zbedic - electronic dictionary
zbedic is an electronic dictionary reader for Sharp Zaurus and Linux desktop.
- Over 90 free mono- and bi-lingual dictionaries (most of them free)
- Efficiently compressed dictionary files (English WordNet
dictionary - about 120,000 entries - is only 6MB)
- All dictionaries can be edited
- You can create your own dictionaries
- Can handle huge dictionary files, such as the Wikipedia
- History, back/forward navigation, links between dictionary
- Well designed interface - keyboard shortcuts for all
- Can be integrated with QtReader
- Can be installed on CF/SD card to save internal memory
- It's free!
07.06.2007 zbedic 1.2 released
The history and the back/forward navigation buttons has been throughly
reimplemented to make them the same as the corresponding functions in
a web-browser. Additionally, for faster switch between often used
dictionaries, the dictionary pop-up list shows three most recently
used dictionaries at the top. The history listing is a great help for
those who learn languages, as it makes easy to revisit the unknown
words that one has come upon recently. The words can be then copied to
the favorite learning software (SuperMemo in my case) to make sure
they will be memorized and not forgotten.
28.02.2007 Comprehensive list of zbedic dictionaries
zbedic has amazingly large collection of free dictionaries, which are
nevertheless very difficult to find. To make searching for these
dictionaries easier, I created a large list of available
. The list is probably not be complete or may have
many wrong entries. I would therefore appreciate your help in
correcting existing entries or adding new dictionaries. More
information on the 'Dictionaries'
27.02.2007 New discussion forum
After a bad experience with the SourceForge trackers and mailing lists
(spam, poor system of notifications, terrible administration), the
suggested method of reporting problems, posting comments, advertising
new dictionaries, is the zbedic Google
. Please direct any posts to this group.
The latest version for Sharp/CACKO ROM can be downloaded
from the files section of the zbedic project at SourceForge. OZ/Opie
version can be found at OZ
(check always for the latest version in the upgrades
section). The latest sources can be found in the CVS (releases are
tagged). zbedic can be installed on CF/SD card or in
internal storage. Uninstall an old version before installing the new
one - no configuration or dictionaries will be lost.
Starting with version 1.0 there are two zbedic packages available for Sharp/CACKO ROMs:
- zbedic_/version/_arm.ipk (recommended) - the sqlite3
library must be installed before installing this version . You can
download the sqlite3 package from ELSI. The
sqlite3 package from Cacko ROM's feed should work as well.
- zbedic_/version/_static_arm.ipk - this version already
includes sqlite3 and does not require any additional packages (is
statically linked with the sqlite3). Use this package if you have
problems installing the non-static version. Note however that the
static version is
bigger, takes more memory and takes longer to launch the application.
Starting with version 1.1 there are two zbedic packages available for i386 Linux:
- zbedic_/version/_i386.deb - debian package to be installed using dpkg.
- zbedic_/version/_i386.tgz - generic Linux binary package. It must be installed in /usr/local to function properly.
Note for OZ/OPIE users: If searching for dictionaries does not work, try putting dictionary files under: ~/Documents/application/bedic/
A complete user manual is available as an
online help in the
application. The link below contains a copy of this documentation:
ZBEDic user manual
If you would like to create your own dictionaries, check the
description of the bedic-format,
example dictionary in a simplified format and read the man pages
of xerox and mkbedic. xerox and mkbedic commands can be found in libbedic
sources (binaries will be soon available too).
Help making zbedic even better!
- Donate to support new features!
- Test it on your Zaurus and report on things that do not work.
zbedic is currently tested only on SL-5500 and SL-C1000 - I cannot
affort all possible Zaurus models.
- Report any problems or suggestions for enhancements at the bedic-user mailing list
- If you create / convert dictionaries to zbedic format and they
are not copyrighted - donate them
Actively help in the development of zbedic:
- New icons. The exiting icons look ugly. Create better ones, so I
can include them in the next reselase.
Other zbedic related web pages
History and Current Status
zbedic was originally created by Latchesar Ionkov based on the kbedic
by Radostin Radnev. Starting from version 0.9.2 zbedic is further
developed by Rafal Mantiuk. However, the desktop version of the
program - qbedic - is no longer updated. Instead, zbedic can be
compiled both for QTE/Qtopia and Linux desktop starting from release
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