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Quillpad Launches Commercial Widget For Transliteration; Comparison With Google; Clients

Tachyon Technologies' Quillpad has launched a commercial, license-based widget for websites. The launch follows 45 days after the Bangalore based company launched widgets for personal use. These widgets allow website owners to use their English keyboard to type in a local language of their choice. NASDAQ listed Rediff.com owns 26 percent in Tachyon. Quillpad currently supports transliteration in ten Indian languages - Hindi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali and Nepali. Restrictions, Features & Multiple Languages The widget for personal use is free but is restricted to offering transliteration only for a single language at a time - one can change the preferred language at any stage though. The commercial widget also does not offer all the languages - one option is a single language and a second bundles three. Pricing Quillpad's commercial widgets are priced at: Rs. 5000 for a 3 month license for one language and Rs. 10,000 for a 3 month license for three languages. Competition From Google Quillpad's timing is interesting - Google recently launched a language editing application as a follow up to its Indic Transliteration initiative and Google Translate. It also introduced transliteration in Gmail and bookmarklets. Did this stream of releases cause Quillpad to launch the widgets in defense? Quillpad was the first to begin transliteration services but Google India seems to be catching up fast. Google has extended its transliteration to Urdu and Punjabi, offering a total of 12 languages - Hindi,Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Nepali and Arabic.…

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