Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Plover2CAT Captioning Options!!

Wow! An update today that I personally find extremely exciting. Not only does the Plover2CAT plugin have a customizable window to display caption output, but it can also interface with Teams, Zoom, and OBS -- even captioning to Twitch streams! check out step by step instructions with screenshots to set it up. Amazing work by Mythogenesis, Ashen, and Plants!!

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Exponent Numbers Dictionary

The inimitable, irrepressible, and irreplaceable Di has just uploaded a new exponent numbers dictionary to her GitHub. Useful whether you're using steno for scientific purposes, captioning math class, or just want to be able to cover the arithmetical gamut!

Wednesday, October 11, 2023


This might be a little niche, but I'll ask you to indulge me, because it's kind of a slow news week in the Open Steno world. Today the autoreconnect plugin was merged into master:

add plover-auto-reconnect-machine

This might not matter to a lot of you, but as someone with a finicky pro machine (a used Infinity Ergonomic with a somewhat wonky battery), when my machine is jostled, it sometimes resets, and having to reconnect manually whenever this happens is a royal pain. I'm really looking forward to getting this plugin on board to make the process less arduous! Thanks, Tschulte!

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Taking a Mulligan on Thumbs Up Machines

two hobbyist steno machines with raised vowels
A very long time ago I received the boards pictured above from SashaK of ThumbsUp for free, with the promise that I would give them a review on this blog. Unfortunately, try as I might, I was never able to get them to work for my hands and fingers. Something about the tiered layers just always felt wrong to me, and for whatever reason I wasn't able to move past that. I felt like I wasn't able to give them a fair review, so I kept putting it off, but it's been so long now that it's just been too long. If anyone who lives in NYC and reads this blog would like me to donate the boards to them, I'd be very happy to do so! They're not for me, but maybe they would work for you. Message me on Discord if you want to meet me somewhere in Manhattan and take them. SashaK has said:
I am preparing a couple of new versions and trying to incorporate users’ wishes into them. For example, the MX version will be compatible with Gateron Low Profile switches instead of ALPS.

So if that sounds appealing, or you have any other requests you'd like to make of Sasha, get in touch with him on the Discord or go to ThumbsUp to order the new version of the boards!