Dancing Dots
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GOODFEEL System Requirements

Statement on Special Considerations for Windows7 and Windows Vista

GOODFEEL works without limitation under Windows98, ME, 2000, XP Vista and Windows7 (both 32 and 64-bit).

  • In order to access GOODFEEL's online Help when running under Windows7 or Vista, you must download and install a special utility available from Microsoft. GOODFEEL's installation program will automatically bring you to the Microsoft webpage. This same help information for GOODFEEL is available in an MS Word file that will be installed with the software.
  • After running our 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.

The following information will help you to configure a system to use the GOODFEEL® Braille Music Translator to transcribe printed music and/or computer music files to music braille. There are two examples given. Choose the example that suits your situation to help you determine your software and hardware needs.

The information below should help you determine what hardware and software you'll need to acquire. For a detailed outline describing how to use all of the following components, click here.

System Configurations

All software listed runs on IBM PC-compatible machines under Windows 95, 98, Millennium, NT, 2000, XP or Vista. We recommend a minimum of 128 megabytes of RAM, although all software listed will perform on systems with less than 128 megabytes of RAM. Lime also can run on a Macintosh. Some customers prepare the Lime files on these other operating systems, send them to a PC via CD or network and transcribe them using GOODFEEL® on a Windows machine. SharpEye will not work with a Macintosh running a Windows emulator.

Scanners and SharpEye

Dancing Dots has found that the Canon USB scanners in Canon's LiDE series work best with the SharpEye music OCR software which you receive when you order GOODFEEL.

Summary of Process to Produce Braille Scores with GOODFEEL®

There are two steps in producing a braille score. The first step is to create a music file. The second step is to transcribe that music file with GOODFEEL. Use SharpEye and Lime to create a Lime music file for GOODFEEL to transcribe. Blind users can use Lime independently with the Lime Aloud scripts for the JAWS for Windows screen reader. The Lime Aloud scripts ship with the GOODFEEL suite of software. Lime Aloud can even work with the 40-minute demo version of JAWS.

What is Lime?

The Lime notation editor transforms your computer into a blank sheet of music staff paper. The five-line musical staff appears on the screen and notes and other annotations such as lyrics or dynamic markings can be placed onto the staff with the mouse, PC keyboard or a MIDI musical keyboard (piano-style). The Lime file is saved and passed to GOODFEEL for transcription.

Overview of Sample Systems

We have configured two sample systems and include component prices to help you determine the cost of setting up a system to use GOODFEEL.

The first sample system is ideal for a sighted user who needs to prepare braille music scores. This user need not be at all familiar with music braille. However, the user must be comfortable with using a PC under Windows and should be familiar with conventional, staff notation, that is, the five-line, music staff. The first example, which is best for a sighted user, describes a system to scan sheet music, edit the results with Lime and transcribe with GOODFEEL.

The second system is ideal for a blind user who wants to study scores prepared by others or to create braille or print scores of original arrangements and compositions.

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