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The ZDT (Zhongwen Development Tool) is a program written to help users study Mandarin Chinese. Users can create their own word lists and quiz themselves using three different flashcard modes. There is also a dictionary that can be used to search through the built in CEDICT (and optional Adso) databases. Users can input Chinese characters and get the associated pinyin and English definitions through the Annotation function. This makes it convenient to read blocks of Chinese text. The program is built on top of the Eclipse RCP platform, which allows it to be extendable through its plugin architecture. It runs on Linux, OS X, and Windows platforms.

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Recent releases

  •  14 Aug 2007 07:08

    Release Notes: A more flexible and self scoring Self Review Test was provided. Character and Pinyin fields now support special characters. Custom import can now import a better percentage of entries for S P D and T P D patterns. The user database can be changed without restarting the application. Several bugs were fixed.

    •  23 Jul 2007 06:37

      Release Notes: New features include interval based testing, custom import, and flashcard session resuming. In addition, there were numerous other bugfixes.

      •  08 Dec 2006 07:40

        Release Notes: An import bug with the "use definitions from database" option was fixed. entries with more than one row selected can now be copied and deleted. Supermemo export now exports required ID field.

        •  19 Oct 2006 18:22

          Release Notes: Stroke order animations have been added. Built in Chinese IME support. Updated flashcard capability. Updated help. Numerous bugfixes.

          •  23 Sep 2006 00:40

            Release Notes: Supports Key Assist to show available keyboard shortcuts. The ability to edit traditional characters has been added. The user dictionary option has been removed. An auto backup feature has been added. There are numerous other bugfixes.


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