Sunday, August 30, 2009

Malayalam font for Mac


So, after all these years, we have a Malayalam font that works in Apple's macs. Well, almost. My brother and I have been working on getting Rachana to work, and it looks quite good now. The goal has been to make a font that can use every glyph provided by Rachana. You can see in the screen capture that it seems to work quite well in Firefox, but not so well in Safari (where the kind of chillu usage in wikipedia is causing some trouble).

Update (Sep 7, 2009): You can find the alpha version of the font here.

12 comments:

rocksea said...

Though I don't use a mac, I appreciate your efforts to brig malayalam into the front. Cheers,,

Abhilash said...

Do you know if snow leopard has malayalam scripts in it? They've been adding atleast 1 Indic script in every release. So I am optimistitic :-)

Abhilash said...

I upgraded my mac. There is no out of the box support for malayalam in snow leopard. So, eagerly awaiting your alpha release!!!

A few thoughts.. said...

Great job!
Truly remarkable effort..[:)]
Thanks to both you and Vinod chetan

seema said...

waiting ..waiting..waiting for your font update.. :)

Manoj Prabhakaran said...

Thanks for your patience. You can download the font from here: http://sites.google.com/site/macmalayalam/

I/We'll try to say a bit more about some of the technical details later.

Thodupuzhakkaran said...

That's a great job done.... Thanks friend...

Ajay Menon said...

Thanks Manoj and Vinod. I have been one of the many struggling with deciphering malayalam on Mac for years. Hopefully this is the much waited relief

Anonymous said...

Hi,

The Images look really good.

I have been trying to download this file but am not able to. Is there an alternate URL I can get it from ?

Thanks
Murli

Manoj Prabhakaran said...

@Murli,

The link works fine for me: please try http://sites.google.com/site/macmalayalam/home/RachanaMac.ttf again, and let me know if it doesn't work.

Muralikrishnan said...

@Manoj

Thanks a million, Manoj. That worked.

This font is beautiful. I used to use Rachana on PC but have been missing for the last couple of years since I moved to Mac.

Regards
Murli

Anonymous said...

Fantastic job guys! It works great with Leopard. Truly appreciate the effort!