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Ekushey Unicode Bangla solutions for Mac OS X Released

It’s being a pleasure for us to introduce Mac OS X with Unicode Based Bangla solutions. Mac used had many Bangla typing solutions before. But as you know typing and computing is not same thing. We are pioneer for Windows, Linux Unicode Bangla typing and computing solutions as well and now we released them for OS X.

We think Bangla speaking people around the world who like to see their language on a Mac PC, this is the perfect universal solution. It would be helpful to them also who are afraid of a Mac PC because they afraid they cannot use their language on a Mac and never looked for it. Now we think we’ve changed the whole vision and anyone us free to use Bangla language anywhere.

Be with us, because your company is only what we need.!

Rupali font is updated with high quality glyphs!

Our Designer + Open Type font developer made Rupali 4 years ago. It was unique of it’s kind. But more quality demand came from the users time to time and we felt we should deliver our best to the community.

So here we come with our best (so far) solution and Rupali is now decorated with High Quality glyphs. Still the font is not hinted, cause we don’t feel we should spend so much time behind hinting and make the font look good in small point of size. If you cannot see the font clearly in smaller sizes, it’s Microsoft’s fault not our’s. The same font looks great in Linux. So.... :)

Also there is a big change in the licensing. We ware using GPL public license for distributing fonts. But the GPL license for font is controversial. So we decided to use something better and not GPL also not controversial. So from now on all fonts will be released under OFL. Open Font License. You can learn more about OFL from here.

You can download the newer version from here.

Ekushey OS X Projects

From a long time Ekushey member Raiyan Kabir is doing huge research on Mac port of Bangla Unicode. Apple Inc. is also very helpful regarding the development and with the help of Apple, he did huge success on Ekushey Unicode Bangla solutions for Mac OS X.

The release is in final stage but we have to do some more Research and Development before we release it to public. So Mac users, you don’t need to be upset any more, you are going to have Mac version of Ekushey Unicode solutions very soon.

The release will be available from here.

Munir Unicode Bangla Layout Released!

Munir Layout users can easily learn and use the Unicode version.

Lots of Bangla speaking people around the world learned typing on a typewriter. It’s really hard to believe that typewrite can print all the conjuncts we need for our script. The widest typewriter layout was Munir Optima layout.

Later someone designed a software, which can let those typists to use that layout in computer for the hacked ASCII Bangla fonts. But no one did any research on making the layout Unicode compatible.

Ekushey team did some research and made this happen. It was tough but not impossible. Due to Unicode standards, we had to do some improvements to the layout, but it’s very minor and now Munir users can easily learn it and use it for their Unicode inputs.

The layout manager is free to download from here.

Mozilla Firefox 1.5.x.x Bangla (Bangladesh) Language Interface Pack released.

Ekushey.Org is working with Mozilla Foundation from a long time. Due to some problems with Bangla Language script support Ekushey could not make any release of Mozilla products.

But later Jamil Ahmed from Ankur raised his hands and find some hacked ways of Bangla translation of Mozilla products. So in the release sequel this is the second part.

More information about this can be found from here.

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