Monday, January 17, 2022

2022 Open Steno Community Survey!

With help from the excellent Jen, the 2022 Open Steno Community Survey is now out! Jen writes:

I know we got a massive influx of new Plover users in the past few months, thanks in part to YouTube content by Aerick and Tokaku and the Uni v3 Kickstarter. Please fill this out when you have the chance -- this way we know where to put effort in in terms of new hardware, Plover features, and learning materials.

Can't wait to see the answers! If you're interested, you can also read the responses from the 2021 Open Steno Community Survey.

Monday, January 10, 2022

Typey Type Now Has Progress Charts

The amazing Di, author of Typey Type, writes:
I've coaxed D3 into a React app so you can see pretty charts of your typing speed and steno typos over time.

With Typey Type, I aim to make features specific to steno. So while you can see your typing speed chart on any typing site, the key difference with Typey Type is that you can see your strokes along the way. It tries to identify where the word you've typed has become shorter and longer again to spot typical steno behaviour and show that as its own point on the chart. This makes it possible to see multi-stroke words in progress as well as incorrect stroke attempts. It makes a lot of guesses for this, so it's not perfect, but I hope it helps.

Monday, January 3, 2022

Aerick's Beautiful Explainer Video

Early last month, the illustrious Aerick (a frequent star on this blog) posted this marvelous video demonstrating how steno works using multiple simultaneous visual overlays while captioning himself flawlessly at conversational speeds. It's breathtaking! I've been meaning to post it for a while now, but better late than never! I hope this video spreads far and wide (it's got almost 2,000 views already, so it's off to a good start), because it's the most compelling and concise explanation of steno theory I've seen in quite some time.

Monday, December 27, 2021

Word Tray for Plover

Wow, Kaoffie is on a roll, with two consecutive shout-outs on the Plover Blog! This week it's Word Tray for Plover:
Word Tray is a GUI plugin that automatically looks up efficient outlines for words that start with the current input, much like autocomplete suggestions. It is heavily inspired by StenoTray, which was a widget made before Plover's plugin system was implemented.

Monday, December 20, 2021

Stenodisplay Font

Kaoffie has a new updated Stenodisplay Font with a nice web-based demo up on Github. Great for creating steno documentation and learning tools!

Monday, December 13, 2021

Beautiful Graphical Steno Explainers

an infographic displaying steno phonological principles on the left, right, and middle parts of the steno keyboard

Look at the gorgeous Steno Explainers series, a page of immaculately designed infographics demonstrating steno theory, fingerspelling, phrasing, and symbol principles in multiple languages, realized by @LittleChaSiu, aka @Sammdot, a software engineer and student stenographer who writes Plover libraries, documentation, and plugins. I absolutely love these!!

Monday, December 6, 2021

New Plover Practice Exercises!!

Plover Discord member plants has just released a great new learning resource called Plover Practice Exercises! Not only does it offer a brisk walkthrough of the basics of Plover theory with inline practice items for each principle, but it's got an ingenious extra gimmick as well:

At the bottom of most sections is a widget that randomizes sentences from the chapter and synthesizes audio for writing using meSpeak.js. There are word speed and gap controls which control both the audio of the randomized sentences and also for the individual sentences. As the minimum WPM speed is 80WPM, to slow down the rate even further, the word gap can be increased. Synthesis takes a few seconds to finish before audio starts playing. The randomized sentences are initially hidden in order to write by dictation.

Fantastic stuff!!