Thank you for telling me you can use SignWriter Java!

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Mon Jun 2 23:21:27 UTC 2003

SignWriting List
June 2, 2003

Hello Everyone, and Stefan!
Many thanks for informing me that you could get SignWriter Java to
work. What a miracle! Just three days ago I did not know it worked at
all on Windows, so this is really a wonderful gift from heaven. And
yes, it is a major gift from me to you too, since I have not been paid
at all this year, and SignWriter 5.0 has been a painful chapter in
software development for me...I cannot tell you how many features I
have prayed for, and most programmers didn't really want to do it...but
today I begged our last programmer to at least make it possible for Mac
OS X users to re-size the dictionary window, and he did it with a quick
fix to the source code - very easy - but if I hadn't begged him, on the
Mac we would still be struggling - so I am grateful you are willing to
understand that it is not perfect - I pray that Dan and Daniel, and
others, will be able to fix each little problem, one by one...

For now, everyone, I have posted a good portion of the source code on
the web - there are still a few sections that need to be posted, but
programmers... if you want to go look - go to the download page to
download the sources...

And thanks once again, Stefan, for showing me that you can print...I
cannot print anything at the moment, even though I did two versions the printing needs to be stablized - this will take time, but
now at least you have the good looking symbols and people can do things
themselves now - thank goodness!!

I am going to take the evening for myself and see if I can do the
impossible - namely relax and try to be good to myself - now that I
have given to you, I need to learn to give to me...hmmmm....what should
I do with myself? I can try to dance around the living I did
thirty years ago

Val ;-)


On Monday, June 2, 2003, at 03:32 PM, Stefan Woehrmann wrote:

> Dear Valerie,
> thanks so much for your decision to give us the chance to experiment
> with SW
> 5.0 -
> I spent some time on working with it today - Mac X - version after I
> downloaded the java - program
> (Win 98 and Win XP )
> - I had no problem to resize the dictionary window to what size I
> wanted
> - I could change the view preferences
>    - menus ( I prefer menu in sign and words - later I will change to
> signs
> ;-))
>    - type left to right could not be changed ..
>    - large fonts could not be changed -
>             does this option influence the printed output ? If so -
> can I
> change that in the "Locale Properties Folder " ?
>    - colors can be changed - but grey, black and white are fine !!
> There is a wonderful advantage that it seems to be so easy to create
> very
> quick nice looking gifs of the document-
> Well - for now there are printing problems -
> I could not print anything directly but managed to print via Adobe
> Distiller -
> the resulting document shows "very large" symbols - and there is no
> room
> left on the left side  -
>  (I  attached the pdf - file - so You can see, what I am talking about)
> (I bet that the program will allow different printing formats in the
> future
> , which would be very helpful in ordr to create the excercise - sheets
> for
> my class. )
> The screenshts look great and are most welcome to create nice looking
> graphics for my website !
> So thats it for today - thanks very much again for your gift ...
> Have a great day
> Stefan ;-)
> I could convert SW.44 files in SW 5.0 if I rename the files before - no
> capital letters allowed ( aha !!)
> I could work with the German dictionary  - a lot of fun -
> I could
> - of course I realized that there is a printer problem
> -----Ursprungliche Nachricht-----
> Von: SignWriting List [mailto:SW-L at ADMIN.HUMBERC.ON.CA]Im Auftrag von
> Bill Reese
> Gesendet: Montag, 2. Juni 2003 16:06
> Betreff: Re: Bug...ASL Dictionary Windows refuses to resize....
> Val,
> I'm using a 19" monitor with a screen resolution of 1280x1024.  I have
> a
> lot of area on my monitor.  When I opened SignWriter Java's dictionary
> window it was very long but still fit within the bounds of the monitor.
>  I was able to resize it without a problem.
> A method I use in Win98SE when a window is too large to fit on the
> screen, is to drag one edge of the window to the edge of the monitor.
> This will resize the window, even if it is almost off the monitor's
> screen.  Then I move the window into the screen area.  I repeat this
> until the window fits within the screen.  I'm not sure if this works on
> a Mac.
> Bill
> Valerie Sutton wrote:
>> SignWriting List
>> June 2, 2003
>> Dear Philippe and Everyone -
>> I am answering this tech support question to the List because I know
>> others will find the same problem in SignWriter Java. For reasons
>> unknown to me, as soon as Java 1.4.1 was released, a lot of the
>> previous problems in SignWriter Java went away...but several new
>> problems started too...and this is one of the new problems that Java
>> 1.4.1 seemed to create...
>> When you open the dictionary, the dictionary window is supposed to be
>> fairly small, with buttons on the bottom of the dictionary window, for
>> Insert, Cancel, Next, Previous and Lookup. With all other
>> dictionaries,
>> such as the Norwegian dictionary, those buttons show up fine, but the
>> ASL dictionary has a problem...the dictionary window extends off the
>> screen, and the buttons are hidden from view, and it refuses to let
>> you
>> resize the dictionary window so you can see the the
>> window
>> resizing has a bug in it related to the ASL dictionary only - can you
>> believe?
>> For now, when using the ASL dictionary, you will have to use
>> keystrokes
>> instead of those buttons...If you want to insert a sign from the
>> dictionary into your document, then tap the Enter Key once or twice
>> and
>> it will insert....sometimes you will have to do it twice...for Next
>> and
>> Previous, use the PageUp and PageDown keys. For Lookup, type the word
>> in the dictionary and press return or enter and that will look the
>> sign
>> up for you. So you can do everything without the buttons for now,
>> until
>> the bug can be fixed!
>> Val ;-)
>> -----------------------
>> On Monday, June 2, 2003, at 05:30 AM, Philippe Gallant wrote:
>>> Valerie,
>>> I did download again and use the new version.  I played a little then
>>> I noticed at the dictionary, when I type a word and I see signwriting
>>> symbol but I dont see the buttons on the bottom because the window
>>> went way below of my window.  I am using MAC 10.2.6.
>>> Thank you,
>>> Philip
>>> On Sunday, June 1, 2003, at 08:29  AM, Valerie Sutton wrote:
>>>> Dear Stuart and Phillipe -
>>>> An updated version of SignWriter 5.0 for the Macintosh is now
>>>> available for download....
>>>> Download SignWriter MAC
>>>> I know you already downloaded it, but you will need to start again
>>>> and download again...This is a better version now. Plus there is a
>>>> manual, with instructions. I would LOVE your feedback!
>>>> Val ;-)
>>> Philippe Gallant
> <danke sw50.pdf>

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