Saturday, September 08, 2007

The Gumpad is "yet another Indian language text composer" devloped by Pradyumna Revur. It is Windows based freeware/ software that can generate texts in several Indian scripts such as, Bengali, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Tamil, and Telugu (which are also standard for Itrans interface or bhomiyo). One can either type directly or read already prepared text and convert to see it in chosen script. It uses Unicode based fonts built-in to the operating system. A rare feature, not commonly found in other software that user can modify easily, is that it allows custom mapping of standard keypad letters to assigned script letters. This can be a useful feature for people used to typing in Itrans, Kyoto, or other phonetic based transliteration if a proper mapping is developed. There are plans to incorporate additional user friendly features.

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