Re: EdSharp and brf files on win64

Tyler,

NFBTRANS was written a long time back as a DOS application.  As such, it has 
been run from the command prompts of Windows operating systems up 
through Windows XP.  It will still run under the command prompt of Windows 7 
32-bit edition.  My aim would be to have it run as a console app under the 
command prompt of Windows 7 64-bit so programs such as EdSharp could still use 
it.  While there is much more that could be done, it seems as though it 
makes more sense to leave that to Braille Blaster rather than making large 
changes to such an old code base.  

I have done a little bit of C programming, but it was some time ago.  However, 
my understanding is that there are two problems.  The operating system calls 
that are used are no longer supported under a 64-bit operating system.  The 
second issue, as I mentioned before, is that one needs to look at the 
definition 
and logic surroundint pointers.  If you feel inclined to take a look, I'd be 
glad to send you the zip file containing the documentation, current executable 
and 
support files, and also the source code.  Just let me know.

Best regards,

Steve Jacobson

On Fri, 01 Jul 2011 12:17:39 -0600, Littlefield, Tyler wrote:

>Steve:
>I'm not really sure what you're aiming at. I could probably take a peak 
>at nfbtrans though if it would help you. I use c/c++ on a daily bases, 
>so it shouldn't be to dificult.
>On 7/1/2011 12:10 PM, John J. Boyer wrote:
>> Steve,
>>
>> Thanks. For anyone else who mayh be reading this thread, BrailleBlaster
>> could use some experienced Java programmers. We are using SWT to create
>> the interface, because it is accessible out of the box on multiple
>> platforms.
>>
>> Experienced C programmers would also be welcome to help with some of the
>> modules in liblouisutdml which is the braille translation engine for
>> BrailleBlaster. These modules are currently only stubs. They are
>> transcribe_chemistry, transcribe_music and transcribe_graphics.
>>
>> Thanks,
>> John
>>
>> On Fri, Jul 01, 2011 at 12:26:48PM -0500, Steve Jacobson wrote:
>>> NFBTRANS is written in C.  It is my understanding that besides changing 
>>> compiler options, one needs to look at all of the pointer definitions as 
>>> they 
don't
>>> always translate from 16-bit to 32-bit.
>>>
>>> Since John Boyer is also on this list, I would like to make it clear that I 
>>> would not want to take resources or time away from John Boyer's Braille 
>>> Blaster
>>> project which is in the process of creating a much more modern and flexible 
>>> open source braille translation solution.
>>>
>>> Best regards,
>>>
>>> Steve Jacobson
>>>
>>> On Thu, 30 Jun 2011 23:43:28 -0700, inthane wrote:
>>>
>>>> what is it written in? someone out here should be able to help you fix 
>>>> that!
>>>> inthane
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>>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>>> From: "Steve Jacobson"<steve.jacobson@xxxxxxxx>
>>>> To:<programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>>> Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2011 7:28 PM
>>>> Subject: Re: EdSharp and brf files on win64
>>>
>>>>> We don't have a 32-bit version of NFBTRANS which is a free translator and
>>>>> backtranslator.  At first, we heard that it
>>>>> would be simple to recompile it, but there is more to it than that.
>>>>>
>>>>> Best regards,
>>>>>
>>>>> Steve Jacobson
>>>>>
>>>>> On Thu, 30 Jun 2011 20:36:48 -0400, Alex Hall wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> Hi all,
>>>>>> I just tried opening a brf file with edSharp, the first time I have
>>>>>> tried that in quite a while. Here is the dialog that popped up.
>>>>>> Obviously, this is on win64.
>>>>>> Unsupported 16-Bit Application
>>>>>> The program or feature
>>>>>> "\??\C:\PROGRA~2\EdSharp\Convert\NFBTrans\NFBTRANS.EXE" cannot
>>>>>> start or run due to incompatibity with 64-bit versions of Windows. Please
>>>>>> contact the software vendor to ask if a 64-bit Windows compatible version
>>>>>> is
>>>>>> available.
>>>>>> OK
>>>>>> -- 
>>>>>> Have a great day,
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