小词典 is installed, but doesn’t seem to work

Friday, November 14th, 2008 | FAQ

First, make sure you are running Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or higher. You can do this by clicking on the Apple menu on the top left corner of the screen, and choosing “About this Mac”. The Version should be at least 10.5.

Unfortunately, earlier versions of Mac OS X don’t allow for dictionary plugins so 小词典 will not work on any version before Leopard.

If you are running Leopard, check that 小词典 plugin is enabled. You can do this by running the Dictionary application (in your Applications folder), and then opening preferences (applekey + ,). You should see a window like the following:

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Scroll down and make sure the box is ticked next to 小词典. If the box was not ticked, after ticking the box the dictionary should work properly.

Additionally, if you use other dictionaries, you might want to drag 小词典 to the top of the list of dictionaries. The dictionary popin window will often only show the first result, and moving 小词典 to the top of the list ensures you will see results from 小词典.

19 Comments to 小词典 is installed, but doesn’t seem to work

David
December 26, 2008

Hi Thanks for this its great. However, I am having one problem, maybe I am being a little thick here, I am using OS X 10.5.6, on a Macbook Pro, but when I used command-control-D to hover over a word and show the Chinese, it correctly display the Chinese, but I cannot move to another word, so i have to keep pressing command-control-D every time I move to a new word, which defeats the point of the quick look up, any ideas? Thanks again for all the hard work on this, much needed and fun! Cheers, David

admin
December 26, 2008

Hi David,

You should be able to just hold down command-control-d and move the cursor to another word – I can get it to work on my Mac, but it does feel a bit odd. For example you should be able to do this: 这里你试。and every other word in this comment. (it also might be a case of the word not being in the dictionary).

Hope that helps

Ian
April 5, 2009

Hello, This looks cool but, command-control-D will not invoke the inline pop-up, the dictionary right click works fine though. Any ideas?

Regards Ian

iMac 10.5.6

admin
April 5, 2009

Some applications, because of the way they are written, do not support the default Mac dictionary – Firefox for example. What application are you having problems with?

GillouStyle
August 31, 2009

Hello there,

First…Congrats! Great app ! very classy; and it works well in Snow Leopard.

However, I see one limitation in using the app.

It is that sometimes I’d like to remember how to say, for example, Apple in Chinese. So i’d type Apple and Command + Ctrl + D it and it would bring the reverse english to chinese dictionnary, naturally. Without having to manually switch between “english to chinese” and “chinese to english” dictionnaries in a Preferences window.

Wouldn’t there be a way to install a “merged” dictionnary? that way your application is more versatile.

I’m looking forward to hearing from such an enhancement,

admin
August 31, 2009

Hi GillouStyle,

There is no technical reason why that couldn’t work, but I think you can get it to work that way now. If you download both the Chinese to English and English to Chinese and move them up the list (the list shown in the picture in the post) you’ll get the behavior you are after – if I understand what you are after.

GillouStyle
September 1, 2009

Ok. I will do that. thank you.

i have one more question : is it possible to force the selection of ONE character? sometimes it tries to find a selection for a set of TWO characters, but it doesn’t find any; and there is no way to make it select those two characters one by one?

admin
September 2, 2009

Hi GillouStyle,

Yeah, by default it will try to find the largest word under your cursor that it can. If you want to force it to just do one character, highlight the character then do the command+ctrl+d and it should lookup what you have highlighted (if it can find it)

GillouStyle
September 4, 2009

Great ! that did the trick (most of the times; not always seem to work).

I have been searching for the English to Chinese dictionnary, but can’t seem to find it. :-s

GillouStyle
September 7, 2009

Still having troubles finding the english-chinese dictionnary you’re taking to me about. Would you have any ideas on where to download it? Thanks

admin
September 7, 2009

You can download it on the right side of the page

GillouStyle
September 10, 2009

admin; I just clicked on ” Download XiaoCiDian English (Mac) ” on the Right side of the page; and installed it.. but it still is Chinese to english dictionnary. How can I activate english – chinese dictionnary? :-S

admin
September 10, 2009

You have to enable it and move it up on the list like in the body of this article :) It’s called 小词典-英语. You should be able to follow this post’s instructions.

Rob
October 16, 2009

Just so everyone is clear on this… to keep the hover dictionary open over multiple words/characters, you have to keep control-command held down. You can release ‘d’.

Shan
July 15, 2010

Hi Rob I have done as per instruction; ticked the xiaocidian plugin but when I clicked control-command-d only the English dictionary came up. I cant seem to change to the chinese dictionary. I’ve tried to untick the English, Thesaurus etc, but still xiaocidian doesn’t come up. Any thoughts on this? Thanks in advance.

Julian
November 7, 2010

Hi! I can´t seem to be able to install the xiaocidian dictionary! I am running Mac Book Pro 10.6.4 version. I have looked everywhere, but after intallation I can´t find the dictionary anywhere in my computer, and obviously any time I do control+command+D in any Chinese character no results are found.

Has this happened to any of you?

admin
December 5, 2010

Hi julian, see the faq section of the site

Cory
February 17, 2012

Hey man,

So I’ve just downloaded and installed the dictionaries (plus watched the youtube video). Unfortunately when I try to type/search for anything the entire app crashes. I don’t think its a problem with the app as it works fine with the built-in Japanese dictionaries and even works with the free version of the MDBG I installed. Not sure what’s up. All this plus, the keyboard hover option isn’t working at all.

Using: MacBook OSX 10.5.8

admin
February 18, 2012

Hi Cory,

I don’t really see how it is possible that the dictionary is causing such problems (there is no code only data), but that sounds very annoying. Try removing the dictionary (http://xiaocidian.com/xiaocidian-desktop/ bottom of the page “removal”) and see if the problem goes away.

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