[duxhelp] Re: Brf files

  • From: "Peter Sullivan" <peter@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2006 10:53:31 -0400


DBT 10.5 did register .BRF.  However, it would prompt the user to allow not
registering the extension if the extension was already registered to another

DBT 10.6 uses an MSI-based installer.  Replicating the "courtesy prompt" in
an MSI environment wasn't feasible, so we simply dropped the registration of
.brf (and .prf) files.

You can, if you wish, get the connection going again using this procedure:

1. Right click on a .BRF file.
2. Choose Open With...
3. Choose Browse.
4. Find DBT and Open it.
5. Click OK.

What you're seeing in the Shell now is presumably something residual from
the earlier DBT installation, the installation of Embossit, or some other
software installation.

- Peter 

-----Original Message-----
From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Jack Maartman
Sent: Friday, July 07, 2006 3:14 PM
To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [duxhelp] Re: Brf files

Hi George and Mike:
What do you suppose happened?  I've still got the last beta installed, so
might this be an issue that has arisen between the beta and candidate
release?  .BRL is also a commonly used extension as well. I use it to
specify that the file wasn't created in DBT.
Hope it won't hold up too much.
        ----- Original Message ----- 
        From: George Bell <mailto:george@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>  
        To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
        Sent: Friday, July 07, 2006 8:08 AM
        Subject: [duxhelp] Re: Brf files

        Thanks for this, Mike.
        However, your message has brought up another issue, which may well
simply be local.
        BRF extension are listed in My Computer, Folder Options, File Types,
but is not associated.
        And, when I go to associate the extension, Duxbury does not appear
in the list of Programs.
        Any thoughts?


        From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Mike Gorse
        Sent: 07 July 2006 15:17
        To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
        Subject: [duxhelp] Re: Brf files
        Hi George,
        I'm not sure where Jacqui read that, either, but she is right that
it refers to DBT 10.6 not automatically registering .brf with Windows to
open these files in DBT as was done by earlier versions.  A user can
manually register .brf files in Windows to open in DBT if desired.
                ----- Original Message ----- 
                From: George Bell <mailto:george@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>  
                To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
                Sent: Friday, July 07, 2006 5:10 AM
                Subject: [duxhelp] Re: Brf files

                Hi Jacqui,
                I'm not sure where you read that.  Please let me know, just
in case we need to revise the documentation.
                The following comes from the Help files, which were reviewed
by Peter.

                Global: Formatted Braille Importer...

                Keystroke: b from Global menu
                The Formatted Braille Importer dialog is used to inform DBT
about the dimensions and page numbering conventions of the braille files you
wish to import. DBT can import BRF files from older DBT versions, as well as
PokaDot and other braille files. Note that DBT uses these settings for
import analysis only. In other words, the incoming file will be reformatted
to the dimensions set in the Global Embosser Setup dialog or template, using
the numbering scheme set in the Document Menu, regardless of what numbers
are filled in here.


                From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jacqui Loughrin
                Sent: 07 July 2006 02:44
                To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
                Subject: [duxhelp] Brf files
                Thanks for allowing us access to the beta version of 10.6.
                We are very pleased with the new features in 10.6, i.e.
undo/redo, autosave and change case. The margin bell position is a nice
little extra feature!
                We also note that numbered lines and ref.pg.no. have both
been fixed.
                We wonder if you could clarify any issues there might be
with regard to .brf files.  All our braille files which have been produced
using DBT 10.3 and 10.5 have also been archived as .brf files to ensure
future compatibility.  Can we be sure that these will open in 10.6 and
retain their original formatting? We read that 10.6 will no longer
"recognise" brf files but perhaps this just refers to the recognition of
extensions in Windows. We emboss archived files on a daily basis so this is
quite an important issue for us.
                Jacqui Loughrin
                Lee Fung
                Royal NZ Foundation of the Blind
                Auckland, New Zealand.

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