Transliteration is the method enable users to enter text in one of the supported languages using a roman keyboard. Users can type a word the way it sounds using Latin characters and transliteration script will convert the word to its native script. Over years transliteration service has been provided by Google for web applications. There were two methods for transliteration- one thought their transliteration web site and the second is by using Google transliteration bookmarklet. Both this services were online only – means you need an internet connection for transliteration. Now Google has launched the new transliteration software – “Google Transliteration IME” which enable offline transliteration also.
This is available for 14 different languages – Arabic, Bengali, Farsi (Persian), Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.
Download the utility from here
Detailed installation instructions are available here
I have tried this utility for Malayalam language. Earlier I was using some other utilities like Varamozhi and Google transliteration bookmarklet. Earlier the main drawback of Google transliteration in Malayalam was the transliteration of “Chillu” characters and was much difficult to type the letter “nte”. Now I feel the new Google Transliteration IME is best amidst all, with a well written algorithm converts almost any words phonetically with a great accuracy. Onscreen key map helps transliteration of odd words much easily. Further ” word suggestions as you type” feature is very much helpful in reducing typing efforts.
Why to wait? download the software and use it for sending Emails, Scraps , Comments in your own language.