Saturday, October 31, 2020

Survey for a Proposed New Steno Machine

Fill out this survey from brookieoz on the Discord if you have need of a new independent steno machine that might solve certain problems for you that the current machines can't. There's also a prototype spreadsheet of some preliminary ideas in the #general channel, if you're interested. I always love it when new ideas like this floated, and I'm looking forward to seeing what shakes out of it!

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Hacktoberfest 2020!

Hacktoberfest2020 logo

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:


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!

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Splitography is Back!

photo of one half of a Splitography steno machine

Ecca, one of our original open source steno hardware pioneers, writes:

I am back, splito is back, supplier issues resolved again, steno keebs will be shipping November 29th. Yay!

The Splitography is a beautiful machine, with custom-designed keycaps and a really cool circuitboard-under-glass look. The springs are a bit heavy for my own personal taste, but it's an impeccably designed machine with many fans, and now's your chance to get one again, after a long while being out of stock.

Check it out!!

Saturday, October 10, 2020

New Steno-Friendly Multiplayer Typing Site

Typeracer has gotten increasingly hostile to steno users lately, which is a shame, because we've found some good community there in the past, but a new site called Typination has stepped up. It's still somewhat early days, but it's explicitly steno friendly, and its owner has been really responsive to fixing steno-specific bug reports given by users on the Plover Discord, which is much appreciated. If you want a competitive multiplayer typing experience but Typeracer isn't serving your needs anymore, feel free to give it a try! The founder writes:

Hello stenographers.

TypiNation is a multiplayer community typing game where you can compete & improve your typing speed along with other players all around the world.

The game is available both for mobile and computers. Google play store link and Browser Link

If you're a using a stenography keyboard, to enable this option you need to go in settings and make sure this is ticked, you must sign in to get to settings. (Image attached below).

This setting might be removed if you clear "website cookies", etc.. so make sure it's ticked before you start playing if you use steno.

Happy typing!

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Gergoplex: A Dual Mode Option

picture of a Gergoplex with black and white keys
Picture of steno-ready Gergoplex by Cadey on the Plover Discord

I've sung the praises of the Georgi, Germ's dedicated steno rig, but I'm not sure I've mentioned the Gergoplex, another of his offerings, which is intended as a non-chorded qwerty/dvorak/colemak/whatever keyboard, but which can also work with a steno layer if you've got a hankering to switch back and forth between chorded and non-chorded input on the same machine. It's certainly very handsome, and worth a try if you're not ready to go Full Steno just yet!