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About Tavultesoft

Tavultesoft is a tiny company currently based in Hobart, Tasmania, run by Marc Durdin. Tavultesoft began life in 1992, when I, as a teenager, wrote the first version of Keyman to allow QWERTY keyboards to type in Lao and Thai. I am currently the only Tavultesofter.

The Tavultesoft derives from the name of a small coastal village in Papua New Guinea where I lived for a short time. You can pronounce the name /tæˈvultiˌsɑft/. The Tavultesoft logo captures Tavultesoft's origin in this village, where there were no telephones, electricity, or computers.

Tavultesoft are very grateful to a community of people around the globe who have contributed keyboards to Keyman. Their work makes it possible for you to type in hundreds of languages that would otherwise have no computer support.

Tavultesoft is currently in transition. As of 18 March 2016, Tavultesoft is a trading name of Durdin Enterprises Pty Ltd, ABN 76 949 265 832.


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Tavultesoft is also a Microsoft Partner. This means Tavultesoft demonstrates the highest degree of competence in working with Microsoft technologies, with a specialization in Windows multilingual technologies.

Who is Tavultesoft?

Marc Durdin

I wrote the first versions of the flagship product, Keyman, as a teenager while living in Laos, in between home schooling and riding my bicycle around town fixing NGO computers. After moving to Tasmania for University, where I completed a Bachelor of Computing degree, I worked with my wife for a year in Papua New Guinea as a volunteer with Australian Volunteers International. I continued part-time development of Keyman during and after University and started working full time on Tavultesoft's suite of Keyman projects in 2005.

Outside work I still ride my bike and enjoy bushwalking in Tasmania's wilderness. We have two daughters and one son, and currently live in the foothills of Mount Wellington. I can speak, to some degree, Lao, Thai, Tok Pisin and Khmer, and used to speak French as a child.

My personal blog can be found at and my Twitter account is @MarcDurdin.

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