Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Ploverpad is now Ploverdemo

And it's gorgeous!


It now supports words of up to three strokes, has working punctuation and capitalization, allows stroke deletion with the asterisk key, and even has a nifty vertical steno notebar to record each of your strokes for posterity with a timestamp and everything. If you've ever had a question about how steno worked, or if you ever wanted to show someone else how completely mind-bendingly cool this technology is, all you have to do is open a web browser and pow! There it is, in living color. It's also a great tool for learning steno on your own, while we continue to work on getting Hover Plover off the ground. A million thanks to John for coding it. Now go, everyone! Spread the Ploverdemo link far and wide! Spawn vast flocks of Plover neophytes! Bring them home to 240 WPM country! This is gonna be awesome.


mirnhoj said...

just wanted to clarify that multistroke words work as long as the previous strokes create a word (this can be more than 3 or less than 3... there is no hard-coded limit). so if stroke1/stroke2 = word1, then stroke1/stroke2/stroke3 = word2 if it's defined in the dictionary. else, it assumes stroke3 is the start of a new word. i'm new to steno, so i'm not sure if that's how it's supposed to work, so i'm open to suggestions.

cyanos said...

John. You seriously rock.

Joanna said...

I am just grasping steno as a theory, so I don't know the technique or dictionary yet, but the linguist in me is intrigued. the obsessive snood player in me is pressing keys trying to get something to come out as planned, but this is cool! can't wait for a game. Lobster sea (steno) adventure?

Mirabai Knight said...

It's great to have you aboard, Joanna! The game is currently waiting for one last feature (just-in-time dictionary entry) to be built into Plover, and then we'll need to find some sort of funding source to get it going. But in the mean time, here are some ideas to get you going: http://stenoknight.com/wiki/Practice

Also please feel free to join the Google group (http://groups.google.com/group/ploversteno). It's a great lively community that'll be more than happy to give you advice on the best way to get this stuff into your brain and under your fingers. Good luck!