Thursday, October 7, 2010

Plover 2.0 Is Released!

Yes, kids, the moment you've all been waiting for...

Download Plover 2.0 Here!

You might also want to visit the new Plover landing page:

It answers some common questions about the project and the new release, and also features this video showing me using Plover to demolish the competition in an online typing game called TypeRacer.

This video was made using the Gemini PR option. I'll probably make another one with the SideWinder later, showing all the other amazing things Plover can do. You can blog with it, chat with it, write a novel -- you name it! In future releases, we'll also implement the ability to control every aspect of your computer using steno, plus superior dictionary management and support for additional steno protocols. But for now, bask in the glory that is a fully functional and completely free high speed stenographic text entry system. Remember, if you have Windows but not Linux, you can give yourself a stress-free dual boot option in less than 20 minutes using Wubi. Then just extract the .gz file to your chosen directory and follow the two-line installation instructions in the README. Feel free to email me at if you need any guidance or if you have comments, bugs, or feature requests. A million thanks to Joshua Harlan Lifton, Plover's programmer, for devoting so much time and passion to the project in the past month. And please spread the word. I think Plover has the potential to transform the way people input text and interact with their computers, but the first priority is to make everyone aware of its existence. Now go, play around with it, and see what happens when you triple your speed and quarter your effort.


Stan said...

I'm installing Ubuntu on my steno netbook as I read this.

Mirabai Knight said...

Go Stan! Linuxify your bad self! Woo!

Joshua said...

As Mirabai mentioned, please get in touch if you have any comments or questions. The fastest way to get a fix or feature in the pipeline for the next release is to use to file a bug report or submit a blueprint for a new feature. For everything else, shoot a message off to the mailing list or post a comment on this blog. Happy chording!

Matt said...

Hi Mirabai and Joshua,

Congratulations on releasing Plover to the world!

So inspiring how you've gone about this. Well done!

... next step for me: $60 keyboard hack!