egword Universal 2 Available for Download

egword Universal Mac App Store

After a 10 year absence the best macOS Japanese word processor app has finally returned. egword Universal 2.1 is available for download from the Mac App Store in Japan. The price is ¥7,800 with a special offer of ¥3,800 until April 30.

egword Universal was a major re-write of the original Japanese DTP workhorse app and the world’s first macOS word processor built top to bottom with the then brand new CoreText framework in 2007 featuring the very best Japanese typography. Norihito Hirose of MONOKAKIDO bought the rights to his program in late 2017 and has been hard at work bringing the code up to date.

Read my profile of egword Universal and its long journey back to the marketplace. I look forward to reviewing it, again.

Congratulations Hirose san!


Another CoreText Crime?

John Gruber notices that smart punctuation was mysteriously working then not working in iOS 11 iMessage:

But if I’m right about why, then why does it apply to iMessage messages — a.k.a. blue-bubble messages — too? iMessage messages aren’t limited by the antiquated constraints of SMS in any other way, so why limit them typographically?

As Gruber notes, SMS messages are out of the question, but considering that the last 2 iMessage text crashing problems have been CoreText crimes, this smells like yet another.

One reader tweeted that Apple needs to fuzz the hell out of CoreText but I think that is a dead-end that will just go on forever. A CoreText reboot is the better long-term solution and use of limited engineering resources.



egword Universal 2 Returns to macOS March 14

egword Universal 2.1 AnnouncementSomehow it seems entirely appropriate that with CoreText under fire, Norihito Hirose of MONOKAKIDO announces the official return date of the very first top to bottom CoreText app, egword Universal 2.1. Longtime Japanese fans who created countless documents on the Mac only egword Japanese word processor app are overjoyed. egword was always praised for its Japanese typography quality and speed. The software was an integral part of many Japanese print operations.

egword Universal 2.1 will go on sale March 14 on the Mac App Store for ¥3,800. I don’t remember the exact 2006 pricing but it at least twice that. I hope to talk with Hirose san before the release date and write a blog post. It will be fun to hear about his return journey with egword and where he plans to go with it from here.

Congratulations Hirose san!