Roger's recent post pointed me to an interesting software recently released by Microsoft. I quote from the website:
Lack of access to an Arabic keyboard or lack of familiarity with one are two of the most common problems preventing Arabic users from communicating in their own language.
Microsoft Maren is a Windows extension that comes to the rescue, allowing you to type Arabic in Roman characters (Romanized Arabic, Arabizi, Arabish or Franco-Arabic) and have it converted on the fly to Arabic script.
Maren integrates seamlessly with Windows and works in most Windows applications and websites.
It is very interesting and handy application if you type or use arabic all the time. Don't forget to watch a very good video on the page.