Few days back I went through some of the visitors’ search statistics of my blog “Unicode Help”. These statistics tells about the most popular search world or phrase which has led my visitors to my blog. Astonishingly, the most popular search phrase is how to type in Assamese in facebook. Obviously, people might be looking for informative articles on that subject because facebook is the most popular and most widely used social networking site as on today. So, definitely everyone would like to write in native language in facebook.
Although, I have written on the subject once before in the post “Assamese typing in Unicode using Baraha and Pramukh IME”, catering to readers’ interest, I would like to write on the same topic once again.
To write Assamese in computer we have to use some Unicode typing software. Don’t get scared of the seemingly technical words “Unicode typing software”. There’s nothing so critical about those. Just like we use “MS Word” or “Notepad” to type anything in English, we need to use any Unicode typing software to type in Assamese. We can also use those softwares to type Assamese using MS Word. The same functionality allows us to type Assamese in facebook, search google in Assamese, write e-mail in Assamese, chat in Assamese OR in fact, you can name any folder in your computer in Assamese.
Selecting the software:
Here you need to select any Unicode typing software. Lot of such Unicode typing softwares are available for free over the net.few examples are “Baraha”, “Avro”, “Ekishyer”, “Lipikaar” “Pramukh” etc. any one of these will work. But before selecting the software, be careful. Although most of them are free, some of them come with a trial package with limited validity time. After the time is over, you need to make some payment and purchase the registered package; else, it will stop working. “Baraha” is one of the most popular and easy to use software but is not free. “Avro” is good but Assamese language is not available in it. Instead you need to select Bangla and for those Assamese alphabets which are not available in Bangla i.e. “ৰ”, “ক্ষ” etc, some other arrangements are there but are not so comfortable for Assamese typing. Also the Bangla dictionary pop-up is also very disturbing. “Ekuishyer” is another option, but the
same is also primarily for typing Bangla language and hence not comfortable for typing Assamese. “Lipikar” is a good software and very easy to use. “Pramukh” or popularly known as “Pramukh IME” is another excellent software. Amongst all the softwares mentioned above, everyone has some problem. One is good but not free, another is free but not primarily for Assamese and hence not of much use. But “Pramukh IME” is the only such Unicode typing software, of which, I am not able to find out any loophole till date!!! Frankly speaking, I don’t see any loophole in it. It has everything you need. –
1) It is available free of cost.
2) Very “easy to use” in case of Assamese typing.
3) Unlike other software, it need not be installed in the computer. The .exe file only runs the software. Say, if you want to type something Assamese from a pc of your office or a net cafe, where you don’t have administrative rights to install software; Pramukh IME will very well serve the purpose.
4) Suppose you need to work on a computer, where you cannot install anything and also you cannot download anything. In such a case you need to carry the Pramukh IME software in a pen drive. But in some net cafes USB port access is also not permitted. This will create a problem. But Pramukh IME has a solution for this problem also. Go to Pramukh IME’s website. There you will find an online type pad. Select the language as Assamese and type whatever you want to type, then copy it and paste it wherever you want to. If you want to post some status update in facebook in Assamese from such a net café, go to Pramukh IME’s website, type whatever you want to update, copy it and paste it on the status update field of facebook and hit enter. It’s done.
If you are a novice willing to type Assamese and post facebook updates in Assamese, for you I would recommend – “Pramukh IME”.
Here you can put me a question, why I have taken so much of time and written so much just to convince you regarding the software. The reason is, selection of software is the most crucial activity for Unicode typing. Although you will use phonetic typing, yet, the typing keyboard input method varies from software to software slightly. Hence if you change the typing software in between, it will affect your speed of typing and also issues of spelling mistake may arise.
How to use Pramukh IME:
The Pramukh IME software is a zip folder of around 500KB size, hence very less time will require to download it. After download, unzip the folder. The unzip folder will contan the files as shown in the picture. Here among other things you can see the file “PramukhIME.exe”. Double click that file.
The software will run and will minimised to the taskbar with a tutorial popup at the top.
You can go through my post “Assamese typing in unicode using Baraha and Pramukh IME” to know more elaborately about how to use Pramukh IME.
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