Outlier Dictionary of Chinese Characters

Discussion in 'Future Products' started by mikelove, May 13, 2015.

  1. mikelove

    mikelove 皇帝 Staff Member

    Innovative new Chinese character etymology dictionary; on Kickstarter here, will be available as a Pleco add-on upon release. So we're finally fulfilling one of our very oldest feature requests and offering an etymology dictionary :)
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  2. Shun

    Shun 状元

    Great, I'm telling my professor about it and contributing funds.
  3. mikelove

    mikelove 皇帝 Staff Member

  4. giokve

    giokve 进士

    Also for Android?
  5. mikelove

    mikelove 皇帝 Staff Member

    Certainly, yes. (sorry, probably should have posted this in Future Products - have now moved it there)
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  6. alex_hk90

    alex_hk90 状元

    Thanks for posting - I have pledged. :)
  7. John Renfroe

    John Renfroe 举人

    Hi everyone!

    Thanks so much for the support so far! It really means a lot to us.

    Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or feedback related to our project!
    Last edited: May 14, 2015
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  8. giokve

    giokve 进士

    You are writing it in Chinese and then translating it into English and German; does this apply to the Pleco addon? What language(s) will it be available in for Pleco?
  9. John Renfroe

    John Renfroe 举人

    It will be bilingual: Chinese (both simplified and traditional, toggle as usual in Pleco to switch) and either English or German (or whatever other language we're able to add later). We wanted to make something that students could grow into as their Chinese improves, and also something that native-speaking teachers can use who might be more comfortable reading Chinese but also want the information and terminology available in their students' target language.
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  10. sobriaebritas

    sobriaebritas 榜眼

    Really impressed with your project, which of course I am going to back! Imho, a nice combination of materials for "lernen" and "studieren". I wish one of your projects were a similar dictionary of combinations of characters to form pollysyllabic words.
  11. John Renfroe

    John Renfroe 举人

    Thanks for the kind words!

    We will have a list of multi-character words (chosen by frequency) under each character entry, but that will be the extent of it.
  12. 葛羅德

    葛羅德 Member

    RoFL. Just saw the email about this. I actually saw this advertised several days ago - an old Chinese teacher posted about the Kickstarter in FB and I decided to likewise share it. I'm watching the Kickstarter campaign with interest. Still a long way to go so we'll see. Am hopeful but ...

    Any idea on when it'd be available on PC? I'm thinking reading character history would be better on the "big screen".
  13. John Renfroe

    John Renfroe 举人

    Thanks for the support!

    We don't have concrete plans for a desktop version yet, though we would like to do a desktop version of some sort. We'll definitely announce if that happens.

    We do still have a long way to go, but the momentum is really picking up! We were just over 31% about 15 hours ago, and now we're closing in on 44%.
  14. mikelove

    mikelove 皇帝 Staff Member

    FWIW, our Android app already runs pretty well on desktops via ARC Welder, and we're putting the finishing touches on an x86 optimized version that should run considerably better still. So while not quite the same as a native desktop app it should be a decent substitute at least. We're exploring some other desktop options of our own too but that's one that we can pretty much guarantee will be available from day 1.
  15. Async0x42

    Async0x42 Member

    If backed on Kickstarter, will this be automatically restored when using a new iPhone device and clicking Restore Purchases?
  16. mikelove

    mikelove 皇帝 Staff Member

    No, but we're working on automating the restoration of purchases made outside of of iTunes via CloudKit; can't promise when exactly that will be online, but we're eager to get it up and running since it will save us a massive amount of time answering customer support email :)
  17. Async0x42

    Async0x42 Member

    Okay, thanks for the headsup!
  18. I pledged my $50, to meet the requirements to get the expert ed. actually.

    What happens to the project, though, let's say if the $75,000 goal is not met?

    No "license transfer" then? ;)
    Last edited: May 28, 2015
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  19. mikelove

    mikelove 皇帝 Staff Member

    Still transferrable, we actually just added code yesterday to make our iOS-to-Android transfer support transfers of post-Palm/WM-era website purchases to Android without deactivating them on iOS. CloudKit support just means that your Registration ID will be associated with your iCloud account and you'll thus be spared from manual re-entry.

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