You don't always have a Marathi keyboard in front of you when you need it, but to be honest, there are many online options that can alleviate this problem. One option that you can carry with you an use in an offline environment is this app right here.
English to Marathi Character Converter is a basic text editor that picks up Marathi words written in roman characters and convert them to the Marathi script. When writing a sound or an entire word, a word suggestion menu will appear prompting you to chose the desired form.
There are also buttons and guides to help you write more easily. On a row above the editing box you can see all the letters in their "a" form. On the left you'll find buttons for standard letters and on the right buttons for half letters. If you don't want to type, you can simply press them instead. Moreover, additional help is displayed as soon as you type a roman letter. For example, typing "m" will display all the branching forms like , म (ma), मा (maa), मि (mi), मी(mee) et-caetera. This is just for visual confirmation, as you'll still need to type in the desired form.
Text can be saved as simple .txt files or printed out. What did bother me with E2M Character Converter was the overall rigidness. The window size cannot be modified, and unless you have it maximized, you are working with a very narrow window where every section needs scrolling to be fully accessible. Also the suggestion menu is sort of clunky. Pressing the Up and Down arrow keys will initially move the text cursor instead of cycling through the text options. I can't comment on the way the suggestions themselves work since I don't speak or read Marathi to make a pertinent comment. However if I am to criticize one more thing, it would be the bottom row of buttons which feature characters that are not supported. I suppose the blame could be mine for not having specific fonts installed, but nobody warned me as such, and that's the app's fault if you ask me.
- Basic text editing
- Visual guides
- Word suggestions
English to Marathi character conversion passes the test as a didactic tool, however the interface is anything but ergonomic.