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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
However, you are always welcome to send us a donation (tax-deductible
in the United States) to continue the missionary work of our monastery.
easiest way to type "polytonic" Greek
in Windows 98SE/Me/NT/2000/XP!
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
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.
download the Greek Polytonic SA keyboard package,
click here. (881 kB)
Font Converter 2.3.2
for Word 2000/XP
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).
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
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.
Font Converter can also be customized for many languages
and fonts, which have a current Unicode standard.
download the Greek Font Converter, click here.
Greek Hyphenator 1.1
for Word 2000/XP
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
download the Ancient Greek Hyphenator, click
here. (77 kB)