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									   APH as an Accessible
     Media Producer:
           A Status Report

Julia Myers
January 2010
       NIMAS and APH
• First file assigned to APH on
• 116 NIMAS file sets by January
• NIMAS Files have been
  distributed to APH Transcribers.
• NIMAS Files have been used to
  produce APH large print and
  braille textbooks.
APH Braille Transcribers
• Request electronic files to assist
  in transcription

• 65% use Braille 2000

• 10% use Megadots

• 25% use Duxbury
APH Braille Transcribers

• Accept NIMAS files with or
  without images included.

• Are able to provide faster
  turnaround with NIMAS files,
  especially for smaller books.
   NIMAS and APH Tactile

• JPEG and PNG images from
  NIMAS files are useful for
  production of some tactile
  graphics using APH existing
  production software.
APH, NIMAS, and Large Print
• Custom enlargement is a mechanical
  process of enlarging original print

• The APH Large Print process
  enhances design based on
  recommendations from B/VI research
  to increase usefulness to students.

• The APH Large Print process uses
  NIMAS files in pre-production.
  ATIC Large Print Process
        and NIMAS
• Building on ongoing enhancements
  and changes to software and
  production processes, NIMAS has
  proven to be compatible with the APH
  large print pre-production process.

• SVG images not suitable for APH large
  print production.

• JPEG with a native resolution of 300
  DPI preferred.
   APH Large Print and

• APH reports that the images
  found in the NIMAS file sets are
  “the best they have ever had” for
  large print production.

• The NIMAS XML has cut pre-
  production time by half or more.
        Large Print by the
• In 2009, APH provided 15,543 large print
  books representing 4,328 titles to visually
  impaired students.

• 732 new large print titles were produced by
  APH in 2009 by specific request.

• An estimated 29,000 visually impaired
  elementary and secondary school students
  utilize large print, while about 5,411 utilize
  Braille as their primary reading medium,
  and 2,796 utilize it as a secondary medium.
  Large Print Images in
• Images can be reproduced at higher
  resolution in print than in other
  media, such as via electronic display,
  without creating more work for the
  eye to perform.

• For students with visual acuity issues,
  the higher resolution and superior
  reproduction in print is an advantage,
  especially for charts, maps, and other
  graphical material.
   For More Information:
Production of Large Print, Braille, &
         Tactile Graphics
Jane Thompson, ATIC Director
American Printing House for the
1839 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206-0085
   For More Information:


• 502-899-2230

• 1-877-526-4622 (1-877-52-NIMAC)


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