May 2, 2012
Hi Charles -
Steve's message below was referring to something else -
SignPuddle 2.0 is now using the database font. It does not change how users use the software. It is on the technical level, behind the software, regarding how the ISWA 2010 symbols are retrieved - it is faster and cleaner to use the database font, from a programming perspective - so it is not changing how we use SignPuddle.
Regarding using SignWriter DOS…I am sure you know that it can be used right now?…I use SignWriter DOS occasionally still…If you want to do that, you can download DOSBox and install it, and then use SignWriter DOS inside DOSBox - It works on both Mac and Windows…SignWriter DOS is still very much alive.
And then there is a wonderful new program for writing ASL and DGS (German Sign Language). Have you tried used DELEGS for ASL? It makes it possible to keyboard English and get the equivalent in ASL, drawing from the SignPuddle Online ASL database - you might consider it - I am really impressed with DELEGS…
On May 2, 2012, at 11:10 AM, Charles Butler wrote:
So with this could we get back to what was possible with the old SignWriter program, able to switch between Roman alphabet sentences and SW signs and back again in the same message, search for a sign, find and replace, and all the other "normal" things for word processing? I'd love to be able to keyboard signs again instead of being dependent upon a mouse-driven program.
I've updated the ISWA 2010 font reference to include the ISWA 2010 font database.http://signpuddle.net/iswa
I've updated the SignWriting Image Server to be able to use the database font. Available on GitHub.https://github.com/Slevinski/SWIS
The font database is an improvement in size and speed. Instead of tens of thousands of files, multiple fonts can be included in a single file. The increase in speed is noticeable when comparing the filesystem font to the database font. Very exciting.