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The most popular mobile Chinese dictionary ever is now on Android.LAUNCH PROMO: Get a free copy of our handwriting recognizer add-on if you download before June 30th. (you can keep using it for free even after that)Pleco is the ultimate Chinese learning companion - an integrated Chinese English dictionary / document reader / flashcard system with fullscreen handwriting input and live camera-based character lookups, from a company with over a decade of experience making mobile Chinese learning software. Major features: Great dictionaries: the free app comes with two dictionaries that between them cover 130,000 words and include 20,000 example sentences with Pinyin, and 8 other wonderful dictionaries are available as paid upgrades. (another 8 are set for release this spring) Live Optical Character Recognizer: look up words simply by pointing your device's camera at them, or by scrolling around a still image. (paid add-on) Handwriting input: use the entire width of your device's screen to draw characters. Very accurate, with a recognition engine licensed from China's leading maker of handwriting input systems. (paid add-on, free till June 30th) Flashcard System: create a card from any dictionary entry with a single button tap, import premade word lists, use advanced memorization techniques like SRS (spaced repetition), and study in a variety of modes including fill-in-the-blanks and tone drills. (simple version free, full-featured version a paid add-on) Powerful search: look up words by Chinese characters, Pinyin (spaces and tones optional), or a combination, with support for wildcards and full-text search. Cross-referencing: tap on any Chinese character / word in any dictionary entry to bring up its definition. Audio Pronunciation: instantly hear a native-speaker Mandarin audio recording of each Chinese headword; recordings are available for over 34,000 words. (single-syllable free, multi-syllable a paid add-on) Voice Recognition: not too exciting since it's built into Android, but we support it and it works quite well. (free) Stroke Order Diagrams: animations showing you how to draw each character; over 20,000 characters are covered. (paid add-on) Document Reader: open a Chinese-language text file and look up unknown words simply by tapping on them. You can also look up characters on web pages and in Word / RTF documents via the pasteboard. (paid add-on) Mainland- and Taiwan-friendly: supports both traditional and simplified characters (in dictionary definitions, stroke order diagrams, searches, OCR, and handwriting), and supports Zhuyin as well as Pinyin for pronunciation display. Tablet-friendly: not a full Honeycomb/ICS app yet, but our software includes a two-panel (results + definition on one screen) mode that's perfect for tablets, and we've also tweaked our main interface layouts around 7- and 10-inch screens. No ads - we won't even nag you about buying add-ons.We also offer excellent customer support - send us an email and see for yourself - and an active user community at plecoforums.com.Though we're new to Android, we've been selling mobile Chinese dictionary apps since 2001 and our sales and customer base have been steadily growing for 10 years across four different platforms. We take good care of our longtime customers, too - users who bought the Oxford dictionary from us in 2001 can still use that purchase on their brand new Android phone in 2012 without even having to pay an upgrade fee. You can be confident that we'll still be fixing bugs and adding new features for many years to come.Paid add-ons can be transferred to another device like any other paid app; load the free version of Pleco on your new device, go into "Add-ons" and tap "Restore Market Purchases."Customers who already own our software on another platform should check out our website at pleco.com/android for upgrade / license transfer options. twitter.com/plecosoftfacebook.com/plecosoftRecent changes:Thanks for all of the great reviews and suggestions!More bug / crash fixes, night-mode-specific tone color options, and a new and much easier system for installing add-ons downloaded outside of our app.Plus, we've released three new little "launcher" apps that give you a direct way to access the Pleco OCR / flashcard / document reader modules from your device's app launcher screen.Content rating: Everyone
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Thanks for all of the great reviews and suggestions!More bug / crash fixes, night-mode-specific tone color options, and a new and much easier system for installing add-ons downloaded outside of our app.Plus, we've released three new little "launcher" apps that give you a direct way to access the Pleco OCR / flashcard / document reader modules from your device's app launcher screen.