Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A Milestone

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Yep, we've finally gotten over the latest big hurdle. Plover can now receive text from either a steno machine (transmitting in Gemini PR serial protocol) or a $60 qwerty keyboard (e.g., SideWinder X4), and output it to a text file, with proper punctuation, capitalization, prefixes, suffixes -- you name it! Now, it's still pretty rudimentary. It's not yet smart enough to know that if you put an -ed on the end of "hat" you get should get "hatted" rather than hated, or that if you put an -ing on the end of "glaze" you should get "glazing" rather than "glazeing". All that will come eventually. And the next priority, of course, is to put all that cool formatting action on the screen while you're writing, instead of just after the fact in the text file. But for now, bask in the glory that is... The new version of Plover.

Go to the GitHub, download the source, and follow the instructions in the readme.

Please send me any bugs you might find! I wanna squish them as soon as possible, but I won't be able to unless I know about 'em.

(DigitalCAT-style dictionary users, if you want to take advantage of the new formatting awesomeness, I'm afraid you're going to have to send me your dictionaries one more time, so I can convert them again: plover@stenoknight.com. Sorry about that!)


Tony said...

Congratulations, Mirabai! It looks awesome. I can't wait to try it out.


Stan Sakai said...

Wow, I'm speechless.

As an update:
I've pretty much abandoned the idea of becoming a pharmacist in favor of switching my major to linguistics with a minor in either chemistry or Japanese to better utilize my talents with language. I've been practicing everyday on my Gemini and I hope to be able to harness my "polyglotism" (?) -- err, my ability to speak multiple languages with steno in hopes of making a successful career out of it. And wanting to be one of the first people to be able say that he got up and running with Plover, I think that the progress you've made is nothing short of brilliant. The future looks bright for Plover!