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Add a French dictionary to Dictionary.app
Authored by: kirkmc on Aug 10, '10 08:30:09AM

The dictionary linked to is from 1935. I would suggest that it is essentially useless, unless, of course, you're only reading books from before that time.

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Add a French dictionary to Dictionary.app
Authored by: crarko on Aug 10, '10 08:36:02AM

What's a good modern alternative?



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Add a French dictionary to Dictionary.app
Authored by: NaOH-Lye on Aug 10, '10 08:55:44AM
Dictionaries can be downloaded from Stardict and installed into Dictionary.app using DictUnifier.

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Add a French dictionary to Dictionary.app
Authored by: crarko on Aug 10, '10 09:12:34AM

Thanks!



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Add a French dictionary to Dictionary.app
Authored by: mkhaw on Aug 10, '10 02:58:30PM

OK, it's been a few years since I've messed with *nix-y things, but I don't get the Stardict tarballs or DictUnifier at all.

The tarballs unpack into triplets consisting of a .dict, a .idx and a .ifo file (presumably "dictionary", "index" and "information"). However, DictUnifier 1.1 doesn't recognize any of them, while DictUnifier 2.0b3 only recognizes the .ifo file and doesn't seem to produce any output. Oh, and the README file included (only) with 1.1 is in Chinese, which I don't read or understand.

So, can someone explain in plain English just how you feed a Stardict dictionary to DictUnifier, what the result should be and how to get Dictionary.app to recognize that?



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Add a French dictionary to Dictionary.app
Authored by: mkhaw on Aug 10, '10 04:32:30PM

OK, it seems DictUnifier 1.1 takes the tarball (.tar.bz2 file) as input and writes its output into ~/Library/Dictionaries. Dictionary.app then allows you to select the converted dictionaries in its Preferences.



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