18 September 2009
31 August 2009
Multilingual Input for your Website
Tavultesoft has launched a site to demonstrate some of the many possible applications for KeymanWeb. KeymanWeb is a utility that enables developers to help their users input text in any language without relying on the correct keyboard being installed. It can be integrated easily into any web application, transforming the users' experience.
Visit www.keymanweb.com to try KeymanWeb in a range of demonstration applications and then consider how KeymanWeb can empower visitors to your site.
16 August 2009
Keyman Desktop has been tested to meet all of the technical requirements to be "Compatible with Windows® 7". Only "Compatible with Windows® 7" software and devices have passed Microsoft-designed tests for compatibility and reliability on PC's running the Windows 7 operating system. "Compatible with Windows 7" products install without worry and run reliably with Windows 7.
Keyman Desktop is the market leading multilingual keyboard software. Keyman Desktop enables text input in any windows application in over 600 languages. For many languages it is the only tool that enables effective text input in that language.
First developed in 1993, the Keyman product family includes tools for the creation/design and usage of input systems for languages that have no input method available. Linguistic experts around the globe contribute to their expertise and skills to develop keyboard layouts for many of the 7,000 languages in the world.
Keyman Desktop is used by a wide range of people and organisations from individuals wanting to write in their own language to professional linguists working with obscure languages of the world. Keyman users are in every corner of the globe and include a mix of individuals, corporate, educational organizations and linguistic scholars.
For many, Keyman is the only way they can effectively write using a computer in their language. It enables them to participate in the electronic online world in their own language. With the last native speaker of a language dying every two weeks, Keyman Desktop is important in helping preserve languages.
Windows is all about making your life easier. To make it easy, Microsoft recommends "Compatible with Windows 7" applications because they have passed Microsoft designed tests to help ensure they install readily every time and minimize the number of crashes, hangs and restarts you experience. This all helps ensure a compatible and reliable experience with any edition of Windows 7.
Tavultesoft is the developer of a market-leading keyboard mapping software, Keyman. Tavultesoft is based in Hobart, Australia and work with Linguistic experts around the world who contribute their skills and expertise to develop keyboard layouts for both common languages and languages that would otherwise have no support on computers.
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9 April 2009
Keyman Desktop 7.1.262.0 and Keyman Developer 7.1.262.0 have now been released, incorporating a number of new features and bug fixes. A significant new feature is The Keyman Uniscribe Manager.
14 August 2008
Keyman Desktop 7.1 and Keyman Developer 7.1 have been released. This release include a number of features designed to improve the ease of use of Keyman Desktop. Version 7.1 is a free upgrade for version 7.0 users. Full details on changes are available here.
19 May 2008
Attendees at the Open Road Conference held last week in Melbourne, Australia had an opportunity to see a demonstration of the forthcoming release of Keyman Desktop as well as KeymanWeb. The Open Road Conference is a unique, biennial conference in Australia that provides an important forum to discuss and showcase innovative Information and Communication Technology (ICT) developments in the area of multilingualism. The conference was an opportunity for Tavultesoft to meet first hand with those working to foster and develop multilingualism online and United Nations declaration of 2008 as the International Year of Languages. Positive feedback was received from all and they saw products such as Keyman Desktop and KeymanWeb as essential tools in supporting multilingual communities. For more information on Open Road visit them at www.openroad.net.au
2 April 2008
5 March 2008
Get KeymanWeb on your website for free or a low monthly charge. Hundreds of keyboards available. Please contact Tavultesoft Betas if you would like to try the beta pre-release version!
20 September 2007
The latest version of Keyman Desktop and Keyman Developer is now available. This is primarily a maintenance release and is a recommended download for all users.
19 September 2007
Keyman users can now earn money by referring friends and others to the Tavultesoft website. The Keyman Affiliate Program is a great way to increase earnings and at the same time help people communicate in their own language. Visit the Affiliate Program Home Page.
31 January 2007
Keyman Desktop 7.0 and Keyman Developer 7.0 released!
9 August 2006
Keyman 126.96.36.199 is available. You should install this update if you are experiencing issues with Keyman's visual keyboard, with sticky keys, or the issues described in this forum post.
7 August 2006
I (Marc Durdin) have started a blog about Keyman at keyman.typepad.com. I will mostly be writing about Keyman 7 to start with, and will be trying to keep a more informal feel to the blog. The first couple of entries talk about releasing Beta 1 and the new Character Map in Keyman Developer 7.
4 August 2006
Keyman and Keyman Developer 7.0 Beta 1 are now available! Screenshots and details on what is in the beta are online. Downloads for this beta are by invitation only - you can request an invitation here.
30 June 2006
An update for Keyman that we believe resolves the issues experienced in release 188.8.131.52 is now available. This is a recommended update for all users.
29 June 2006
Due to some reported issues with Ctrl, Shift and Alt keys in version 184.108.40.206, we have reverted to distributing 220.127.116.11 until we track down and resolve the issue. If you experience the issue, we recommend uninstalling Keyman and installing 18.104.22.168. We apologise for any inconvenience and will be releasing a fix as soon as possible.
26 May 2006
New Tavultesoft Forums and Knowledge Base now online. We have designed these two new/improved sections to integrate better with the rest of the site - for instance, each keyboard download now has a forum, and the new Forums use your existing site login instead of the separate login previously required.
The forums have RSS feeds available, for the whole forum, for each category, and for each topic.
We welcome feedback on the new sections.
28 April 2006
27 April 2006
Keyman and Keyman Developer 22.214.171.124 BETA release. This version is not a stable final release and should only be downloaded if you are comfortable using pre-release software. Please report any bugs through Your Account defect support at Tavultesoft.com. Keyman beta download | Keyman Developer beta download.
24 March 2006
We are pleased to announce that Large Format Computing, Inc. have been appointed as an official reseller of Tavultesoft products in the USA. Large Format Computing are specialists in hardware and software solutions for language products and have been working with Tavultesoft for many years. See also Tavultesoft Resellers.
27 February 2006
Our new site is now online in preparation for Keyman 7 - tell us what you think! Apart from the design updates, some of the changes on the site we'd like to highlight include:
- Updated product information
- Changes to support - our policies on support have been clarified, and you can purchase additional support after your support period expires
- New FAQs
20 December 2005
20 December 2005
A major update to the keyboard download pages is now complete. Registered users of Keyman Developer can now upload keyboards to the Tavultesoft website, and keyboard languages are now sourced from the SIL Ethnologue. Upload your keyboards!
17 November 2005
Example source code for Visual Basic.NET is now available that demonstrates how to: retrieve the list of Keyman keyboards available, activate keyboards and determine the active keyboard.
9 November 2005
13 October 2005
A beta release of Keyman and Keyman Developer, version 126.96.36.199, is now available. Unicode character input with Ctrl+Shift+digit is included in the new version. Please note: this is a pre-release version of Keyman and as such may not be 100% stable. We welcome any input and feedback about this release that you can give us!
17 August 2005
Keyman 188.8.131.52 is now available; it corrects a number of bugs. This is a recommended update for all users. Details on the changes can be found here.
15 July 2005
A new version of Keyman is now available, version 6.2. This version introduces two new products: Keyman FREE Home Use Edition and Keyman Corporate Edition. The original Keyman remains, and is called Keyman Standard Edition. Differences between the different Editions. Registered users of Keyman 6.1 can upgrade to Keyman 6.2 Standard Edition at no cost.
12 June 2005
Keyman 184.108.40.206 BETA release. This version is not a stable final release and should only be downloaded if you are comfortable using pre-release software. Please report any bugs through Your Account support at Tavultesoft.com. You can dowload the beta here, and details on changes are available here.
16 May 2005
Keyman 220.127.116.11 BETA release. This version is not a stable final release and should only be downloaded if you are comfortable using pre-release software. Please report any bugs through Your Account support at Tavultesoft.com. You can dowload the beta here, and details on changes are available here.
7 May 2005
Lao Script for Windows has moved to a new home online: www.laoscript.net. Please update your bookmarks!
12 April 2005
I am pleased to announce that Select Software (I) Pvt Ltd has just been appointed as the first official reseller of Keyman and Keyman Developer in India. Contact details for Select Software are available here.
12 April 2005
We are now looking for resellers for Tavultesoft Keyman and Keyman Developer all around the world - please visit our resellers page if you are interested in becoming a reseller!
30 March 2005
A version 18.104.22.168 update for Tavultesoft Keyman and Tavultesoft Keyman Developer is now available for download. This update fixes one bug with Text Services Framework addin and adds some new features - see Version History for details.
6 March 2005
Tavultesoft Keyman 6.1 is now available for download. Keyman is no longer free for personal use. A 30 day evaluation period will apply to all users. Registered users of Keyman 6.0 may upgrade to version 6.1 without charge, however you will need to provide your existing registration details and apply for a new licence key online.
28 November 2004
We have completed our new website which forms the basis for Keyman Online, which will be coming in Keyman 7. Keyman Online is intended to facilitate distribution of keyboards for keyboard developers.
We hope that you will find the new site easier to navigate and use. Please note that you will now need to create a free account in order to download Tavultesoft software or to get support.
Please bear with us as we work out any remaining issues on the site. If you discover any problems, please don't hesitate to contact Site Administration.
10 November 2004
Free download of updated Unicode Lao fonts for improved compatibility with MS Office 2003 and other applications on Windows XP. Download from Lao Script for Windows Downloads.
22 April 2004
Version 22.214.171.124 of Keyman 6.0 and Keyman Developer 6.0 is now available. Download this update from Keyman Downloads or Keyman Developer Downloads. This update fixes a bug with shift keys and the Text Services Framework addin in some applications.
10 March 2004
Version 126.96.36.199 of Keyman 6.0 and Keyman Developer 6.0 is now available. Download this update from Keyman Downloads or Keyman Developer Downloads. This update fixes interaction with third party applications that request information from Keyman.
20 February 2004
New prices for Tavultesoft products will apply from 1 March 2004. See
20 February 2004
A preliminary announcement of new features to be provided for Keyman 7 can now be seen at Keyman 7 Features. Note that licence holders of Keyman 6 and Keyman Developer 6 will automatically be eligible for a free upgrade to Keyman 7. (May 2007 note: In 2004 we had hoped to be able to offer this upgrade for free . The cost of development and the breadth of new features that we have introduced has made this impossible. We have kept our upgrade prices down as low as possible - it is only $19 to upgrade from Keyman Standard 6.2 to Keyman Desktop Light 7.0 and $25 to Keyman Desktop Professional 7.0).
8 February 2004
Version 188.8.131.52 of Keyman 6.0 and Keyman Developer 6.0 is now available. Download this update from Keyman Downloads or Keyman Developer Downloads. This update fixes a bug with the Text Services Framework addin and deadkeys.
2 December 2003
A Simplified Chinese keyboard with input mapping for more than 100,000 characters and words has now been developed using the Tavultesoft Keyman Input Method Extension (IMX). The IMX library is highly configurable, and is available for use by other developers where input mapping requires a large number of mapping rules that can be expressed as a list. Contact Tavultesoft Support for further information.
14 August 2003
Version 184.108.40.206 of Keyman 6.0 and Keyman Developer 6.0 is now available. Download this update from Keyman Downloads or Keyman Developer Downloads. This update fixes a number of rule-processing and other issues. We recommend that developers and users upgrade to ensure consistent Keyman behaviour.
3 July 2003
Version 220.127.116.11 of Keyman 6.0 and Keyman Developer 6.0 is now available. This update fixes an installation issue, and should be downloaded by everyone.
5 April 2003
A minor update to the visual keyboard is now available in version 18.104.22.168 of Keyman 6.0 and Keyman Developer 6.0. You only need this update if you are having trouble with the visual keyboard.
30 March 2003
Version 22.214.171.124 of Keyman 6.0 and Keyman Developer 6.0 is now available. This update should be downloaded by everyone.
16 February 2003
Version 126.96.36.199 of Keyman 6.0 and Keyman Developer 6.0 is now available. This update should be downloaded by everyone.
9 January 2003
Version 188.8.131.52 of Keyman 6.0 and Keyman Developer 6.0 is now available. This update should be downloaded by everyone.
4 November 2002
Another update to Keyman 6.0 and Keyman Developer 6.0 is now available which fixes some issues with packages and input. This update should be downloaded by everyone.
28 October 2002
An update to Keyman 6.0 and Keyman Developer 6.0 is now available which fixes a number of issues.
9 October 2002
Lao Script for Windows Version 6.01 released. As well as the support for Lao Unicode provided by Version 6.0, this upgrade adds an OpenType Lao Unicode font adapted especially for web-site use, and Lao menu Add-Ins for Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access. A trial version of a Lao Add-In for PowerPoint is also available separately.
20 August 2002
3 July 2002
A preliminary list of features in Standard and Professional editions of Keyman Developer is now available. See Feature comparison for details.
20 May 2002
Keyman and Keyman Developer 6.0 Beta 1 are now available.
20 February 2002
8 February 2002
Lao Script for Windows Version 6.0 is now available, with improved support for new versions of Windows and applications, and lower prices. This replaces the LSWin 5.4 beta version previously available for testing.
29 December 2001
Keyman 5.0 release 184.108.40.206 fixes a bug with installing fonts. Please read the release notes for details.
17 December 2001
15 December 2001
LSwin 5.40 beta has been updated to correct a problem with the Unicode fonts.
13 December 2001
A sample Lao Unicode web page is available. This uses the beta Saysettha Unicode font and was created with LSWin 5.4 beta.
29 October 2001
2 September 2001
A beta version of LSWin 5.40 is now available. The main addition is support for Unicode; but see the readme file for details.
For information on using Lao and Unicode, see Lao Language and Unicode.
9 August 2001
Keyman 5.0 release 220.127.116.11 is now available. A few bugs have been fixed, including Ctrl+Alt keystroke input conflicting with AltGr. You can view details of the issues here. Keyman Developer has an important bug fix with the compiler.
7 August 2001
A new mailing list, lswinlist, has been started for discussing issues related to Lao Script for Windows. You can subscribe to this list at the link above.
30 July 2001
30 July 2001
16 July 2001
Keyman 5.0 release 18.104.22.168 fixes three minor bugs: a minor RichEdit integration issue, automatic activation of Keyman keyboards when starting applications, and installation of some TrueTypefonts. You should update if you have been experiencing any of these problems. Keyman Developer is unchanged, but has been re-released with the new version number. You can view release notes here.
18 June 2001
Keyman 5.0 release 22.214.171.124 fixes a bug with all versions of MS Word. A patch from version 126.96.36.199 is available, or the full download. No other changes have been made in this version. A Keyman Developer release has been made to keep version numbers the same.
12 June 2001
Keyman 5.0 release 188.8.131.52 now available. Release notes are available here. 184.108.40.206 fixes a conflict with Word XP, and adds preliminary support for Input Method windows. A related release of Keyman Developer is also available.
28 May 2001
28 May 2001
The Tavultesoft pricelist (PDF file) has been updated.
8 May 2001
Keyman 5.0 release 220.127.116.11 released. Release notes are available here.
30 April 2001
Keyman 5.0 release 18.104.22.168 released. Release notes are available here. This fixes a number of issues with 5.0 release, including the registration problems.
9 April 2001
Keyman 5.0 is finally here! Release notes are available here. We will be updating this website as keyboards become available.
4 April 2001
FAQ002: What applications and operating systems support Unicode? is available. This document will be updated as further information becomes available.
27 February 2001
Keyman 5.0 beta 2 (release 22.214.171.124) available. Release notes are available here. Keyman now works slightly differently with language selection. When installing a Keyman keyboard, Keyman will also create a Windows system keyboard that you can associate with a language in the Control Panel/Keyboards applet. When this system keyboard is selected, Keyman will automatically select the appropriate Keyman keyboard. You can also manually override and select a Keyman keyboard at any time.
27 February 2001
Keyman 5.0 beta 2 (release 126.96.36.199) available. Release notes are available here. Keyman is now very close to being stable enough for a final release.
23 January 2001
Keyman 5.0 beta 2 (release 188.8.131.52) available. Release notes are available here.
11 January 2001
LSWin Version 5.30 released. This version adds support for MS Office 2000, Windows 2000, and Windows Me. Also the existing fonts have been improved, and new fonts added. See the announcement for more details.
12 December 2000
Keyman 5.0 beta 2 (release 184.108.40.206) available. Release notes are available on Issuetrakka.
18 October 2000
Keyman 5.0 beta 2 (release 220.127.116.11) available. Release notes are available on Issuetrakka. This version fixes a number of keyboard installation bugs; some bugs are still present, but in the interest of getting a version that allows people to install keyboards more reliably, I have released now. To see a list of Open problems, look at Issuetrakka.
25 September 2000
LSWin Version 5.30 BETA update.
19 September 2000
Keyman 5.0 beta 2 (release 18.104.22.168) available. Release notes are available on Issuetrakka.
8 September 2000
Keyman 5.0 beta 2 (release 22.214.171.124) available. Release notes will be available on Issuetrakka soon - until then, view Testing issues.
28 August 2000
LSWin Version 5.30 BETA update.
21 August 2000
I will be in the US from 22 August until 11 September. I should still have email access but responses may be slower than usual. I will be attending the Unicode conference in San Jose from 5th September - 8th September.
15 August 2000
LSWin Frequently Asked Questions is now available.
15 August 2000
LSWin Version 5.30 BETA release.
13 August 2000
Keyman 5.0 beta 2 (release 126.96.36.199) available. See Release Notes for a list of bugs fixed in this version. You should uninstall any beta releases before installing this version, to ensure that program files do not get mixed up.
9 August 2000
A mailing list for Keyman has been created, called firstname.lastname@example.org. This list is open for all users.
7 August 2000
Keyman 5.0 beta 2 (release 188.8.131.52) available. See Release Notes for a list of bugs fixed in this version. Also, the first version of the 5.0 documentation (in PDF format) is included, and is also available on the documentation page. You should uninstall any previous beta versions before installing this one, to ensure that program files do not get mixed up.
29 July 2000
Keyman 5.0 beta 2 (release 184.108.40.206) available. This version has the majority of features complete, and works with Unicode under Windows NT 4 and Windows 2000.
7 July 2000
LSWin 5.21 released. This version fixes a couple of minor problems with installation and sorting. See notes521.txt for more details.
6 May 2000
Keyman 4.0 compiler update. This update fixes the line extension "\" problem.
7 March 2000
The version 5.2 release of 3 Mar 2000 had a significant bug in it. Users who have downloaded version 5.2 before 7 Mar 2000 should download the updated version which is now available.
3 March 2000
LSWin 5.2 available. Version 5.2 supports Windows 2000 and Office 2000. Please read notes52.txt for further details.
20 September 1999
Keyman Version 5.0 beta 1 release! This is the first Unicode beta available.
28 June 1999
LSWin 5.11 released. Version 5.11 includes improvements to the Thai-Lao translation and fixes for a couple of bugs. See notes511.txt for more details.
27 April 1999
LSWin 5.1 released. This version fixes a number of problems that users may have had and also adds a major new feature: Thai-Lao translation. This is an extension of the basic feature that was included in LSWin version 3.02.