Image of Juliet 120 embosser and text

Exploring the Juliet 120: Menus, Settings and Options

This is part two in a series on the Juliet 120 embosser from Enling Technologies. Part two will focus on the menus and settings on the unit.

In part one of this series, we focused on getting started with The Juliet 120 from Humanware  (originally from Enabling Technologies) with a focus on orientation and the Direct Braille function.  In this article, we will explore the menu in greater detail so you can use your embosser functionally, change settings, and personalize it. 

Menu Keys

image of the Juliet 120 embosser displaying the buttons along the top of the embosser.

The menu button (labeled in braille on the machine) is used in conjunction with the navigation “cross”, which contains up, down, left and right navigation keys as well as an OK/Confirm button in the middle.

The functions of each of the navigation keys are as follows:

Admittedly, this menu structure takes some getting used to.  This is especially true if you are one of those people who relies on a screen rather than audio feedback to interact with technology.  But the more it is used, the more intuitive it becomes. 

Menu Structure – The Branches

Once you activate the menu button, you can navigate the menu tree.  The following are the five “branches” (which is what I’m calling the main menu categories) of that menu tree:

As you can imagine, not all of these menu items are used commonly, so we are going to focus on the print branch in this article.

The Print Branch

There are several submenus and functions for printing (which obviously is embossing on this device).You can access these submenus by pressing the right and left arrow keys on the navigation cross.  

Please note that to get to the print branch, you must press the down arrow after pressing the menu key.  

After the Juliet 120 says the word “print”, each time you press arrows, you will move among the submenus in that branch.  The right arrow will move you to the next item. If you press the left arrow, you will move to the previous item. 

To choose levels or options below the submenu, you will again use the up/down navigation keys.  Once you hear the option you want to select, press the OK/Confirm button

Below are the submenu items under the Print branch:

Let’s take a look at each of these submenus

Print Previous Document

The Juliet 120 keeps the previously printed document stored in case you wish to emboss another copy.  This saves quite a bit of time and effort if you only need one more copy of hte last thing you ran off.  

This submenu has two options:

If you press the right navigation arrow, you will choose to print the complete document.  Pressing the right arrow again will allow you to choose the number of copies to print. Use the up/down navigation keys to choose the number of copies you will need.

If you wish to print part of the previous document, press the down navigation key after hearing “print complete document”.  At that time, you will need to press the OK/Confirm key to choose that option. From there, you will be asked to define a range.  Use the up and down arrows to chose the first page in the range, then the OK/Confirm button. The unit will then ask you to choose the last page in the range.  Again, use the up and down arrows to choose the final page in the range. Once you press OK/Confirm, the unit will begin to emboss. 

Print from USB Memory

Please note that the Juliet 120 supports printing Word, PDF, and Text file formats as of this writing.  For information on using Direct Braille, please see this previous Paths to Technology article.  Also, this option only shows up when there is a USB drive connected to the Juliet.  So if you do not hear this option come up while you are looking for other options, that is very likely the reason.  

To print from a USB drive, you will need to press the OK/Confirm key when you reach this submenu.  It may take a minute or more for the Juliet to read the USB. This depends on the size of the USB and how many files are on it.  Once the Juliet reads the first folder or file name, you can navigate the various files and folders using the up and down navigations keys.  Once you locate one you wish to print, simply press the OK/Confirm button.

Please note that the document will be printed using the currently selected braille layout (this will be discussed in further detail).

Print Demo File

The Juliet 120 comes with five “demo files” loaded on its internal memory.  These are used to demonstrate the capability of the machine. They can be used in lessons or in simply encouraging students to use their hands for tactile exploration.  Once you have used the up and down navigation keys to choose a file to print, simply press the OK/Confirm button. I’ve included two samples below:

Embossed text on the top of the page with raised dotted online of a rabbit holding a balloon.

Miffy the Rabbit: This tactile image contains a picture of a bunny holding a balloon.  The text is in uncontracted braille and states that the image was created with TactileView software.  

Function Graphic: This tactile image contains four different types of tactile graphs and functions.  


Landscape page divided into 4 quadrants. Each quadrant has braille text and a tactile graph.

Print Braille Manual

Sometimes you just want to be able to access instructions under your fingertips, so the Juliet 120 has a braille menu ready to emboss whenever you need/want it.  You can choose from printing either the Quick Start or the entire User Manual. Select which of the two you would like using the up and down navigation keys and then pressing the OK/Confirm button.  The document will print using the current active layout. 

Print Test Document

Just like with an ink printer, you may find that you’d like to print a test page, just to make sure that the embosser is producing good quality text and images.  

Once you have navigated to this area of the menu, you may choose which of these items to test by using the up and down navigation keys and pressing OK/Confirm on the item of your choice.  

Print Service Document

Much like the category above, the service document contains all sorts of information that the layperson will likely not need in most situations.  However, an IT professional or someone from whom you are getting technical support may ask you to print this document. I’m going to be completely honest and tell you that I’m not entirely sure what is included in this printout.  But it is important to know that there is a setting to print such a document should it be required.


I was originally going to cover more than the printing from the Juliet 120 in this article, but I thought this was a good stopping point so you can practice and digest this information.  

In the next installments in this series, I’ll be covering the Braille Layout Branch of the menu tree and Part 4: the Communications and User Settings.



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