Lao Script for Windows is an extension to the Windows® operating system to make it
easy to use Lao language with Windows® applications, and has been widely
used in Lao PDR and around the world over the past 20 years.
The current version (LaoScript 8) can be used with either 32-bit or 64-bit
applications on Windows 7 and Windows 8, while remaining compatible with
Windows® XP and Windows Vista.
LaoScript 8 may now be installed and used as one of three editions:
- The Free Edition, for
personal, non-commercial use only,
provides Lao fonts and
Lao keyboard mapping using either phonetic
layout Lao typewriter layout with automatic text wrapping at
Lao word boundaries.
- The Standard Edition extends the Free Edition
Lao Add-Ins for Microsoft® Word and other applications,
with menus that provide Lao spell-checking, sorting according to Lao
dictionary order, font conversion and other functions.
- The Gold Edition provides all the capabilities
of the Standard Edition and adds an automatic
Thai to Lao translation function, which
may also be used interactively to improve translation quality.
No license or activation is required for the Free Edition.
However, a license must be purchased and activated on-line to use either the
Standard Edition or the
Gold Edition of LaoScript 8.
All business, organizational and government users of LaoScript 8 should purchase a license.
All editions of LaoScript 8 include and support the use of both
Lao Unicode fonts and many other fonts (such as
the popular Saysettha Lao) using
older coding conventions for Lao.
Many Lao Unicode OpenType fonts are
compatible with applications on both Microsoft® Windows® and Apple's OS-X and iOS
However fonts such as Saysettha OT and Microsoft's DokChampa
which were designed to use Microsoft® OpenType support may not be rendered correctly
by OS-X applications, and older applications generally do not
always support Lao Unicode.
LaoScript 8 News
- News for InDesign users!
The most recent versions of Adobe InDesign, while still not recognizing
Lao as a separate script, now more often render Lao text correctly.
See Using Lao with Adobe InDesign
for more details.
- Trial License now works!
The 30-day trial license now supports use of all Lao Add-Ins. Download the
current version and request a new trial license key to evaluate.
(A bug in recent versions accidentally disabled the Add-Ins for Trial Licenses.
Note that the Lao Add-Ins are not supported by the Free Edition.)
- Latest release 8.1.10 supports
AZERTY French and other non-English keyboard layouts, improved Saysettha MX
fonts. See Release Notes in LaoScript 8 Features
for other changes.
- Great news for iPhone and iPad users!
A Lao keyboard and font for iPhone and iMac has just been released by
Tavultesoft and is now available from the Apple store!
Please see keyman.com/iphone-and-ipad/
for more information.
- LaoScript 8 installs correctly on Windows 8 (except on Surface or other tablets
using Windows RT) and may be used for keyboard mapping with either
desktop or 'Metro' (tiled) applications. For more information, see
LaoScript 8 and Windows 8.
- New, more widely compatible, "Saysettha Web" font available for web pages.
(See downloads for more details.)
- Added Lao Add-On for LibreOffice/OpenOffice, with Lao text wrapping,
spell-checking, sorting, and text conversion for Writer and Calc.
(Build 8.1.5) Also available as a separate download.
(See downloads for more details.)
- LaoScript 8 now includes
Lao Add-Ins for 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Microsoft Access.
- Enhanced "Saysettha 95" series fonts added and supported for use with
compatible applications. (Build 8.1.2)
- LaoScript 8 now includes Lao "ribbon" menus for Word, Excel and PowerPoint
(for Office 2007 and later).
- For more information, please go to
LaoScript 8 Features and Release Notes
Other Information for Lao computer users