(See also Resources)
Some of these products can be demonstrated at RNIB Resource Centres. NB:
Prices may have changed, and where given, are for guidance only
There are two main ways of producing Moon which require specialist
equipment: linear Moon and dotty Moon. However, the simplest way of
producing Moon is with a hand-frame.
The Moon hand-frame is a simple and low-cost frame of A5 size for
writing Moon. It consists of a grid fixed to a rubber base. Plastic film
or self-adhesive labelling material is inserted between the grid and the
When a Moon letter is firmly written with a biro in one of the
squares, the plastic film is marked. The Moon characters can be easily
distinguished by touch when the film is removed from the frame.
When using the Moon hand-frame for making self-adhesive labels, the
plastic labelling material must be placed face down in the frame
(adhesive side up); the characters are written in reverse, working from
right to left so that they appear on the right side of the material.
Considerable pressure is needed to ensure the Moon characters are
embossed so that they can be felt easily when the material is removed
from the frame. However, it is not always easy to use a hand-frame and
the end result will vary from user to user.
This method involves the use of special paper (swell paper) which
produces raised images when passed through a heat diffuser. The first
step is to create a Word document on a computer using the Moon font (see
Downloadable Moon Font). This document is then printed out and
photocopied onto the special swell paper. The copy is then passed
through a heat fuser. The black lines on the paper absorb heat which
causes the image to rise up. A pen is also available for drawing Moon
letters directly onto the swell paper, either freehand or by using a Moon
stencil. The sheet is then heated as described above.
The following companies sell swell paper and fusers:
Zychem also supply the pen mentioned above.
An alternative is to produce Moon using a computer, software and
embosser. There are now several workable combinations of software
packages and embossers. To produce dotty Moon a text document is created
in Word. This is then converted into Moon using specialist software. The
file is then sent to the embosser to produce Moon.
- Duxbury Braille Translation Software, price approx £385.00, can
translate into dotty Moon and is available from Techno-Vision Systems
Ltd. This software is compatible with the following Enabling
Braille Express 150, Desktop double-sided embosser, price approx £9796.00
Juliet Pro - with speech, double-sided braille embosser with single-sheet and wide carriage
options, price approx £2544.00
Romeo Pro50 - single sided braille embosser, price approx
- Braille Maker Professional, price approx £395.00, also does dotty
Moon and is compatible with the following Index embossers:
Index Basic S, with speech, single sided, fan fed paper, price approx
Index Basic D, with speech, double sided, fan fed paper price approx
Index Everest, with speech, double/single sided, single sheet, price approx
- There is also a range of Tiger Embossers which produce Dotty
Moon, including the Tiger Pro which is approx £6,995.00. Desktop
embossers include the Tiger Max at £4,495.00 and the Tiger Cub which
is £2,895.00. These embossers do not require separate software; they
translate directly from Microsoft Word. The embossers are available
in the UK from Force Ten
www.forcetenco.co.uk . Other suppliers include ViewPlus
- DeafBlind UK: Zychem fuser for linear Moon;
- Linden Lodge: Duxbury + Juliet Pro embosser for Dotty Moon; Zychem fuser and swell paper for linear Moon;
- HMP Guys Marsh: Zychem fuser for linear Moon;
- HMP Maghaberry: Braille Maker Professional + Index Basic D embosser
for Dotty Moon;
- Pia: Braille Maker + Index embosser for Dotty Moon; Zychem fuser for linear Moon.