‘ಬರಹ 6.0’ : ವಾಸು ಹೊಸ ಬರಹ !
Baraha - which means writing in Kannada, is an Indian language software that converts Indian language text written in English to the respective scripts. The first version of Baraha was released in 1998, with an objective to provide free, easy to use Kannada software, to enable even non - computer experts, to use Kannada in computers. Later, Devanagari script was introduced thereby enabling Hindi, Marathi & Sanskrit users. Today, hundreds of thousands of individuals and organizations around the world are successfully using Baraha for publications, sending emails and creating websites. Recent statistics show that every month, Baraha is used more than a million times! Now, the latest version Baraha 6.0 supports Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam scripts. It will be a great pleasure if the enthusiasts from Tamil, Telugu & Malayalam speaking community enjoy using Baraha as well.
Baraha was made free software in order to motivate people to communicate in Indian languages on computers. We believe that only such an easy to use, quality, free Indian language software can jump-start the extensive usage of Indian languages on computers, which today is dominated by English. Baraha can be freely downloaded from the Internet and can be distributed to others.
Baraha works on all the Windows operating systems such as Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000, XP. The latest version works seamlessly in the newer Unicode based operating systems such as Windows XP. Baraha has a very rich feature set. Indian language text can be copied and pasted in various formats between Baraha and other applications. "Baraha Direct" is another useful tool that enables users to type Indian language text directly into other applications such as MS Word. On Windows XP, Baraha Direct can be used to type Unicode text and avoid using other cumbersome keyboard layouts. The "script override" feature converts text in one Indian language script to another, which can be effectively used for learning new scripts. Baraha can sort the Indian language text in the alphabetical order specific to the language.
The biggest challange for use of Indian languages is the keyboard. Today, there exist many different keyboard layouts for typing Indian languages. Many such layouts are based on the earlier typewriter designs which are not at all relevent for the intelligent computers. It is very difficult and confusing for a common user, who most of the time uses the English keyboard, to switch to one such keyboard for quickly typing an email in Kannada or Hindi. Baraha breaks the keyboard barrier for Indian languages by using a transliteration scheme in which any Indian language word can be typed using the standard English keyboard. Baraha user doesnt feel any dis-comfort when he switches between typing Indian language text and English. In fact, writing in Baraha is as simple and easy as writing our names in English!
Baraha breaks the barrier between ANSI and Unicode. Many Indian language software were created based on True Type fonts (ANSI encoding) long before Microsoft re-introduced them using Open Type fonts (Unicode encoding). Using Baraha, one can effortlessly convert text between ANSI and Unicode. For example, there are a lot of Tamil documents that are created using True Type fonts based on TSCII - which is a popular standard for Tamil. These documents can be converted to Unicode with a few keystrokes! Similarly, when a user on Windows 98 - that doesnt support Unicode, receives a Hindi email in Unicode, he can convert it to ANSI and read it.
Baraha breaks the script barrier between different Indian languages. All the Indian scripts are derived from the Brahmi script, which is also the underlying concept in Baraha. Baraha uses a common code-set for representing all the Indian languages. So, it is possible to convert text from one script to another. For example, lets say a Malayalam user who understands Hindi language receives a Hindi email. If the user is not fluent in reading Devanagari script, then he can convert the email to Malayalam script and read it.
One of the main objectives of Baraha is "portability of data". Baraha can export the data in various data formats such as ANSI text, Unicode text, RTF, HTML. User can convert documents to Unicode format by a few clicks of mouse, which means the documents that are created in Baraha, stay relevant in the future and will never become obsolete.
Please visit www.baraha.com website for the software and other information.
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