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2.07 Upgrade SPC to use software generation 2.5 in full mode

In October 2021, TactileView generation 2.5 was released.

Downloading the installer and trying out the software in demonstration mode is free.

However, in order to use a software version of this generation in full mode, your software license needs to be eligible. You can check here if you already have such a license. (You need your software product code (SPC) for this. You can find it in the menu ‘Help’ > ‘About TactileView’.)

If your license is already eligible:

  • First, check the TactileView version you have installed already. Go to the menu ‘Help’ > ‘About TactileView’ and check if the version number starts with 2.5 . In this case, there is nothing you need to do.
  • If you have a lower version, go to the menu ‘Help’ > ‘Check for New Updates and Release Notes’.
    Alternatively, you can download the latest software installation file and start the installation process by opening it.

If your license is not yet eligible:

Option 1: Use our webshop

  • Purchase an SPC upgrade in our webshop. You will receive and email with instructions and a key (code) which can make your SPC eligible to use TactileView generation 2.5 .
  • After making your SPC eligible, you can either go to the TactileView menu and select ‘Settings’ > ‘Update TactileView Components’ and choose ‘Check for new software updates’.
    Alternatively, you can download the latest software installation file and start the installation process by opening it.

Option 2: Ask your distributor

  • Contact your distributor and request a license upgrade for your SPC. When your request has been processed, you will receive an email to inform you that your SPC is now valid for the upgrade to TactileView generation 2.5 . In this email you will find a download link to the latest version.

2.01 Configuration wizard

Once TactileView has been installed, you will be prompted with the Configuration wizard, which will guide you through registration and the most important settings for optimal use of the software. Each of the 4 steps in the configuration wizard are ‘Computer registration’, ‘Printer setup’, ‘Configuration’ and ‘External software’. In each step, there is a list with the essential settings. By selecting one from this list, you can read the description on the right. Click on ‘Open selected option’ to go to the selected settings dialog.

You can launch the Configuration wizard at any time later on by selecting it from the Help menu.

In the manual section Settings menu, you can find a more detailed list of all the settings menu option.

Configuration wizard introduction: overview of the steps in the wizard

Configuration wizard: Introduction. This window gives an overview of the different steps in the configuration wizard. Click on ‘Start configuration wizard’ to proceed.

Configuration wizard step 1/4, available options: Registration via internet; Registration via distributor.

Configuration wizard step 1/4: Computer registration. In this step, you can register your software licence.

Configuration wizard step 2/4, available options: Print setup; Install braille printer; Braille tables; Text label presentation on print.

Configuration wizard step 2/4: Printer setup. This second step will help you to configure the steps required for printing your tactile designs.

Configuration wizard step 3/4, available options: General; Languages; Text label presentation on screen; Alignment frame and grids; Update TactileView components; Sign up for newsletter.

Configuration wizard step 3/4: Configuration. All basic settings for operating the software are included in this third step.

Configuration wizard step 4/4, available options: Insert TactileView design in text file; Mathematical notation (equation editor).

Configuration wizard step 4/4: External software. This final step will help you to extend the functionality of TactileView with external software.

2.02 Software registration with SPC via internet

Once you have downloaded and installed the TactileView software, it will operate in demonstration mode at first. To run the software in full version, a software product code (SPC) is required. This SPC is provided by your dealer or has been sent by email after you purchased a software licence in the Thinkable shop. Download TactileView

The easiest and fastest method to register the software with your SPC is registration via the internet. However, TactileView also provides a registration option that does not require an internet connection; see Software registration via distributor (no internet access).

Each SPC is valid for one computer only. If you wish to use TactileView on multiple systems, you will need to purchase additional SPCs. For registration on multiple user accounts on the same computer, see Registration for multiple user accounts on single computer.

Software Product Code (SPC)

You will need to register the software using a Software product code (SPC) in order to get access to the complete set of software features. After purchasing a TactileView software licence, you will receive an SPC, either by email from the TactileView website, in a licence document from your dealer, etc. Make sure to store this code carefully, as you might need it later on for software updates or customer support.

Registration steps

  1. Select ‘Registration via internet’ in step 1 of the Configuration wizard. Alternatively, choose ‘Computer registration’ from the Settings menu and make sure ‘Registration via internet’ is selected in the dialog that opens.
  2. Enter your SPC, choose a User/company name and click on ‘Register now’.
  3. Choose whether you wish to register the software for all users on the computer (requires administrator rights) or the current user only.
  4. Enter and confirm the required contact details for customer support and optimal use of the software. You are now ready to start using the fully registered TactileView software.

2.03 Software registration via distributor (no internet access)

When you are unable to connect to the internet with the computer on which you wish to register TactileView, you can register your software licence via your distributor. For regular registration via internet, see Software registration with SPC via internet.

  1. Select ‘Registration via distributor’ from step 1 of the Configuration wizard. Alternatively, choose ‘Computer registration’ from the Settings menu and make sure that ‘Registration via distributor’ is selected in the dialog that opens.
  2. Supply your distributor with the following information:
    – Your SPC
    – A user or company name
    – Version number and Computer identification code (both can be copied from the registration dialog)
    – Contact details: full name*, company, address, country* and email address* (information with an asterisk* is required)
  3. Your supplier will contact the TactileView development team and provide you with a Registration code that can be used to register without an internet connection. Enter your SPC, a user or company name, and the received Registration code in the Settings > Computer registration dialog. Once you have filled this all in, select ‘Register now’.

You are now ready to start using the fully registered TactileView software. The registration is valid for all users on this computer if you have administrator rights during registration. Otherwise the registration needs to be repeated with the same SPC for other users.

2.04 Registration for multiple user accounts on single computer

Your Software Registration Code (SPC), the registration code with which the TactileView software is registered, is valid for registration on one computer. However, multiple user accounts on the same computer can all make use of the same SPC to register TactileView.

Computer registration - 'All users (requires administrator rights)' or 'Current user only'

There are two ways to complete the registration for each Windows user account on the computer:

  1. Register for all users. This requires a Windows account with administrator rights. During registration, choose ‘All users’ to activate the registration for all user accounts on the same computer simultaneously.
  2. Current user only. This option can be used when you have no administrator rights. However, the registration will need to be repeated using the same SPC for all other user accounts that wish to use TactileView.

For full installation and registration instructions, see Installing software and Software registration with software product code (SPC).

2.05 Free demonstration mode

For a free trial version of the software, you can simply download TactileView for free and install it on your computer (requires administrator rights). This allows you to use the software in demonstration mode without registration and to explore the great features in the software for creating tactile graphics. In demonstration mode, all software features are available. The only restrictions will be that printed designs will contain watermarks and files cannot be saved.
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To download the free trial version of TactileView, click here.

Configuration for demonstration mode
After launching the software for the first time, the configuration wizard will automatically guide you through the most important settings. To start using TactileView in demonstration mode, you can skip step 1 of 4 in the wizard. We strongly advise you to take the time to go through the remaining three steps, which present you with the settings that will give you the optimal user experience. You can revisit these and other setting via the Settings menu.

Read more about the Configuration wizard >

Upgrading to a full software version
After having played with the software, we hope you like it so much so you will contact one of our dealers or buy your licence in the Thinkable webshop.

2.06 Settings menu

Settings menu

The configuration wizard leads you through the initial steps for setting up the software to accommodate your needs. However, additional options/dialogs can be found in the Settings menu. In this main menu, all the different settings of the software can be found, including those that are part of the configuration wizard.

Most option names will probably speak for themselves. Each settings dialog has an explanatory introduction that will help to select the best setup for you. The list below gives an overview of the functionality of each option in the Settings menu and provides a general description of the purpose for the menu items.

Computer registration

The software product code (SPC) has to be entered in the registration window. After selecting ‘Registration via internet’, your registration data will be checked on the TactileView website to verify the validity of the registration. Please note that each SPC is valid for only one computer.

Configuration wizard: step 1


The units for the preferred measurement system can be set, as well as the reference position for these measurements. The size of the markers that can be ‘grabbed’ with the mouse to modify objects can be adjusted. A marker size of 5 pixels is the default.

The internet gateway to the TactileView internet catalog can be tested and configured. The name and e-mail address of the author that is uploading designs to the catalog can be entered here. The TactileView Viewmaster will send feedback on the graphic aspects and tactile usability of the designs to this e-mail address.

Configuration wizard: step 3


The user language in which the software texts are displayed can be set, as well as the language in which the text labels are written in the design. Setting the text label correct language is important for uploading the designs to the catalog, as text labels are translated in all the available languages.

Configuration wizard: step 3

Braille tables

The conventions for texts in braille differ per country or language. Select a braille table as the main braille from the extended list of the Liblouis set of tables (includes contracted braille). When entering a text label in the design with the drawing tool ‘Add text label’, the braille characters will be automatically generated according to the selected braille table.

Configuration wizard: step 2

Sign up for newsletter

The Thinkable newsletter is a resource in which we announce events and share ideas about the usage of TactileView and various other products by Thinkable. Our regular newsletter is a great way to stay in touch with our work and everything that’s going on at Thinkable, so we invite you to sign up and leave your feedback.

Configuration wizard: step 3

Update TactileView components

Technically the software is set up as a modular system. The various modules, such as the software texts that you find in menus and dialogs, are stored and maintained on a non-public section of the TactileView website. TactileView will download any new updates automatically each time the software is launched. This setup offers great flexibility and convenience to provide minor updates without requiring any action, so it is advised to have this setting switched on. Please note that an internet connection is required to receive updates.

Configuration wizard: step 3

Text label presentation: on screen

The appearance of braille is quite different from the standard font and is hard to read for sighted users. Therefore the text that is added as a text label in the design can be displayed in standard font as well as in the equivalent braille characters, based on the selected braille table. The colour of the standard font (default green) can be changed or can be switched off completely.

Configuration wizard: step 3

Text label presentation: on print

Text labels printed on swellpaper can be represented both in braille and standard font, similar to the display on screen. The braille dots are printed in black. The visual font can be switched off or set to any preferred colour. For printing on swellpaper, make sure that the selected colour has no grey or black appearance.

Configuration wizard: step 2

Line view/dot View

Depending on the selected embosser type, the positioning and distance between the braille dots will vary. During the design phase it might be easier to work with continuous lines. For a close check of the tactile layout it can be useful to switch to dot view. While switching from one mode to the other an explanatory message will be displayed.

Mathematical notation (equation editor)

The MathType equation editor can be used to prepare mathematical equations in their spatial layout. The mathML expression is copied/pasted into TactileView. The equation can be expressed in braille using several mathematical notations. The preferred math notation is selected here.

Configuration wizard: step 4

Insert TactileView design in text file

TactileView designs can be embedded in documents that are produced with the Duxbury Braille Translator (DBT) See for more details also the section thirdparty software.

Configuration wizard: step 4


Arrows, electrical or chemical symbols, smileys, etc. can be added to the design as a figure by selecting the drawing tool ‘Import’, then choosing ‘Add Figure’. A library of figures is included, but new categories or figures can be added. In this settings dialog you can set the folder for your personal library of figures.


The Text-to-Speech engine (TTS) is selected in this dialog and performs two tasks.

The TTS vocalizes the software messages to support the use of a screen reader and is announcing the text that is supplied in the audio style for an object.

A design, once embossed, is called tactile diagram. In addition to the tactile information, an extra layer of audio information can be added to the design. Specific areas can be provided with an audio style (See also Editing object properties). The TTS is used for when exploring the audible information in a diagram.

TactileView digital pen

The TactileView digital pen acts as a connection between the software and the TactiPad drawing board or the TactileView ClickPad. For both setups, the software is providing additional functionality in combination with the hardware. Attention has to be payed to the position of the receiver and the calibration. The usage for this setup is targeted for visually impaired users of the digital pen and requires a high skill level.

See also the sections TactileView digital pen, TactiPad and ClickPad


When a scanner is connected to the computer, it can be configured in this settings dialog. Select the option ‘Quick scan with scanner’ from the Portal menu or click on the scanner icon in the top toolbar to start the scanning process and insert the scan in the existing design or in a new document. For further processing use the drawing tools from the drawings tools icon bar.


When the computer is equipped with a built-in webcam or an external one, select ‘Activate webcam’ from the Portal menu or click on the ‘Activate webcam’ icon in the top toolbar to start the webcam. The resulting image can be inserted in the existing design or in a new document. For further processing use the drawing tools from the drawings tools icon bar.


The built in microphone or an external one can be configured for adding recordings as an audio style to an object. See: Editing object properties.

Touch tablet

A touch tablet can be connected to explore audio tactile diagrams. The settings are configured in this settings dialog. See also the section ‘Audio tactile diagrams’.

Production requests (remote printer)

Not everyone has access to a production facility (swellpaper or braille embosser) for tactile graphics. In combination with the TactileView website, printers can be made accessible for remote printing by other users. This feature requires a software and printer installation that is made available to others as a so-called production facility.

To upload your production requests to a remote printer, a customer code and teleprint code are required to keep track of which design has to be produced on which embosser for which customer.

For the production facility, a customer code and an printer identification code are required to retrieve the production requests from the TactileView website.