Davka

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Davka Corporation
Private
IndustrySoftware
Founded1982
Headquarters,
United States
ProductsJudaic games, encyclopediae, word processors, etc.
Websitehttp://www.davka.com/

Davka Corporation was a software company specializing in applications related to Jewish history, customs and traditions and the Hebrew language.[1][2] Founded in 1982, Davka is notable as the publisher of several early games for the Apple II series of computers including The Lion's Share (1983 video game) by Robert Aaron and The Philistine Ploy by Robert Aaron and Alan Rosenbaum.[3][4] The company has published numerous software titles for the PC, Macintosh and Palm platforms including the ubiquitous Davkawriter Hebrew/ English Word processor.[5]

Name[edit]

The name Davka comes from a Hebrew word that is difficult to translate. At times the intent is to say "exactly so";[6] often, the word "specifically" can be used as a synonym, but it has many other translations.

From the Urban Dictionary: Davka - "A Yiddish word used in English by Yiddish speakers or in general speakers of Jewish-influenced English, because there's no precise English equivalent. It is variously translated as unexpectedly, just to spite, despite everything, whaddayaknow, of course, just my luck, in fact, actually... basically it's an adverb which captures the essence of Murphy's Law, 'because of course, something HAS to go wrong'." Some pronounce it Dafka.[citation needed]

About[edit]

In the late 1990s and somewhat beyond, its major competitor was Jerusalem-based Torah Educational Software.[7]

Davkawriter[edit]

DavkaWriter is a Hebrew-English word processing program for Windows. (A Mac version is available as well.)

Its built-in tools include a dictionary, a thesaurus, and a translating tool. It comes with the complete Hebrew texts of the Bible and many other volumes of Jewish literature. Its spellchecker recognizes both English and Hebrew words.

DavkaWriter Platinum[8] was reviewed in 2002, 2004 and 2006 issues of The Jewish Press, referring to updated versions.[9]

CD-ROM - Soncino Classics Collection[edit]

Davka also released a CD-ROM named Soncino Press#Soncino Classics Collection that contains:[10]

  • Hebrew and English of Tanach
  • Aramaic and English of the Soncino Talmud
  • Soncino Midrash Rabbah
  • Soncino Zohar

In addition to the New York Times' 9 paragraph 1998 review, a full page was devoted in The Jewish Press to this CD in 2003.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Helping the amateur cantor to lead". The Jerusalem Post. 10 September 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-07.[dead link]
  2. ^ "A textual treasure: Study while you write". The Jerusalem Post. 22 January 2006. Retrieved 2008-11-07.[dead link]
  3. ^ Persson, Hans; Stefan Meier. "Adventureland: Davka". Retrieved 2008-11-03.
  4. ^ Hague, James. "The Giant List of Classic Game Programmers". Retrieved 2008-11-03.
  5. ^ Davka Corporation. "About Davka". Archived from the original on 2008-10-05. Retrieved 2008-11-03.
  6. ^ Wadler, Joyce (May 14, 1983). "Bytes &". Washington Post.
  7. ^ Jon Kalish (December 31, 1998). "For the Oldest of Lessons, the Newest of Tools - The New York Times". The New York Times.
  8. ^ From an image of the box Shimon Lewin (December 6, 2002). "Davka Writer Platinum". The Jewish Press. p. 41.
  9. ^ "Davkawriter Platinum 4.0". JewishPress.com. December 29, 2004.
  10. ^ "From the Torah to the Zohar - Soncino Classics Collection". NYTimes.com. December 31, 1998.
  11. ^ Shimon Lewin (May 30, 2003). "Soncino Classics Collection". The Jewish Press. p. 36.

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