SwiftBraille – Android Braille Soft Keyboard

swiftbraille version 2.0

Important Updates


The blog of this project has been launched, you can visit the Arabic blog, or English blog for updated details.

What is


SwiftBraille is a soft keyboard customized for blind and visually impaired to let them type using Braille language. This keyboard supports Arabic and English in user interface and inputs as well.

Features


– The keyboard is provided for free and available on Google Play (Beta Version).

– The keyboard supports Arabic and English in user interface and as Braille inputs.

– Fast switch between languages and keyboards.

– The app provides five keyboards for each language, you can type letters, characters, numbers, math symbols, and other special and common symbols as well.

– The keyboard will speech every single letter that user types, character, words…etc.

– The main idea of this app is not just tap on the Braille dots, the main idea is connect the needed dots together to get the actual letter/character/number/symbols as they are presented in Braille language using one finger or even two!

– The user can customize the keyboard, change the color of Braille dots (for visually impaired), change the radius of Braille dot as well, and more other settings.

– There is a training screen that provides to user to try Braille before typing on other apps.

– You can use the keyboard in Portrait or Landscape modes.

– The app is compatible with TalkBack Google app.

– The app works in Android from Jelly Bean version number 4.1 and higher.

Supported Languages and Symbols


SwiftBraille supports two languages, Arabic and English in the user interface and Braille inputs, each language has five keyboards, the user can switch between these keyboards very easily!

Arabic languages keyboards (In Order):

Keyboard number 1: Arabic Letters (Details).

Keyboard number 2: Arabic Diacritics (Details).

Keyboard number 3: Numbers (Details).

Keyboard number 4: Math Symbols (Details).

Keyboard number 5: General and Special Symbols (Details).

English language keyboards (In Order):

Keyboard number 1: English Small Letters.

Keyboard number 2: English Capital Letters (Detail).

Keyboard number 3: Numbers (Details).

Keyboard number 4: Math Symbols (Details).

Keyboard number 5: General and Special Symbols (Details).

Activate SwiftBraille as a Default Keyboard


– Go to Settings.

– Go to Language and Input.

– Make sure to check SwiftBraille and make it as a default keyboard.

Activate SwiftBraille

Moves and Gestures


You can switch between languages, between keyboards, make a space, backspace or a new line. Using special gestures in the center of screen…as the Braille dots (6 Dots) are located in the left and right of the screen, we’ve some of free space in the middle of the screen.

To switch between languages:

Swipe up two fingers Swipe down two fingers

Long swipe (two fingers) from top to bottom/bottom to top: Change the language of keyboard from Arabic to English or vice versa.

To switch between keyboards of current language:

Long swipe up one finger Long swipe down one finger

Long swipe (one finger) from top to bottom/bottom to top: Change the current keyboard of current language.

To make a space:

swipe right one finger swipe left one finger

– Small swipe to right (English keyboard): Space.

– Small swipe to left (Arabic keyboard): Space.

To make backspace:

swipe right one finger swipe left one finger

Small swipe to left (English keyboard): Backspace.

Small swipe to right (Arabic keyboard): Backspace.

To make a new line:

swipe down one finger

Small swipe to bottom: New Line.

To hide keyboard after finished typing:

To hide the keyboard, double tap on the screen, or click on back button.

Text to Speech Engines


By default, SwiftBraille is using current settings of Text to Speech in your devices to speech every single character that typed, but the problem is in Arabic language is not supported and user must download any other engine from Google Play store. But no worries in that, SwiftBraille will use pre-stored sounds that will speech every single character the user types (Thanks to Fuad Al Ameer and Mohammad Elbehwashy for pre-stored Arabic voice over and great work!).

Check default Text to Speech Engine:

– Go to Settings.

– Go to Language and Input.

– Text to Speech options.

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Or check the video:


Screenshots and Videos



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SwiftBraille Color Picker

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Links


Download SwiftBraille from Google Play (Click Here).

كافة التفاصيل في المدونة الشخصية حول التطبيق.

The original website for this project is (SwiftBraille.com).

Direct Contact regarding to this project: info@SwiftBraille.com

Special Thanks


I would like to thank everyone who helped and contribute in this project with its first steps. You can also help out by sharing, testing, contacting and even buy the developer a cup of Coffee to stay focus in that project from main page of the project 🙂


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