March 8th, 2006
I’m about to get pretty busy, so I decided to put out a new version of zdt while I have the chance. This release contains a few nice new features, some bug fixes and what I hope is a nicer looking UI through the use of some icons. (Thanks to famfamfam.com for their free icon sets)
Now on to the highlights!
Anytone search. The dictionary search supports using the underscore character “_” to match any tone when searching for pinyin. For example, searching for ‘ma_’ will match mÄ, mÃ¡, mÄƒ, mÃ and ma. I’ve found it useful for the times when I can’t quite catch the tones while listening to Chinesepod Jenny.
Case insensitive search. Dictionary search for definitions are automatically case insensitive. Now searching for “chinese” will match something.
New Export Wizard. Now when you export a category, a wizard pops up. One of the things it allows is the ability to export to different file formats other then the default zdt one. Currently, VTrain is the only other supported format. However, I made things extensible so new formats should be easy to add. Let me know if there are others you’d like to see.
Flashcards now support sounds. If you have the sound plugin installed, you can play sounds in the different flashcard modes. The new hotkey to play sounds is ‘F3′. This works in the flashcards, category editors, and dictionary view.
Dictionary view UI changes. I got rid of the limitation on the number of results returned. Now any number of results can be returned, and if there are lots of them, there are pagination links at the bottom to help you navigate.
Renaming categories. Small thing, but often requested. You can now rename categories by right-clicking on a category and selecting “Edit category”.
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