Tuesday, June 20, 2006

New release of Shabdik

I am happy to announce new release of Shabdik Bangla software version 4.5. You can download it from here www.iecbd.net .

The new introductions are

** Revolutionary Single Layer Phonetic Keyboard without any Extra Joiner Key for Typing Conjuncts

** Mixed english typing without switching by pressing 0 at the end, very useful for messengers

** Easiest Ever Keyboard Switching Mechanism with Double Press of Shift

** Jump to the Desired Hint using a Single Entry Numeric Input

** Dynamic Configuration Change Options

** Most Sophisticated Legacy font to Unicode Auto Conversion tool

With the support of dictionary based hints, active speller and autocompletion features of shabdik, this relase brings the most convenient bangla interface.

I hope you would enjoy using it and send us any suggestions/ feature request to serve your need.

Here is a screenshot of the new version.

Monday, June 12, 2006

First Bangla Boot Camp

Yesterday,10th June, we had first ever bangla boot camp at IICT, BUET. There were 18 participants including the organizers. (The number was to be around 30 but some guys couldn't join us due to heavy rain). In the camp we worked on Open Office.org localization. The program

started at 9:00 am. First Jamil Ahmed and Mahay Alam Khan (both from Ankur) showed the participants how to use localization tool (we used pootle there). Then translation started. More that 2000 strings were transleted in Bangla. The camp ended at 5:00 pm with a discussion session. It was co-ordinated by Munir Hasan (from BdOSN). And...

Here is a summary of the discussion:

1. So far the output of the camp is satisfactory. The efficiency will be increased in future.

2. All participants will work for making at least one volunteer for the next camp.

3. We will try to get a real server online so that the localizers can work at their own time.

4. We need to do something to make Linux based CD available in the country. One probable.

5. The Glossary already prepared should be finalized and uploaded by next 2 weeks.

6. A office may be very helpful for this sort of activities.

7 students from SUST were present. (5 came from Sylhet!!)

And the last thing is we had great fun in the camp!

and all of you are invited in the next camp. The one thing that is needed is the capability of writting bangla in unicode . And that is very simple. U can even write bangla using english letters on phonetics by avro keyboard.

there is also an yahoo group for the camping ... and it is free to join now for limited time... it will be moderated soon.. through the group you will receive all the updated news on camping...

some related links....