Braille Blaster 2.0 Update

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BrailleBlaster logo with text, "BrailleBlaster 2.0"

APH's free braille translation program has received a significant update! Braille Blaster now has 6-key entry mode rather than a dialog. Also improvements with 'page type indicators' and 'print page number editing'. To learn more, scroll down to Braille Blaster 2.0 on the BrailleBlaster website.

Note: BrailleBlaster 1.0 is available as a legacy download but APH no longer support BrailleBlaster 1.0.

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BrailleBlaster: Free braille transcription software post


Posted by GillonJul 08, 2021

How best can I get text typed on Orbit Reader 20 printed out for a sighted teacher. I find contractions not coming out clearing on Brailleblaster

Posted by Diane BraunerJul 12, 2021

Here is a post about printing text from the Orbit Reader: Translating a File Created on the Orbit to Print. This post is a part of a series on the Orbit Reader. You can also use the Orbit Reader as a refreshable braille display paired with a device such as an iPad. When paired, the student can then share the document as a digital file with the teacher or send the document to a printer to print.


Posted by GillonJul 12, 2021

Thanks Diane. I am exploring this option too. Using the Orbit Reader for the first time. I need support with quick keys one can follow to easily navigate and control the ipad.

Posted by Diane BraunerJul 14, 2021

The blog series that I mentioned earlier will help you get started with the Orbit Reader as a stand-alone device. The Orbit Reader can also be used as a refreshable braille display paired with a device such as an iPad. There are numerous blog posts about refreshable braille display commands on Paths to Technology and a curriculum on how to teach students to use a refreshable braille display paired with an iPad.

Orbit Reader 20: Introduction and Menu (first post in a series about the Orbit Reader as a stand-alone device)

Using a Refreshable Braille Display with the iPad (Curriculum - it is based on iOS 8, but is still beneficial! This curriculum is for any braille display, not specific to the Orbit Reader; the commands are the same)

Do an Internet search for "Orbit Reader 20 Commands Quick Reference Guide" (downloadable quick reference guide) 

Posted by Diane BraunerJul 14, 2021

I forgot to mention that there are numerous videos about using a braille display paired with an iPad on my YouTube channel (Diane Brauner YouTube). There is a playlist dedicated to using a refreshable braille display with an iPad. You may find the Navigating the Home Screen with Gestures and RBD Commands video helfpul! These videos were created a couple years ago, so a few things have changed in iOS updates, but the basic commands remain the same.