Pleco Chinese Dictionary
By Pleco Software
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Pleco is the ultimate Chinese learning companion - an integrated dictionary / document reader / flashcard system with fullscreen handwriting input and live OCR, from a company that's been making the world's best mobile Chinese learning apps since 2001.
Major features: ($ = paid add-on)
• Amazing dictionaries. We include two lovely free ones built-in: the popular open-source CC-CEDICT, with over 100,000 frequently-updated entries, and our own PLC dictionary, with 78,000 more detailed entries and over 20,000 example sentences (with Pinyin). More than two dozen other dictionaries are available as free and paid ($) add-ons, including licensed titles from well-known publishers like Oxford, Longman, FLTRP, Tuttle, SLPH, and Commercial Press.
• Powerful merged search: look up words by Chinese characters, Pinyin (spaces / tones optional), or English, with support for wildcards and full-text search. And no need to tediously flip between all of those dictionaries to find a word - just type in your search term and instantly get a combined, frequency-sorted result list.
• Links and cross-references: easily look up character components, break down words into individual characters, look up lists of words containing a particular character, search across all dictionaries for example sentences containing a word, and even find synonyms / antonyms using our (experimental) free thesaurus add-on.
• Gorgeous typography: see it for yourself in our screenshots - we think we're one of the best-looking Chinese dictionaries around. Alternate Kai/Song/Xing-style Chinese fonts are also available ($).
• Mainland/HK/Taiwan-friendly: every part of Pleco supports both traditional and simplified characters, headword pronunciations can be shown in Zhuyin as well as in Pinyin, and we even support Cantonese search and display in our PLC dictionary.
• Audio: Hear Mandarin and Cantonese pronunciations for words and example sentences using iOS' free built-in text-to-speech system. We also offer add-ons ($) with native-speaker Mandarin and Cantonese recordings, plus higher-quality Mandarin text-to-speech system options.
• Document Reader: bring in text from the clipboard and tap on words in it to instantly look them up. Upgrade ($) adds support for tap-lookups in text, HTML, DOC, DOCX, PDF, and EPUB files, and in embedded lyrics in songs and podcasts.
• OCR: look up words simply by pointing your device's camera at them, or by tapping on them in a still image. ($)
• Fullscreen handwriting: use your device's whole screen instead of just a little box. Extremely accurate and highly tolerant of stroke order mistakes. ($)
• Flashcards: create a card from any dictionary entry with a single button tap, import premade word lists, use advanced memorization techniques like SRS, and study in a variety of modes including fill-in-the-blanks handwriting and tone drills. ($)
• Stroke Order Diagrams: animations showing you how to draw each character; 500 characters for free, 28,000 in paid ($) version.
• User dictionaries: create new dictionary entries right on your device as you encounter new words. ($)
• Absolutely no ads.
We also offer famously excellent customer support and an active user community at http://www.plecoforums.com. And we're constantly working to make our products better; our sales and customer base have been growing for 15 years across 4 different mobile platforms. You can be confident that we'll still be fixing bugs and adding features for years to come.
Our paid add-ons can be transferred to other devices that link to your iTunes account just like any other paid iTunes content; simply install our free app, open up the "Add-ons" screen, and tap on the "Restore Purchases" button to activate your purchase on each device.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, via the form at http://www.pleco.com/contact.html, or using the in-app "Contact Support" command with any questions - we'll be delighted to hear from you.
What's New in Version 3.2.14
• Added new experimental Kai-style stroke order diagrams. These are free for anybody who owns (or purchases) our current Stroke Order Diagrams add-on; go into Registration / Check for other purchases to activate them and you should then see them as available to download in Add-ons / Purchased but not Downloaded (or Features). Toggle between those and the existing Song-style stroke order diagrams by tapping on the button at the bottom left corner of the stroke order box.
These are "experimental" because they only cover a subset of the characters our full stroke order diagrams do + have not been as exhaustively checked; they come from the open-source Make Me A Hanzi project. We are aiming to have our own set of Pleco-developed Kai-style stroke order diagrams available sometime in 2017, with greater character set coverage, thorough checking against official stroke order standards, and some nifty new features like Taiwan-specific style / stroke order variations.
• Added an option in Settings / Search Interface to hide the voice recognition button.
• Added an option for our experimental OCR system to force it to use the telephoto camera on the iPhone 7+, as we have not yet managed to get automated switching between cameras working reliably.
• Added taptic feedback to the radical and dictionary screen slider bars ('show dict slider' in Settings / Definition Screen) on the iPhone 7 and 7+. We're working to add taptic feedback in other places, but we're trying not to get carried away; this seemed like a good place to do it first since it's consistent with other parts of iOS (sliders in contacts e.g. likewise provide taptic feedback).
• Fixed a bunch of bugs, including an audio dropout bug when using voice recognition and crashes when using English text-to-speech on pre-iOS-10 devices and when trying to open Lyrics Reader on iOS 10. (we have not yet found a way to fetch Apple Music lyrics, however)
Be sure to check out our experimental new OCR system - Settings / OCR / New OCR System - with a completely revamped motion detection system that should feel much less jittery than before. Also, we're looking for beta testers for our new recognition engine - email email@example.com or post to our forums if you're interested in that.
This will probably be our last update that supports iOS 8; we plan to do a few more minor updates with some helpful new features before our big 4.0 update, but those updates will likely all require iOS 9. Every device that can run iOS 8 can also run iOS 9 (and most people find iOS 9 is faster / more stable), so if you haven't updated yet we'd encourage you to do so soon.
As always, since the App Store resets our review average with every update, we'd really appreciate it if you'd leave another review - don't have to write anything, just the star button will do. We hate the fact that other developers put up nag screens asking for reviews, and would never do that ourselves, but reviews help us show up more prominently in search results, which leads to more users / more money to improve Pleco.
- Category: Reference
- Updated: 26 September 2016
- Version: 3.2.14
- Size: 121 MB
- Language: English
- Developer: Pleco Software
- © 2016 Pleco Software Incorporated and its licensors
Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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