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Global Writer

Global Writer CD-ROM
Multilingual Books now sells Global Writer by Unitype! Global Writer is the premier multilingual word processing software available today, supporting over 100 languages and many file formats. If you have any questions, please e-mail us at .

Questions and Answers about Global Writer

Global Writer has attracted a lot of attention recently. It is the first program that allows the user to type in over 100 languages. It's low price and quality features makes it a necessary addition to every international business and institution.

What are the main features of Global Writer?

  • Familiar Windows look and intuitive design
  • Multilingual editor that runs on Windows 95/98/NT 4.0/XP/2000
  • Provides for sending and receiving multilingual e-mail
  • Provides for sending multilingual faxes
  • Supports viewing and creating simple multilingual web sites
  • All in one easy to use, low cost package.

What languages are supported?
Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Assamese, Azeri, Bengali, Bokmål, Bulgarian, Burmese, Byelorussian, Cantonese, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Cyrillic, Czech, Danish, Devanagari, Dutch, Estonian, Ethiopic, Finnish, French, Ge'ez, Georgian, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet), Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Khmer, Kirghiz, Korean, Kurdish, Lao, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Marathi, Moldavian, Mongolian, Nepali, Norwegian, Pashto, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tadzhik, Tatar, Tegrinian, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, Turkmen, Uighuir, Ukrainian, Urdu, and Uzbek.

Global Writer also supports the following file formats:
Charsets, Chiangjie, Codepages, Encoding, Fonts, Hangul, HTML, il8n, input methods, Internationalization, ISO, Kanji, Kana, Localization, OEM, PinYin, Text Editing, Translation, Unicode, UTF-8, Web, Word Processing, Wubi, ZhuYin.

What encoding standards does it support?
You don't need to know about how the text is encoded to use Global Writer. You can just start typing away. For those interested in how things work "under the hood", we support Unicode, Windows, ISO/UNIX encodings. Global Writer can also serve as a convenient utility supporting conversion to/from each of these standards.

What about compatibility?
Global Writer can read and write Microsoft Word documents; as well as cut and paste to/from Word via the clip board. Global Writer's Web support is compatible with Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer.

Who uses the product?
Global Writer was developed in part for the US Information Agency and is used by Voice of America and Radio Free Asia and other government agencies and government language schools as well as by numerous corporations and universities throughout the world.

What else do I need to buy?
Nothing. Includes all required fonts. Includes virtual keyboards that are displayed on-screen. There is nothing else to buy.

Is the product easy to use? What about tech support?
You can start using Global Writer immediately upon installation. Detailed on-line help is available as a reference for advanced features. If you can't find an answer in the Help file, Tech Support via email is available at no charge. If you prefer to call us, you may dial a 900 number for paid technical support. In order to keep the pricing low, there is no free telephone support.

Can I mix languages?
Any combination of languages can be mixed. You must purchase the CD version of Global Writer to mix languages from different scripts.

Why can't I just use Windows language support?
We make it easy to type languages with our virtual keyboard. And we include Windows standard keyboards as well as phonetic to English keyboards so that it is easy to type foreign languages such as Arabic, Hebrew or Hindi without learning a new keyboard layout. As well, we support mixing any combination of languages such as German, Turkish, and Arabic and include proper support for right to left languages in US Windows.

Does it translate?
No. You must know the language to type it.

Who is Unitype?
Unitype Inc. is the manufacturer of Global Writer. Unitype Inc. is located on Mercer Island, Washington (a beautiful location between Seattle and Bellevue.) The company is headed up by Ken Fowles who served as Vice President of Accent Software and was the Program Manager for Internationalization of Internet Explorer at Microsoft. And quite a few of the people at Unitype Inc. came from Gamma Productions Inc. of San Diego, California when Unitype Inc. acquired licenses to Gamma's technologies.