Xiao CiDian Air 1.0 Release

Friday, July 10th, 2009 | News

I am happy to announce the release of Xiao CiDian Air 1.0 (小词典-气).

Picture 1-15 Xiao CiDian Air is a port of the iPhone version of Xiao CiDian to Adobe Air. Adobe Air is a way to write applications so that they can run on many different types of computers – Mac, Windows and Linux.

What this means in the real world is that you can run Xiao CiDian Air on any modern computer – Ubuntu Linux, Mac OS X, and even Windows (there are rumors that Adobe Air will run on the next generation of cell phones too).

Picture 3-5 The boon for my study is that Xiao CiDian Air the fuzzy pinyin searching to my desktop. So I can now search using things like “mei-” when I forget tones.

It has the large character view like the iPhone as well, and since it’s on the desktop copy and paste work – an added bonus.

To download Xiao CiDian Air, just click on the “Install Now” badge on the xiaocidian.com home page.


2 Comments to Xiao CiDian Air 1.0 Release

July 12, 2009

I really like your program! Anyway to add full traditional Chinese support? It would be nice to see it displayed in a column beside the simplified Chinese one, and to be able to search using traditional characters…

Also, I hope you get your hands on an Android phone soon! I’m in Taiwan, let me know if I can help… The HTC Magic is pretty sweet and the Taiwanese version is totally bilingual (with Traditional Chinese mind you…)

Cheers! Pat

July 13, 2009

Hi Pat,

that was an often asked for feature in the iPhone version as well. I’ll look into a way to do that. It’ll probably be something like a switch between simp and trad – search and main listing only show one or the other and the detail view shows both.

I just need to sort out the best way to store preferences – it’s also not something I would use in my personal study which, selfishly, makes it a bit lower on my todo. But I will add that.

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