Murasu Anjal is a suite of software tools that help create, edit, convert and publish Tamil content on Windows and Mac OS X operating environments.The software was first developed in 1985 by Muthu Nedumaran, as a hobby, on a personal computer running MS DOS 3.1 operating system. Features of the software were regularly updated year after year. Murasu Anjal 5.0, the first version to run on Microsoft Windows operating environment (Windows 3.0) was released in 1991. Mac OS version of Murasu Anjal was included as part of the operating system in Mac OS 10.4.
Murasu Anjal changed the Tamil publishing landscape in Malaysia from the day it was first introduced. Almost all daily, weekly and monthly publications and printed books in the country were produced with Murasu Anjal. In 2002 and subsequently in 2003 the Malaysian government standardised Murasu Anjal as the software to be used for Tamil text input in all the 523 Tamil schools in the country. Ministry of Education in Singapore did the same for Singapore schools in 2009.
Murasu Systems released the latest version of the software suite on 14 March 2010. Murasu Anjal 10 involved major re-engineering with most of the pieces re-developed from scratch. It was developed for modern operating systems with modern input method technologies and software development platforms.
Murasu Anjal 10 completely did away with 8bit encoding systems and implemented only Unicode in all of the fonts and input methods. Anjal’s embedded conversion tools in MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel allow legacy documents composed with older encoding formats like TSCII, TAB/TAM and Murasu-6 to be converted to Unicode with a click of a button. The new version continues to include its high quality Tamil Unicode fonts. Some of the fonts include bold and italics variants for highly professional print publishing.
More information on Murasu Anjal can be found at http://anjal.net