Wenlin 3.3.6 review

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Wenlin is CD-ROM software for the Macintosh and MS-Windows operating systems.

License: Demo
OS: Mac OS X
File size: 0K
Developer: Wenlin Institute, Inc.
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Price: $249.00
Updated: 28 Feb 2006
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Wenlin is CD-ROM software for the Macintosh and MS-Windows operating systems. Wenlin tackles the most frustrating obstacles for students, scholars, and speakers of Chinese with its versatile and easy-to-use interface. It is like having a seasoned scholar on your desktop!
An integrated solution, Wenlin combines a high-speed expandable Chinese dictionary, a full-featured text editor, and unique "flashcard" system all in one intuitive environment.
Wenlin is a comprehensive tool for begining students, life-long speakers, and scholars alike. Wenlin 3 includes an expanded and improved version of the already huge ABC Chinese-English Dictionary edited by John DeFrancis, giving it a total of over 10, characters and approximately 200, words and phrases.

Here are some key features of "Wenlin":
Dictionary Interface
High speed customizable and expandable Chinese dictionary
Over ten thousand characters, seventy-four thousand words and phrases
Instant "point to" vocabulary look-up
Click access to essential vocabulary info
Extensive character descriptions and cross-referencing
Pictures of ancient and modern forms of Chinese characters
Desktop access to important Chinese scholarship and literature
Click access to all words that contain a character, including definitions, ordered by frequency of usage
Character look-up by component, including groups that share components
Fast automatic search access to huge selection of literature, for finding examples in context
Character lists arranged by stroke-count and pronunciation
Automatically updated listing

Text Editor
Reads, writes, edits, and prints Chinese documents
Supports Unicode format, the most widely recognized world standard, as well as GB, Big5, UTF-8 and HZ
Built-in selection of Chinese literature, current new media included
Word-wrap, undo, cut, copy, paste, search, and replace
Unlimited document size
Characters and words entered using phonetic conversion or handwriting recognition
Instant dictionary integrated with text editor
Combines simple and full form Chinese characters, pinyin, and English in one document
Compatible with other Chinese language applications, pen/tablet tools

"Flashcards" System
Automated drill and review
Interactive testing, multiple-choice and composed-answer
Scoring and tracking
Dictionary access while memorizing vocabulary
Simultaneous display of documents, definitions, lists, and flashcards

Animated Stroke-By-Stroke Display
Instant Handwriting Recognition
Audio-CD quality studio recordings of all Mandarin syllables.

The Demo has only a miniature dictionary, with a few dozen vocabulary items. The complete Wenlin dictionary has over 10, characters and about 200, words and phrases.
The Demo doesn't include any sound files. The complete Wenlin has Audio CD-quality studio recordings of all the syllables of Mandarin Chinese, in both a man's voice and a woman's voice.
The Demo includes only one sample Chinese text. The complete Wenlin includes a collection of Chinese literature.
The complete Wenlin comes on a CD-ROM, with a 248-page User's Guide. The same CD-ROM runs on Macintosh and MS-Windows.
The complete Wenlin enables you to edit the dictionary, to add new vocabulary and modify definitions.

What's New:
New Dictionary
Dictionary Menu
Font Menu
Handwriting Recognition
MacOS X. Native compatibility with Apple's latest operating system
Unicode and GB Support
Radical Look-up Method
List Numbers
Options Menu.

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