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Books

Man and Woman, One in Christ: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Paul's Letters

Man and Woman, One in Christ, the latest book by Philip Payne. Signed copy only $19.99 plus shipping. Also see  NT essays by Payne, available for free download.


The Codex Vaticanus open, showing that each leaf has its original shape

Bibliorum Sacrorum Graecorum Codex Vaticanus B is the only color facsimile of the oldest surviving manuscript of virtually the entire Bible in Greek. It was written about A.D. 350 and is regarded as the most important manuscript of the Greek Bible. The photographic quality and color reproduction is amazingly faithful to the original. Most of the 450 numbered copies printed for sale have already been sold, so availability is limited. The $5785 price includes express shipping and insurance.


Codex Sinaiticus Facsimile, available for a short time for $475.

Codex Sinaiticus facsimile, The remarkably clear color facsimile of the fourth-century Codex Sinaiticus of all the NT and half of the LXX plus Tobit, Judith, 1 and 4 Maccabees, Wisdom, Sirach, Barnabas, and the Shepherd is available for a limited time for $699.95, Order Form. We believe this is by far the best price available anywhere. The list price is $999. Shipping the 32 lb box by UPS ground is $59 within the USA 48 states. Shipping to the UK is $149 and $129 to most other western European countries, Hong Kong, Japan, and Korea are $149. Egypt, Israel, India, and Singapore are $169. 828 pages 13.5 x 16.5 in., cloth with slipcase. ISBN: 9781598565775


Le manuscrit B de la Bible

Le manuscrit B de la Bible, probably the most important book on Codex Vaticanus ever written, with PB Payne's historic chapter on Distigmai. Only $49.95 plus shipping.


LaserAmharic in Unicode


Now get world-famous LaserAmharic fonts in a Unicode-encoded version!

LaserGreek in Unicode is available for Windows for Windows

LaserGreek in Unicode is available for Macintosh for Macintosh

What others are saying What others are saying


 

LaserAmharic in Unicode provides 6 high-quality, Unicode-encoded Amharic (or Ethiopic) TrueType® fonts in two typestyles (EthiopicLSU and AmharicLSU) for typing at least 26 languages in the Hamito-Semitic family of languages which use the Ge'ez script. (See below for a list of languages). The LaserAmharic in Unicode fonts include separate composite forms of each character in the Amharic Syllabary. The text is therefore balanced in form and beautiful, both on screen and in print. The fonts also include the Latin 1 character set and additional Latin characters and diacritics covering many other Latin languages.

Ethiopic languages are commonly typed with either a wide blank wordspace or a wide space with dots (Sample of wide spaces with dots.). In addition, modern and ancient Ethiopic text may differ in the width of the other punctuation (either narrow or wide). Currently, the Unicode standard only includes the narrow English space and the wide Ethiopic space with dots (and not the wide blank wordspace). Furthermore, Windows and the Macintosh Operating Systems will only justify text using the space that is in the regular English space position in the font. This means that Ethiopic text normally cannot be justified in your files. The LaserAmharic in Unicode fonts support the various requirements of Ethiopic text by having three versions of both typestyles of the fonts. The user can choose combinations of the wide blank wordspace, the wordspace with dots, and narrow or wide Ethiopic punctuation. One of the pairs of fonts even allows full justification of Ethiopic text, normally not supported by either Windows or the Macintosh.

LaserAmharic in Unicode includes two deadkey keyboard layouts that provide four characters per key (instead of the normal two) for easy, intuitive input of 1) the Ethiopic languages; and 2) English and other western Latin languages. The Ethiopic keyboard calls up the appropriate syllable as you type it. For example

Example of typing the AmharicLS Syllabary

You may choose to type Ethiopic text by following the included Syllabary Chart or Keyboard Layout Chart.

 

Languages supported by LaserAmharic in Unicode

bulletAfar bulletEthiopic Tigrina bulletKebena bulletSomali
bulletAgaw bulletGe'ez bulletKembata bulletTigre
bulletAmharic bulletGedeo bulletKonso bulletWolaita
bulletAri bulletGumuz bulletKunama bulletTatar
bulletBlin bulletHadiyya bulletMe'en  
bulletDizi bulletHarari bulletOromo  
bulletEritrean Tigrina (Tigriña, Tigrinya) bulletKaffa bulletSaho  

Plus additional languages that use the Ge'ez alphabet.

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Latin Languages covered by LaserAmharic in Unicode

bulletAfrikaans bulletEnglish bulletIndonesian bulletSwedish
bulletBasque bulletFinnish bulletItalian  
bulletCatalan bulletFrench bulletNorwegian  plus additional
bulletDanish bulletGerman bulletPortuguese  languages covered
bulletDutch bulletIcelandic bulletSpanish  by code page 1252

Continue down the page to see samples of the Fonts and their use. At the bottom of the page are the Windows and Macintosh System Requirements, which you should read before ordering.

Cost: $149.95 Order

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Fonts and their use

There are two typestyles in the LaserAmharic in Unicode product.

The EthiopicU typestyle is a modern form commonly used today.

John 8:12 using the EthiopicU typestyle

The AmharicU typestyle was commonly used in ancient texts.

John 8:12 using the AmharicU typestyle

This extract from Matthew 5 shows how this typestyle was actually used. Notice it has a wide Ethiopic space with dots and the other punctuation is narrow.

Matthew 5 portion demonstrating ancient text typed with the AmharicU typestyle

The same ancient text typed with the EthiopicU typestyle:

Matthew 5 portion demonstrating ancient text typed with the EthiopicU typestyle

As described above, in order to support both ancient and modern Ethiopic texts plus English, we provide the narrow (English-sized) blank space, the wide (Ethiopic-sized) blank wordspace (which is not yet in the Unicode standard), and the wide space with dots (which is part of the Unicode standard). We also provide the narrow Ethiopic punctuation commonly used today and the wide punctuation commonly used in ancient texts (as seen above). To do this we have created three versions of each typestyle. All six fonts are included in the product with instructions to help you decide which font to use for your projects. Following are descriptions of the three versions of the fonts.

The EthiopicLSU and corresponding AmharicLSU typestyles have a wide Ethiopic space with dots. All other Ethiopic punctuation is wide.

EthiopicLSU
John 6:35 typed with the EthiopicLSU font

AmharicLSU

John 6:35 typed with the AmharicLSU font

The EthiopicLSspU and corresponding AmharicLSspU typestyles have a wide blank Ethiopic space. All other Ethiopic punctuation is narrow.

EthiopicLSspU
John 6:35 typed with the EthiopicLSspU font

AmharicLSspU

John 6:35 typed with the AmharicLSspU font

The EthiopicOnlyU and corresponding AmharicOnlyU typestyles have a wide Ethiopic space with dots, and all other punctuation is narrow. The distinctive feature of these two -OnlyU fonts is that they also include a wide Ethiopic blank space that allows Ethiopic text typed with these two fonts to be fully justified, as shown here.

EthiopicOnlyU
John 6:35 typed with the EthiopicOnlyU font, and showing full justification.

AmharicOnlyU

John 6:35 typed with the AmharicOnlyU font, and showing full justification

Additional Font Samples: Small font samples have been shown above for each font. The following links will open in a new browser window and will show the entire Amharic Syllabary in each typestyle. The samples are on separate pages because the graphics are quite large and will open slowly if you have a slow dial-up connection. Note that these samples are low-resolution web samples (graphics). The actual fonts will always print to the highest quality your printer is capable of producing and will be consistently beautiful.

EthiopicU Samples AmharicU Samples

LaserAmharic in Unicode is available for both Windows and Macintosh.

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LaserAmharic in Unicode for Windows

LaserAmharic in Unicode for Windows

Windows System Requirements:

  • bulletOperating Systems
    1. bulletRequires Windows 10, 8, 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, or Windows 2000.
  • bulletApplications
    1. bulletAny Unicode-compatible application, such as Microsoft Word 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003, 2002, or 2000. OpenOffice.org 3.0 and newer, Adobe® InDesign® CS2 and newer, and QuarkXPress 7.0 or newer are compatible. (Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 and older are not compatible.)
    2. bulletOlder, non-Unicode applications such as WordPerfect (tested through version 12), QuarkXPress (version 6.5 and older), Framemaker, and PageMaker do not support these fonts.
    3. bulletMicrosoft PowerPoint 2003 and older are not compatible with LaserAmharic in Unicode for Windows. All text is changed to the Arial font, whether typed with the keyboard, input using Insert Symbol, or pasted from Word using the Windows clipboard. PowerPoint users should type their text in Word or another Unicode-compatible application, and save the text as a graphic for import into PowerPoint. Users can also use WordArt to create their text. To do this in PowerPoint go to Insert, Picture, WordArt, and type your text, formatting it as desired. Alternatively, users can type directly into PowerPoint using our non-Unicode LaserAmharic fonts.
  • bulletNotes
    1. bulletThese fonts are compatible with the Macintosh version of LaserAmharic in Unicode. No conversion of files is necessary when transferring files to Macintosh if your applications are fully Unicode-aware and compatible fonts are installed on both systems.
    2. bulletPrinter: The fonts will print to any Windows printer at the highest quality allowed by your printer.
  • bulletDocumentation:
    1. bulletAll documentation, including Setup Instructions, a User's Manual, the AmharicLS Syllabary Chart, and Keyboard Layout Charts (showing placement of the characters on the keys), is in Adobe Acrobat™ PDF or Microsoft Word format, included in the product, and installed to the Windows Start menu for easy access. Users may view the documentation on screen or print it.

Cost: US$ 149.95 Order

Do you need to upgrade? Check the current version number and a Release History.

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LaserAmharic in Unicode for Macintosh

LaserAmharic in Unicode for Macintosh

Macintosh System Requirements:

  • bulletOperating Systems
    1. bulletRequires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
  • bulletApplications
    1. bulletAny Unicode-compatible application.
    2. bullet The only Macintosh applications we are aware of that support Unicode at this time are Microsoft Word 2011/2008/2004, Mellel, InDesign CS, QuarkExpress 7.0 or newer, OpenOffice, Pages, Nisus Writer Express, TextEdit (included with Mac OS X), Oxygen, and BBEdit. We have only tested the fonts in Word 2004, Mellel, Nisus Writer Express and TextEdit. (If you are aware of additional applications please let us know.)
  • bulletNotes
    1. bulletThese fonts are compatible with the Windows version of LaserAmharic in Unicode. No conversion of files is necessary when transferring files to Windows if your applications are fully Unicode-aware and compatible fonts are installed on both systems.

Cost: US$ 149.95 Order

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Also Available

For non-Unicode versions of related fonts, available for both Windows and Macintosh, see:

Because Unicode fonts have different encodings than non-Unicode fonts, the LaserAmharic in Unicode fonts are not interchangeable with the LaserAmharic fonts. However, both Unicode and non-Unicode fonts may be installed on your system (since they have different file and font names) and may even be used in the same documents.

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Testimonials

Here's what others are saying about LaserAmharic in Unicode Here's what others are saying about LaserAmharic in Unicode:

"The LaserAmharic font and keyboard by Linguist's Software are by far the best system for typing Ethiopian languages that I know! They are very easy to install and even easier to use, not to mention that they look great. Thanks for such a wonderful product!"
Professor Aaron M. Butts, Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures, The Catholic University of America

"The Amharic fonts are working wonderfully (in addition to the Hebrew and Greek fonts I've been using for a while now)."
Daniel Rodriguez, Houston Baptist University, Houston, Texas