Hello, all. I’ve updated my Firefox extension that converts pinyin with tone numbers into pinyin with tone marks above the appropriate vowels. It works on MS/Mac/Unix and it’s a button that sits in your browser’s Add-on bar, so it won’t get in your way like an IME would when you don’t want it.
For example, if you type “zhong1wen2″ into any plain-text field in your browser, highlight it and hit the button, then it will be converted into “zhōngwén”. This converter can also handle conversions of pinyin words mixed into English sentences, such as
Zhu1ge3 Liang4 and Cao2cao1 were famous generals. -> Zhūgě Liàng and Cáo Cāo were famous generals.
Oh, and Cranky Laowai should be happy to note that this tool adds apostrophes to before syllables starting with a vowel in multi-character words!
E.g. Xi1an1 -> Xī’ān