New version updates for both Extra Keys (2.2.4) and Extra Keys Pro (2.2.6) are now available for download.

The most noticeable change is that the key panel window no longer gets the desktop focus when a button or other control is clicked.  This means that the active window does not change, which is most likely the target application for entering a character with Extra Keys.  It prevents the annoying focus switching between Extra Keys and the target window, especially apparent when entering multiple characters. ( read more . . . )

There are new version updates for both Extra Keys (2.2.3) and Extra Keys Pro (2.2.5).

These are maintenance releases only and are otherwise the same as the previous recent versions.  However, they have some modifications that may help resolve a problem where the keys window fails to open on a few Windows 10 systems.  Not all systems were affected and the exact cause for this happening only on particular machines is somewhat uncertain.  The new versions include multiple checks and run-time compensations to provide improved resilience. ( read more . . . )

Our popular Windows desktop Extra Keys and the similar Pro edition both have new versions – 2.2.2 and 2.2.4 respectively.

Two new key sets have been added, both in the Latin character range – Austronesian and Esperanto.  Austronesian covers a very wide range of indigenous languages spread across the the Pacific and the islands of Australasia. So it is now easy to correctly write words from Māori, other Polynesian languages and useful when transcribing words for example from the Australian Aṉangu such as Uluṟu and Kata Tjuṯa.  Esperanto is a bit unusual because it uses accented characters not common in other languages and also does not naturally fit in with any other grouping. So it has therefore been given its own very small key-set which might be handy for the many Esperantistoj around the world. ( read more . . . )

A new program release of Plant Base for Windows and Mac is now available. Version 2.1.8 is essentially another maintenance release with just a few fairly small changes and some bug fixes.

There is not yet a new release of the plant database to go with it, so it’s only the program part. As usual, updating the plant data has been happening continuously but is not significant enough to justify issuing yet – so that will come later on. ( read more . . . )