0.6.0 New and Noteworthy

October 18th, 2006

I’ve been quite busy recently which hopefully explains the lack of updates for the past few weeks. Still, I’ve had a little bit of time to polish up the 0.6.0 release and now, here it is. You can download the new release here.


Stroke Order Animations. Thanks to Erik Peterson (www.mandarintools.com) and mandarinstudent (on chinese-forums.com), I’ve integrated their work into the ZDT. There are about 1600 stroke order animations available which are accessible from the Dictionary view and Category editors.

ZDT Stroke Order Animation

Built in Chinese IME support. It’s still in an experimental state, but its inspired by and based on the same data as the CantoInput project by John Burket. Now you can type chinese characters inside the program without the need of an external chinese IME.


Improved Flashcard UI. Improvements like wrapping long text and showing scrollbars when necessary. Flashcards can now show simplified and traditional characters together (configured through a preference). Definition Test also supports showing all definitions of an entry instead of just a random one.

Updated Help. Still a work in progress, but a little better than before. :)

Plus, there were many bugs that were fixed. Check out the changelog for more details.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kathy Felts  |  October 19th, 2006 at 4:23 pm

    Thanks so much for doing this. Life just keeps getting better for Chinese learners.

  • 2. david cottrell  |  October 21st, 2006 at 1:16 pm

    0.6.0 is great! zdt is becoming a beautiful learning application. Thanks for building it and continuing to improve it!

  • 3. Chris Simpson  |  October 23rd, 2006 at 8:05 am

    Wow, this looks pretty great! Keep up the good work, Chris

  • 4. reuben  |  October 31st, 2006 at 7:08 pm

    great job guys!

  • 5. FOB Business Forum  |  November 19th, 2006 at 10:19 pm

    Thanks, really good

  • 6. Patrick  |  November 21st, 2006 at 6:23 am

    Hi Chris, Nice Job !

    This program is really great.

    For the next version, one thing that would be great for me is if it was possible to use different fonts for chinese and western characters. Don’t know if that would be a lot of work for you, but i know for sure it would be a great improvement for me :-)

    btw, for those interested, you can get great chinese fonts here :

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