So what makes working with Nanos so much faster?
For a start, we doubled the keyboard ... There is no easier and faster way of inputting and editing Greek text than with Nanos. Why? Simple. Because with Nanos, your capacities double. Here is the full story.
With conventional editors, you are stuck with your computer's physical keyboard and whatever magic it can do. For example, you can switch the layout of the physical keyboard to some mode of Greek. When you press a key on your keyboard, chances are you are getting a Greek character. But each kind of computer will offer you a different layout. Each operating system will offer you different modes of Greek character layouts. To generate some basic characters (such as an omega with an iota subscript), you might find a funny sequence of keys or some clever hotkey. But then, you might not. In fact, chances are that the omega with an iota subscript is not there on your system. It's only provided for on a small percentage of computers. In any case, finding it is tedious. Remembering and using lots of such hotkeys is tedious, too. And every user has to learn his or her own set of rules for how to generate which Greek character, because things differ from one type of machine to the next. Tedious learning curve. Worst of all: no physical keyboard will offer you ALL the Greek characters you need. Every keyboard will offer you a set of basic characters. None has them all. In other words: the physical keyboard just won't do.
The solution: a virtual keyboard.
This is an additional "soft" keyboard which appears on your computer screen. This keyboard will always be EXACTLY THE SAME, no matter what kind of computer or operating system you use. From this virtual keyboard you can pick even the most complicated Greek character at a single mouse-click. One mouse-click, and you have an omega with an iota subscript, a spiritus lenis and a circumflex right in your text. Want to get rid of it all? Just press the DEL (delete) key on your keyboard. Once! It doesn't get any faster.
Or does it? In fact, you can combine the physical keyboard with the virtual keyboard! Even the worst physical Greek keyboard layout will give you at least the BASIC Greek characters, such as lower-case and upper-case alpha, beta, gamma, and so on, without any diacritics. Most of these can be easily memorized: alpha is normally on the a key, beta on the b key, etc. And that at least will be the same on all computers and operating systems. So why not use the physical keyboard for these simple keys? For all the other keys, you can use the virtual keyboard. This simple method will double your capacities and make your Greek editing lightning-fast and actually fun!
The Nanos virtual keyboard is completely the same on all computers. It is also complete. Here they all are peacefully assembled: all the characters you will ever need for ancient and modern Greek, monotonic and polytonic. On all operating systems. At a single mouse click. Even upper-case letters are available at a single mouse click -- no need to press the shift key. The Nanos virtual keyboard even contains punctuation marks, archaic characters, numeric markers, and all the character shape variations.
The Nanos virtual keyboard is available also for when you are searching for text, or when you wish to search-and-replace.
On the Nanos virtual keyboard, all characters are arranged alphabetically and systematically.
Every time you start Nanos, the Nanos virtual keyboard automatically detects the resolution (pixel size) of your display and optimizes its own width and height. Benefit: the screen area that is available for editing gets maximized for your personal computer.
Do you own a tablet PC? Or a touch-screen system? In that case, you can turn the Nanos virtual keyboard into a perfect Greek physical keyboard! Instead of mouse-clicking on the Greek keys, you can touch them physically on the touch-screen with your stylus (or with your finger). Just once (each complete character-diacritics-combination ist created with a single mouse-click). All of Greek literally at your finger tips. So the perfect Nanos computer is probably a tablet PC.
Seemless integration with your work environment.
Type once, use everywhere! Nanos outputs pure Unicode text files (not "Word" files and the like!), so you can re-use Nanos-made text in any modern operating system, software package, and on the web. Directly, without any conversion. You can also cut-and-paste between Nanos and other programs, for example between Nanos and Microsoft Word, or between Nanos and InDesign, Dreamweaver, and all other relevant programs. Unicode is the text and font encoding system that has been adopted by ISO (the International Standards Organization) as the basis for all international norms and regulations governing text processing. Unicode is therefore supported by all up-to-date operating systems and software packages as well as the Internet.
Reliability and production grade for professional environments.
Nanos is the perfect production tool in all work environments where reliable output at maximum speed is a must, such as in publishing houses, the printing industry, or in the media in general. Error rates are minimized by the superbly ergonomic virtual keyboard. Users make much fewer errors using this visual keyboard than with a phantom Greek keyboard that they have to imagine underneath (or on top?) of their physical keyboard, which is probably English, French, German, Japanese, or ... With all such other solutions, users have to remember and use complicated routines to produce simple accented characters. All this is gone with Nanos. And Nanos behaves the same on all operating systems, while all other solutions vary between Windows and Mac OS X, between Mac OS X and Linux, between Linux and Windows, between Solaris and Mac OS X -- you get the idea ... With Nanos, all your users will work in the same fashion, no matter what operating systems are in use in your work environment. Minimal training times! Train all users together -- no matter who willl be using which operating system. And anyway -- what is the learning curve going to be with a simple visual keyboard in front of you ... Training users on Nanos is nearly a triviality. Compare this to the memorizing gymnastics all other solutions make you go through. Forgotten where the breathing mark with the circumflex and the iota subscript is on your Linux keyboard layout? Or is that combination actually available on a Linux keyboard layout in the first place? Clearly, these are not viable scenarios in professional work environments. Forget about the memorizing. Use Nanos.