Versions of Sugam
As you may be knowing; Unicode was not completely supported on Windows 98. Microsoft supplied Uniscribe with IE 6 onwards to render DevaNagari text in Windows 98. But there was no facility for entering Unicode encoded DevaNagari in Windows 98.
As a lot of people were using Windows 98 in 2003, so we developed a package named 'Sugam-98'. It facilitated easy entry of Unicode encoded DevaNagari in Windows 98.
Components of Sugam-98:
- A great OpenType font - Akhil HE
- A simple TrueType font - Akhil
- iNagari-98 / TransLit-98
The main component of Sugam-98 (and newer Sugam-2K) is 'Akhil HE' - an OpenType font. This as well as 'Akhil' (a simple TrueType font) continue to work in newer operating systems like Windows 7, ... as these are the standard based fonts and will not become obsolete in next 10 years!
The font 'Akhil' is a small & plain but professionally created font to set English only text.
iNagari is the new keyboard layout developed by us that combines productivity of INSCRIPT with ease of Phonetic layout. It is a result of a lot of research. We used to call it TransLit.
iNagari-98 is the keyboard filter program that facilitates input using our new and efficient layout 'iNagari' in Windows 98.
InScript-98 is the program that facilitates input using the standard INSCRIPT layout.
For these newer Windows we now offer 'Sugam-2K'.
Newer operating systems like Windows XP/Vista/7 support Unicode for Indic Scripts. You just need to buy quality Devanagari fonts as the DevaNagari font bundled with these operating systems is an ordinary one. Even if you buy our font 'Akhil HE', we will provide other components of Sugam-2K (like keyboard programs) free of cost.
You can use Sugam with free software such as the OpenOffice.
Some of us want to upgrade to Win 8! Upgrading requires not only a new OS but probably also a new PC. If you use your computer for more than 3-4 hours daily then only you should upgrade. Upgrading results in inconvenience of taking your data and programs to a new PC. Same is true for your smart phone like iPhone etc. If you always carry a laptop, tablet (like iPad) or a netbook you can settle for a smaller mobile with GPS!