The Dictionary Application (Dict App for short) is really helpful at times when you are reading an eBook / web page. I even define my own shortcut key so that when I high light a word and press “Control + Command + A”, the dictionary app will come up straight away and show me the meaning of the word that I’ve high lighted.
But there is just one little problem…the Dict App only comes with a few built-in dictionaries…for instance if I want to know the Chinese meaning of a particular word, I’ll need to search online / use something else. It would be great if I can add more dictionaries and make it the “one stop” app that I’ll ever need.
Well, it turns out that with the help of DictUnifier, you can add all kinds of dictionaries to the built-in Dictionary Application in Leopard. Take a look of my list 😉 (I only use a handful of the dictionaries, others are for my friends)
Ok, so the list might be a bit too long but I hope you get the idea 😉
Below is a step by step guide on how to add the dictionaries:
Step 1: Go to http://stardict.sourceforge.net/Dictionaries_dictd-www.dict.org.php and download the dictionaries that you will need. There are other dictionaries (like French / German / Chinese etc) on the web site too, so take your time and find the ones you need. Also, remember to rename your downloads so that it makes sense to you later on. For example, you can rename stardict-longman-2.4.2.tar.bz2 to Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.tar.bz2 (don’t remove the .tar.bz2 extension!), trust me…you will probably need the full name later on 😉
Step 2: Next, download DictUnifier 1.0 to your desktop. If the link provided doesn’t work (they may update the application later on), you can always search DictUnifier on Google; find their homepage and download it from there.
Step 9: Select the name of the dictionary (in my case, its the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary) and press Command + C on your keyboard to copy the name. (or you can go: Edit -> Copy)
Q. Wait a minute…why do I have to do this?
A. When I first started using the software, some of the dictionaries that I’ve downloaded from the StarDict website can’t be converted using DictUnifier! After some time of trial and error, I have figure out that its the file name that is causing the problem. So this is kind of like a “workaround” for the software.
Q. Didn’t we rename the Dictionary already? Shouldn’t it be Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary instead of just Oxford?
A. Well…don’t ask me 😉 That’s the way its. If you want the dictionary names to be more meaningful, just follow the steps below to rename the dictionaries manually 🙂 (Don’t worry, its really easy!)
Step 18: Here you will find your dictionaries that you’ve converted. Our first step is to rename the folder to something more meaningful. (so that its easier for you to manage later on). You can rename the folder to anything you want, but remember to keep the “.dictionary” extension. E.g. You can rename it to Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary.dictionary
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