The Indian Government is distributing a free software tools and fonts in Hindi to boost the use of information technology in India among masses particularly the rural people.
The Government has invited applications on www.ildc.gov.in and intends mailing them CDs containing compilation of several Hindi fonts and tools free. The contents of the free CD will include Hindi language true type fonts with keyboard driver, Hindi Language Unicode Compliant Open Type Fonts, generic fonts code and storage code converter for Hindi, Hindi language version of Bharateeya OO, Firefox Browser in Hindi, Multi Protocol Messenger in Hindi, Email Client in Hindi among others.
Microsoft already sells a version of its Office suite in India, called Microsoft Office Hindi, that supports nine Indian languages. The Hindi version of Windows XP Starter Edition is a stripped down, low cost version of Windows XP that is being piloted in emerging markets such as Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. Microsoft Office 2003 supports Indian languages in localized version, and you can also get proofing tools for Hindi, English, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu.
The other contains include Aasaan Typing Tutor for Hindi and English, Integrated Word Processor, Dictionary English-Hindi, Hindi Language Spell Checker, Hindi Language Transliteration tool, Hindi Language Text to Speech System, Translation support system from English to Hindi through the website and Hindi language Corpora over the website.
Download Page for free software tools and hindi fonts.
Register to receive the Free CD by email.
Useful links for Hindi Software, Hindi Fonts and other Indian Scripts
1. BhashaIndia.com - Microsoft Indian Language Development Portal
2. Devanagari Wiki - From the Wikipedia
3. Convert English to Hindi - online service
4. Indiapress - Hindi website
Updated August, 2005: I received the Hindi Software Tools CD by post today and was impressed with the work done by CDAC and other contributors. Following are the contents of the free Hindi Fonts CD.
Hindi Language True Type Fonts With Keyboard Driver
The data can be created in any Window applications i.e. on Windows 98, Windows 2000 and Windows XP. The Keyboard Layouts could be Inscript, Phonetic or Typewriter type.
Hindi Language Multifont Keyboard Engine For True Type Fonts
Enables the user to create Hindi data in various true type fonts provided by different vendors. Appropriate selection of engine and fonts from the same GUI of Multifont engine is the key to this tool.
Hindi Language Unicode Compliant Open Type Fonts
GIST-DVOT range of OT font is for Devanagari script. The glyph set of this font have been optimized to get the best performance. The fonts are aesthetically developed specially for the purpose of content creation and display. The readability of the font is greatly enhanced due to the uniformity of the shapes of the glyphs of the font. The font is embeddable which means that static web content can be developed using this font and displayed in a browser without any download.
Hindi Language Unicode Compliant Keyboard Driver
Enables the user to create content in Hindi. It supports INSCRIPT, Phonetic and Typewriter keyboard layouts. The data can be created in any UNICODE based Windows application which supports different font's e.g. MS Office XP. Data can be created on Win2000/WinXP OS etc
Generic Fonts Code And Storage Code Converter For Hindi
To convert data from one font code to another. It converts text files as well as database files. It also converts old data prepared in GIST Card/GIST Shell to Windows format. The user need not have parent software (old data format) to convert to target software (new data format)
Hindi Language Version Of Bharateeya Oo.o (open Source)
BharateeyaOO - Open Office in Indian languages - BharateeyaOO is a Unicode based office suite in Indian Languages which can be used across all major platforms. It provides rich support to a number of natural Indian languages as well as any International languages. The BharateeyaOO.o project is an initiative to bring OpenOffice.org to India in Indian languages
Firefox - Browser In Hindi
Firefox empowers you to browse faster, more safely and more efficiently than with any other browser and plus now the menus are in Hindi.
Gaim - Instant Messenger In Hindi
This is a multi-protocol instant messaging (IM) client for Linux, BSD, MacOS X, and Windows. It is compatible with AIM and ICQ (Oscar protocol), MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, IRC, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu, SILC, GroupWise Messenger, and Zephyr networks.
Columba - Email Client In Hindi
A powerful Email Client to compose, send and receive messages in Hindi.
Scan Hindi Newspapers or Hindi magazines and convert hindi into editable text with this free Hindi OCR software. Any printed font format can be trained with this training module thus enhancing the accuracy of the product.
Aasaan Hindi Typing Tutor For Hindi & English
Free software to quickly learn touch typing in Hindi. Depending upon your speed, you can move to advanced lessons and be a master of touch typing within a shot period of time. Choose between English and Hindi mode of typing.
Integrated Word Processor
Unicode based editing facility, Typing support in Inscript Keyboard Layout
Hindi Language Spell Checker
Spell check Hindi data entered in MS Word through GIST TT typing tool.
Find hindi words with this powerful English-Hindi dictionary.
Hindi Language Transliteration Tool
This is a transliteration tool for English to Indian languages for Openoffice.org Writer. Currently, it supports transliterations from English to six Indian languages namely Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Gujarati. Transliteration is a process, in which the user actually types in a language which he is used to (English in our case) but the words will be of target language (Hindi, Tamil etc).
Text To Speech System for Hindi
Talk to your computer in Hindi. The computer can read the Hindi text for you. The basic requirement is for this to work you must have a sound card with speakers.
Translation Support System For English-Hindi
This provides online translations for English sentences to Hindi.
Hindi Text Corpora
The copyright free books in Hindi have been made available as a download having text in UNICODE format. This can be used by developers and language learners.