Deutsche Zentralbücherei für Blinde

MakeBraille - speed conversion into Braille

We provide the service of converting your inkprint notes (scanned versions or originals) into Braille as fast as possible.

If you are sending us larger files via e-mail, we may not receive them. In general, e-mails with large attachments are filtered before they reach us and neither you nor we are informed about this. This is why we ask you to note all of the suggestions below. Please call us at (03 41) 71 13 - 190, if you have any questions.

What we do

  • when we receive your notes as inkprint, we scan them
  • we edit your notes with CapellaScan and Capella and, from this, create Braille notes automatically
  • the notes are checked briefly

What you need to do

  • scan your notes with a normal scanner (black/white; 300 dpi resp. 400 dpi, if the notes are printed rather small)
  • if possible, save your notes as a TIF format; if set correctly, one sheet of music should not be larger than ca. 30 – 50 Kbyte and thus should be no problem to send, even via modem
  • send your notes to MakeBraille@dzb.de
  • if you cannot scan your notes, send us your inkprint:
    Deutsche Zentralbücherei für Blinde
    Gustav-Adolf-Straße 7
    04105 Leipzig

Other things we need to know

  • paper width (for example A4 or 36 formats)
  • Would you like a short key, which explains characters that occur less frequently?
  • In order, e.g., to keep notes for teaching purposes clear, should fingerings, ties, information on dynamics, articulations or ornaments be omitted?
  • Would you like your texts to be uncontracted Braille or shorthand Braille?

What you will receive

On a short-term basis (normally within a week), you will receive an e-mail with your Braille notes. Depending on the amount and the order situation, there may be longer latencies.

What it costs

  • In case of multi-page pieces, we charge 1.50 € per Braille page (at 19 lines).
  • At least 1.50 € are charged for every piece.
  • Once a year, a total account with all MakeBraille orders will be delivered to you.

What do I do with my large files?

Some scanners create large files, even if the setting is 300 dpi and black/white and the result has been saved as TIF. In this case, the free programme IrfanView (www.irfanview.de) can be of help. Open the scanned picture, save it again via “Save as”. If you have chosen the file extension TIF, an options window appears. Here, please set "CCITT Fax 4". If this setting is not accessible to you, you might perhaps like to ask a sighted person to help you. This setting can be saved permanently, which will enable you to save files correctly yourself in the future.

Important notices

The notes are not proofread intensively, which is otherwise standard at DZB. Instead, you will receive your Braille notes within a very short amount of time and with a very high quality. In other respects: Just give it a try!