Klingon - pojwI' for Windows
tlhIngan Hol pojwI' is a word processing environment for the Klingonist. It provides a Klingon lexicon and thesaurus; a full-featured Klingon/English search utility (useful as a rhyming dictionary); Klingon morphology analysis (now much improved!); tlhIngan Hol spell checking; support for pIqaD ; language lessons, complete with tests; an integrated canon database utility; a Klingon chatterbot, for when there are no other Klingons around to talk to; and much more!
pojwI' for Windows 2.1 is the complete language tool for all Klingonists, both newcomers and po'wI' alike.
NOTE: This program requires Windows 9x/NT/2000/ME. If you are using Windows 95, or Windows NT 3.51, you must also be using Internet Explorer 4.x. The reason for this is that the program makes use of Microsoft CryptoAPI, which is now incorporated into Windows 98/NT 4.0/2000/ME, but is only available on Windows 95/NT 3.51 with IE 4.x.
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Finally, the lexicon has been updated to correct some long-standing errors, and to include all known vocabulary as of February 2004. This includes notes from KGT, words from HolQeD, etc.
Mainly this release has fixed several problems in the translation system, most notably not translating -be' and -Qo' correctly. Also, the previous "Internet Update" utility has been replaced, giving the program greater control over how individual files are updated. (If the only thing that's changed is the lexicon, you don't have to download the whole program.) Also, the old updater would only take you to this website, where you'd have to hunt around for what's new. The new updater not only identifies which files are updated, but also downloads them directly and installs them for you. Much easier!
The down-side, however (you knew it was coming) is that the file formats for the lexicon, lessons and robot rules files have changed, making older versions incompatible with this release, and newer versions incompatible with older releases. I looked long and hard for a way around this, but alas I could not prevent the change. If you would like to keep the older version of the program but still get the updated lexicon, you can download an older file format here. However, this file won't be updated, so as new vocabulary becomes known and added to the lexicon, this file will become increasing out-of-date.
Just unzip this file and put its contents into your pojwI' directory. (Make backup copies of your existing files if you have made your own changes that you want to save.)
Version 2.x of pojwI' for Windows marks the first shareware release of the program. Why am I doing this? Well, I have been making versions of this program available for free since 1992, and quite simply, I have put too much time, energy and money into this project to continue to do it for nothing. The unregistered version of the program is non-expiring, which means you can use the program for as long as you like for free, without having any annoying nag-screens or registration reminders. I hate nagware! There are a few useful features of the program that are disabled in the unregistered version.
You can register pojwI' for Windows 2.1 through RegNet - The Registration Network by using any of the following methods:
[If you would like to order by fax, I recommend you download the program, and print out the fax order form contained in the Help file.]
The RegNet product ID for pojwI' for Windows 2.1 is 4308.
Registration is $19.95 (US) plus the RegNet handling fee ($5.00). With registration, you will receive from RegNet a key code to unlock the few restricted features of the program. You will also be entitled to free upgrades to the program, and discounts on any related products that are developed.
For a long time, I have resisted charging money for this software, not only out of a sense of community and generosity (which are important for me), but also out of fear of Viacom. After all, the Klingon language was developed by them, and they sell products (well, their licensed agents do) that could be seen to compete with this program. That would be A Bad Thing. Here's my current perspective on these issues. The lexicon used in this program is a compilation from many, many sources, not all of which are Viacom's. (I include all canon sources verifiably from Marc Okrand, including articles published in HolQeD, the journal of the Klingon Language Institute.) This compilation is itself unique. But it's much more than that: it's the translation code, the chatterbot, the lessons, the canon database utilities. I and I alone have developed these, and it does not compete in any way with any of Viacom's property. After all, they encouraged us to go and learn this language by publishing the dictionary etc. Now that Klingon is a language that people are speaking, the question becomes, can a language by copyrighted?
Still, it's a concern. The lexicon, in fact all the data files, used within this program are encrypted on the disk, so that they may only be used by this program. It wouldn't be possible, without a great deal of trouble, to take the lexicon and use it for another purpose. I'm not saying it's not possible, but it's hard enough that it'd probably be easier to go create your own lexicon from scratch, from all known sources, than to crack the lexicon file in pojwI'. And, to really learn and understand Klingon, it's still necessary to purchase TKD, and to really be skilled, you also need TKW, KGT, PK, CK and all the other publications. This program is not intended to replace these required sources (or to compete with them), but to be a supplemental tool for the Klingonist. Having tools like this out there will only serve to increase interest in and use of the language, which can only be A Good Thing, for those of us who speak this language, but also for Viacom and its subsidiaries who market it.
There are a variety of previous versions of the program, and a couple of ports. I am making these programs available, but they are no longer supported, and whatever shortcomings exist in them currently, will exist in them forever. Of primary concern is the lexicon, which for each of these is quite out of date now.