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Chinese English Dictionary application for OS X

Posted in general, java by sausheong on August 21, 2007

It is my life long dream to learn enough Chinese to read the ‘Legend of the Condor Heroes’ or 射雕英雄传 in its original language and it was one of the main reasons why I wrote my Chinese English Dictionary application. Now that I’ve switched over to to an OS X machine I wanted to continue using it. Fortunately I used Java to write the software and a quick build using NetBeans created a suitable enough jar to run. Unfortunately it looked a bit ugly and I couldn’t start it up like a normal OS X application. After some Googling, I was pleasantly surprised that Apple bundles with a neat Jar Bundler that creates a nice OS X interface for the desktop application. I spiffed up the icons using Icon Composer (also bundled in) and created my first OS X desktop application. You can find both Jar Bundler and Icon Composer in /Developer/Applications/Java Tools under your main disk.

So for OS X users out there who wants a simple, easy to use and effective Chinese English Dictionary to be your companion while learning Chinese, you can download the full OS X application from here.

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