GOODFEEL® Braille Music Translator
Accessible Music Notation Suite of Software from Dancing Dots
GOODFEEL® lets you convert print scores to braille music quickly, automatically and accurately. Blind musicians can review braille score with optional verbal and musical cues and independently create print scores of their musical ideas.
New with GOODFEEL® 3.2
GOODFEEL® 3.2 runs under Windows10 and all previous versions of Windows back to Windows98 on both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms of Windows. However, those who need JAWS to get feedback about the score in speech and braille should know that we do not yet support JAWS 17 under any version of Windows. JAWS 16 under Windows10 and earlier versions of Windows does work fine however. Of course, we do plan to support JAWS 17 soon.
The JAWS-based Lime Aloud access method to the Lime notation software included works with JAWS versions 6.2 through version 16. Sighted users do not need JAWS to use SharpEye, Lime or GOODFEEL®.
Lime Aloud has improved descriptions for barlines, chord symbols and finger numbers.
Lime Aloud has improved support for Spanish and German.
Improved MusicXML import especially to properly interpret accidentals from the Dolet for Sibelius plug-in. .
N. B. After running the GOODFEEL® installation program, in order to set up proper Windows file associations, the Lime notation software must be run once under a user profile with full administrative privileges.
Hear what some of our customers have to say about GOODFEEL®.
"I simply would not have been able to survive professionally over the last ten years either as a concert performer (harpsichord, clavichord and fortepiano) or as Professor of Harpsichord and Early Music Performance Practice at Trinity College of Music, London, but for my discovery of GOODFEEL®.
I do use the scanning facility (SharpEye) as well as employing sighted musicians who, of course need to know nothing about Braille Music, to create Lime Files which GOODFEEL® translates for me into scores which I can use on my own and in classes which I teach. I have worked together with these "transcribers" to develop a method of writing figured bass, which is invaluable in meeting the rapid demands of students. You can imagine that I am often asked to coach someone who is performing within a few days of asking and, without GOODFEEL® and Lime, this would be absolutely impossible. In fact, I once was able to read, and therefore teach a Scarlatti vocal work two days after mailing the print copy to the [Lime] "transcriber". This speed, of course, would have been unthinkable in the days of "normal" print to Braille transcription. I hope this gives you at least a summary of my reliance, as a blind professional musician, on GOODFEEL®, and my profound gratitude for it."
Professor of Harpsichord and
Lecturer in Performance Practice,
Trinity College of Music, London, UK
“GOODFEEL® helps me to proofread. I've caught many mistakes by inputting sections of music into Lime with the MIDI connection and then checking the braille in the editor. It is a terrific tool.”
Ruth R., Braille music transcriber
"I am a Suzuki piano teacher at a school that seems to eat up repertoire.
All the teachers and students are sighted and there is a fabulous music
store here which gives everyone access to almost anything we want. With
help from my reader, I can use SharpEye, Lime and GOODFEEL® to scan and translate
a piece even a day before a student's lesson. I also use GOODFEEL® to transcribe
midi files off the Web--hymns that are due for my job the following Sunday.
I appreciate the immediacy the programs afford. It certainly makes me a
better prepared and more competitive teacher in competitions class work
and private lessons."
DH from Iowa
"Over the last few years, the GOODFEEL® software has helped me to print out new music and to compose my own pieces of music. Without this software I would not be where I am today in my music education and music-making. It has made it easier for me to learn music by listening to it and reading it as a braille score. I can print my own compositions for a sighted person to read.
It is so amazing how other people sighted or not can play my music. I play the flute and it is wonderful how I can learn any piece of music that my flute teacher gives me.
Holly Natalie Tuke, UK
No matter what technical problems I have had the people at Dancing Dots have always helped me to overcome them. My aim in life is to become a music teacher and I am sure I will be able to achieve this with this wonderful software."
Enjoy listening to Holly playing a piece for flute which she learned from a braille music score.
Join the GOODFEEL® listserv to correspond with users from all over the world; learn whether GOODFEEL® is right for you from those who already use it; or trade Q&A/tricks and tips with fellow users.
Features of GOODFEEL® 3.2
Overview of How to produce Braille Music with Movies and Descriptive Text
System Requirements and What You'll Need to Use GOODFEEL®
How to Create Music Using GOODFEEL®, SharpEye and Lime for Blind Users
How to Create Music Using GOODFEEL®, SharpEye and Lime for Sighted Users
Did you know that you can view and even revise GOODFEEL's® output using your portable note-taker such as the BrailleNote and PAC Mate?
Request a free Timed Evaluation of the GOODFEEL® suite that runs as a full version for 15 days.
Sample GOODFEEL® Transcriptions
Optional installment payment plan for GOODFEEL®
Register GOODFEEL® (only necessary for versions before 2.6)
Technical Support and Upgrades
Braille Version of the GOODFEEL® Brochure
Are you a blind singer
or instrumentalist who needs to have braille scores quickly? Do you want to print your musical ideas out in standard staff notation for sighted people to read? Are you an educator
or rehabilitation professional serving blind musicians who has no time to learn
to be a braille music transcriber? GOODFEEL® can help you. GOODFEEL® automatically
converts several kinds of music files to braille - the same files used to print
the score for sighted players. To prepare and transcribe these files with
the GOODFEEL® suite, you do not need to know how to read braille music; however, you should
know how to read print music notation and how to use a Windows PC.
Features of GOODFEEL®
Quickly transcribe to braille from Finale, Sibelius and other popular music notation software used by band, orchestra and choir directors via MusicXML notation interchange format
Synchronized scrolling of print and braille notation for current musical measure
Ships with Lime 9 which simplifies entering of text annotations and has an improved MusicXML import/export feature.
Blind musicians can now read and write musical scores with the Lime notation editor that ships with GOODFEEL® via the improved Lime Aloud
JAWS-based access features. Lime Aloud
is a Whole New Way for the Blind to Read and Write Music. Note: JAWS 6.2 through 16 required. Support for JAWS 17 coming soon. Anyone authorized for JAWS 17 can install any earlier version of JAWS without additional cost or authorization.
Available in English, Spanish (Español) and German (Deutsch). Support for other languages coming soon.
Blind musicians can easily create print and equivalent braille transcriptions for collaboration with sighted or blind teachers, colleagues or students.
Friendly user interface to permit customization of braille music output
Optional integration with the Duxbury (literary) Braille Translator to facilitate transcription of theory or method books that have large blocks of expository text.
GOODFEEL® is fast and flexible! Braille a single part,
selected parts, or an entire score in seconds! GOODFEEL® features integrated
literary braille translation for most western languages so you can braille both
the words and the tune.
GOODFEEL® supports U.K. Formatting! GOODFEEL® can now
be configured to conform closely to the formatting conventions used for braille
music production in the UK.
GOODFEEL® Lite Version
Lite gives you all the features of the full product but limits you to just one
of these braille music formats: instrumental music, vocal parts or keyboard.
GOODFEEL® is easy to use!
- Scan the print score (optional step). A sighted musician must correct all errors.
- Use Lime to enter and edit the score using your PC and/or MIDI musical keyboard or import via MusicXML interchange format from Finale, Sibelius or other third-party notation programs.
- Proofread or audition your piece.
- Emboss or edit braille notation.
Review the document
How to Create Music Using GOODFEEL®, SharpEye and Lime for Blind Users.
Click here for the document
How to Create Using GOODFEEL®, SharpEye and Lime for Sighted Users.
- In the United States, Dancing Dots is the "Sole Source" for GOODFEEL®.
Attention customers from outside of the USA: Dancing Dots has a number of
international distributors. Please contact them to place your order and for after-sale support.
Installment payment plan for GOODFEEL®
A prepaid upgrade (GOODFEEL® Maintenance Agreement) entitles you to the next paid release of GOODFEEL® at a significant discount.
GOODFEEL ships with digital versions of all relevant user manuals.
You may select the Internet shipping option for these items (except for Lime Aid).
GOODFEEL® 3.2 Standard is actually a suite of software which includes GOODFEEL®, Lime, Lime Aloud and SharpEye 2.
Make your purchase more affordable by paying in monthly installments.
GOODFEEL® 3.2 Standard Subscription
GOODFEEL® 3.2 Lite
GOODFEEL® Lite: a suite of software which includes GOODFEEL® Lite, Lime, Lime Aloud and SharpEye 2. GOODFEEL® Lite is identical to GOODFEEL® Standard except it can produce only one of the braille music formats which the Standard edition can produce.
Make your purchase of GOODFEEL® Lite more affordable by paying in monthly installments
GOODFEEL 3.2 Upgrade from GOODFEEL® Standard version 3.0 or 3.1
GOODFEEL® 3.2 Upgrade from 2.6 or earlier