Jitterbits Chinese-English Dictionary, version 1.3
and Usage Troubleshooting Tips
1. Software Installation Steps:
Unpack the downloaded zip file into a temporary directory on
your PC - After unpacking you should see an application file JBdictionaryDesktopSetup.exe,
and a sub-directory Dictionaries that contains the dictionary database
files. (These databases may be used
directly with the Jitterbits Dictionary application or other databases
substituted as described below.)
Run JBdictionaryDesktopSetup.exe to install the Jitterbits
Dictionary application on your device. For better performance answer 'Yes'
to the question 'Install XXX using the default application install directory?'.
This will install the dictionary application into your device's main memory. If
you answer 'No', please choose another installation directory within the main
memory of your device.
Copy the supplied dictionary database files from the
sub-directory Dictionaries into a directory location of your choice on
the device. (For example, <Storage card name>\JBDatabase, where
<Storage card name> is the name of your storage card.) The database files
are quite large (between 1MB and 1.3MB), so copying them into the device's
storage card is recommended instead of main memory. Each dictionary consists of
two files of the form - XXXX.dict, and XXXX.tran . Files CHPINYIN.dict
/ CHPINYIN.tran contain the Pinyin to English dictionary, files CHCANJIE.dict
/ CHCANJIE.tran contain the Hanzi to English dictionary, and ENCHINES.dict
/ ENCHINES.tran contain the English to Chinese dictionary.
To set up the dictionary files, run the Jitterbits
Dictionary application on your device. Tap on the Options/Settings
menu. On the next screen, tap on the button beside the text box labeled 'Dict.Dir'
and choose the directory in which you've placed the dictionary files. If the
selected directory does not then appear in the 'Dict.Dir' text box,
enter the directory location manually in the text box.
JB Dictionary Directories and Files
Application directory - This is
the directory where the JB Dictionary application resides. It is
selected during the installation process.
Dictionary directory - This is directory
where the dictionary files are located.
Each dictionary consists of a pair of files (XXXX.dict, and XXXX.tran).
Each of these pair of files is typically up to 1.3MB in combined size. The full
package of dictionary files consists of six files - two files for each of the
three dictionaries. Given the storage
space requirements, it is often better to place the directory in storage card
memory on your device. This directory should match the Options/Settings for 'Dict.Dir'
on the JB Dictionary Settings screen.
Configuration directory - This directory
is created by JB Dictionary application in \My Documents, and is
mainly used to contain application settings in an xml-file.
2. Usage Instructions
2.1. General Usage
Having completed the Software
Installation Steps, you should be ready to go.
First choose a dictionary by
tapping on 'Tran(slation)'. You
will see the menu of three possible dictionaries. Missing dictionaries are
disabled and colored in gray. The dictionary currently in use will be checked
in the menu list. To change the dictionary, just select from the Tran
menu. The list always contains one selected dictionary. Please note: If
you missed any of the two setup steps, an empty list of found words will be
displayed for whatever letters you type on the main screen. If you haven't installed any dictionary
files, the JB Dictionary will create an empty dictionary for
Pinyin-English and will choose that dictionary at startup, while other choices
on the Tran menu will be grayed out.
To use the selected dictionary,
type some of the initial letters of word being looked up. A list of words
starting with chosen letters will be displayed. If word you look up is not
listed, type some more of the word's characters. If the word appears on the
displayed list, tap on it to see the screen with translations.
On the translations screen, tap
OK to return to the main application screen.
2.2. Installing and Choosing Fonts
If Chinese characters are not
displayed correctly with your currently used font, you need to install a
Chinese font on the device. Example
names and their links are. SimSun (the
best to use, but the largest one), MS Song, SunGlobe. If these links are not available, you may
need to do an Internet search for the font files.
Because of the large size, the
fonts are normally in a zip file. You will need to unzip the file before
copying it to your device. .Installation of a font is quite straightforward
locate and copy a font TTF-file into your device \Windows\Fonts
directory, and then soft-reset the device.
An alternative approach is to
install the Chinese font to a storage card - you can see how to do this here. If the link is not available, you can try an
Internet search for FontOnStorage.
After a completed Chinese font
installation, run JB Dictionary application, and tap on Options/Settings
menu. Select the font that you want to use for Chinese words, typically the
'Font CH' selection.
2.3. JB Dictionary Settings
Settings screen of the JB Dictionary application provides the following
Max Row - sets the maximum number of words to
display when you type some letters on the main screen. (Defaults to 20 words)
Font EN - sets font style and size to be used
when English/Pinyin words are displayed. (Defaults to Tahoma, 12 pt.)
Font CH - sets font style and size to be used
when Chinese words are displayed. (Defaults to Tahoma, 12 pt. For changing this
font refer to 2.2
Installing and Choosing Fonts)
Dict. Dir - identifies the directory on your
device where the dictionary files reside
3. Alternative Dictionary Files
You can check to see if updated
dictionaries are available at the following links. After downloading you will
need to unzip the files, and copy them to the Dictionary directory on
The CEDICT file import described
below is an alternative to the ready-to-use dictionaries provided with your JB
Dictionary software. CEDICT
is a free dictionary database in text format provided through the Mandarin tools web site. It aims to provide a complete Chinese to
English dictionary with pronunciation in pinyin for the Chinese characters. CEDICT
is a text file, and other programs are required to search and display the
dictionary contents. If you choose to use this dictionary, you will need
to download the windows-1251 version of CEDICT. The most current file is usually
or you can do an Internet search to find the file.
After you download the file, you
will need to unzip it, and copy the cedict_ts.u8 file into the \My
Documents directory of your device. Start the JB Dictionary application,
and tap on the Options/Import menu (or alternatively Options/Settings,
and then tap on the Import from CEDICT button). You should then see an Import
screen. Choose the dictionary type you want to create from the menu box and tap
on Import. Choose the just
copied CEDICT file. After this
selection the application will create the necessary files of the type (XXXX.dict,
The import routine of the
application will read all lines of cedict_ts.u8, and create a dictionary
database of the selected type. The dictionary will be saved into the directory previously
chosen on the Settings screen. Please note: Each import operation
will create only one of the three dictionaries. If you want to create another dictionary, you will need to run
the import function again with the appropriate choice of dictionary.
4. Feedback and Support
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