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!

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egword Universal 2 Available for Pre-order

 

eg word Universal 2 Mac App Store

egword Universal is now available for pre-order on the Japanese Mac App Store.
The special launch price is ¥3,800 for a limited time. MONOKAKIDO‘s Hirose san says that even though egword Universal 2.1 runs on El Capitan and above, the Mac App Store limits the download to macOS 10.13.2 and above.

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!

egword Universal 2 Reboot Enters Beta

egword beta 1Norihito Hirose remains hard at work getting egword code in shape for release and hit an important milestone: beta 1. Congratulations Hirose san and the MONOKAKIDO team! Many Japanese users look forward to the official return of egword Universal 2.

You can download and try out the beta until March 31. egword runs on macOS 10.11 and above.