Braille Inspection Mode lets you inspect and translate single-carton Braille regions on separate master or sample files. The Application supports digital documents and scanned copies of files containing Braille of either plateau, dome, or bell dot types. Both frontside and backside scans are supported, with Braille height information displayed following inspections. 

NOTE: The Braille Inspection Mode icon only displays if the module has been purchased.

There are four default actions (inspection types) available:

  • Translate Master inspects a loaded master file, providing a translation of its Braille and a list of measured parameters. 
  • Inspect Braille Sample inspects a scanned sample file (frontside), providing a translation of its Braille and a list of measured parameters. Braille height information displays when a scanned sample is inspected.
  • Compare PDF to Scan (Backside) compares Braille regions detected on the scanned Sample (backside) against detected Braille regions on the loaded Master. 
  • Compare PDF to Scan (Frontside) compares Braille regions detected on the scanned Sample (frontside) against detected Braille regions on the loaded Master. Braille height information does display in this case.

The system marks individual Braille dots as missing or extra, while letting the user modify the translation by adding or removing dots.

Braille Standards and Guidelines

  • Master file must be original artwork in PDF, BMP, or TIFF format. 
  • Braille dots must be on top-most layer. 
  • Braille dots must be solid-filled. 
  • Braille dots must be a unique color. 
  • Braille dot spacing should follow Marburg Medium Standard

Step-by-Step 

This section describes the steps to follow when running a Braille inspection.

1.  Load Master Files for Braille Translation (Skip to No. 2 for Sample Inspection)

To inspect a file in the Master Panel:

  • Click File Menu > Load Master or click in the Master panel to select the file to load. 
  • The Master image loads in the Master panel.
  • If the file is a PDF:
    - The integrated PDF Viewer displays
    - Prepare the Master image using the PDF Viewer tools, if required. 
  • If a file has multiple pages, ensure the one with the Braille regions displays prior to the inspection. 

2. Scan Sample Files for Braille Inspection (Skip to No. 3 for Comparison)

To inspect a file in the Sample Panel:

  • Ensure Show Scanner Interface in the Preferences window is unchecked.
  • Click Load from Scanner > Select Source.
  • Select the applicable scanner from the Scanner Selection window and click Select.
    NOTE:
    Only scans made with the GlobalVision F2 are supported. Restart the Application for the Calibrate Scanner option to appear at the bottom of the same menu. It is recommended to select Calibrate Scanner before making your first scan and whenever the device has been calibrated independently of the system.
  • Place the frontside of the sample on the scanner.
  • Click Load from Scanner > Scan Sample.
  • The Sample image loads in the Sample panel.


3. Load/Scan Files for Braille Compare

To compare Braille in the Sample file against the Master file: 

  • Click File Menu > Load Master or click in the Master panel to select the file to be loaded. 

The Master image loads in the Master panel.

  • If the file is a PDF:
    - The integrated PDF Viewer displays.
    - Prepare the Master image using the PDF Viewer tools, if required.
    - If the file has multiple pages, right-click on the Master page featuring the Braille regions in the Show Pages panel and select Set as Digital Braille.
  • Ensure Show Scanner Interface in the Preferences window is unchecked.
  • Click Load from Scanner  > Select Source.
  • Select the applicable scanner from the Scanner Selection window and click Select.
    NOTE:
    Only scans made with the GlobalVision F2 are supported. Restart the Application for the Calibrate Scanner option to appear at the bottom of the same menu. It is recommended to select Calibrate Scanner before making your first scan and whenever the device has been calibrated independently of the system.
  • Place the sample’s backside (for the Compare PDF to Scan (Backside) action) or frontside (for the Compare PDF to Scan (Frontside) action) on the scanner.
  • Click Load from Scanner  > Scan Sample to scan the Sample.
  • The Sample image loads in the Sample panel.

4. Ensure the Braille Inspection Mode Icon is Selected 

5. Select an Action.

To translate a master file:

  • Click Action > Translate Master.

To inspect a (scanned) sample file:

  • Click Action > Inspect Braille Sample.

To compare Braille regions on a digital master to their counterparts on the backside of a Braille scan:

  • Click Action > Compare PDF to Scan (Backside).

To compare Braille regions on a digital master to their counterparts on the frontside of a Braille scan:

  • Click Action > Compare PDF to Scan (Frontside).

The settings for each action can be browsed by clicking Action > Settings. For default parameters. Individual settings may be modified by users with administrative privileges, while additional actions can also be created. 

6.Select Language

  • Click the Profile drop-down menu to access the Application’s library of available languages.
  • Select the language that best suits your inspection needs from the drop-down menu.


7. Ensure the Proper Inspection Area Is Selected.

  • Use master/ sample tools to crop, rotate the image, etc. 

8. Run the Inspection 

  • Click inspect for the results to display in the Inspection View.

9.  View Differences 

  • Use the track wheel to zoom in or out of the image.
  • Hold the left mouse button and move it around to pan the image.
  • To review multiple pages, navigate through them at the bottom left of the Inspection View.

10. Review the Differences 

  • Click on the Braille region to be inspected in the Braille Regions found panel. It gets highlighted and displayed in the Inspection View.
  • When running Braille comparison, missing (highlighted with a “minus” sign”) and extra dots (highlighted with a “plus” sign) get identified accordingly. 
  • Dots follow the below legend:

Translate

Compare


11. Modify the Dots (If Necessary) 

To add a Braille dot:

  • Select the Braille region in the Braille panel.
  • CTRL-left-click on the dot that is missing.
    A black “+” displays in the dot and the translation gets modified in the Braille Details panel, highlighted in red. 

To remove a Braille dot:

  • CTRL-left-click on the extra dot in the Inspection View. A black "-" displays in the dot and the translation gets changed accordingly in the Braille Details panel, highlighted in red. 

To cancel the Braille dot modification:

  • CTRL-left-click on the dot. The added "+" or "-" is removed from the dot and the translation gets changed accordingly in the Braille Details panel with the highlight removed.

12. Include Inspections in the Report 

The Application lets you rename inspections and/ or exclude them from the report after having conducted several. This option is available under the Inspections panel.

To rename the inspection:

  • Right-click on the inspection name in the Inspections panel.
  • Click Rename
  • Enter the desired name and click OK.
  • The new name displays in the Inspections panel.

To exclude the inspection from the report: 

  • Right-click on the inspection name in the Inspections panel and click Exclude from report.
  • The inspection name gets crossed out in the Inspections panel.
  • The Inspection is not included in the next generated report. 

13. Generate the Report.

  • Click the Report icon.

14. Clear Inspection Results and Run a New Inspection 

  • Click back. The Main View displays the Master/Sample image(s).
  • To load new files to be inspected, follow the steps above.
  • To run a new inspection with the same files, click inspect .
  • Once the inspection is completed, both it and the previous inspection get listed in the Inspections panel in your Inspection View.

To clear inspection results and run a new inspection: 

  • Click Reset. A message will display to ask if you want to continue.
  • Click Yes to clear inspection results and documents. The Main View will display.

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