[Sw-l] Preview of the new SignMaker 2015

Valerie Sutton signwriting at MAC.COM
Fri Mar 13 16:17:15 UTC 2015

SignWriting List
March 13, 2015

Thank you, Steve, for announcing the start of SignMaker 2015!

Steve has been working for a long time, developing the SignWriting TrueType Fonts, that make this possible. And now the TrueType Fonts are working with a new updated and completely re-designed version of SignMaker. In time SignText will be integrated and then SignPuddle will be updated with the new features so working between the programs will feel like the same program only on different platforms.

In the past, SignPuddle was dependent on a server of some kind, but now with the new software, and the TrueType Fonts, we can work without a server, either on our computer desktop or on iPhones and iPads. We can also work online too, so it is the best of both worlds.

In time we will find a solution for Android and Chrome as well, but the Google-related products have some hurdles at the moment…So right now it is for all Apple devices and Safari and Firefox...

Last week Adam tried SignMaker 2015 on his iPhone and I installed it and used it on my iPad Mini. I have also used it on my computer, on the Safari or Firefox web browsers.

Before you can use it, you need to install the SignWriting TrueType Fonts on your device. Installing the fonts on computers should be easy, because there are easy-install programs for installing fonts on computers. But installing the TrueType Fonts on the iPhone or iPad, takes a little extra step…We will provide the instruction for anyone interested in trying…

Once the SignWriting TrueType fonts are installed it is so much fun!

Thank you, Steve, and thanks to everyone for giving feedback -

Val ;-)


> On Mar 13, 2015, at 8:41 AM, Stephen E Slevinski Jr <slevin at SIGNPUDDLE.NET> wrote:
> Hi SignWriting list,
> I would like to share a preview of the new SignMaker.  I'm not finished yet, but it is getting very close.  
> http://signbank.org/signmaker/ <http://signbank.org/signmaker/>
> The new SignMaker is a stand alone web application that features the TrueType fonts and an integrated dictionary.  You can search the dictionary by spoken language or by signed language.
> To use the new SignMaker, you need to have the TrueType fonts installed.  If you do not have the fonts installed, the SignMaker link above will provide the download links for Windows, Linux, Mac, and iOS.  Android is not yet supported.
> SignMaker automatically adjusts to any window size.  The iPad mini works well.  The iPhone is a little small, but usable.
> Any SignPuddle dictionary can be used with the new SignMaker.  The preview uses the ASL dictionary.  For now, the dictionary will be a snap-shot of the SignPuddle dictionary.  Later, the new SignMaker will be able to integrate with the SignPuddle dictionaries.
> After SignMaker is complete, I will enhance the code to create the new SignText, so that documents can be written.
> SignMaker is HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.  It can be downloaded and used offline.  Without the dictionary, the code is currently 27 KB zipped.  
> Regards,
> -Steve



Valerie Sutton
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