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Taming the savage source file

taming the savage source file

AHG November 2009

Presenters:

Julie Balassa - Valencia Community College

Jeff Bazer- Dolphin Computer Access

http://valenciacc.edu

http://www.yourdolphin.com


Today s schedule
Today’s Schedule

  • A hands-on demonstrationof Alt Format at work - Julie

    • Publisher source files

    • Alt Format at work

    • Preparing for conversion

    • The conversion process

    • Using the finished product

  • Not the total solution - Dolphin

  • A solution not just for Higher/Further education - Dolphin

  • What’s next - Dolphin


Taming the savage source file
“In October of 2008 three altformat producers disappeared while converting a savage source file. A year later their footage was found.”

Someone help me…it’s not tagged!

Someone help me... it’s not accessible!


Dolphin alt format tools used at valencia
Dolphin alt format toolsused at Valencia

  • Production tools

    • Dolphin EasyConverter (today’s presentation)

    • Dolphin Publisher

    • Dolphin EasyProducer

  • College-wide software DAISY player

    • Dolphin EasyReader


Publisher source files
Publisher source files

  • Usually in text-backed PDF format

  • Usually untagged

  • Often incorrectly paginated

  • Often have incorrect reading order

  • Often have supplementary text (margin text, footnotes, captions, etc.)

  • Almost never meet OCR accessibility guidelines

  • Never student-ready


Alt format at work dolphin easyconverter
Alt Format at WorkDolphin EasyConverter

  • Converts one source file to multiple formats

    • Text (including MS Word document)

    • Compressed audio (mp3)

    • DAISY 2.02 or DAISY 3 digital talking book (dtb)

    • Large print (.docx, .doc file)

    • Braille

  • Easy to use yet sophisticated

    • Wizard approach

    • Step-by-step guidance for alt format “newbies”

    • Customization options for alt format experts


Source materials
Source Materials

  • Microsoft Word Documents

  • Portable Document Format files (.pdf)

  • HTML (.html, .htm)

  • Text (.txt)

  • Scanned paper (via OCR using onboard OmniPage 16)

  • NIMAS

  • DAISY XML

  • Rich Text Format (.txt)

  • Kurzweil Project Files (.kes)

  • Image Files (.jpg, .tif, .bmp)

  • Open (unprotected) Publication Structure eBook file (EPUB) - first introduced in version 5


Preparing for conversion
Preparing for Conversion

  • Use EasyConverter wisely

    • EC is your essential altformat production partner

    • if you use it as magic, the results might be disappointing

  • Prepare pre-production files according to alt format best practices

    • Edit prior to input to EC or mid-production

    • paginate correctly

    • apply styles/headings

    • punctuate appropriately

    • perform other mark-up as needed (e.g. math, foreign language)


Preparing for conversion1
Preparing for Conversion

  • Store pre-and post-production files safely and efficiently

  • choose a secure storage location, permanent or removable


Preparing for conversion2
Preparing for Conversion

  • Store pre-and post-production files safely and efficiently

  • name folders to be easily identifiable (title, author, edition, ISBN)


Preparing for conversion3
Preparing for Conversion

  • Store pre-and post-production files safely and efficiently

  • name files to line up in order


The conversion process step 1
The Conversion Process Step 1

  • Choose New Project or Quick Conversion (steps differ) - we’ll choose NP


The conversion process step 2
The Conversion Process Step 2

  • Choose your project name and destination


The conversion process step 3
The Conversion Process Step 3

  • Choose your input document


The conversion process step 4
The Conversion Process Step 4

  • Choose your PDF and image settings


The conversion process step 5
The Conversion Process Step 5

  • Choose your document settings


The conversion process step 6
The Conversion Process Step 6

  • Choose your output format and preferences


The conversion process step 7
The Conversion Process Step 7

  • Choose more preferences


The conversion process step 8
The Conversion Process Step 8

  • Choose copy and save preferences


The conversion process step 9
The Conversion Process Step 9

  • Start the conversion


The conversion process step 10
The Conversion Process Step 10

  • Optional OCR editing stage


The conversion process step 10 cont
The Conversion Process Step 10 cont.

  • OmniPage manual zone selection


The conversion process step 10 cont1
The Conversion Process Step 10 cont.

  • OmniPage OCR result when zones are selected manually


The conversion process step 10 cont2
The Conversion Process Step 10 cont.

  • OmniPage OCR result when zones are selected automatically


The conversion process step 11
The Conversion Process Step 11

  • Save & return after optional OCR editing continues the conversion


The conversion process step 12
The Conversion Process Step 12

  • Optional MS Word editing stage


The conversion process step 13
The Conversion Process Step 13

  • Save & return after optional MS Word editing continues the conversion


The conversion process step 14
The Conversion Process Step 14

  • The conversion completes


The conversion process results
The Conversion Process Results

  • Afterwards, EasyConverter displays resulting altformat information


The conversion process results1
The Conversion Process Results

  • Resulting altformat projects & files are stored in the chosen output folder


The conversion process results2
The Conversion Process Results

  • EasyConverter produces the usual DAISY files


Using the finished product
Using the Finished Product

  • Save to a folder

  • Burn to CD

  • Copy to MP3 player

  • Send to removable hardware DAISY player

  • Print (large print, Braille)

  • Preview in the new format's associated application i.e. EasyReader, MS Word, Notepad or Win Media Player (MP3)

  • Use your saved project to alter or repeat your conversion into a new altformat or with different user preferences


Presenters contact information
Presenters’ Contact Information

  • Julie BalassaAssistant Director, Disability ServicesValencia Community College, Orlando, FLjbalassa@valenciacc.eduhttp://valenciacc.edu/osd

  • Jeff BazerAccount Executive

  • Dolphin Computer Access, Princeton Junction, NJjeff.bazer@dolphinusa.comhttp://www.yourdolphin.com


Taming the savage source file

Questions & Answers

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