Important Notice

The American Printing House for the Blind is continuing to work hard to make BrailleBlaster a professional-quality tool for braille transcription. Work is on-going and very active. We have made a decision to keep development and testing internal until we have a product that we believe meets our, and our customer's, high expectations. The code and binaries on this site are very much out of date. We have left them open and available for anyone who wishes to use or study them. Be advised that we do not support or endorse their use. It is our hope that in the next few months we can make an updated and much improved version of BrailleBlaster available.

The BrailleBlaster team at APH.

What is BrailleBlaster

BrailleBlaster is a joint project of ViewPlus Technologies, American Printing House for the Blind, and Abilitiessoft. It is a multi-platform Braille production system and has a clean intuitive user interface. It is powerful enough to be used in the most demanding Braille production environments and simple enough for anyone to create Braille documents quickly and easily.

BrailleBlaster is currently under development. You are invited to visit the project page at Please consider contributing some of your time and talents to this free and open-source project.

BrailleBlaster Features

  • Simple yet powerful user interface.
  • Create anything from simple Braille documents to complex Braille textbooks and technical material.
  • Natively uses various XML document types such as EPUB, NIMAS, and DAISY.
  • Supports accessibility features such as image descriptions and tactile graphics.
  • Supports translation of MathML to Nemeth, UK Math, and Marburg math.
  • Dynamic editing environment, providing both text and braille views.
  • Runs on Windows, Mac, or Linux operating systems.
  • Fully accessible to users of screen readers.
  • Optimized for users with low vision.
  • Supports multiple languages.