TypeIt app for Windows

A few days ago, I was working on some Assimil Russian translations, using a computer that didn’t have a Cyrillic keyboard installed (the horror, am I right?) So, I was using the typeit.org site, which lets you type in Russian, as well as a bunch of other languages / alphabets. I noticed a new (to me) link at the top, advertising the TypeIt app for Windows. I took a look, and immediately bought it. For the standard edition, it’s $12.50. It’s basically a little app that sits in your tasktray; click on it, and it lets you select from a bunch of different languages to type in. Specifically: Danish, Esperanto, French, German, IPA for English, IPA for all languages, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.

Here’s what it looks like:

While you can install individual keyboards for foreign languages in Windows (like this), this little app is a whole lot easier to set up.

One note: the $12.50 price tag is for the standard edition, which doesn’t include all of the IPA stuff. I’ve never so much as touched IPA, so I had no need of it. If you’re interested in the IPA stuff as well, the price tag hops up to $17.50; still not a bad deal.

Viel Spaß!

By |2013-06-06T18:17:22+00:00June 6th, 2013|Language Learning, Software|4 Comments


  1. Níall Beag June 7, 2013 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    That looks a bit of a clumsy solution to me. Windows itself lets you choose from multiple predefined layouts in the control panel, and you can switch on the “language toolbar” if you need to switch often. You can also get the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator (MSKLC) to make your own custom ones. I usually start with the UK Extended layout and add whatever I find’s missing for the language I want (I’ve never learnt a language without the Latin character set though!).

    For Russian, I’d probably just get a printout of the standard Russian keyboard layout and stick it on my desk/wall and use the Windows Russian keyboard….

    • Josh June 7, 2013 at 1:19 pm - Reply

      Níall: Yeah, I know you can set up individual keyboard layouts. I like this, however, as it doesn’t move stuff all over the place (i.e., it is largely laid out phonetically), and it has popups to show how to type the things you need. I tried doing the “native Russian keyboard” layout deal a long time ago, and after years and years of using a keyboard for English, I found the switch to just be too painful. With no visual indicators on my keyboard, I was literally having to learn to retype all over again. Just wasn’t really worth the time.

      • wojtek June 21, 2013 at 3:07 am - Reply

        I’ve used a ЯЖЕРТЫ (mostly phonetic) keyboard ever since I started typing in Russian, and it’s available all round the internets.

        • Josh July 5, 2013 at 8:30 am - Reply

          wojtek: Yep, I know. But needing (wanting? 😉 ) to type in multiple foreign languages, a pack that has all of my targets in it, bundled together, appealed to me. To each their own. Cheers! 🙂

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