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zkanji v0.59 Unicode version preview

I have already posted test versions of the Unicode zkanji, but this one is somewhat different. I think that I have smashed most critical bugs this time, and so I’m confident enough to release the latest preview version of the fully Unicode zkanji. There are still bugs, mainly visual, or in other words user interface errors that I don’t consider critical. Most only appear for fresh “installs” of zkanji, when no .ini file was generated previously, or if that .ini file was made with a relatively new version.

List of currently known errors:

  • The clipboard viewer doesn’t come up, when it should.
  • Switching to multiple windows mode shoves all the windows to the corner of the screen the first time, which is really ugly.
  • Switching back to single window mode messes up the z-order of some controls, and some gets hidden. (Couldn’t reproduce these since something else was fixed.)
  • Adding more than 10 example words for a single reading of a kanji and including that kanji in the long-term study only adds the first 10 words to the study list.
  • Double-clicking on the first item in word groups do nothing in custom dictionaries. (This bug only comes up when the first item is the first word ever added to the dictionary.)
  • Too large kanji drawn in the kanji list for font sizes above 100%. It seems that many windows fell apart when the font size was set to anything above 100%, and the problem wasn’t merely drawing kanji too large. I have tried to fix this for as many windows as possible but there might still be visual glitches at higher font sizes. At least the program looks usable now in those cases as well.

These errors will be fixed in the final release, but it should be safe to use the program already. Still, I would advise anybody switching to this version, to make a safe copy of their data files before starting the new version, unless you don’t have any important data. If you find any errors not listed here, please write a comment.

Full version with data: Download (Example sentences included)
Version with no data: Download Please get the latest version.

These are still not “official” releases, just previews for anyone wanting to see how the program should have been since the beginning. I still plan to add several smaller features to the long-term study list. Namely settings to limit the mistaken/repeated words’ new deck, or to be able to shuffle the readings in the reading test. I will also experiment with using the windows IME for dictionary searches, but this might not be included in the final version, as I always found switching between input languages inconvenient and unnecessary in dictionaries where only one language can be used in a given input field.
If your native language doesn’t use Latin characters, then you have to switch to English just to type Japanese in the dictionary, right? In that case I might be able to make your life easier, but I need your help in doing so.

That’s all for today. See you again next time, when I have finally released the first Unicode version of zkanji! (Or in the comments before that.)

UPDATE: Most bugs are fixed. I still want to change things to make a more solid release, but the final release of the next version is much closer now.

Categories: Bugs, Test releases
  1. x4m
    April 23, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Is it normal? xD Yeah, i usualy press ‘didn’t recall’ buttion when i see such numbers even if item is well known, but still… 5.1 decade lol

  2. April 23, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    5.1 only when the word was too easy, but even that 1.4 is a little bit over the top. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ For some words the deck increases by several levels and I still couldn’t find the problem. But I will!

  3. Dmitry
    April 25, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    With this version 0.59 (Test 4) all tests you requested in “readme” are passed, except following ones:
    1. Clipboard viewer. I haven’t found this tool. When I press “Show clipboard” in the main menu it shows me nothing.
    2. Editing word definitions in the long-term study list. Works fine but there are probably hot keys assigned to the numbers “1,2,3”. So I can’t add these characters to a definition there.
    3. Browsing English example sentences. Doesn’t show any examples when a custom dictionary is on. Even if it’s directly copied from the English dictionary.

    Other than that every field seems working fine (including kanji search by meaning) and accepts non-english characters. It’s able to create non-Latin names for word groups as well.
    OS: WinXP SP2, East European edition. Locale is Russian. Tested characters are Russian and Ukrainian Cyrillic and also Georgian characters.

  4. April 25, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Thanks Dmitry!

    Does the Japanese dictionary search work when your keyboard input is switched to Russian? I was afraid that the Unicode might affect which keys the program receives when the input is not using Latin characters.

    • Dmitry
      April 25, 2011 at 4:36 pm

      Yes, in the ‘”Language”->to Japanese’ input mode keyboard types in any Cyrillic and Georgian characters and search works with that text. As well input works when keyboard is switched to German and Polish. I guess with my Win edition this should work for any other European language.

  5. April 25, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    I meant in the From Japanese mode. The input box there is fake, I just take the user input and convert it to Japanese myself. If it only works with Latin I could do something with it, but if it works otherwise as well then there is no need to.

    • Dmitry
      April 25, 2011 at 7:39 pm

      I see. In the Japanese mode with Russian and Ukrainian languages it types kana according to what latin keys you press on keyboard. So in other words romaji input still works fine ๐Ÿ™‚
      However to type “ใ–” from a common keyboard when switched to German language you must press “Y”+”A” because Z and Y are switched in German layout. And vice versa with “ใ‚„”. But on real German keyboards those keys are also marked correspontently so I don’t think it’s an issue. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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