baraha 10.4

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Baraha means "writing" in Kannada language. The first release of Baraha software was made on January 1998. This initial release was developed with an intention to provide a free, easy to use Kannada language software to enable even non-computer professionals to use Kannada in computers thereby promoting Kannada language in the cyber world. Today millions of people across the world are using Baraha for creating content in Indian languages.



The biggest challenge for use of Indian languages is the keyboard. At present, usage of English language & English keyboard(QWERTY) in computers is inevitable. One has to use the English keyboard only to type Indian language text. There are many different keyboard layouts for typing Indian languages. Many such layouts are based on the earlier typewriter designs, which are not at all relevant for the intelligent computers. It is also very difficult and confusing for a common user, who spends most of the time using the English keyboard, to switch to one such keyboard for quickly typing an email in say Kannada or Hindi.



Baraha breaks the keyboard barrier for Indian languages by using a phonetic keyboard in which any Indian language word may be typed using the standard English keyboard. Baraha user doesn't feel any discomfort 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! Kannada and Hindi text such as cheluva kannaDa nADu, merA bhArat mahAn can be typed as shown.



Many Indian language software were created based on True Type fonts (ANSI encoding) many years before Windows/Linux introduced them using Open Type fonts (Unicode encoding). Even today, majority of the Indian language content is being created using TrueType fonts and almost all Indian publications use ANSI based TrueType fonts for printing and online publications. Baraha breaks the barrier between ANSI and Unicode. Using Baraha, one can effortlessly convert text between ANSI and Unicode. For example, when a user on Windows 98 - which doesn't 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 to represent all the Indian languages. So, it is possible to convert text from one script to another. For example, let's 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 itself 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.



Baraha software supports Kannada, Konkani, Tulu, Hindi, Marathi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Gujarati, Punjabi, Bengali, Assamese and Oriya languages. Baraha can be effectively used for creating documents, email and blogging. Join the millions of users who are already using Baraha for creating content in Indian languages.
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baraha 10.4

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Though software is good, it is not at all a free-ware Babu www.bpits.in
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