PEF goes mobile

Today, PEF goes mobile with the iOS app PEF Viewer. The app is an open source initiative enabling easy access to PEF-files on the go. With PEF Viewer you can open PEF-files received via e-mail, Dropbox or other sources. The viewer can display braille patterns or one of several translations. It is also possible to navigate to a specific page, section or volume.

The primary target group for the app is braille producers and not braille users (as one might have expected). This is mainly due to limited development resources and lack of proper testing equipment. If you feel that this is outrageous, you are encouraged to amend the situation by contributing to the project on GitHub.

Easy Embossing Utility updated

Easy Embossing Utility has been updated. The new version is available for download from Google code. In the eight days the release has been available, it has been downloaded close to 100 times, without any public announcement!

The new release contains a reworked UI and better support for variable line spacing. In addition, changes made to the open file will be reflected in the preview on browser refresh.

Dotify 2.0 available for download

Dotify 2.0 is now available for download and promises a huge improvement when it comes to enabling collaborative efforts. Its usefulness as a standalone application has also been improved. Out of the box, only Swedish braille is supported. However, it may be quite simple to add support for another locale (if you’re a developer, that is). In addition, XML-documents can be formatted as text with hyphenation support for over 50 languages.

Pipeline 2 Braille modules 1.0 released

About a week ago, the 1.0 version of the Braille production modules for the DAISY Pipeline 2 was made available for download at: https://code.google.com/p/daisy-pipeline/downloads/list?q=Dist%3DBraille

The DAISY Pipeline 2 is an ongoing project to develop a framework for automated production of accessible materials for people with print disabilities. The braille modules were developed by Bert Frees at SBS (Swiss Library for the Blind and Visually Impaired).

Here at pef-format.org, we are specifically happy that the Braille modules provide support for the production of PEF from DAISY AI (NISO Z39.98-2012 – Authoring and Interchange Framework for Adaptive XML Publishing) documents.

Easy Embossing Utility updated

Easy Embossing Utility has been updated. The new version is available for download from Google code. A problem where the GUI would not start in some cases because of an error in the security code has been fixed. In addition, two new features has been added. It is now possible to:

  1. generate a test document based on current settings
  2. send an embossing report via e-mail

This version is also intended for beta testing of Braille Utils 1.2.