Editor

The opportunity to create custom materials

We want to offer the blind as much freedom of knowledge as possible. This is why we created an EDITOR that enables the creation of personalized materials and the immersion in different fields of study.

What is the EDITOR? 

The EDITOR is a browser-dedicated software that enables the transformation of already-existing materials (such as illustrations, books or boards) into self-describing TACTILE IMAGES. Its mission is to offer the blind access to independent learning. This module and the voice-over function of the companion app allow for the attribution of more information to all the objects on the board than in traditional contexts – Braille language.

 

  1. The EDITOR gives access to personalized information, no matter the knowledge level or language.
  2. The EDITOR supports individual learning.
  3. The EDITOR gives much more information than Braille language because it is supported by voice-over.

 

How does the EDITOR work?

In the EDITOR, sighted users (relatives, professors, volunteers) can create their own self-describing tactile graphics. There are two ways: 

 

  1. Reediting digital drawings

This facilitates the adaptation of the drawings in the Library to any level of knowledge. With the EDITOR, tactile graphics can be personalized for individual learning. For example, you will be able to add information to suit more levels of knowledge to a board illustrating a cat, allowing both a 3-year-old and a 10-year old enjoy individual learning. In this way, the same board can be replicated to satisfy the learning needs of all the blind people, no matter their age. 

 

  1. Digitizing real objects

This allows the adaptation of already-existing materials for individual learning, available in schools. It can be anything from tactile paintings, tactile illustrations to tactile books or tactile albums. 

 

You can upload in the EDITOR all types of boards, regardless of the realization technique. Due to Image Recognition, any photo can be uploaded in the Editor and annotated and it will be recognized by the app (if it also has the QR Code attached). 

 

What steps should you follow? 

Invitation and registration

  1. Because at the moment, accessing this module is invitation-based, please request access. You can do it free of charge right here
  2. Create a user account by introducing an e-mail address and choosing a password. 
  3. After confirming via e-mail, log in with the data of your account at editor.tactileimages.org.

 

Adding a new tactile image to the LIBRARY

  1. Add a new tactile image to the LIBRARY.
  2. The name and tags must be in English.
  3. Enter a descriptive name for your image so you can find it with ease later in the image library.
  4. Image dimensions must comply with the A4 page format.
  5. Please upload only PNG files, make sure your image size is not bigger than 2MB.
  6. Select tags from the drop-down, if necessary.

 

Adding the QR Code

  1. Generate the QR code using the current URL.
  2. Save the QR code as a PNG file.
  3. The QR code should have 200×200 dimensions.

 

Adding interest areas on the tactile image

  1. You can drag around an area and increase or decrease its size so it fits the interest point.
  2. Please make sure your interest areas do not overlap.
  3. To add a new area click on the grey space (outside of an existing area) inside the image.
  4. To delete an area click on the Bin icon on the top right side of the area.
  5. After you have defined all your areas of interest, click Next to add a text to each area on the next screen.

 

Adding info text to each area

 

  1. Please make sure that each text contains relevant information for that area.
  2. To add an info text click on the area and a text pop up will appear. After you enter the text press the Save button.
  3. Make sure you enter info texts for all your areas, areas that contain text have a blue frame.
  4. Please click the Finish button under the image to save the texts and complete the process.

 

Translating the texts

Translate the texts in English or Romanian. In the future, this section will be enriched with a high number of foreign languages. 

 

How do you emboss the created image? 

All you have to do now is print the tactile graphic on embossed paper or emboss it yourself, with DIY techniques, with reduced cost. You can find out more about manual embossing techniques right here

 

What do you do next? 

Download the Tactile Images READER App from App Store, place the phone above the tactile graphics and enjoy limitless access to knowledge! Read more about the app here .

Editor

The opportunity to create custom materials

We want to offer the blind as much freedom of knowledge as possible. This is why we created an EDITOR that enables the creation of personalized materials and the immersion in different fields of study.

What is the EDITOR? 

The EDITOR is a browser-dedicated software that enables the transformation of already-existing materials (such as illustrations, books or boards) into self-describing TACTILE IMAGES. Its mission is to offer the blind access to independent learning. This module and the voice-over function of the companion app allow for the attribution of more information to all the objects on the board than in traditional contexts – Braille language.

 

  1. The EDITOR gives access to personalized information, no matter the knowledge level or language.
  2. The EDITOR supports individual learning.
  3. The EDITOR gives much more information than Braille language because it is supported by voice-over.

 

How does the EDITOR work?

In the EDITOR, sighted users (relatives, professors, volunteers) can create their own self-describing tactile graphics. There are two ways: 

 

  1. Reediting digital drawings

This facilitates the adaptation of the drawings in the Library to any level of knowledge. With the EDITOR, tactile graphics can be personalized for individual learning. For example, you will be able to add information to suit more levels of knowledge to a graphic illustrating a cat, allowing both a 3-year-old and a 10-year old enjoy individual learning. In this way, the same tactile graphic can be replicated to satisfy the learning needs of all the blind people, no matter their age. 

 

  1. Digitizing real objects

This allows the adaptation of already-existing materials for individual learning, available in schools. It can be anything from tactile paintings, tactile illustrations to tactile books or tactile albums. 

 

You can upload in the EDITOR all types of boards, regardless of the realization technique. Due to Image Recognition, any photo can be uploaded in the EDITOR and annotated and it will be recognized by the app (if it also has the QR Code attached). 

 

What steps should you follow? 

Invitation and registration

  1. Because at the moment, accessing this module is invitation-based, please request access. You can do it right here
  2. Create a user account by introducing an e-mail address and choosing a password. 
  3. After confirming via e-mail, log in with the data of your account at editor@tactileimages.org.

 

Adding a new tactile image to the LIBRARY

 

  1. Add a new tactile image to the LIBRARY.
  2. The name and tags must be in English.
  3. Enter a descriptive name for your image so you can find it with ease later in the image LIBRARY.
  4. Image dimensions must comply with the A4 page format.
  5. Please upload only PNG files, make sure your image size is not bigger than 2MB.
  6. Select tags from the drop-down, if necessary.

 

Adding the QR Code

  1. Generate the QR code using the current URL.
  2. Save the QR code as a PNG file.
  3. The QR code should have 200×200 dimensions.

 

Adding interest areas on the tactile image

  1. You can drag around an area and increase or decrease its size so it fits the interest point.
  2. Please make sure your interest areas do not overlap.
  3. To add a new area, click on the grey space (outside of an existing area) inside the image.
  4. To delete an area, click on the Bin icon on the top right side of the area.
  5. After you have defined all your areas of interest, click Next to add a text to each area on the next screen.

 

Adding info text to each area

  1. Please make sure that each text contains relevant information for that area.
  2. To add an info text click on the area and a text pop up will appear. After you enter the text press the Save button.
  3. Make sure you enter info texts for all your areas, areas that contain text have a blue frame.
  4. Please click the Finish button under the image to save the texts and complete the process.

 

Translating the texts

Translate the texts in English or Romanian. In the future, this section will be enriched with a high number of foreign languages. 

 

How do you emboss the created image? 

All you have to do now is print the tactile graphic on embossed paper or emboss it yourself, with DIY techniques, with reduced cost. You can find out more about manual embossing techniques right here

What do you do next? 

Download the Tactile Images READER App from App Store, place the phone above the tactile graphics and enjoy limitless access to knowledge! Read more about the app here.

Do you want to get involved?

If you want to contribute financially or in any other way,

If you believe in our dream and you want to revolutionize with us the education of the blind, sign up as a volunteer! Did you discover any errors or you know how we can improve?  Contact us!

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