Braille Writer for Mac OS X

Braille Writer for Mac OS X

Braille Writer Pro and Braille Writer Student for Mac OS X

Braille Writer Pro

Braille Writer Pro is the first and only word processor for Grade 1 (uncontracted) and Grade 2 (contracted) Braille for Apple’s Mac Platform (Mac App Store Link)  The software comes complete with Braille to English translation capability. You can also use this program to type and save UEBC but the translation functionality will not work. If you want to use UEBC, we recommend Braille Writer Student.


– Handles both Grade 1 and Grade 2 (contracted and uncontracted) Braille
– Translates Braille to English
– Reads / Writes .DXB files
– Supports emailing and printing files with and without translation
– Dictionary that supports both Braille and English


Braille Writer Pro was designed to be helpful for sighted people working to learn Braille.

Braille Writer Pro and Student use a standard Apple Keyboard.  Please note the keys are configured in the menu item Window | Configuration. If your keyboard does not normally support all 6 keys being pressed at once, you can configure one of the keys to be a shift key (example shift, z,x,b,n,m for the 6 dots).

To learn the difference between Grade 1 and Grade 2 Braille see our previous post on Braille Pad Pro for the iPad.

You can load, edit, save, email, and print files. Braille Writer Pro natively supports files in the popular .DXB format. Files can be opened in Braille Writer Pro directly from web links or from your email. There are many resources on the web that have complete Braille books that you can download for free directly into the app. This is a great idea for people working on learning Braille as you can read through the books and check the translation if you get stuck.

An in-app dictionary is included with Pro that allows you to look up the Braille letters, numbers, symbols, and contractions by English or by Braille. This is NOT a dictionary of every word in English converted to Braille, rather it is a complete listing of the symbols and combinations of symbols you may find in a Grade 2 Braille document. The dictionary shows multiple meanings where applicable.

The app can convert the Braille to English and, optionally, identify the contractions used. Translation from Grade 2 Braille to English is not an easy task and this functionality in the app is about 98% correct and still evolving. If you find an error in a translation, PLEASE email it to us using the feedback button on the translation page so we can correct and update the program.

If you find Braille Writer Pro useful, please drop us a line and a review on the app store.  Also check out Braille Pad Pro and Braille Pad Student on the iOS App Store.


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  1. Greg Kearney November 6, 2012 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    A couple of things:

    1. Now that the US has adopted UEB when will this program reflect that change and offer UEB translation.

    2. PLEASE add the saving of files in Braille Ready Format (.brf) not everyone has Duxbury.

    • Ethervision November 7, 2012 at 4:43 pm - Reply

      Greg – Thank you for your feedback. The adoption timeline has not yet been specified by BANA. We currently looking into funding options for any further development on our Braille products. All development for these products is on hold pending the outcome.

  2. Maria Lucia January 12, 2013 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    Gostaria de saber se possuem este app em Português do Brasil.

  3. Cindy Queen August 27, 2013 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    I would like to make sure prior to purchase that you will be adding the Nemeth code for the braille math. This sounds very promising. If there is someone who is using this app, that would like to share their thoughts about the ease of use and accuracy. I would very much like to hear from them.


  4. Erinwithans January 3, 2014 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    I am so happy there’s now a 6-key entry on macs, thank you!

    I would love this program even more if it had spacing that was the same size as braille cells – the way it is now, proper braille spacing doesn’t look right, so it’s hard to tell if things are properly centered/indented. I’d also love an option to set it to a 40 character line, as is standard. These would be a _huge_ help in transcription work.

    Final wish is the ability to save in .brf files – as it is I have to save in dxb and then transfer it over to a computer that can handle Perky Duck, and re-save as a brf.

    Thank you for your hard work!

    • Ethervision January 6, 2014 at 12:10 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the great feedback. We are currently waiting for any grant money to come down the pipe to make future updates affordable to develop.

      • Erinwithans January 15, 2014 at 5:15 pm - Reply

        Also, I noticed that after about 42 lines, the screen keeps jumping back up, so I can’t see what I’m typing. I can scroll down to see it, but as soon as I press a button it jumps back up again.

        Thank you so much for the response – I hope you guys get grant money soon! I’m so happy someone is working on a 6-key entry program for the mac. Thank you!

  5. JanetD August 1, 2014 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Is it possible to use a SimBraille font that shows the shadow dots in each cell? My colleagues find this font/format a lot easier to read (as they are print users, not blind)

  6. Tristen August 20, 2014 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    I am Visually impaired and depend on Voice Over to use the Mac. Do either of these applications have support for the Voice Over screen reader, which is native to Mac? Also, is there a one-handed option for 6 key entry?

    • Ethervision August 21, 2014 at 9:35 am - Reply

      Hi Tristen,

      Unfortunately they do not support voice over. We also do not have a one-handed option for 6 key.

  7. Justin November 13, 2014 at 11:01 am - Reply

    Does this work with VoiceOver?

  8. Christina June 3, 2015 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    Is it possible to use this program as an English to Grade 2 braille translator?

  9. JZ July 15, 2016 at 7:48 am - Reply

    I cannot get to the program download at all. Where do I find it?

  10. Margaret Liston April 13, 2017 at 3:44 am - Reply

    Will this Braille Writer work on Mac OSX version 10.5.8

  11. Christina January 16, 2019 at 11:09 am - Reply

    hello there! Does the student edition contains the greek language?

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