ZDT 0.6.1 released

December 7th, 2006

It’s been a little more than a month and a half since I had done any ZDT work at all. So to get back into the swing of things, I’m putting out a very minor release. There are no new features, but it fixes a couple of prominent bugs that popped into the 0.6.0 release. You can download the release from here.

Bugs fixed

  • You can now multi-select entries and the copy and delete actions are still enabled.
  • Importing using the ‘Use definitions from database’ option works properly. Previously if an entry did not exist in the dictionary, it would silently skip importing that entry. Now, it will fallback and use the content from the imported file.
  • Thanks to Wade Chia, Supermemo export now exports the required ID attribute. Supermemo users, please let me know if this works.

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  • 1. 瑞典人  |  December 12th, 2006 at 12:22 am


    I know that this is not the right place to write this. The thing is that I have been banned from “Chinese-forums” and I cant find you email so I guess this is the only way to contact you.

    I just downloaded the program ZDT and I must say that it seems to be a great program, but not perfect.

    There are three small improvements that could easily make the program allot better to use.

    1. When you want to create a new word list, and add your new words, its great that you just have to type the Chinese character and the definition and pinyin comes automatically but, why can you only add one word at a time. Each time you add a new word, you have to press finish, and then ctrl+n to go back to where you were to add the next word. Why not just add a “next word” button next to the “finish” button in the “add entry” window. This would save people time and a small amount of frustration.

    2. I like to let the computer give me “听写”, just like a teacher would in class. So, I was very glad to see a “self review” option in the “flashcard options” window. But, when I tried it, I discovered a flaw. You can select if you want the computer to show: “pinyin, translation or the character”, but you can not select BOTH pinyin and the translation. When you have a list of 1000 words and about maybe 10 characters with the “yi4″ pinyin, then how should I know which one it is without the translation? The same goes if you only see the translation but have 2 or 3 characters with the same definition (but different use). What I am saying is that it should be possible to select 2 options at the same time.

    3. Also, there should be a quick button (maybe there already is?) to display the next card, and another one to flip it. Using the mouse takes more time.

    I hope that these suggestions can be helpful to you.

    Thanks !

  • 2. Erik Dalén  |  December 12th, 2006 at 8:31 am

    Flashcard printing would be a really neat feature.

  • 3. Chris  |  December 12th, 2006 at 8:52 am

    瑞典人 – I think points #1 and #2 are good suggestions. I’ll add them to my todo list. Regarding #3, there are keyboard shortcuts. ‘Up Arrow’ for flip and ‘Enter’ for next card. You can use the Key Assist Function (Help > Key Assist… or Ctrl-Shift L) to find out the specific keybindings in the current view.

    Erik – I now have some idea on how to implement flashcard printing. Let me know if you have some specific ideas of your own.

  • 4. 瑞典人  |  December 14th, 2006 at 7:24 am


    Cool :D

    I was also thinking about the “write pinyin flashcard test”.

    Maybe there should be a choice to see the definition of the character, since allot of characters have more then one pronunciation. Like 都 for example, is it dou or du? Or 要. is it yao1 or yao4 ? But if I want to write the pinyin for 都, and the definition says “all”, then I know that it’s dou and not du.

    I hope you understand what I mean.


  • 5. Thach  |  February 4th, 2007 at 5:21 am

    How to use Browser View
    I installed the ZDT 0.6.1, and it works very well. However, I can not find its Browser. Would you mind to tell me how to turn it on? I appreaciate that

  • 6. Chris  |  February 4th, 2007 at 8:22 am

    Hi Thach,

    Go to Window > Show View > Other… And then under ‘Other’ you should see ‘Web Browser’.


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