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RICCARDO MONTI - Impiegato centralinista: Grazie a questo programma finalmente gestire documenti di tutti i formati,apportare correzioni, modifiche, inserimenti di immagini ecc. è diventato estremamente semplice e immediato. Ma la peculiarità che maggiormente mi è utile, è la creazione di audiolibri che trovo veramente eccellente. Infatti da quando uso Biblos la mia voglia di leggere è tornata a livelli che credevo dimenticati.

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WHAT IS BIBLOS

Logo of Biblos with braille text and eye of Ra.

Biblos is a word processing software with special characteristics for the production of audio books, print Braille and tactile graphics. It can be used by everyone, blind and visually impaired.
Biblos is designed and developed by Giuseppe Di Grande (blind), programmer with thirty years experience in computer science and programming.
The user interface is designed to be usable by everyone, including blind people. It offers a friendly and customizable work environment. You can open the most common electronic document formats. You can use items such as word processing fonts, paragraph formatting, bulleted and numbered lists, tables, images, notes etc .. Tools are also available for analysis and spelling. You can open, write and publish texts in ancient greek and latin. It also supports printing Braille mathematics.
Biblos uses existing speech synthesis technologies for transforming documents into MP3 audio books and DAISY. It is also the first Italian Windows software for Braille printing. Also it allows you to design and print tactile graphics.
Biblos runs on Microsoft Windows systems, from Windows XP to the current Windows 10, available in 32 or 64 bits. It is meant for beginners and experts, to help teachers and students in their school and extracurricular activities. Biblos is a free software.

USER INTERFACE

Biblos main window with manual in the foreground.

The Biblos user interface is designed to be usable by everyone, including blind people. It offers a friendly and accessible working environment, either using the mouse or the keyboard. The blind and visually impaired people using assistive technologies can use it in all its parts.
Biblos can open multiple documents in separate windows. Every document window can be moved or resized, maximized or minimized.
Biblos has toolbars, and user-customized status bars. Bars and menus can be hidden or shown. The shortcut keys associated with the menu can be customized.
Biblos is a multilingual software, it can already be used in Italian, English, French, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese. The user interface may be localized in any language, thanks to a special localization tool developed to facilitate the interface translation work, the online help and unicode characters.
For those with visual impairments Biblos allows you to zoom in or zoom out on the fly document fonts. For blind person using a braille display, Biblos allows you to customize the number of characters that each screen line displays.

DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT

Document opened in Biblos.

Biblos handles the most common document formats. It allows you to do word processing using fonts, paragraphs, bulleted and numbered lists, tables, headlines and summaries, images, bookmarks, notes, etc .. It can also open EPUB and PDF documents.
Biblos has basic commands to copy and paste document portions, special commands, selection commands, and removal of unnecessary elements.
Biblos is entirely unicode software. This means you can open and save documents in any language. In fact, with Biblos you can also edit and manage documents in ancient greek, so it has special features.

CORRECTION OF TEXTS

Properties of the italian dictionary.

Biblos has tools for analyzing and spelling correction, including dictionaries that make it independent of other software. The dictionaries can be created and customized by the user. It also analyzes the incorrect or unnecessary punctuation.
Biblos also owns other tools for correction of documents, such as particular structures called Recurrences, with which you can correct erroneous elements recurring. Or special feature to remove hyphens, empty lines, unwanted spaces.
Biblos returns detailed information on the structure and composition of the documents. You can identify incorrect terms, do a statistical analysis of the terms used to compare two or more documents; You can also compare two or more texts to identify the originality.
Biblos has a powerful Find and Replace tool, with which you can use special wildcard characters that make this flexible and reliable functionality.

VOICE SYNTHESIZERS AND PRODUCTION OF AUDIOBOOKS

Options for the creation of audio books.

Biblos uses the most recent known and speech synthesis technologies for transforming documents into MP3 audio books and DAISY (*). DAISY is a multimedia format audio book, which contains both the audio portion and textual part of the documents.
Audiobooks can be heard by normal software players, pocket players, smartphones, copied to a CD or flash drive for listening in the car. Can make use of audio books also dyslexic people, the elderly with reduced residual vision or those who want to listen to a book while working.
Biblos also has an internal text reader, with which it is possible to read documents aloud.

(*) Biblos is not provided with voice synthesis. Biblos uses voice synthesis installed in the system.

POWERFUL BRAILLE TRANSLATOR

The Braille emboss window.
The preview window of the braille embossing.

Biblos is the first Italian software for Windows to emboss braille. Even those who have no specific expertise may use it, because the powerful braille translator of Biblos facilitates the production of texts in braille.
Biblos is an innovative way to print Braille, easy, fast and cheap. Even sighted people, thanks to all the conventional graphic devices, they no trouble using simply the system universally in use among the blind.
Biblos emboss braille such a document as it appears, considering paragraph formatting and all of the most common elements of digital documents, such as bulleted and numbered lists, tables, notes, indices, tabs, font styles, bookmarks, etc ..
The tools allow you to customize the entire emboss Braille system. You can use either the Braille six points to eight points. All special prefixes (capitals, numbers, hyphen, thousands separator and decimal etc.) Can be customized, activated or deactivated.
Biblos uses Unicode! Thanks to this can be added the Braille code of any language, dead or alive, even the technical codes, such as math or chemistry.
The Braille embossing system uses a powerful language of regular expressions. Anyone is allowed to add or customize tables embossing Braille, both those simple linear that those complex contract Braille (Grade 2). Included in the software, there are a large number of embossing braille tables as Italian (classic, modern and shorthand), English, Unified English Braille, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Romanian and even esperanto, and several other languages. Braille tables are also available for printing of mathematics. The tables for the ancient greek allow in a few clicks to have their own braille texts in this language.
Today the Swedish manufacturer of Braille printers Index includes Biblos in her braille embossers!

PRODURRE GRAFICI E DISEGNI TATTILI

The window for creating tactile graphics. In the foreground a polygon inscribed in a circle.

The tactile graphics allow blind people to perceive touch with the images, diagrams, maps, etc.. The tactile drawings are of great help in teaching school, at work, or simply for personal culture.
Biblos makes it possible to design and print tactile graphics. The design procedures or the processing of images in tactile graphics are usable by both sighted people and blind people. Tactile graphics are drawn using vector instructions, a language created by and starring Biblos.
Biblos allows you to turn images into tactile graphics ready to be printed. Images can be captured from files, scanner or webcam. The use in education is valuable, because teachers or students can self-produce their own teaching materials. For example, you can draw a graph with a pen on paper, scan it with a scanner and print it to the embosser.

TO DO ANCIENT GREEK

Document that shows in the foreground Apology of Socrates in ancient greek.

With Biblos reading of Greek texts can be made by both sighted and blind people. The font used to display video all Greek characters, even those with diacritical. For those with a reduced residual vision, as the visually impaired or the elderly, the font size can be increased with the magnification features. For those who read using a screen reader (Jaws or NVDA), the reading can be done either with a Braille display with a speech synthesizer.
Writing Greek texts happens thanks to an internal feature, which allows you to write in greek polytonic through a keyboard map specially prepared. The keyboard turns into a complete writing tool, even for typing of the mass of vowels with diacritical.
Printing of the Greek texts can be made both in ink and in Braille. A printed ink are exactly the characters as they appear on screen. The ink printing can also be done using special zoom capabilities of the characters, to make a large print. Without the addition of further changes, the same Greek texts can also be printed in Braille, six or eight points. Braille coding for the ancient greek is strictly observed.
A special feature is the ability to print the Greek letters also touch points. Thanks to Biblos tactile printing, you can touch with your fingers the actual handwriting of all Greek letters, including those with diacritical.

BRAILLE MATHEMATICS WITH BIBLOS

Biblos can be used to write and print Braille mathematical formulas. Thanks to the flexibility of the braille tables, is available the Italian Mathematics table with which the mathematical formulas written in a linear fashion printing Braille. The encoding used is the official Braille math Italian braille to 6 points, elaborated by the Authority of the Italian Braille, body coordinated by the Italian Library for the Blind in Monza.
This feature makes Biblos a valuable tool to produce mathematical Braille, useful to students, teachers and schools who wish to self-produce their documents and braille books; It is also useful to the printing braille to speed up their production of books.

To learn more about Braille mathematics and Biblos.

AREAS OF USE

Biblos is open to everyone, experts and beginners. It is a useful support for school inclusion of pupils with visual impairment, for their parents, for teachers of all levels, designed for people who want an easy to use yet powerful and reliable. Biblos is software that fits to the experience of the person who uses it. simple and immediate, but also has features for professional use may be made. It can also be used by schools, colleges, universities, libraries, museums, companies, public administrations, associations, printing and publishing industries Braille, etcetera.
Biblos is already being used for the printing of textbooks, lectures and class assignments, books and documents, notices and circulars, brochures, handbook and menus, etc., both in Braille that ink, characters normal or enlarged.


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For more information about Biblos you can contact Giuseppe Di Grande using the form on this site. In addition, the activities and the development of Biblos you can follow in the Facebook group or fan page.


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