Utilities for "Polytonic" Greek

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Introduction

     Since the founding of St. Anthony's Monastery, in 1995, we have continued the tradition of the Holy Mountain, and the Greek Orthodox Church in general, by exclusively using the "polytonic" written form of the Greek language in our correspondence, typicon, and church services. Many Greek writings that have transmitted down to us--the Holy Bible (Septuagint and New Testament), countless writings of the Holy Fathers of the Eastern Church, and the Greek Classical works--demonstrate the practical need for all Greeks, as well as Biblical and Greek scholars, to continue this 2300 year-old tradition and understand it. The 20 year-old "monotonic" Greek writing system has simplified the rules of writing Greek, but it has separated the Greek people from their rich cultural identity and their sacred Christian heritage, both of which are contained within countless "polytonic" Greek writings.

History

     For the most part, our monastery has used the "LaserGreekII" fonts and writing system created by Linguist's Software. The LaserGreekII writing system continues to serve us to this day, for general correspondence, however it is generally unsatisfactory for producing professional results: for example, Church service books. Also, this writing system is limited to the fonts that have been created for its use (approx. 6 have been created by Linguist's Software) and not all of these fonts can be used for the same text, since they occasionally produce different optical results.

     However, with the increased improvement and support for Unicode on today's computers, we began to search for better means of typing and storing our "polytonic" Greek documents. This search resulted in the finding of several applications and Unicode fonts, such as those created by Magenta, Linguist's Software (they have converted many of their fonts to Unicode) and Ralph Hancock (of the "Antioch" program). We also came across the Tavultesoft "Keyman" program--which already had a few "polytonic" Greek keyboards written for it--for which we created our own keyboards that would work the same as the LaserGreekII system, but would produce Unicode character output. This effort resulted in the Greek Polytonic SA keyboard package which we have provided below.

     Also, we created a few Microsoft Word add-ins that further helped us create and edit these "polytonic" Greek documents. Two of these add-ins, Greek Font Converter and Ancient Greek Hyphenator, are also provided below.

Disclaimer and Pricing

     We at St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Monastery have been using the computer programs, below, for over one year. That does not necessarily mean that they will also work for you. Please also note the following:

- We cannot be responsible for anything that goes wrong with your computer as a direct, or indirect, result of your using our software.

- Please always check these programs for viruses, especially the Word add-ins. If you suspect that you contracted a computer virus through us please let us know.

- Save your work often, and especially before using the features contained within the Word add-ins. These programs have not been tested in all situations and may result in document corruption.

- Please don't e-mail us. We cannot provide any support for these programs, due to our monastic schedule, and we have made our best effort to document these programs sufficiently. You may wish to contact your neighborhood's Windows expert for assistance.

- Updates and bug fixes are also unlikely, but you are welcome to make suggestions if you like.

- These programs are FREE and may be distributed in their original zipped forms, without the addition or removal of any files or parts thereof.

- However, you are always welcome to send us a donation (tax-deductible in the United States) to continue the missionary work of our monastery.

"Polytonic" Greek Downloads

 

The easiest way to type "polytonic" Greek
in Windows 98SE/Me/NT/2000/XP!

Major features include:

- Three keyboard layouts to choose from
- Type diacritics after vowel
- Diacritics combine over preceding vowel
- "Sigma" automatically converts to "final sigma"
- Automatic quotation marks
- Breathing marks added automatically
- AutoCorrection of many common words
- Characters conform to Unicode standard

     To use the Greek Polytonic SA keyboard package you must first download and install the "Keyman 6.0" program from Tavultesoft. The "Keyman" program is, generally speaking, "free" for non-commercial use. To visit the "Keyman" homepage and read the program license click here. To download an older version of the Keyman program (does not have 30 day trial limit) click here.

To download the Greek Polytonic SA keyboard package, click here. (881 kB)

 

Greek Font Converter 2.3.2
for Word 2000/XP

     Greek Font Converter is a fully customizable font converter, especially made for converting between old Polytonic Greek fonts (using separate characters for diacritics) and Unicode Polytonic Greek fonts (diacritics are built into each character).
     Currently, it is pre-loaded with the ability to convert between Unicode and the following standards: LaserGreek and LaserGreekII (by Linguist's Software), Koine and SPIonic fonts.
     This version of Greek Font Converter only converts plain text, which makes it very fast, but the documents styles are lost. It can also handle copied text from almost any application.
     Greek Font Converter can also be customized for many languages and fonts, which have a current Unicode standard.

To download the Greek Font Converter, click here. (130 kB)

 

Ancient Greek Hyphenator 1.1
for Word 2000/XP

     Ancient Greek Hyphenator is a simple, yet incredibly fast hyphenator for Ancient Greek. We have used this program extensively, here at St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Monastery, and we are sure that all writers of Ancient Greek will make use of this extremely valuable utility.

To download the Ancient Greek Hyphenator, click here. (77 kB)


This page was last updated: May 10, 2008

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