Use space/backspace to go forward/back.

Can also swipe or use arrow keys to navigate.

Escape toggles a zoomed-out view.

Downloading Plover

The continuous build has some improvements to RTF dictionary handling.

Installing Plover

You don't want to run Plover from the installer, so uncheck "Launch Plover" at the end.

On Mac OS you need to give Plover permission to write text into other apps.

System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy > Accessibility

Click the + button and add

Connecting your Machine

  • Mira/Wave/Luminex: plover-stenograph-usb
  • Hobbyist machines: GeminiPR (a few use TX Bolt)
  • Other: see Supported Hardware page.

Go to Configure > Machine, hit scan, then try the available ports until one works.

(open the Paper Tape so you can see if it's working)

Adding your Dictionaries

The Dictionary Format page tells about all the commands that you can use in Plover definitions out-of-the-box.

If you close the window, it does not quit: Plover is still running.

It has a icon down in the taskbar (steno machine key):

Right-click the taskbar icon to get this menu where you can "Show" the window again.

If you have a version of Plover with the RTF import bug, I have a tool to generate fingerspelling dictionaries.

(or if you want stitching alphabets, which need the plugin...)


You often need to restart Plover after installing plugins
plover-dict-commands: switch dictionaries on/off (or change priority) with strokes
plover-python-dictionary: code-based dictionaries that recognize outlines on the fly, e.g. key combos (Ctrl+Alt+Shift+T) or phrasing or the like.
plover-number-format: does some of the number formatting stuff that CaseCAT does (not words to digits, only digits to words/etc.).

plover-retro-<whatever>: Plover doesn't come with very many commands to change the previous word: there are a bunch of plugins to do more of that.

I've never used these so I don't know much about them, but I think they all pretty much just work.

plover-stitching: F-I-N-G-E-R-S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G

Define outlines as e.g. {:stitch:A}

plover-tapey-tape: "paper tape" that writes to a file, has timing info (what are your slower strokes?) and phrasing suggestions.

plover-layout-display: show the last stroke

spectra-lexer: explain strokes by sound (mostly for Plover theory)


Key combos: Emily's modifiers

Click, then "Raw", then Ctrl+S to save.

I have my own key combos dictionary, with what I think are more convenient arrow keys etc., but it's not as complete.

Click the "Raw" button on one of the .json files and then "Save as..." to download.

Steno Arcade: free on Steam

It is possible (but involved) to add new songs:

Enhanced LRC Maker for timing lyrics.

But then you have to add song information, convert audio files to .ogg, put everything in the right place...

StenoCycle: my new prototype.

You're the blue motorcycle.

Write on (adjacent) lanes to steer, write faster to go faster.

Typey Type for Stenographers

Needs tab characters, so write in a text editor, paste into web browser.

Steno Jig

Markov chain: faux sentences

Qwerty Steno: no installation, just your computer and a web browser.

Cargo Crisis game:

Drillmaker: add dictation marks based on 1.4 syllabic density; optionally repeat and randomize a list of drill words.