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Saving braille files

  1. right click on the file link (foo.brf)
  2. a menu will open
  3. If using Internet Explorer, choose "save target as". If you are using Firefox and others, choose "save link as"
  4. You can designate the directory where you would like the file saved. One choice would be "My Documents"

Embossing Braille Files

  1. If you are using Duxbury to emboss a .brf file you must do the following:
    1. open Duxbury
    2. open the GLOBAL menu
    3. select "Formatted Braille Importer..."
    4. check the box at the top called "Read formatted braille without interpretation"
    5. then inport the brf file.
    6. Sometimes Duxbury will display a warning box "page depth exceeded" or "page width exceeded" these come with an "ok" button. Just select "OK". Duxbury is telling you that the page length or line length of the brf file is larger than your current settings in Duxbury. Usually it has little if any effect on the embossed product.
  2. If you have a Braille2000 (.abt), Duxbury (.dxb), or MegaDots (.meg) file, you can open their respective file formats. All will open .brf files. Use the program to emboss.
  3. Embossing .brf files from an MS-DOS command prompt. 
    1. Determine the computer port to which the embosser attaches. It might be LPT1: which is the standard parallel port, or it might be COM1: or COM2: which is one of the serial ports. Note that the name of a port includes an ending colon.
    2. Open the "MS-DOS Prompt" window (for Windows 95/98/ME) or the "Command Prompt" window (for Windows 2000/XP). There is an entry for this in the Programs menu reached from the Start button (Start > Run, when the dialog box appears type in the word "command" - leave off the quotation marks).
    3. Switch into the directory where the .brf file is located and enter a command similar to the following:  copy filename.brf portname where "filename.brf" is the actual name of the file to be embossed, and where "portname" is the correct name of the port to which the embosser is connected. Press the Enter key to cause the command line to be performed. You must emboss an entire file at one time.
  4. Embossing .abt files from an MS-DOS command prompt. 
    1. Determine the computer port to which the embosser attaches. It might be LPT1: which is the standard parallel port, or it might be COM1: or COM2: which is one of the serial ports. Note that the name of a port includes an ending colon.
    2. Open the "MS-DOS Prompt" window (for Windows 95/98/ME) or the "Command Prompt" window (for Windows 2000/XP). There is an entry for this in the Programs menu reached from the Start button (Start > Run, when the dialog box appears type in the word "command" - leave off the quotation marks).
    3. Switch into the directory where the .brf file is located and enter a command similar to the following:  copy filename.abt portname where "filename.abt" is the actual name of the file to be embossed, and where "portname" is the correct name of the port to which the embosser is connected. Press the Enter key to cause the command line to be performed. You must emboss an entire file at one time.
    4. If the ABT file to be embossed is on a diskette, insert the diskette into drive A.
    5. Open the "MS-DOS Prompt" window (for Windows 95/98/ME) or the "Command Prompt" window (for Windows 2000/XP). There is an entry for this in the Programs menu reached from the Start button (Start > Run, when the dialog box appears, type in the word "command" - leave off the quotation marks).
    6. At the prompt symbol, type in the following command:
      COPY /A A:\filename.abt portname
      where "filename.abt" is the actual name of the file to be embossed, and where "portname" is the correct name of the port to which the embosser is connected. Press the Enter key to cause the command line to be performed. The embosser should immediately start producing braille. If the port is a serial port (e.g., COMn: type), you may need to configure the serial data parameters to match those of your embosser before the data can flow properly. Serial port configuration is covered in the Windows user’s guide. (NOTE: it is critical to include the /A for this to work properly)