You should first download a recent EDICT version. As the file is updated often, here is
the URL for
downloading and more information about EDICT. Save the EDICT file to your KanjiQuick data
folder or move it there after downloading. If EDICT comes as a compressed file (e.g.
EDICT.zip, EDICT.exe), it must be decompressed before you can use it.
For conversion of EDICT to database format, click the
button in the upper right corner of KanjiQuick's main
program , which will load the EDICT Reader module. Then choose File > Convert from
the EDICT Reader menu and follow the instructions. If
you previously loaded an older version of the EDICT database file, you should delete or
move it from the KanjiQuick data folder before you start the conversion. The EDICT
converter will warn you if the EDICT file you have downloaded is corrupted or if you are
about to convert a version which is not newer than your present EDICT database.
EDICT Reader is very easy to use. There are 4 ways to search for entries: Search for kanji, jukugo
and kana-kanji strings Search for readings (kana only) Search for English matches (with pattern matching
options) Search from combined
criteria (combination of any or all search strings)
Matches may be sorted according to different criteria.
You may choose 5 different font sizes.
How to use EDICT Reader
1. Choose database
When you start the Reader from
KanjiQuick, EDICT.dat is the default database. If this file is not present in your
KanjiQuick data folder or if you wish to use an alternate database, you may load it from
the menu, File > Load
2. Search string input
Enter or paste your search criteria into the appropriate input
box of the EDICT window.
EDICT Reader is linked with KanjiQuick .
When EDICT Reader is launched from KanjiQuick, any text in the Jukugo
or Kanji display box will be displayed in the EDICT Reader kanji search
box , so it is easy to search for EDICT Reader entries matching a character
you have found in KanjiQuick. You may drag and drop text from KanjiQuick
to EDICT Reader and vice-versa.
Drag and drop characters into the EDICT kanji input box from KanjiQuick's
main window display boxes , or the Kanji ,
Jukugo , or Items Lists .
Do not Drag & Drop characters from the Results
List or Text Analysis Text
input box . The Drag & Drop will function, but the data you drag away will
no longer be in the source text, since both of these files may be edited or saved by you.
If you wish to perform an EDICT search on a string in either of these sources, first
highlight it and double-click on the string, then drag it from the Kanji
or Jukugo List that appears.
In order to allow direct Japanese language input, Japanese language
support (MS IME) must be enabled.
Note that pattern matching is activated for search criteria in all input
fields. Thus, if you input any string, EDICT Reader will display all entries
containing this string within a phrase or a single word. For example if you input "nation," EDICT Reader will also display matches like "national," "explanation,"
and "international." You may search for single
words by entering spaces before and after the string, or search for words ending with
"nation" by entering a space only after the search string.
Pattern matching can be disabled for English search criteria
only. Choose Settings > Auto Wildcard
from the menu to enable or disable. If disabled, you may still use pattern matching by
entering * or ? as appropriate.
Capitalization is ignored in a search.
Click the button to delete all
The maximum number of matches displayed is 5,000. If your search yields more matches
than this, you are requested to modify your search criteria in order to reduce the number
of matches. You may choose 1,000 or 2,000 as the maximum number to speed up output to the
3. Start search
Click the button located below any field with valid search criteria entered in the
box to begin searching. Text strings from other fields will be excluded from the search.
Click the button to use search
criteria from all fields for a combined search.
4. Display results
After completing the search, the count of all matches is displayed in the title bar and
the maximum possible entries will be displayed in the table
grid . You may adjust each column or row height and width individually to
better view the results. Use the scroll bars to move within the search results.
5. Display single entries in the central textbox
Click on a row to have its contents displayed in the central
6. Search using data strings from results
When displayed in the central textbox , any selected kanji,
kana or English string can be moved to one of the input
fields and used for a follow-up search.
7. Sort matches
By default, results will be sorted by order of characters in the kanji
column . Choose a different sorting order from the options in the upper right
corner (valid for the next search). Double-click anywhere in the desired column to change
the sorting order of the displayed results.
8. Font size
The font size for the table grid and the central textbox may be selected from 8 to 16 points. Use
the menu ( Settings > Font
size ), or choose a value from the font size box. The font used within EDICT Reader is Arial Unicode MS.
9. Linking EDICT Reader with KanjiQuick When EDICT Reader is launched from KanjiQuick, any text in the jukugo or
kanji window will be displayed in the EDICT Reader kanji search box, so
it is easy to search for EDICT database entries matching a character you have found in
KanjiQuick. You may drag and drop text from KanjiQuick to EDICT Reader and vice-versa.
If you want to know how many entries there are in EDICT Reader for any search string you
used with KanjiQuick, simply check EDICT Monitor from
the KanjiQuick Extras
menu. However, please be aware that due to the double search both in the KanjiQuick and
EDICT databases, it will require more time to complete a search.
To remind you that EDICT Monitor is running, a red
"read" square will flash on and off in the left corner of the button.
Voice generation (optional)
Text strings in the EDICT Central
display box or the table grid can be
read by a Japanese voice. To have an entry in the table read, click on a cell while
pressing a Shift key. To have characters in the Central display
box read, select text and press a Shift key before you release the mouse
button. See Voice Generation for further information.
The EDICT Reader program and all its data are protected by copyrights and must not be
altered in any manner. Use for commercial purposes is not permitted. By use of this
program you confirm your acceptance of and compliance with all copyrights. Detailed
copyright regulations for the EDICT data can be found here.
The EDICT Reader program has been thoroughly tested in order to ensure proper
operation. Although no failures were detected prior to release, under unknown conditions,
software products of any kind may behave in an unpredictable manner. Therefore, the author
and publisher are not liable for any loss of data or any damages that may be linked to the
use of this program..
EDICT Reader may be used without registration. KanjiQuick must be registered if you
wish to continue using it after evaluation. For inquiries, please contact:
JaF ("Fachverband Japanisch als Fremdsprache e.V.," c/o Seminar E Orientalische
Sprachen, Nassestr. 2, 53113 Bonn.