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If you know of a useful or interesting shorthand-related site which isn't listed, please let me know!  E-mail me with the URL and I'll add it.

GREGG SHORTHAND

Angelfishy is an excellent site devoted to Gregg shorthand.  For those who want to download a complete Anniversary Gregg shorthand manual, this is the place to do it!

There is an on-line group dedicated to Gregg shorthand: http://greggshorthand.blogspot.com/ Chat, interact, and post questions about all the flavors of Gregg.  It's a fun group (and, yes, I am a member)!

For those of you who want to see the first few pages of Gregg shorthand (Simplifed Edition), Amazon.com has posted the first thirty or so pages of text.   Of course, you can also purchase the text from them from this site.

OTHER SHORTHAND SYSTEMS

Long Live Pitmans Shorthand is a New-Era Pitman with comprehensive information about shorthand.

The Joy of Pitman Shorthand  A wonderful site dedicated to Pitman shorthand.  Pierre does an excellent job covering the subject.  Pierre has also posted a three-part video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjoigPf4IzE) which explains the Pitman system in 25 minutes total.

Pitman for Geeks is a funny site and a great resource run by Duncan McKenzie and is well worth visiting for anyone who wants more information about Pitman shorthand.

There is a Google+ Shorthand Group which covers all the major systems. It's worth checking it out.

The TeeLine Introductory website (sent to me by a reader). Here are two more sites for TeeLine: http://www.scribd.com/saimu0/d/9436925-Teeline-Complete and a blog from Marcel Goh http://kantaloupe.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/teeline-manual.pdf

If you're into Portugese shorthand, visit http://www.taquigrafia.emfoco.nom.br, (sent by a reader).  I don't read or speak Portugese so you're on your own.

Personal Shorthand is a system which uses alphabetic characters to reduce the writing load.  You can check it out at http://www.eralearning.com/01/ps2.php.

HandyWrite is another shorthand system, part of which is based on Gregg.

In the interest of presenting as many systems as possible, I'll include the site for EasyScript, although I personally don't think it gives a fair assessment of symbol systems (one does not need to memorize 30,000 distinct forms!) and I have a rough time understanding how their system yields a correct transcript (looks like words are chopped to the point of non-recognition).

The Shorthand Place has information on T-Script, a new system developed by Roy Tabor.  It's an alpha system which has two levels, alpha and professional, and can be used on a keyboard.  Also included is some other useful information about shorthand in general.

Keyscript, developed by Janet Cheeseman, may be seen at her site.  It's an alphabetic system based on Pitman shorthand which can be keyboarded or written and boasts a 60% saving on writing time.

Alpha Shorthand is yet another alpha system.  The system developer believes it to have a top speed of 125 or so.  The big selling point is that it can be learned in 15 minutes per lesson or about 3 hours in total.

IMPORTANT HISTORICAL INFORMATION

There have been a number of attempts to get hand-written shorthand characters transcribed by machine.  Here are two papers on this topic, all using Pitman 2000 shorthand:
     http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/Xplore/login.jsp?url=/iel5/4289832/4289833/04289902.pdf?temp=x
     http://www.ias.ac.in/sadhana/Pdf2002Dec/Pe983.pdf

Here's a site everyone who loves shorthand and shorthand history will find fascinating:  http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=shorthand.  The University of California has digitized MANY old shorthand texts which are no longer under copyright.  You can print old texts for free or just browse through them.  You'll find lots of information on how to learn shorthand and how to write at high speeds.

REPORTERS and COURT REPORTING

National Court Reporters' Association  A site run by professional court reporters.

National Verbatim Reporters Association

American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers

PRACTICE MATERIALS AND TRAINING

There is wonderful free dictation located at http://www.freewebs.com/weloveshorthand/Home.htm

StenoSpeed has free practice dictation.

For those interested in learning Pitman 2000, here's a site which claims it can teach it in (**gasp**) 15 days:  http://www.stenold.org/onlineshand.html.  I have my doubts--15 days is awfully short!

For Gregg Centennial, there's Universal Classes.

If you're in Australia and want to take face-to-face classes (which I still think are the best), please check out Tanya Battel's website for more information:  www.eliteeas.com.au.  Tanya is a fascinating person with many shorthand-related accomplishments under her belt!

If you're near the Bishopsgate Institute in Liverpool Street, London, stop by the International Phonographic Society where live dictation is offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday evenings during the semester for a nominal charge.  Ask about their quarterly journal as well.  Visit http://www.the-ips.org.uk

OTHER STUFF OF INTEREST

Frank Perbert wrote to me that he has developed an application for the iPhone:  "The idea behind jHot is that your screen is like a never-ending piece of paper that scrolls smoothly at the speed of your handwriting.  You can find a video on our web site:  http://www.ubitouch-studio.com/ijot/index.html."


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