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HanZi Reader

HanZi Reader
  • #: 14632
  • Price: free ($0.00) In Apple Store
  • Category: Education
  • Updated: 2010-10-16
  • Current Version: 2.0.1
  • 2.0.1
  • Size: 8.50 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Robert Phillips
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later
  • © 2010 Robert A Phillips
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Description

HanZi Reader is an essential addition to your Chinese app toolbox that can help you learn to read Chinese characters by the touch of your finger. As you slide your finger across the screen, the dictionary entry for the touched word is instantly….. Read more

What's New in Version 2.0.1

- Minor bug fix to make any existing texts you may have converted using version 1.0.1 compatible with version 2.0.1 They will now load correctly.

- Minor bug fix to correct the iPad bookmarking system. Loaded bookmarks now correctly return to the page that contains the last touched word, irrespective of iPad orientation.

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Rated 4/5 based on 3 customer reviews.

 

5/5 stars
Great tool!

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Just got this and am really impressed! The reading is great and the ability to import other texts works well. In a future version (even an upgrade) how about adding sound?

4/5 stars
Excellent, but a little room for improvement

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This is a great app and worth the money for people learning Chinese. It saves tons of time moving back and forth between a text and a dictionary app if you are at a stage where you need to look up more than the occasional word. I appreciate that it's a universal iPhone/iPad app.

This app lets you paste in a chunk of Chinese text (simplified or traditional) and then it processes the text against a dictionary, breaking it into words which you can then touch for a pop-up definition. You can save your texts and even bookmark them.

It's very similar to the "Reader" function within the Pleco Chinese Dictionary app. I like this interface better than Pleco's, which looks too much like its original Palm incarnation. Pleco puts its definitions in a pop-up that covers part of the text you're reading and appears in different places on the page depending on where the word you touched is, while HanZi Reader puts the definitions in a separate box that doesn't move or overlap with your text).

HanZi Reader's formatting of the dictionary definitions is easier to read than Pleco's, with different definitions of on separate lines, rather than separated by slashes. But Pleco has the advantage of being tied into the rest of their feature-rich app. For example, Pleco can have multiple dictionaries installed which can all be accessed through their Reader, whereas HanZi Reader seems to use only the cc-cedict (which is not a bad dictionary by any means, but still).

HanZi Reader would be improved by allowing the user to change the automatic word segmentation (Pleco can allow you to define separately each character of a 2-character word). Even with its more limited features, I find reading in HanZi Reader to be a more pleasant experience than in Pleco.

5/5 stars
Great!

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Really awesome app! Totally saves my time trying to find the definitions for Chinese words in a dictionary and translations are pretty spot on for the most part. Excellent for helping me to learn Chinese songs. Would love it if in the next update, we could edit the texts we made instead of the only option of deleting it.

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