Opening brf files on iDevices, a limited solution.
This guide is outdated and may not provide accurate information for current use cases. It is being retained as a recognition of the author's contribution, but it should be regarded as archived.
By Scott Davert, 5 August, 2012
For some time now, users of braille displays have wantted to be able to read brf files from various sources such as the NLS Web Braille collection, Bookshare, and other sources around the world. I'm here to tell you that it's possible to do so using the following steps, but you'll still be very limited in the way in which you can navigate through content. For example, there is no way to bookmark a place in your file, and since iOS does not have a find function, you can't get there quickly through that manor either. However, for reading shorter documents in brf format, this does work.
First, you must have Dropbox installed on your iPhone, and you must get the source material ahead of time. When you have done so, put the brf file in to your Dropbox folder that you share with your iDevice, and then rename it to a .txt file instead of brf. Then, open Dropbox on your phone, and open the file. Turning off contractions with a G-Chord on your braille device will allow you to read the content in contracted braille. It will not work with speech or with vision, but if you really want to read a brf file, this is an option. Now understanding this, and noting that the AFB app may also have access to dropbox, if this app does have a find function available, it would make it a powerful book reading solution for those wishing to get their books in BRF format.
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