0.4.7 New and Noteworthy

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)

Existing users can download the update from here.
New users can download the new release from here.

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 mā, má, mă, mà 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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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Andy Lin  |  March 31st, 2006 at 2:38 pm

    I wanted to say that your software rocks! I haven’t begun to explore it’s full potential, but it just does so much.

    I have a support question, if you may. I tried to change the default font to a nicer looking font, but now all the Chinese characters appear on their sides, rather than right-side up. Is there something I need to do to fix this?


  • 2. Chris  |  March 31st, 2006 at 3:11 pm

    Thanks for the kind words Andy. What font did you choose? Did you choose one that starts with a @? I think those fonts causes the chinese characters to appear on the side. Just choose the corresponding font name without the @.

    BTW, Font support should be greatly improved in the next release. The fonts will obey the font size that you specify and you will be able to increase/decrease the size with a keypress. Sort of like how Firefox does it.

  • 3. miguipda  |  May 18th, 2006 at 12:59 am

    Do you think you are able to adapt your flashcard system to a aero aio plugin please.
    Can you develop this flashcard tool for aero aio ?

    This flashcard system is also useful in concept : http://www.yellowbridge.com/language/fc-engine.php

    Your program and aero aio is so more useful than I hope to have both in one.

    Sincerely thanks,

    Miguipda ;-)

  • 4. Chris  |  May 19th, 2006 at 10:59 am

    Hi Miguipda,

    What exactly would the benefits be for porting over to aero aio? My python skills are kind of rusty, but the source code is available for people to do whatever they want.

    I’ve used the yellowbridge flashcards before, but are there specific features you like about it that you’d want me to incorporate?


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