Announcing SWIFT 5.0
August 29, 2017
SWIFT 5.0 is a Free Product which Enhances
Your Copy of Word and DBT
- SWIFT 5.0 is free.
- SWIFT 5.0 is no longer in beta test.
- SWIFT 5.0 works with DBT 12.2 or later.
- You do need a copy of DBT and a copy of MS Word to use SWIFT 5.0.
- SWIFT works with Word 2007 and up. A later update to SWIFT may support Word 2003.
SWIFT Works From Inside Your Copy of Microsoft Word
- SWIFT is an application which works within your copy of Word. Using SWIFT, you can send the current document (or a highlighted portion of a document) to Duxbury DBT, without having to manually start DBT and use the DBT File Open dialogue to load the document.
- You can also make multiple, non-contiguous selections in Word and only open those in DBT. Great if you only wish certain parts of a document in braille!
- SWIFT can send the current Word Document, translated by DBT, directly to the Braille embosser with no user intervention required using DBT's default settings.
- SWIFT can send the current document, translated by DBT, to an ink printer using the Braille or SimBraille font.
- SWIFT contains a "Style Mapper" so that you can customize the way DBT translates user defined Word Styles.
- SWIFT can now save your selected DBT Template name within your Word file.
- In the Options Menu (see screen shot below), select BANA if you are using the BANA Word Template (developed by Susan Christensen). Select Standard if you are making use of the Style Mapper. Selecting All Controls is normally only advised for expert users, but doing so does allow access to all aspects of SWIFT.
- In SWIFT's own dialog boxes, such as Options and Style Map, you can press F1 when focus is on a field within the dialog and be taken directly to that point in the Help file.
Features of SWIFT 5.0
- The ability to Emboss a portion of a Word file
- An Options Menu (see above)
- SWIFT 5.0 allows the user to choose from two very different workflows, Standard and BANA from the top lines of the Options Menu.
- SWIFT 5.0 has the stability, accessibility, and ease of use that users expect from Duxbury Systems
The Standard Workflow
The standard workflow assumes that you are not using Word to pre-format the file for braille. Instead, you are using Word styles (either built-in styles or custom styles) consistently, and you wish to map these Word styles to the appropriate DBT styles.
In Word, you can see a style map, which allows you to specify how each Word style is to be mapped to DBT styles. If you wish, you can customize and save these settings, so that a series of Word files that all use the same set of styles can all be opened in DBT with the customized mappings.
The BANA Workflow
The BANA workflow assumes you are using the latest copy of Susan Christensen's BANA template for Word. You have full access to the menus in MS-Word (even with recent versions of Word). When the Word files are opened in DBT, all of the braille-specific markup places in the Word files are honored in DBT.
You can download a pdf file with detailed documentation. Those following the standard workflow fill focus on the beginning of the pdf. Those following the BANA workflow will concentrate on the material about Choosing a Template.
Installation of SWIFT 5.0
Only one copy of SWIFT can be installed at a time. If you have an earlier copy of SWIFT, you must use the Control Panel to uninstall the old copy of SWIFT before you can begin to install this copy of SWIFT.
SWIFT requires the use of Microsoft .NET Framework version 3.5 SP1. See the notes at the bottom of this page for the details.
SWIFT 5.0 is designed to work with Duxbury DBT 12.2. Do not use SWIFT 5.0 with any other version DBT.
Installation Issues (if you run into problems)
If you have a previous version of SWIFT installed, please uninstall the old version using the control panel.If you install SWIFT 5.0 without deleting the previous editions of SWIFT, you get an error message during the installation.
SWIFT requires .NET 3.5 SP1 to function. SWIFT does not check for the presence of .NET 3.5 SP1 itself. Instead, that task is performed by the SWIFT installer. If you should happen to uninstall or damage .NET 3.5, then SWIFT will stop working, and will not give you a clear error message. If you suspect this has happened, you can uninstall SWIFT, then install it again, and confirm the status of .NET 3.5 SP1.
Running SWIFT 5.0
Open Microsoft Word. Click on the Braille tab.
Before you do anything else, use the Options Menu to say if you are using the BANA Word Template or not.
SWIFT is designed to be as intuitive as possible. For example, SWIFT imports your Word document into DBT, uses your default DBT Template, and uses your default embosser or printer.
Please check the SWIFT pdf documentation.
Most support issues can be handled on the Duxuser e-mail list. Please mention how you set up the options menu in your support e-mails. Visit this page: http://www.duxburysystems.com/discussion.asp?groups=Duxbury DBT. A moderator needs to approve your request. He or she may ask for your DBT license number in order to filter out spammers.
This project involves many key people outside of Duxbury Systems. Chris von See did some early work on SWIFT. Tim Burgess, from England, programmed the Word side of the product. George Bell, also from England, coordinated everything, tested everything, and wrote the documentation. Susan Christensen (from the US) reworked her Word template, menus, and internal codings to match the changes to the programming environment as well as to the changing braille codes. At Duxbury, Peter Sullivan did the programming on the DBT side. Dana Winikates worked on the DBT API, which is a key part of SWIFT. The rest of the Duxbury programming staff has been involved one way or another.
Microsoft .NET Framework version 3.5 SP1
The SWIFT Installer looks for the tool .NET 3.5 SP1 as it installs. SWIFT will not install without .NET 3.5 SP1; here are the instructions:
- Windows XP: download and install .NET 3.5 SP1 from Microsoft
- Vista: with a service pack, you are good to go. Otherwise, follow the instructions for Windows XP. Check Programs and Features in the Control Panel to see if .NET Framework 3.5 is installed.
- Windows 7: comes with .NET 3.5 SP1 installed, so you are good to go.
- Windows 8: comes with .NET 3.5 SP1, but it is not installed. You have to go into Programs and Features in the Control Panel, and then click on Turn Windows features on or off. This brings up another window that will slowly display a long list including .NET Framework 3.5 SP1. Click in that box and then OK. It will download some stuff and install it. That's all you need to do.
- Windows 8.1: follow the instructions for Windows 8
- Windows 10: follow the instructions for Windows 8
Copyright Duxbury Systems, Inc. Tuesday, August 29, 2017