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Install a new Cocoa spellchecking service System
I found CocoAspell. It's a Cocoa frontend for Aspell, a UNIX spell checker. Seems to work very well, lot of different language dictionaries available, too.

[Editor's note: I realize that there's built-in spell checking in many (all?) Cocoa apps, but CocoAspell has some nice features, including filters that skip things like HTML, URLs, or email addresses. It includes a preference panel and a service which are easily installed with a couple of drag and drop operations. To see it in action, you need to choose the Spelling menu in a Cocoa app and then point to the Aspell dictionary.]
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CocoAspell is good for international users
Authored by: Anonymous on Apr 25, '02 03:55:00AM

Apple unfortunately only include a English dictionary with Mac OS X. Through CocoAspell you get all the dictionaries available for aspell including Swedish witch make me happy :-).

Now if only more application had support for the built in spelling!

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CocoAspell is good for international users
Authored by: BrentT on Apr 25, '02 08:46:47AM

Does CocoAspell have the ability to add custom dictionaries? I have a 91K Word dictionary file of medical terms I would like to use in other apps.

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CocoAspell is good for international users
Authored by: marcv on Apr 25, '02 03:56:29PM

i don't think aspell can load more then 1 dictionary at the time (unlike excalibur) But I think you work around that by pasting your own list into the learned word list. I checked and it's just a text file, with words separated by Line feeds. You could use Tex-Edit plus to convert to that. location of the file is eg ~/Library/Spelling/Aspell/dutch (for the Dutch learned words).
BTW seem to me that Aspell does a better job than Apple's own speller at English too.

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Forget spellings
Authored by: mzajac on Apr 25, '02 02:20:28PM

I was happy to find cocoAspell, because it comes with a Canadian dictionary.

My only disappointment is that the Cocoa dictionary is only able to forget spellings that you have added manually, not the built-in spellings. So it now won't flag Canadian spellings, but I can't get it to mark US spellings in case I accidentally type or paste them.

The cocoAspell web site seems to have instructions for compiling your own dictionaries. I'll have to investigate this further.

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Forget spellings
Authored by: mzajac on Apr 26, '02 01:35:53AM
Turns out that the Canadian dictionary built into cocoAspell/aspell works great. Just make sure that you also enable the "English" dictionary in the pref pane. The American-, British- and Canadian-English dictionaries are dependent on that one being enabled. If it's off, then the Apple dictionary checks your spelling instead, without letting you know. It's working for me now in this OmniWeb text area. See—no spelling errors are flagged:
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Correct download link
Authored by: Mara on Aug 21, '02 12:40:49PM

that mac homepage is no longer there (wonder why, heh...) - you can download the software here:

still haven't tried it, but thanks for posting about it - I was just complaining about the lack of spelling services in other languages, it's rather short-sighted of Apple considering they took pains to localize their OS in so many different versions! I just wish we didn't have to fill in the gaps by adding extra software all the time. (rant over)

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Performance problems
Authored by: adambyrtek on Aug 12, '07 11:48:17AM

Great idea, but there are some performance issues. With "Check Spelling as You Type" turned on responsiveness when editing text drops significantly, and Activity Monitor confirms that it's CocoAspell that is eating the resources.

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