Friday, February 24, 2017

Plover Beginner's Guide

This is a bit overdue, but we now have an excellent Beginner's Guide to Getting Started With Plover over on the new wiki, which has supplanted the old outdated wiki. It's got step-by-step instructions on setting Plover up and trying it out for the first time, as well as hardware advice and links to learning and practice resources. Many thanks to Ted and Ellis for the writing and editing work!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Come To The Discord Group! Meet Stenobot!

So I've pretty much dissolved the Aviary. I just couldn't keep the spammers out, and I froze the board to new posts, and it had very low traffic anyway. All the real Plover community action these days is on the Discord group, which is basically like updated IRC, or a more open Slack. It's great, and we've got a fantastic group of people, with wide-ranging conversations on steno and virtually everything else under the sun. Also, as of this week, we have a new member:

Ted whipped us up a bot called StenoBot, who displays all steno code written between backticks on the Learners channel (and on other channels if you start the line with !). It's very cool.

Come check it out at the Discord Group!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

New Gutenberg Sentence Drills at Steno Jig!

Check out all the new sentence drills featuring only common English words, extracted from public domain texts! There are a total of 80 of them so far. The URL above links to number 80; just change that number in the address bar to get each of the rest of them.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Timeline of the OSP and New Steno Jig Exercises

First off, Ted has compiled a rough timeline of the Open Steno Project from its inception through the present day. Useful for people who want to put the whole trajectory of Open Steno in context.

Also, Steno Jig (a link to which you can find on the learning resources page on the new Github-based Plover wiki, which has superseded the old outdated Wiki), has a new fork by Jason which uses sentences from Project Gutenberg containing the most used words in the English language. Great if you're looking for realistic practice material without too many esoteric words to wade through!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Aviary Currently Frozen Due To Spam

No new posts or registrations will be allowed. Sorry about that! Will try to fix it when I can!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Plover 3.1.0 Released!

Okay, this is a little overdue, but there's a new Plover release available as of ten days ago!

Plover 3.1.0

This is a minor release, meaning that we try to be backwards-compatible with v3.0.0 while introducing new features. The only gray area is the new keyboard shortcut syntax, which will not always work on older versions of Plover.


* New configuration option to start Plover minimized

* Add ProCAT machine protocol

* Stroke and translation logging is now turned off by default

* The "Lookup" and "Suggestions" windows now return more results! We accomplished this by looking for different casing; prefixes and suffixes; and across all dictionaries

* Faster dictionary loading, which means faster Plover start up Fix TX Bolt lag on macOS

Major release with huge UI changes in the works as well, which is very exciting!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Back From Hiatus! Many Updates!

So my last post before my kid was born (the reason for the Plover Blog hiatus; sorry about that) was about Ted's presentation at PyGotham 2016. The video for that talk is now live! Embedding is disabled, but you can view it here! It's really fantastic.

Speaking of Ted, he also wrote an excellent review for a new affordable steno machine that recently hit the market, the StenoMod. I was given a review model StenoMod myself some months ago, and I've been meaning to write a roundup of how it compares to other low-cost steno machines such as the SOFT/HRUF, Stenoboard, and Planck (spoiler: it fares extremely well), but I haven't gotten a chance to sit down and write it yet. Ted says most of what needs to be said, though. It's become my go-to recommendation for new Plover users who want something that's a little less bare-bones than the Zalman.

On the learning front, a great new tool called Steno Jig by Joshua Grams has appeared on the scene. By default, it drills a list of common words, but his GitHub page has instructions on how to customize it. His numbers drill, which generates silly random sentences, is particularly fun. Very simple, but well designed and quite useful.

T-shirts are finally shipping for supporters of the Steno Arcade campaign (I haven't gotten mine yet, but hopefully they're coming soon), and they're working hard on adding new playable tracks and making the game compatible with screen readers.

Our dauntless developers continue to make constant improvements to Plover. There's a new release in the works, so stay tuned for that. I'll do my best to keep on top of Open Steno Project news from now on. My kid is a ridiculously easy baby, so I don't really have the New Parent excuse for my slackitude going forward; expect to hear more soon!