Wednesday, October 18, 2017

PloverCAT



It's still early days, but Luke has been working on a plugin for Plover that replicates traditional CAT software by offering a text field where every translation is automatically mapped to a stroke in the log, allowing for globaling and retranslation by altering stroke definitions throughout the document. It's been years since I've used CAT software (I just use Vim, Aloft, or Streamtext for pretty much all my captioning), but I know several people who have requested a feature like this, and it's pretty cool to see that it's being developed! Luke has promised to keep us posted as the plugin comes together, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Remember Outlines in Plover more Easily!

Check out this awesome post on the Plover subreddit about longtime community member BX1959's new Anki deck and mnemonic drilling system for memorizing the Plover outlines for the top 4,300 words in English! From the post:
ROPE is a guide to learning and recalling Plover outlines for over 4,300 common English words. It does this in two ways: first, it relies on Anki's spaced repetition system to help you solidify the outlines in your memory. Second, it includes mnemonic devices (in the form of stories) for a sizeable chunk of the outlines, about 1200. These stories serve to connect the outlines to their corresponding word by including words that are similar to the components of the outlines.

If you'd like to try using ROPE to learn new outlines, download both the Excel document and the Anki file. (If you don't have Anki on your computer, download it for free from the website.) The Anki file and the Excel document have the same material; Anki is just a flashcard program that lets you keep track of your learning, and the Excel file is useful to have as a reference. Once you've gone through the Learn Plover! exercises, you can start using Anki to learn new outlines, even if you're very new to Plover. This system is meant to be super-customizable, so you can add in or change stories, outlines, and words however you please. For more detailed information, see below!

I haven't used Anki myself, but I know tons of people who swear by it. Give it a try and let us know what you think, either in the comments to this post or in the Discord!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Want a Hacktoberfest T-shirt? Contribute to an OSP repo!



Hacktoberfest is a month-long celebration of open source, and anyone who makes four or more pull requests to an open source repo hosted on Github will receive a free T-shirt from Digital Ocean.

Some Open Steno Project repos to contribute to:

Plover
Stenodict
Stenojig
Stenomancer
Stenocomplete

If you have your own steno-related open source projects hosted on Github, feel free to add them to this post in the comments.

Happy hacking!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

New Live Coding Demo from Ted



Check out this rad live coding demo from our intrepid lead dev Ted! So hypnotizing.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Community Input on Spending OSP Funds

Last night the Open Steno Project received an extremely generous donation of $500 from a longtime community member who wishes to remain anonymous. This brings our total funds (Donations + Store Sales to over $2,500. Not too shabby! We've got some of that earmarked for future projects -- domain names, a software cert, etc -- but there will probably be some left over. Community feedback on how best to spend the funds would be helpful. What do you think? A bulk buy of ultralight key switches or other hardware to sell in the store? Seed money for another crowdfunded steno game campaign? Or should we sit on it for a while longer until the right opportunity comes along? All ideas welcome.

A thousand thanks again to our magnanimous benefactor!! This community is amazing.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Volksboard



Check out this incredible DIY steno machine with step-by-step instructions on how to build it, by the amazing Carl. It's called the Volksboard, and I love it. Scrabble tiles for steno keys! Ingenious! It's also wireless and uses WiFi with a Raspberry Pi Zero built into the board to connect to Plover.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Toss Ted Some Cash For More Red Hot Steno Theory

Ted, our amazing lead dev, has been developing Plover for FREE over the last several years -- not to mention the hundreds and hundreds of hours of unpaid web design, tech support, hardware hacking, community leadership, and all-around steno ambassadorship that he's contributed to the cause. He's got a day job and a personal life, so he recently decided that his eagerly awaited new steno theory book would need to be prioritized on a gratuity system. Toss him some cash to get more pages! I just threw some in. Lord knows he deserves it!