Dear friends in the Dhamma,
Some of you may have already noticed that the VRI institute has come out with a new version of its famous CST3 program (which served as a model for our own development of the PTR).
The new CST4 developed by Frank Snow is - like the PTR - a desktop application written in C# but unfortunately no open source program (yet)!
If you too think that it would make more sense for the VRI to release their free software to the open public and thus synergize development and enhance feature richness in having one common pali reader and analysis tool, please consider sending them an email! The more people voice their appreciation for such a step, the more likely it will become.
Currently the CST4 beta is very robust and has a superior data and search capability than the PTR, however it lacks convenient features like PTR's Mouseover-translation, bookmarks, quick navigation etc.
The PTR developers will provide all code for free to Frank Snow and other CST4 developers.
However, it is our sincere wish, that the CST which is such an important and unique pali studying tool will could eventually become open source too.
Thanks for your attention!