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And, MUCH MORE.....

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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How to type in Tamil (Hindi, Telugu, Bengali, etc.) in MS-Word, Whatsapp, etc.?

    • For Azhagi+, step-by-step instructions are available here, for typing in Indian languages in MS-Word or ANY other application. As such, it is just one step only. If you are using Windows XP, please read this.
    • For Azhagi android app, step-by-step instructions are available here, for typing in 24 languages in Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Quora, Instagram, etc.
    • For Azhagi, step-by-step instructions are available here for typing in Tamil, Hindi, etc. in MS-Word and other applications. As such, it is just one step only.
    • Help instructions (including the one above) are available from within Azhagi+ and Azhagi too (from the menu item 'Help -> Contents'). Online versions for 'Help->Contents' exist too. For Azhagi - here. For AzhagiPlus - here.
  2. Where to find the English-to-Tamil key mappings for phonetic transliteration?

    • The English-to-Tamil key mappings for phonetic transliteration are available at az-tamil-modern.html.
    • English-to-Tamil key mappings are available from within Azhagi+ and Azhagi too (from the menu item 'Help -> Contents')
    • Please note that in Azhagi+, apart from Alt+3 (to type using the transliteration scheme provided in 'az-tamil-modern.html'), you can also press 'Alt+4' to start typing phonetically in Tamil in the way one types in softwares like eKalappai, NHM Writer, etc. (where the English-to-Tamil key mappings are fundamentally different in certain cases - 'ee' for ஈ, 'oo' for ஓ, 'wa' for ந, etc.). The key mappings for this style of phonetics can be viewed from within Azhagi+ itself by clicking "Key Mappings - Dynamic Help" and choosing 'Tamil-Unicode-UserDefinedPhonetics1'.
  3. Where to find the phonetic key mappings for all languages (Hindi, Sanskrit, Malayalam, etc.)?

    • The English-to-IndianLanguages key mappings for phonetic transliteration are available at multi.html.
    • English-to-IndianLanguages key mappings are available from within Azhagi+ and Azhagi too (from the menu item 'Help -> Contents')
    • The Tamil transliteration key mappings for Azhagi Android app are at aa-tamil-trans-1.html
  4. How to install and use/operate Azhagi+ and Azhagi?

    • For Azhagi+, step-by-step instructions are available at oper-plus.html - this is the full 'operating manual' of Azhagi+.
    • For Azhagi, step-by-step instructions are available at oper.html - this is the full 'operating manual' of Azhagi, as such.
  5. Checklist (before sending your queries)

    • Prior to sending your query (most preferably to Azhagi's Facebook Group), please check the following:
      • If you have not yet tried Azhagi+ (AzhagiPlus is different from Azhagi) and still persisting with the classic Azhagi, then kindly try typing using Azhagi+ and see whether that helps. Azhagi+ is available for download from the home page of azhagi.com itself. Steps (just one step only) for typing using Azhagi+ are given here - oper-plus.html#dtany. Links to videos and tutorials (in Tamil and Hindi too) are also provided therein.
      • If you are using Azhagi+ already, then check to see that you are always using the latest version, as available for download from Azhagi Free Apps Store. Version 10.45 is the latest version, as of 9-March-2019.
      • Utmostly important: Kindly ensure that no other Tamil/Indic software is already running in the background (the other software should not be active even as an icon in the system tray). No need to uninstall the other software. Just ensure that it is not already running in the background. That is enough. More on this in detail here. Please read it fully.
      • If you are using 'Windows 10', then read this and ensure that you have installed the additional features for your language.
      • The caps lock has no effect while you type. So, to type capital letters, you should use the 'shift' key only. For e.g., to type 'N' (capital 'N'), you have to necessarily press 'Shift+n'.
      • While pressing an hotkey like 'Alt3', you should not press '3' from the number pad. You should press the regular '3' which you find at the top row of number keys (below the function keys). i.e. you should press the '3' under the '#' sign.
      • While pressing the hotkey, ensure that Azhagi+ is up and running in the background, either as a minimised task in the task bar or just as an icon in the system tray.
      • Check to see whether you are following the instructions to type properly, as given step-by-step here (in English) and here (in Tamil)
      • If you are not able to type in MS-Word, please see whether you are able to type in other applications like Notepad, Wordpad, Gmail, MS-Excel, etc.
      • If you see repeated Tamil characters while typing in any application, please read this solution and you can thereafter type fluently as ever.
      • If you see characters getting deleted while typing in Tamil in MS-Excel alone, please read this and you can thereafter type smoothly in MS-Excel also.
      • If you have issues typing in PageMaker, PhotoShop, InDesign, CorelDraw, etc., then please see the video demos and/or read the step-by-step instructions in this page fully, and you will be able to type seamlessly with absolutely no issues.
      • If you are not able to type in a particular language (e.g. Tamil), please see whether you are able to type in some other language - Hindi, Kannada, etc. - by pressing their respective hotkeys.
      • Certain languages may require you to select the right Unicode font for typing. For instance, for Malayalam, you might need to use Microsoft's 'Kartika' Unicode font for your typing needs. This font will be present in your system already since it gets installed automatically when you install Windows. So, no need to download/install it separately.
      • Sometimes, a new application recently installed (or even an existing application) might have overridden Azhagi+ and registered the same hotkeys Alt+3, Ctrl+1, etc. for that applications' use. In that case, AzhagiPlus's hotkeys will not work any more. So, in such cases, try to find out that application which has done this and change its hotkeys so that it does not interfere with those of Azhagi+. If that is not possible for you, try to change the hotkeys in Azhagi+ to new ones.
      • If some other application usurps one or more of Azhagi+'s hotkeys, then, in the opening screen of Azhagi+, the checkbox for those hotkeys will become UNTICKED. Please note that only if an hotkey's checkbox is ticked, it means the hotkey is registered by Azhagi+ and active. If an hotkey's checkbox is not ticked, it means that that particular hotkey has got registered by some other application and it is not active any more in Azhagi+.
      • If you are using Windows XP, then please read this.
      • Kindly have a look at the immediately following point. If that does not answer your query, then kindly check whether an answer for your query already exists in the inbuilt help topics and help menu items of Azhagi+. Check thoroughly here too, in this very page, for an answer for your query.
      • Please note that 99.99% of times, your issue will be because of external reasons only. Some of the frequent causes are:
        • Your antivirus software (particularly Kaspersky) may be stopping Azhagi+ from displaying the required characters. It is because of your antivirus software's wrong assumption (technically called as 'false positive') and it has nothing to do with Azhagi+. You can set this right by following the instructions here.
        • MS-Word may be the cause of the issue due to its 'Sequence checking' option and 'Auto correct' feature.
        • Azhagi+'s hotkey may be getting interpreted by some other Indic software and thus not allowing it to display the required characters. Solution for such cases is here.
        • Function keys in your laptop may have been mapped differently by your laptop vendor.
        • Unicode support by your Adobe product (PageMaker, etc.) may not be perfect.
      • If you are unable to find an answer to your query even after reading all of the above, then kindly send your query (most preferably to Azhagi's Facebook Group), mentioning the following details:
        • Your operating system (e.g. Windows 7, Windows 10)
        • The application in which you face issues (e.g. MS Word, MS Excel)
        • The 'exact' nature of your problem (e.g. hotkey is not acting)
        • Whether issues arise in a specific application alone (e.g. MS Word) and there are no issues while typing in all other applications - Notepad, WordPad, etc.
        • The hotkey you are using to type (e.g. Alt+3, Alt+5)
        • The language in which you are typing (e.g. Tamil, Hindi)
        • The font in which you are typing (e.g. Vijaya, TamilBible, Mangal)
        • The keyboard layout in which you are typing (e.g. PhoneticTransliteration, Tamilnet99)
        • Your antivirus software (e.g. Kaspersky, Norton AV)
        • Whether you are simultaneously using other Indic softwares along with Azhagi+
        • And, any other relevant information
      • When you send your details as above (neatly listed, one after the other), please ensure that you very clearly state whether your problem is with Azhagi+ (AzhagiPlus) or Azhagi. If it is with both, mention the same. Kindly be as elaborate as possible in explaining your problem.
    • In case you do not have a facebook account (in order to join Azhagi's Facebook Group), then I very much request you to create one. It is free. And, if you have any concerns of unnecessary contacts, please note that you can specify in the 'settings' of your facebook account that nobody shall send you friend requests and thus it is possible to have a facebook account with 'zero' friends.
  6. 'Automatic Pulli' problem due to the 'Sequence checking' option in MS-Word 2007 and above.

    • Problem description:
    • When you type ananthan, kumaarar, jananam, etc. in MS-Word 2007 (and above), it gives you அன்ந்தன், குமார்ர், ஜன்னம், etc.
      [ Please note that the above is NOT a problem related/caused to/by Azhagi. It is a problem related to MS Word 2007 (and above). You may probably come across this problem with other office 2007 (and above) applications also. I understand that certain office 2007 (and above) applications enable this *sequence checking* option by default. More details related to this problem can be read here ]
    • Solution-1:
      • Open MSWord 2007 (or above).
      • Right click next to the *View* menu item. You will get a popup menu.
      • In that, select the *Customize Quick Access Toolbar* option.
      • In left, choose the *Advanced* option.
      • Now, 'uncheck' the *Use sequence checking* box. That is, this box shld be kept unticked.
    • Solution-2:
    • Two of the users wrote to me that depending on their MS-Word version (for e.g., MS-Word 2013)and it's interface, either they were not able to find the above option in the manner I have described above or they felt it will be better to give the steps in a further more detailed manner. For the benefit of other users, I am giving links to the steps and screenshots provided by users Sri. V K Naageswaran and Sri. L. Purushothaman, resp.
      Link 1 - Thanks to Sri. V. K. Naageswaran
      Link 2 - Thanks to Sri. L. Purushothaman
  7. How to type 'ந்'?

    • That is very simple. You have to use either 'n' or 'nh'.

    • சொல்லின் முதலில், 'n' அல்லது 'nh' - எது type செய்தாலும், 'ந்' வரும். ஒரு சொல்லின் இடையில் 'ந்' வரவேண்டுமானால், 'nh' type செய்ய வேண்டும்.
  8. How to speak and type using Azhagi? (tags: voice input, speech to text, voice recognition)

    • You can do that using Azhagi Android app. Please visit aa-voice-input.html and act accordingly. Thereafter, you can easily effect voice input (speech to text) using Azhagi Android App. Voice input is not possible using Azhagi desktop applications, as of now.
  9. 'F10' key not acting as hotkey in laptops

    • First of all, please understand that this issue is not due to 'Azhagi' but only due to some of the laptop manufacturers changing the default actions of function keys in the laptops they sell.
    • Solution-1: If you are using a laptop, please note that there is a key (usually named " fn " and usually adjacent to the left control key), which changes the mode of operation of the function keys. So, if pressing 'F10' does not change Azhagi's tray icon color to red, then press 'F10' while the "fn" key is kept pressed. i.e. press "fn+F10".
      Note: Based on user feedback and information on net, I understand that if you press 'Fn' and 'Numlock' keys together for a second or two and then release both, the functions keys get back to their usual functionality. In other words, pressing 'F10' itself will change Azhagi's tray icon to red. No need to press "fn+F10".
    • Solution-2: Using Azhagi, if you are currently typing all your documents in Unicode Tamil only, then, start using Azhagi+ (AzhagiPlus is a "different" and yet another software [with special/advanced facilities] for typing in Indian languages and it is also available for download from the home page of azhagi.com itself). In Azhagi+, you need not bother about function keys. For your information, the default hotkeys in Azhagi+, as of now (11/01/2013), do not employ function keys at all. For e.g. "Alt+3" is the default hotkey for typing in Tamil+Unicode+Phonetic; "Ctr+1" is the default hotkey for typing in Hindi+Unicode+Phonetic; and so on. Also, even if any default hotkey uses function keys, Azhagi+ provides you the facility to easily change the hotkey to the one with which you are comfortable with.
    • Solution-3: This is a solution which will ever allow you to just press 'F10' itself to activate Azhagi's 'direct typing' mode. But, this is a highly technical solution which requires a change in one core setting of your laptop and hence I am not mentioning it here. Because, I do not want non computer-savvy users to try the same, out of curiosity. So, in case you are fully computer-savvy and wish to know this solution, kindly contact me through email (at noblehearted @ gmail.com) and I will email you the solution.
  10. How to type in ANY Tamil font (which is not yet available/provided in Azhagi+)?

  11. Unable to type 'Sri' (ஸ்ரீ) character in Tscii fonts (e.g. SaiIndira) in MS-Word. Solution?

    • Word 2002 or Word 2003
      Kindly please see 'Help' topics of Azhagi. To do the same, press 'F1' or click on 'Help->Contents' from within Azhagi application. In the window which opens, search on 'sri'. i.e. type 'sri' in the search box after clicking on the INDEX tab. Solution is given in the first topic which gets listed - viz. "sri problem". As such, in Word 2002 or Word 2003, you have to uncheck the "Straight quotes with smart quotes" option under 'AutoFormat As You Type', after reaching the same by clicking 'Tools->AutoCorrect Options'. [Note: Azhagi's help files are exhaustive. You can search on various other things to get help. Online help is also available at help.html]
    • Word 2007, Word 2010 and above
      A solution similar to the above has to be employed. i.e., you have to turn off the "Straight quotes with smart quotes" option under 'AutoFormat As You Type'). To do the same:
      • Click the 'Office button' (the round button situated at the top left corner) of MS-Word.
      • Thereafter click on 'Word Options' (at the bottom).
      • Click 'Proofing' on the left side and 'AutoCorrect Options' on the right.
      • Click on the tab captioned 'AutoFormat As You Type'.
      • Under 'Replace As You Type', UN-tick (i.e. clear/remove the tick) the checkbox for "Straight quotes with smart quotes". Click 'OK'.
      • Please note that the above change is for all documents. If you want it to be effected only when needed, for specific documents, please see detailed instructions here (this is an external web page; thanks to the authors of the article in this page) with screen snapshots.
    • Note: In fonts of other encodings (TAB, TAM, etc.) also, similar issue may arise while typing characters other than ஸ்ரீ also. In all such cases, the problem will be with one or more of the 'AutoCorrect Options' only. So, if you feel confident, you can opt to uncheck(untick) all the options under ''AutoFormat As You Type". Well, the final decision is yours, regarding whether to uncheck all the options or not.
  12. How to type in Tamil in Adobe PageMaker, Photoshop, InDesign, Corel's CorelDraw, etc.

    • Please click here and read the instructions therein thoroughly and act accordingly.
  13. Unable to type properly in MS-Excel alone

    • Problem description:
    • I am not able to type properly in MS-Excel alone. For e.g. in an MS-Excel sheet, if I want to type க, I type 'k' and the க் comes; then when I type 'a' to make it க, the cursor moves backwards and erases க். This happens only in MS-Excel. I am able to type in MS-Word and all other applications without any issues. Can you help me on this? Related query in Azhagi's Facebook support forum here.
    • Solution:
      • In the opening screen of Azhagi+, click the 'Settings' menu.
      • Then, click on 'Preferences' menu item.
      • Then, TICK the option "GENERAL->Effect typing in Microsoft Excel mode".
      • Then you can type in your MS-excel as seamlessly as you type in MS-Word and other applications.
      • Note: The aforesaid option is only for typing in your MS-Excel application. To type in other applications, you have to necessarily UNTICK the abovementioned option. And if you wish to type in Excel again, you have to necessarily TICK the aforesaid option again.
  14. Repeated characters while transliterating in Tamil

    • Problem description:
    • Please see this query in Azhagi's Facebook support forum.
    • Solution:
      • In the opening screen of Azhagi+, click the 'Settings' menu.
      • Then, click on 'Preferences' menu item.
      • Then, UNTICK the option "GENERAL->Effect typing in Microsoft Excel mode".
      • Then you can type in all applications seamlessly without any issues.
      • Note: The aforesaid option is only for typing in certain versions of MS-Excel. Your MS-Excel version may never need the aforesaid option to be ticked at any time.
  15. Problems due to running another Indic software, simultaneously, along with Azhagi+

    • Sometimes, Azhagi+'s hotkey might get interpreted by some other Indic software, thus not allowing Azhagi+ to display the required/correct characters.
    • Mostly, the other Indic software might be autostarting alongwith Windows with just it's icon sitting in the system tray and thus you may be totally unaware of it's presence.
    • In such cases, check your system tray icons and look for any other Indic application's icon and if you find one, get into it's "settings" screen, look for an option with a caption similar to "Autostart with Windows" and untick it (i.e. remove the tick).
    • Thereafter, fully exit that Indic application. i.e. it's icon should not be visible in the system tray any more.
  16. Problems due to 'False Positive's of AntiVirus softwares

    • In some systems, your antivirus software (particularly Kaspersky) may be stopping Azhagi+ from displaying the required characters. It is because of a 'false positive'. i.e a wrong assumption made by your antivirus software and it has nothing to do with Azhagi+.
    • Basically, a 'false positive' is a sort of wrong assumption made by an AntiVirus software about a legitimate application. You can read ALL about the various kinds of problems caused by 'false positive's in FULL detail here. Well, as far as you are concerned, you need a solution for the same and it is hereunder.
    • SOLUTION: Get into the settings/options screen of your antivirus software and specify that Azhagi-Plus.exe is to be always treated as a legitimate application. You have to specify the full path to your Azhagi+ executable therein. For instance, if you installed Azhagi+ in "C:\PortableApps\Azhagi+" folder, then the full path to be specified will be "C:\PortableApps\Azhagi+\Azhagi-Plus.exe".
    • Note: In 'Avast' antivirus software, as of 09-05-2015, such an option can be found if you double-click the 'Avast' system tray icon (or alternatively, right click the 'Avast' system tray icon, click on 'Open Avast user interface') and then in the big screen which opens, click on 'Settings' on the left-hand side, and then in the next screen which opens, click on 'General' on the left-hand side and then scroll down a bit on the right-hand side, if needed, and then click the section 'Exclusions' to expand it and then do the needful.
    • Doing the above should 100% solve your problem. But, whenever you change the path of your Azhagi+ executable, you might have to repeat the above step.
    • Eventhough your problem gets solved by the above steps itself, it will be great if you can volunteer to write to your AntiVirus vendor that they should always treat Azhagi+ as a legitimate application, as done by Mr. MadanKumar here. An extract from that page is hereunder for your better understanding:
      // I use a software called Azhagi+, a freeware which helps me to type in Tamil on my system. ... .. . I was sure that the software was safe. So, i contacted the Virus lab and informed this. They asked me to email the software installation files, which i did. They replied me that the software is safe and that they have added it to their database and will be sending out a update for this. As said, they sent a update the next day and after that, the issue was resolved. It was nice to see that they listened to a customer's call and updated their database. Not sure how many will do this. //
    • YOUR HELP: Please note that "False Positive"s affect hundreds of softwares, not just Azhagi+. In this link given by me above, you can read how "False Positive"s deny 1000s and 1000s of users from getting benefited from beneficial softwares. I have written in one of the points above as to how in Avast AntiVirus software, one can find the option to mention that a software like Azhagi+ is a legitimate application. Now, I need your help, if at all you can, to find out what is such option in your system's AntiVirus software (esp. Kaspersky, which seems to be the cause of most 'False Positive's as far as Azhagi+ is concerned) and kindly let me know so that I can include that information here.
  17. How to publish books in Tamil (Hindi, etc.)?

    • Please click here and read the instructions therein thoroughly and act accordingly.
  18. I am a long-standing user of Azhagi+. Recently I switched to Windows 10 from Windows7. Now, I am not able to type properly in MS-Word using Azhagi+. What to do?

    • This is an issue related to your Windows10 operating system. It is not related to Azhagi+. So, please read this and ensure that you have installed the additional features for your language (Tamil or Telugu or Hindi or ...). Thereafter, you can type seamlessly in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, etc. in MS-Word, Wordpad, etc.). If this does not solve your issue, then you need to untick an option as specified here.
  19. How to type ஶ் ?

    • You can get ஶ், ஶ, ஶா, etc. by typing Sh, Sha, Shaa, ..., etc.
    • Note:
      1. Mapping 'Sh' (for ஶ்) is available only in Azhagi+ (10.23 and above)
      2. The abovementioned characters may not appear properly in Windows XP systems. So, you need to have an operating system which is WinVista, Win7 or above.
  20. How to enable Unicode fully in Windows XP operating system?

    • Kindly click here and read the step-by-step instructions therein.
    • Nota Bene:
      • Unicode is already enabled fully in Win Vista/7 and above. So, if you are using Win Vista/7 or above, you need not bother about enabling Unicode fully.
      • Also, if you are using Azhagi+ and wish to type in Indian languages in ANY windows application in WinXP, there is no need to enable Unicode fully.
      • However, enabling Unicode fully gives powerful additional advantages (for e.g., Sorting in Tamil in MS-Word tables, Sorting in Hindi in MS-Excel, File/folder names in Telugu, etc.).
  21. How to type க்‌ஷ்?

    • You can get க்‌ஷ் by typing 'csh'.
    • e.g. செலெக்‌ஷன் = selecshan, ஏக்‌ஷன் = aecshan, டைரக்‌ஷன் = dairacshan
      Note: Above mapping (csh) is available only in Azhagi+ (10.23 and above)
  22. How to type subscripts (e.g. வேத3) and superscripts (e.g. வேத3)?

    • If you want letters to have subscripts/superscripts automatically as you type, then you need to use SanTamil keyboard of Azhagi+. Step by step instructions to effect the same are available here.
    • If you wish to give subscripts/superscripts to letters after you have finished typing the same, then you can get subscripts and superscripts in MS-Word by selecting the required letter and pressing Ctrl+= and Ctrl+Shift+= respectively.
  23. How to change the existing key mappings or create a new keyboard layout of your own?

  24. Dictionaries (for Tamil, Hindi, etc.) and Translators (for Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, etc.)

    • Please visit indic.html and look under the corresponding categories/sections. 'Indic.html' is my thanks'giving page for all those developers who have toiled hard to develop various kinds of softwares (both free and commercial) for computing in Indian languages (Tamil, Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Sanskrit, Marathi, Gujarati, Oriya, Punjabi, Assamese, etc.)
  25. Font converters and Inter-language 'transliteration' converters

    • Azhagi+ has its own inbuilt Tamil Fonts converter for 20 popular Tamil fonts. It is a superfast converter - easy and peerless. Full details at tamil-fonts-coverter.html
    • Please visit indic.html and look under the corresponding sections/categories. 'Indic.html' is my thanks'giving page for all those developers who have toiled hard to develop various kinds of softwares (both free and commercial) for computing in Indian languages (Tamil, Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Sanskrit, Marathi, Gujarati, Oriya, Punjabi, Assamese, etc.)
  26. More FREE Tamil fonts...

    • 100s of free Tamil fonts in various encodings are available for download at freefonts.html
  27. More FREE Indian language (viz. Hindi, Malayalam, Bengali, etc.) fonts...

    • 100s of free Unicode Indian language fonts are available at unicodeff.html
  28. Dotted Tamil fonts

  29. Software for Mobile computing, Text-2-Speech, etc.

    • Please visit indic.html and look under the corresponding sections. The 'indic.html' page is a thanks'giving page for all those developers who have toiled hard to develop various kinds of software (both free and commercial) for computing in Indian languages (Tamil, Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Sanskrit, Marathi, Gujarati, Oriya, Punjabi, Assamese, etc.)
  30. 'Space' problem in MS Word (in Tamil99 / Typewriter input mode) when using 'Classic Azhagi'

    • When you try to type in MS word using Tamilnet99 or Tamil-Typewriter input mode, if you are unable to type 'space' and a few other punctuation characters, please visit sbetas.html and download the beta update which will solve this problem. You may kindly uninstall the earlier version of Azhagi you are using before installing the beta version.
  31. What fonts and keyboard layouts are supported by Azhagi/Azhagi+ for typing in Tamil (Hindi, Gujarati, etc.)?

    • As far as Azhagi+ is concerned, it is extendable to type in ANY language, Any font, ANY font encoding, ANY keyboard layout, by the user himself/herself by creating an XML file (OR) a small text file, as the case may be. So, the fonts, font encodings and keyboard layouts mentioned below are just the ones supported by default:
      • Unicode fonts of all supported languages.
      • Non-Unicode Tamil fonts - SaiIndira, TamilBible, Bamini, Vanavil, SunTommy, Amudham, Diamond, Dci+Tml+Ismail, Gee_Tamil, Chenet Platinum
      • Non-Unicode Tamil font encodings - Tscii, TAB, TAM, Shreelipi, STMZH, LT-TM, Ka, ELCOT-Madurai, ELCOT-Bilingual, Shree.
      • 'Phonetic Transliteration' keyboard layout for all supported languages.
      • TamilNet99, Tamil Typewriter, Inscript, Sanskrit Tamil (with subscripts) for Tamil.
      • 'UserDefinedPhonetics1' for Tamil. Availing this keyboard layout, one can type phonetically in Tamil in the way one types in software like eKalappai, NHM Writer, etc. (where the English-to-Tamil key mappings are fundamentally different in certain cases - 'ee' for ஈ, 'oo' for ஓ, 'wa' for ந, etc.
    • If you are not yet aware, Azhagi+ has many friendly, useful and (unique features). As and when you find the 'need', kindly make use of the same. Or, if at all possible, kindly spread the news for those who 'need' the same.
  32. How to do Auto transliteration, Reverse transliteration, DualScreen and SAT mode transliteration?

  33. How to create a website in Tamil (Hindi, etc.)?

    • Please visit free1.html. All required details are given in the form of a FAQ - to create websites in Tamil. You can use these detailed information to create websites in other Indian languages also. The procedure is similar.
  34. How to type in Unicode Tamil (Hindi, etc.) in Visual Basic 6 (VB6) controls (text box, etc.)?

    • Please read this and also read this (on 100% free and exquisite Unicode controls for VB6) without fail.
  35. Learning Tamil, Learning English through Tamil, Learning HTML through Tamil, Thirukkural, etc.

    • Please visit indic.html and look under the corresponding categories. 'Indic.html' is my thanks'giving page for all those developers who have toiled hard to develop various kinds of softwares (both free and commercial) for computing in Indian languages (Tamil, Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Sanskrit, Marathi, Gujarati, Oriya, Punjabi, Assamese, etc.)
  36. Azhagi for Apple iPhones? Azhagi for MAC? Azhagi for Linux? Azhagi for Windows Phones? Azhagi for ??????

    • Well, the long answer for all such questions of the above kind is in these pages: inno.html and/or inno-help.html. If at all you have the time/interest/mood/situation, you can opt to read these pages.
    • The short answer is as you find below:
      • For Apple iPhones and kind
          To develop Azhagi for iPhones, ideally I need a MAC machine and iPhone. But then, I had never been able to afford them on my own till 2017. Fortunately, after all these years of waiting (since 2000 - the year of Azhagi's inception), just this August (of 2017), I have been able to possess and work on a MAC machine of my own, for the first time in my life. All due to the affection of my two elder sisters who gifted a MAC Mini (in advance, for my oncoming 50th birthday in Oct 2017). So, this gives me an opportunity to work on developing "Azhagi for MAC and iPhone" as and when my time/situation/health permits. All said and done, even if I complete developing Azhagi for MAC and iPhone, I don't know how I will be able to release them because as far as I can read in the net, Apple charges around $99 per year (roughly Rs. 6,500/- EVERY year, as of September 2017), for developers to release their desktop/phone apps to general public. At least for releasing the desktop app to public, Apple seems to provide an indirect way but for iPhone app, I do not find any way out, as of now (September 2017). If in case you know any way out, kindly let me know the same.

          Meanwhile, there are some alternative applications available for iPhones. You can scroll down this section indic.html#mobile-computing and find them. Well, if you are not yet aware, Azhagi for Android phones is already available in play store. Please visit https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.azhagi.inputmethod.azhagi.
      • For MAC
        • To develop Azhagi for MAC, ideally I need a MAC machine. But then, I had never been able to afford them on my own till 2017. Fortunately, after all these years of waiting (since 2000 - the year of Azhagi's inception), just this August (of 2017), I have been able to possess and work on a MAC machine of my own, for the first time in my life. All due to the affection of my two elder sisters who gifted a MAC Mini (in advance, for my oncoming 50th birthday in Oct 2017). So, this gives me an opportunity to work on developing "Azhagi for MAC and iPhone" as and when my time/situation/health permits. All said and done, even if I complete developing Azhagi for MAC and iPhone, I don't know how I will be able to release them because as far as I can read in the net, Apple charges around $99 per year (roughly Rs. 6,500/- EVERY year, as of September 2017), for developers to release their desktop/phone apps to general public. At least for releasing the desktop app to public, Apple seems to provide an indirect way but for iPhone app, I do not find any way out, as of now (September 2017). If in case you know any way out, kindly let me know the same.

          Meanwhile, if you install 'Classic Azhagi' under Wine (http://winehq.org) environment in MAC, it will work (atleast the in-built editors). Azhagi+ also might work. But, user-feedback is awaited, to confirm the same.
        • You can opt to install Windows as parallel platform in MAC and then install 'Azhagi' or Azhagi+ [AzhagiPlus]) in it. Kindly have a look at Bootcamp and/or parallels.com (priced product) and try whatever is 'feasible' for you. Please note that I have not tried them out myself so far. So, it is "entirely" up to you to try out these possibilities. In other words, it is absolutely at your own risk to try out these possibilities (or any of the other possibilities mentioned above or below - either for MAC or any other OS/system/device).
        • As of now, I am not aware of any other solutions (apart from the above two) to work with Azhagi/Azhagi+ in MAC.
        • Probably Anjal software works in MAC - as mentioned by me already in indic.azhagi.com - but I do not have any confirmed information on this. One user wrote in 'azhagi' google group that some characters do not appear properly - source for this info is in this thread. Another user of Azhagi wrote that he does not find Anjal user-friendly, compared to Azhagi - source for this info is in this post.
        • Anyway, I read the following in Wikipedia reg. Tamil typing in MAC:
          மெக்கிண்டாஷ் கணினிகளில் (Mac OS X 10.4 முதல்) தமிழ் பரிந்துரைக்க தனியாக மென்பொருள் தேவையில்லை. System Preferences > International > Input Methods க்குச்சென்று Tamil Input Method ஐத் தேர்வு செய்க.
        • Source for the above Wikipedia info is here
        • I found 2 more wikipedia links too with some additional info. In Mac-Link1, kindly read "Inputting Indic text" under 'Mac OS X' section. In Mac-Link2, kindly read 'Mac OS X' section. Probably, tamil99.org can also be of help to get information on inputting in TamilNet99 mode in Mac OS.
      • For Linux
        • Based on users' feedback, 'Classic Azhagi' is compatible with Linux (Not fully though. Direct typing in external applications may not work) only if you install and run it under WINE (winehq.org) environment in Linux.
    • Note: Due to my very limited resources, me developing a full-fledged separate version of Azhagi for MAC, Linux, iPhone, Windows Phones, etc. is not possible at a quick pace, as of now. In any case, it is NOT Azhagi which is at the core of my heart's focus.



  37. Questions below are specifically related to installation of Azhagi/Azhagi+


  38. Which file (Setup.exe or Setup.zip or Portable.zip) should one download?

    • Tech-savvy people might be knowing which one to download, quite easily. But then, those who are NOT tech-savvy phone/mail me now and then to know which one should they download. Hence, for them, the following information:
      • In some office environments, downloading of any executable file (e.g. 'setup.exe' of any software's) is not allowed. For such cases, zipped version of the same executable file is provided so that one can download 'setup.zip' instead. For instance, 'Azhagi-Setup.zip' is nothing but 'Azhagi-Setup.exe' contained in a zip file.
      • In some office systems, installing of any external application is not allowed. For instance, one cannot run the 'setup.exe' of any software. For such cases and for the immense benefits in using a portable software, a portable version is also given. A portable version need not be installed and one can use* it straightaway, even from one's USB stick. For more information on portable Azhagi+ and/or portable softwares, please visit portable-azhagi and portable-softwares resp.
        (*) Please read the important note about use of portable Azhagi+ in WinXP by clicking here
  39. How to install the portable version of Azhagi+?

    What are portable softwares? What are portable softwares? What are portable softwares?
    • If you are tech-savvy, you know how to do it already. Others, kindly read information below.
    • The portable version of Azhagi+ does not need any installation, as such. Extract and Run. That is all to it. Steps are as follows:
      1. If you are not tech-savvy about zipping, unzipping (extracting), etc., then kindly first get to learn every aspect of them by reading some tutorials on the net. There are lots of tutorials available on the net. You can read the one which suits you. As for me, I found this tutorial (with screen snapshots) to be very lucid and easy. If you wish to use a software for trying out unzipping (extracting), perhaps you can opt to try out 7-zip. It is a 100% free software.
      2. Unzip the downloaded "AzhagiPlus-Portable.zip" to any directory (say 'C:\PortableApplications\AzhagiPlus').
      3. To start Azhagi+, just click on "C:\PortableApplications\AzhagiPlus\Azhagi-Plus.exe". That is all to it.
      4. Once Azhagi+ is started, click on 'Other settings' button on Azhagi's opening screen and check (i.e. tick) 'Start Azhagi along with Windows' and 'Start Azhagi silently (show it's tray icon alone)'. That is it - this will ensure that Azhagi+ is automatically started (silently), every time you start your system. Thereafter, you just have to single-click it's system tray icon to show/hide it.
      5. If you do not want Azhagi+ to start along with Windows, you can ofcourse create a shortcut* to "C:\PortableApplications\AzhagiPlus\Azhagi-Plus.exe" on your Desktop or QuickLauchBar. And, you can click on AzhagiPlus's shortcut (which you created) to start Azhagi+ every time.
        (*) It is assumed that you know how to create a shortcut. If not, learn the same from the net.
  40. What to do if I get errors similar to "User, there was a problem in module 'App - Init'. Error Number: 9" during installation?

    • Right-click on Azhagi+'s downloaded Setup file (usually named 'AzhagiPlus-Setup.exe') and click 'Run as Administrator', to start installing 'Azhagi+'.
      (Note: In case you downloaded 'AzhagiPlus-Setup.zip', open it and extract the 'AzhagiPlus-Setup.exe' inside it to a folder of your choice. Right-click on this 'AzhagiPlus-Setup.exe' and click 'Run as Administrator', to start installing 'Azhagi+').
    • Now, necessarily install Azhagi+ in a directory other than the default 'C:\Program Files\Azhagi+' (which is a system directory with various access restrictions placed on it by your operating system). For e.g. you can install Azhagi+ in 'C:\PortableApplications\Azhagi+' (a non-system directory).
    • If you are tech-savvy, then the best option is to totally avoid going through the process of running a setup file and use the portable version of Azhagi+ instead.
    • Even if you are NOT tech-savvy, if you are keen, then I encourage you to learn about portable software by clicking here and here. A portable implementation has 'immense' benefits and hence, once your understanding of portable softwares is 'thorough' in all respects, I encourage you to use the portable version of Azhagi+.
  41. How to install Azhagi+ (AzhagiPlus) in a system operating in multiuser/network mode/environment?

    • Click on the downloaded Setup file (usually named 'AzhagiPlus-Setup.exe'), to start installing 'Azhagi+'.
      (Note: In case you downloaded 'AzhagiPlus-Setup.zip', click and open it and you will see 'AzhagiPlus-Setup.exe' inside it. Click on this 'AzhagiPlus-Setup.exe', to start installing 'Azhagi+')
    • If the user/system does NOT have full permission (rights/privileges) to read/write in the system, you might encounter errors during installation. If such a situation arises (i.e. if you encounter errors during installation), then:
      • Quit the installation process.
      • Log into the system in Administrator mode and install Azhagi+.
    • In this context, please note that while installing in administrator mode too, please choose the directory of installation for Azhagi+ as one in which user has privileges to read/write. For e.g. if user's working directory (i.e. directory in which user has privileges to read/write) is 'c:\user1', then install Azhagi+ in 'c:\user1\Azhagi+' only. On the contrary, suppose you install in the default directory of 'c:\program files\Azhagi+'. Then, after you log out and user logs in with his/her password and if he/she does not have rights to read/write to 'c:\program files', then Azhagi+ will display errors during start-up, since Azhagi+ needs to read/write to certain initialization files.
  42. How to install 'Classic Azhagi' in a system operating in multiuser/network mode/environment?

    • Click on the downloaded Setup file (usually named 'Azhagi-Setup.exe'), to start installing 'Azhagi'.
      (Note: In case you downloaded 'Azhagi-Setup.zip', click and open it and you will see 'Azhagi-Setup.exe' inside it. Click on this 'Azhagi-Setup.exe', to start installing 'Azhagi')
    • If the user/system does NOT have full permission (rights/privileges) to read/write in the system, you might encounter errors during installation. If such a situation arises (i.e. if you encounter errors during installation), then:
      • Quit the installation process.
      • Log into the system in Administrator mode and install Azhagi.
    • In this context, please note that while installing in administrator mode too, please choose the directory of installation for Azhagi as one in which user has privileges to read/write. For e.g. if user's working directory (i.e. directory in which user has privileges to read/write) is 'c:\user1', then install Azhagi in 'c:\user1\Azhagi' only. On the contrary, suppose you install in the default directory of 'c:\program files\Azhagi'. Then, after you log out and user logs in with his/her password and if he/she does not have rights to read/write to 'c:\program files', then Azhagi will display errors during start-up, since Azhagi needs to read/write to certain initialization files.
  43. A few informational error messages are displayed as soon as Azhagi+ is started. Why? How to rectify this?

    • This means that Azhagi+ is unable to access it's initialization file due to your operating system's user access restrictions. In such a case, doing one of the following will EASILY and permanently rectify this problem:
      EITHER:
      (a) Download and install the latest version of Azhagi+ (Ver 10.25, as on 07-May-2015).
      OR:
      (b) Uninstall Azhagi+ and re-install Azhagi+ in a directory other than the default 'C:\Program Files\Azhagi+'. For e.g. install Azhagi+ in 'C:\PortableApplications\Azhagi+'.
      OR:
      (c) Kindly start using 'Portable Azhagi+' so that you can run Azhagi+ from any directory at any time. For information on 'Portable-Azhagi+', click here. For information on portable softwares, click here. For steps to install and use a portable version, read this Q&A in this same page.