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Jitterbits Dictionary 1.3 Troubleshooting Tips:
Software Installation Steps
Usage Instructions
Dictionary Files
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Jitterbits Chinese-English Dictionary, version 1.3

Installation and Usage Troubleshooting Tips

1. Software Installation Steps:

        1.      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.)

        2.      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.

        3.      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. 

        4.      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

        The Settings screen of the JB Dictionary application provides the following choices:

                 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 your device.

                Pinyin-English dictionary

                Hanzi-English dictionary

                English-Chinese dictionary

       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 available here 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, and XXXX.tran).

       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

        If you have any comments or suggestions do not hesitate to contact our support team.

 

  

   
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