Avro Keyboard for Windows is a Unicode and ANSI-compliant Free Bengali typing software and spell checker. Originally published on March 26, 2003, the program was the first of its kind. Besides being available in a standard installers edition and a portable edition for Windows, this package features many additional features.
There are several compatibility options in the software's customizable mode. In addition to phonetic typing, mouse typing, and fixed keyboard typing, users have full access to popular Bengali dialects. The spell checking feature is also favored with spell check on the fly (for phonetic typing) and a spell checker plugin for Microsoft Word.
The portable edition (also free) was released later and did not need any installation or access as an administrator. It is also suitable to carry in portable media (such as a USB drive) and has a built-in 'automatic virtual font installer.'
Avro Keyboard has been certified as clean from all spyware, adware, and viruses and additionally has been added to the online solution directory of Microsoft for Indic language input.
Provides free downloadable software for a Bengali typing keyboard
English to Bengali phonetic typing
Traditional fixed keyboard layout based typing
Mouse-based Bengali typing
Spell check on the fly
Spell checker program
Input language/input locale support
Customizable mode switching
Automatic keyboard mode and input language tracking
Key layout viewer on the fly
Customizing keyboard layout
Unicode and ANSI based font availability
User editable dictionary support for phonetic typing
Keyboard macro support
Online support forum for products
USER REVIEWS AND COMMENTS
In my third generation (I grew up before my parents emigrated to the United States), Avro Keyboard was my first language to learn and I did not get much exposure to it. While I can speak the language fluently, many of my friends don't have a clue how to write properly either. Using Avro will really make it easier for me, as it allows me to speak to all my relatives in Bangla via phonetic typing.