Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Paul's Steno GitHub Profile GIF

gif from a video of Paul programming using steno
Paul has a cool GIF taken from one of his excellent steno coding videos on his GitHub profile, and he thought other people might like to do the same, so he offered some advice for making one:

When thinking about what I wanted to put on my GitHub profile README, I was just about to copy what I'd seen others do and write some "About Me" text, but then realised it could be way cooler to show off what writing with steno is like in a way that might resonate with developers.

GitHub doesn't allow embedded videos in the READMEs, so I had to resort to a classic looping animated GIF. After recording a video with OBS, I used the `ffmpeg` ( and `gifsicle` ( command-line tools to create a GIF that was not so big that it took ages to load, but also didn't sacrifice too much on image quality.

The command invocations are not easy to intuit, but in case someone wants to experiment with their own steno video LM and tweak the parameters, here is what got me my result:

`ffmpeg -i -pix_fmt rgb8 -r 10 output.gif && gifsicle -O3 output.gif -o output.gif`

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Abby's Left Hand Modifiers

There's a new left hand modifier dictionary that, according to Abby, its creator:

is inspired by and can essentially be seen as a combination of Emily's Modifiers and Achim Siebert's Left Hand Modifier Keys. Essentially, it allows every shortcut to be typed in two strokes and using only the left hand. As such, only the following keys are used:
the left side of the steno keyboard

Looks promising! If you're in the market for that sort of thing, you should definitely check it out!

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Plover2CAT Updates!

Plover2CAT development seems to be proceeding extremely well! Some new features:

- SRT captioning files are now word wrapped to 42 chars max and each line gets accurate start/end times

- word-wrapped captions in separate window while writing into the editor, with customizable character buffer for undos and minimum display time for each line

- (untested) send captions to MS Teams and Zoom sessions if you have the api link/token

- keyboard editing: type freely in the transcript with a normal keyboard whenever plover output is disabled, not necessary to use the insert text dialog

Great work! I think I might wind up testing that Zoom and Teams API integration in my captioning work. Might wind up coming in pretty handy under certain circumstances.

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Type Type's New Lessons and KPOES Game

Typey Type has some great new stuff, including fingerspelling pangrams, a Greek alphabet lesson, and a new game for daily writing called KPOES!

Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Steno Coding: Elm Examples

Paul's done it again! Another great unedited steno coding video!