Tensai 0.92 Released

This weighs in as a relatively small update. For a full list of what’s new in this release, go here. Key points of interest in 0.92:

  • Tensai has an icon. I’ve received many kind offers of original icons, but I’ve resolved to make Tensai 100% me — at least up to version 1.0. So while I appreciate all of your efforts, this will be Tensai’s icon at least up to 1.0. I’d appreciate any comments people have on the icon, as I’m not sure how well it fits in with Apple’s HI Guidelines or your docks.
  • Has a real contextual menu in the results.
  • Text size of results can be adjusted from the View menu.
  • Result counts only show up after you hit enter. I didn’t feel the 0.91 way was very intuitive. You can still refine or cancel the search if it’s going to return too many results.
  • Results are more readable and include more information.
  • The result count is in the window title, not in a status bar at the bottom. No more up-down-up eye movement than necessary.
  • Results can be copied and pasted without losing their formatting (e.g. the commas, colons, and semicolons won’t get stripped).

This is not a Universal Binary. It reportedly works fine under Rosetta.

15 Responses to “Tensai 0.92 Released”

  1. Gene van Troyer Says:

    Your “Getting Started” page says there are three ways to locate a word, but you list four. :-)

    Usage examples, when displayed in the definitions, are often in Kanji. This is fine if you can read kanji, but I believe the assumption behind a dictionary like this is that users CAN’T read the kanji yet, so the examples aren’t immediately very useful. Maybe the kanji could be glossed some way with kana. Since this is probably a limitation imposed by JMDict itself, maybe you could add a “roll-over” feature that would display such pronunciation guides (ruby text) in a pop-up field or stickie note. Just place the mouse pointer over the example words or phrases, press the Option key, and the pronunciation appears in a little yellow (or whatever colored) field.

    When your finished with this, I hope the price won’t be expensive.

  2. Gene van Troyer Says:

    Supplemental to my comment above, I used the contextual menu to look up the pronunciation of the kanji in:

    数字は独身に限る

    Tensai presented me with a list of words, which was useful. It was then that I realized you need a “Previous/Next” button for the toolbar.

  3. Justin Says:

    I guess I should really have someone proofread my work. Maybe I can copy the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy and keep it as “three ways” even when there are five or six.

    There’s no decent way for me to add furigana to examples. What I’d have do is scan the entire definition tree of each entry, find any kanji inside them, do a subsearch of the JMdict for each compound’s reading (breaking down the compound and re-searching in smaller pieces if nothing is found), and then guess which reading to use if there are multiple readings. As further revisions of JMdict include more examples, searches in Tensai would slow to a crawl.

    Given the numerous readings for some compounds, automatic furigana insertion just wouldn’t be any good. What really needs to be done is the JMdict folks need to include either readings or entry references in the examples. It could even be made optional for display if they use the standard tags in it.

    I’ve put off including “Previous/Next” or “Back/Forward” buttons until I decide how they should behave. I’ll be adding it soon, probably to 0.93.

  4. James Says:

    Working well under Rosetta on an Intel mac. Looks great!

    I would really like to see a “back” button when you look up a kanji. The search screen you came from is lost if you do it now, back would be fantastic.

    I would suggest putting a donation button somewhere prominent here, too!

  5. James Says:

    Another suggestion: rename the contextual menu search options to something more meaningful. I know what JMDict and kanjidic2 are, but you can bet most people don’t. Simply call them “japanese dictionary” and “kanji reference dictionary” or something?

    Just a suggestion!

  6. Shimin Says:

    Dear Justin,

    Great work on this standalone Japanese dictionary for mac! Keep it up!

    How about a ‘Kanji/Word of the Day’ on the startup screen? A jouyou kanji or common word could be randomly generated everytime the dictionary starts.

    It would certainly keep Japanese learners motivated and keen to use the dictionary!

    Thank you. You have my continuous support.

    Shimin

  7. オタクペンギンの世界 Says:

    Tensai 0.92 Released…

    I opened my copy of Tensai when I was gearing up to do some Japanese homework today and got a notice that a new version was available. How exciting! For those not in the know, Tensai is an offline kanji dictionary for the Mac.
    I’ve been using thi…

  8. Packy Says:

    The icon: I think it fits perfectly with Apple’s HI guidelines. It looks almost exactly like Dictionary.app’s icon, execpt the book is blue, oriented properly for Japanese reading, and has a kanji character on it.

  9. David Says:

    .92 has pretty much everything I think I was looking for (the noteable exception being the ability to change the colors of the window backgrounds which is a minro thing in my book) in the update! I also like the iTunes-esque ability to make new lists simply by dragging results. I didn’t try that in the earlier version, but either way it’s great. Now if only you could force Mircosoft word to bundle it as part of their word processor… I guess that’s what multi-tasking is all about!

    Can’t wait to see 1.0!

  10. KEN STEWART Says:

    USING AN iMAC AND CAN RECEIVE E-MAILS IN ALL JAPANESE CHARACTERS.

    I AM FLUENT IN JAPANESE LANGUAGE. CAN READ ALL CHARACTERS.

    LOOKING FOR AN APPLICATION WHEREBY I CAN CREATE JAPANESE CHARACTERS AND PASTE TO AN E-MAIL TO SEND TO JAPAN. IN OTHER WORDS, COMMUNICATION WITH PARTIES
    IN JAPANESE CHARACTERS ARE NOW ONE WAY. FROM JAPAN IN CHARACTER AND REPLIES IN ROMANJI.

    WANT TO SEND E-MAILS IN JAPANESE CHARACTERS.

    THANKS

  11. David Says:

    To Ken,

    If you go into your System Preferences you can activate the native Japanese language function, which will allow you to write in Japanese.

  12. James Says:

    And if you look on the left hand side of your keyboard, you might also be able to find the caps-lock key, which seems to be stuck in the “on” position.

  13. James Says:

    I have another feature suggestion. Highlight a word on a page in Safari or any other services-aware app, and you’ll see an option to “look up in dictionary”. It would be wonderful if such an option could appear for Tensai.

    BTW I note there’s still no paypal donation button. If sending you a few bucks will help us get these features implemented, I (for one) am in. Tensai is the best japanese dictionary program on the mac, and I’m really looking forward to its continued progress. Thanks very much!

  14. David Says:

    I agree with the above!

  15. happytime Says:

    Tensai has helped me out a lot with my homework. thanks

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