|2011/04/30||Thessalonica 3.1 (now compatible with OpenOffice.org v. 3.3. and LibreOffice) is available.|
|2011/04/30||A new version of the Old Standard font family is ready for download.|
|2011/04/30||I have posted the second major release of my Theano classical fonts package (now with Cyrillic characters).|
Thessalonica is a common name for several small utilities which simplify working with multi-lingual text in different word processors, namely Microsoft Word 97/2000/XP/2003, Microsoft Word 7.0 and OpenOffice.org 1.1.0 and above. I've called it Thessalonica in honor of Saint Cyril and Methodius, Apostles of the Slavs, who originated from this city.
Since my speciality is byzantinistic, Thessalonica was designed having in mind mainly Greek scholars and anybody who uses polytonic (classical) Greek in his/her everyday work. However, you may adapt Thessalonica for other languages, or even simply use it for typing accented Latin characters from English keyboard. Extensibility is the main feature which distinguishes Thessalonica from other similar utilities available on the Web.
I started developing Thessalonica for MS Word 7.0 in 1998. First it was simply a shell for Ralph Hancock's Son of WinGreek, which allowed to set font formatting appropriate for Greek language together with switching Greek keyboard on. Later I redesigned Thessalonica so that it became independent from external keyboard utilities and added a converter allowing to transform several Greek encodings to WinGreek and vice versa.
In 1999 Thessalonica for MS Word 97 was also written. This version was very similar to Thessalonica for MS Word 7.0, but provided additional functions for working with Unicode Greek. For some time both versions were developed parallelly, but finally Thessalonica for MS Word 7.0 was frozen. This version is no longer supported, but still available for download. At the same time I completely redesigned Thessalonica for MS Word 97: its Greek text conversion utility was replaced with Unicode-based Universal Converter, extensible and really universal. Now it can be customized for conversion from almost any 8-bit character set (not only Greek) to Unicode and vice versa.
In 2002 I started developing Thessalonica for OpenOffice.org. OpenOffice.org is a complete office suite, similar to (and mainly compatible with) MS Office, but it is free and works on several platforms, including Windows and Linux. OpenOffice.org is a greate replacement for MS Office, and with Thessalonica typing Polytonic Greek in OpenOffice.org becames easy. Thessalonica for OpenOffice.org and Thessalonica for MS Word 97/2000/XP/2003 are different programs, even written in different programming languages, but they have very similar look and feel, and so, if you ever used the MS Word version, you can easily move to OpenOffice.org.
Now, when I have completely moved to Linux and OpenOffice.org, I will probably not add new features to Thessalonica for MS Word 97/2000/XP/2003. However, this version is still supported, and I'm planning to fix its bugs (if you find some) and keep it compatible with all future version of MS Word.
Beginning from 2007, this site also contains a special page devoted to fonts I am developing. My flagship font project is Old Standard — a multilingual font family, designed to be a good companion for Thessalonica itself.