Downloads for Mac OS and Linux

Good news for Mac and Linux users. In the downloads section you can now find an installation file for 64-bit versions of Mac OS (Snow Leopard and Lion), and one for Linux operating systems.


odt2braille 0.1.1

It has been quiet for some time, but we have not been sitting on our hands. The new version of odt2braille is finally here, with a lot of new features and improvements.

You can now use almost any type of embosser with odt2braille (Index, Braillo, Interpoint, ViewPlus, Enabling Technologies, CIDAT & Mountbatten), and the preferences have been extended even more: there are new settings for document structure, volume management, tables, notes, pictures, etc.

We also have good news for Mac users! There is now a Mac OS beta version available for you to try out. It does not have the print functionality yet, currently it is only possible to save as Braille. This version is only tested on Mac OS Leopard (run on an Intel processor). Please let us know if it works on your system too!

Also today, AccessODF, a brand new extension for Writer is released. This tool is a really useful complement to odt2braille. AccessODF enables users to evaluate and repair accessibility issues. It is freely available as an extension for Writer.


New embossers - beta testing sign up

The upcoming release of odt2braille will support a lot of new embosser models. (Check out the whole list using the link below.) Do you have an embosser? Then we need your help for testing whether it will work correctly with odt2braille! If your embosser is not in the list, please let us know too.

The only requirements for the tests are Java and a browser.

Sign up for the Braille Utils 1.2 beta testing here.


odt2braille will be presented at Braille21

We are happy to announce that odt2braille will be presented at the World Congress Braille21 – Innovations in Braille in the 21st Century, hosted by the German Central Library for the Blind (DZB). The congress will take place from 27 to 30 of September 2011 at the University of Leipzig.

Registration for the congress is still possible - until 31 August. You can do this online at The complete schedule and abstract collection can be found at


SourceForge project of the Month!

We are very proud to annouce that odt2braille has been selected as SourceForge's April Project of the Month!

Each month, SourceForge chooses one exceptional project from the hundreds of thousands hosted at and puts it in the spotlights. They interview its members, and publish the results so everyone can gain insight on what they did to become successful, as well as see what is going on behind the scenes.

We would like to thank SourceForge for this great publicity! Since the first release of odt2braille, we have used SourceForge for source code management, bug tracking, feature request tracking, web space, forums etc.

For more information, check out the interview and this blog post.


New version out today: 0.1.0

odt2braille doesn't rest on its laurels. Get ready for version 0.1.0, the first beta version and already the 3th update since the first release. Now available on SourceForge.

You can now print Braille on even more types of Index embossers. Other new features include embossing magazines and producing multiple copies. There is also a handy new option to protect text from being split across Braille pages.

odt2braille is now also available in Swedish. In total, odt2braille has been translated into 12 languages.


odt2braille 0.0.3

Finally! A new version of odt2braille is available for download. Get it now!.

New features include support for 8-dot Braille, support for the Index Basic "Blue-Bar" embosser, an option to export a document to multiple Braille files, and an improved Braille preview window. Also, odt2braille now has his very own odtbraille fonts. There are a whole lot of new user preferences, new Braille languages have been added, and other languages have been improved. Check out the complete list of new features and improvements.


New version of odt2braille

odt2braille version 0.0.2 is now available for download. Upgrading is certainly worth the trouble. Hurry to the downloads page and check out all the new features and improvements!

We have updated the user documentation, which is available in a variety of formats, including DAISY. You can also get a guided tour through odt2braille by watching this 6-part video tutorial.


Official press release

Read the press release in English ( .pdf, .odt, .doc) or Dutch ( .pdf, .odt, .doc)


First alpha version of odt2braille released !

odt2braille 0.0.1 is now available for download! Check the downloads page for more information.