DAISY Consortium's News Brief - # 2017-05b
Enjoy a concise selection of digital publishing news. Our main goal is to inform DAISY Members and Supporters about new e-reading technologies and related developments.

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What's New?: Links to Notable Articles and Media

Featured Tool: The KNFB Reader

The KNFB Reader is a joint development effort of Sensotec NV and KNFB Reader, LLC.

With the touch of a single button, read virtually any type of printed text, including mail, receipts, handouts, memos and many other documents. Proprietary document analysis technology locates the words and reads them aloud to the user with high quality text-to-speech.

New features:

Take Picture From Stand Profile.

Place your device on a stand and have pictures of text taken automatically. Works especially well for use with batch mode to quickly capture and read books.

Link To Dropbox:

Turn on the link to Dropbox so all files saved in your Reader will also be saved in a KNFB folder - automatically created in your Dropbox directory. Your files remain in Dropbox even if deleted from your device. Also allows backup and restore files from Dropbox and easy file sharing.

KNFB Reader is now also available for Windows 10 devices. More information is provided on the KNFB Reader website.

From EPUB to Braille Using EasyConverter

By Prashant Ranjan Verma

EasyConverter is a popular tool for creating publications in accessible formats such as Large Print, MP3, DAISY, Audio and Braille. More information on this product including purchase and download options are available on the Dolphin EasyConverter website.

EasyConverter is simple to use. In particular, the Quick Conversion Wizard allows even beginners to convert existing documents to the preferred accessible format. EasyConverter can import documents in Microsoft Word, PDF, Text, HTML, EPUB and many other file formats. It also includes OCR which allows scanning of paper documents and supports most Braille Embossers.

Steps for converting EPUB file to Braille:

1. Create a new project.

In the EasyConverter main window click the "New Project" button. Provide the project name and directory. Then click the "Next" button.

2. Choose the EPUB file.

When prompted to choose the input, select "Open a document", click the "Browse" button and then select the EPUB file which you want to convert to Braille.

3. Choose document settings.

Select "yes" under "automatically detect headings". This will significantly reduce the need to structure the document before Braille printing.

Under the option to choose Microsoft Word to edit the document, select "Yes". This will provide an opportunity to review the text and formatting in Microsoft Word before it is converted to Braille.

Click the "next button".

4. Choose Braille under alternative format.

Select Braille in the "New output type" drop down list.

Then you need to choose "Language profile" e.g. Unified English Braille Grade 2 and the "Style profile" e.g. USA standard.

EasyConverter supports contracted and uncontracted Braille for a multitude of language codes including Unified English Braille contracted (grade 2), Unified English Braille uncontracted (grade 1), Arabic, Czech uncontracted (grade 1), Dutch, French contracted (grade 2), French uncontracted (grade 1), German Basis Braille (grade 1), German Kurzschrift (grade 2), German Vollschrift (grade 1.5), Greek, Norwegian contracted (grade 2), Norwegian uncontracted (grade 1), Polish uncontracted (grade 1), Spanish uncontracted (grade 1), Swedish contracted (grade 2 level 1), Swedish contracted (grade 2 level 2), Swedish uncontracted (grade 1), UK English contracted (grade 2), UK English contracted (grade 2) multilingual, UK English uncontracted (grade 1), UK English uncontracted (grade 1) multilingual, US English contracted (grade 2), US English contracted (grade 2) multilingual, US English uncontracted (grade 1), US English uncontracted (grade 1) multilingual, Welsh contracted (grade 2) and Welsh uncontracted (grade 1).

5. Choose name and location to save the Braille file.

Click the "Next" button to proceed.

6. Choose where the file should be copied.

If you want, the converted Braille file can be copied to an external location such as a USB Drive. To keep the Braille file within the project folder and proceed to Braille embossing, select "No copy" and click the "Next button".

7. Click the "Finish" button to start the conversion.

A new window will display stages and progress of the conversion process.

When the conversion is completed, Microsoft Word will open automatically. It will contain text imported from the EPUB file. A small Window titled "Intermediate Document Editor" will also open with two buttons named "Properties" and "Save & return".

8. Edit the document in Word if needed.

Review the text in Microsoft Word. Generally, EasyConverter will correctly import the headings, images with alt text, lists, and tables. If needed, make changes and then click the "Save & return" button in the Intermediate Document Editor.

The Title, Author, Subject and keywords of the document being converted can be reviewed and changed by clicking the "Properties" button in Intermediate Document Editor Window.

9. Edit the converted Braille.

After saving and closing the Word document, EasyConverter will proceed with Braille conversion. The conversion progress will be displayed on the screen. Click the "Done button" and the focus will return to the EasyConverter main window.

Click the "View Output" button to open the Braille Editor which displays Braille conversion as it will appear after Embossing on paper. The "Back-translation" bar at the top of the Braille Editor displays the text of the selected Braille line for easy editing non-Braille readers. Mistakes detected in Braille conversion can be corrected by typing using the standard keyboard or six-key Braille input via a Braille display.

The EasyConverter’s Braille conversion respects the formatting in the Intermediate Word document. Headings, bulleted and numbered lists, tables, image descriptions and page breaks are properly handled during the conversion.

Braille conversion and embossing can be further customized. Click "Settings" in the main window. In the Output category you can choose your preferences under Braille General, Braille paper, Braille advanced and Braille Embosser.

10. Emboss Braille.

In the Braille Editor, click "File" menu and then click on "Emboss".

Choose the number of copies and pages to be printed and then Choose embosser. Proceed to creating the hardcopy Braille books. Note that a Braille embosser must be installed on your computer to finish the process.

The Braille conversion can also be completed by choosing the Quick Conversion Wizard at the first step. However, this Wizard will not provide the opportunity to review and edit the text before it is embossed.

More information and the relevant screenshots are provided in the DAISYpedia article Convert EPUB to Braille Using EasyConverter.