Deutsche Zentralbücherei für Blinde

BrailleVis - reconverting Braille into inkprint

We provide the service of converting your Braille notes (in file formats) back into inkprint free of charge.

You may also download all the information in a ZIP compressed file.

What we do

We convert your notes into inkprint notes (PDF file) and MIDI.

What you need to do

  • Check, if your notes conform to the specifications. Please adjust your notes to the described format.
  • Send your notes as a text file via e-mail to
  • The output takes place automatically with standard clefs. It is vital that you insert clefs, if you would like to have different defaults.
  • If you would like to have sound files, we need defaults for instruments and tempo.

What you receive

  • Within a week, you will receive an e-mail with a PDF file and (if requested) a MID file. Depending on the amount and the order situation, we reserve possible minor delays.
  • The PDF file contains your inkprint notes. By using Acrobat Reader, you may view and print it.
  • The MID file contains your (synthetically created) music for listening. For this, you may use, for example, Windows Media Player or Winamp.

Important notes

Notes for vocals, piano, organ, accordion, strings, winds and percussion are supported.

If there are problems in viewing the PDF file or in playing the MIDI file, there might be a number of causes,. For this, please check your programmes. At the least, Acrobat Reader Version 9 should be installed for viewing and printing the PDFs and Windows Media Player Version 9 for playing the MIDIs. You can check the version by using the Help resp. the ?-menu under Info.

In certain cases, Windows Media Player may not be able to play the MIDI files because codecs are missing. Codecs are necessary for playing multimedia files. You may activate codecs in the Windows Media-Player menu under Extras/ options in the tab Player. For this, activate "download codecs automatically" and start the MIDI file again. After this, for reasons of security of your computer, you should deactivate the option "download codecs automatically"; likewise, if it might have been active already.

In very few cases, one might still not be able to play the MIDI files. Not only in this case, but in general, instead of using Windows Media Player we recommend Winamp, which is free of charge, widespread and easy to use for blind people.