Baraha software was released in January 1998 by Sheshadrivasu Chandrasekharan with an intention to provide a free, user-friendly Kannada language software
to enable any non computer-savvy person to use Kannada on computer.
Other major Indian languages were added in the later years.
Today millions of users across the world are using Baraha for creating documents in Indian languages.
Baraha software is dedicated to Kannada writer Anakru (1908–1971).
The biggest challenge for use of Indian languages is the keyboard. At present, usage of English language & English keyboard(QWERTY) in computers is
inevitable. One has to use the English keyboard only to type Indian language text. There are many different keyboard layouts for typing Indian languages.
Many such layouts are based on the earlier typewriter designs, which are not at all relevant for the intelligent computers. It is also very difficult and
confusing for a common user, who spends most of the time using the English keyboard, to switch to one such keyboard for quickly typing an email in say Kannada or Hindi.
Baraha breaks the keyboard barrier for Indian languages by using a phonetic keyboard in which any Indian language word may be typed using the
standard English keyboard. Baraha user doesn't feel any discomfort when he switches between typing Indian language text and English. In fact, writing in
Baraha is as simple and easy as writing our names in English! Kannada and Hindi text such as cheluva kannaDa nADu, merA bhArat mahAn
can be typed as shown.
Many Indian language software were created based on True Type fonts (ANSI encoding) many years before Windows/Linux introduced them using Open Type
fonts (Unicode encoding). Even today, majority of the Indian language content is being created using TrueType fonts and almost all Indian publications use
ANSI TrueType fonts for printing and online publications. Baraha breaks the barrier between ANSI and Unicode. Using Baraha, one can effortlessly
convert text between ANSI and Unicode.
Baraha breaks the script barrier between different Indian languages. Indian scripts are mostly derived from the Brahmi script, which is also the underlying concept in Baraha.
Baraha uses a common code to represent all the Indian languages. So, it is possible to convert text from one script to another. For
example, let's say a Malayalam user who understands Hindi language receives a Hindi email. If the user is not fluent in reading Devanagari script, then he
can convert the email to Malayalam script itself and read it.
One of the main objectives of Baraha is "portability of data". Baraha can export the data in various file formats such as ANSI text, Unicode text,
RTF, HTML. User can convert documents to Unicode by a few clicks of mouse, which means the documents that are created in Baraha, stay relevant in
the future and will never become obsolete.
Baraha was released as a freeware in order to motivate Indians to communicate in their languages on computers. We believe that only an easy to use, free Indian language software
can jump-start extensive usage of Indian languages on computers.
Baraha was a freeware from 1998 to 2010 during which period, we added many languages and features while constantly upgrading to support the newer operating systems.
Starting from version 10.0, Baraha has become a paid software with new features and Unicode fonts.