production centers throughout the world. The current version provides the following features:

Choices for File Import in DBT:

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Systems Requirements for DBT Win

DBT Win 12.2 sr1 requires Microsoft Windows version Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.


Systems Requirements for DBT Mac

To use DBT for Mac, we recommend running Mac OSX El Capitan (10.11), Sierra (10.12), High Sierra (10.13), or higher.


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