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CocoAspell is an Open Source spell checker designed to eventually replace Ispell. Its main feature is that it does a much better job of coming up with possible suggestions than Ispell does. In fact recent tests shows that it even does better than Microsoft Word 97's spell checker or just about any other spell checker I have seen. It also has support for checking (La)TeX and HTML files, and run time support for other non English languages.

What's New

Version 2.1:
  • Updated for Snow Leopard (10.6).
  • This is a single distribution that includes both 64- and 32-bit binaries.
  • This release updates Aspell engine to version 0.60.5.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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misterjspencer Member IconReview+82
misterjspencer
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This was a great utility worked all the way to Lion, but now it won't compile the dictionaries and it looks like a dead duck. Excellent word replacement/suggestion, easy to use..developer...where are you now?

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Version 2.1
Mmueck Member IconComment+180
Mmueck
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This is a Cocoa wrapper around Aspell - a software package that hasn't been updated in over 18 months (abandonware?). Aspell claims it is better than Word 97 - a 13 year old piece of software. There are no comparisons to the current spell checkers built into OS X. Can someone please tell me why I would want to switch over to this?...

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Version 2.1
vajra Member IconComment+0
vajra
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I have tried installing CocoAspell already 3 times by now, but the prefpane never appears...All the other files install except of the prefpane..
Can anyone at all give me an explanation/solution for this issue??

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Version 2.0.4
macplanet
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Unfortunately the author has not increased the version number when he released the UB version, so the installer assumes that you have the current version already installed if, for example, you migrated your setup from a PPC machine.

Solution:
Remove the receipt files from the old installers (which have been migrated by the migration tool) -- afterwards the installer works fine.

The following files have to be deleted:
/Library/Receipts/aspell.pkg
/Library/Receipts/Spelling.pkg

Anton Leuski has confirmed the problem, but obviously has not updated his Readme.

sj6123 Member IconComment+0
sj6123
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I installed CocoAspell to help with spellchecking TeX documents (TeXShop). I liked the concept but I did not find it particularly helpful, and I preferred the native Apple spellcheck (despite underlining the TeX commands).

But after i uninstalled it, the English dictionary in Spelling did not work (in any program, such as TextEdit, Mail, etc.). The other languages worked fine (red underlines, and so on), but English did not. Eventually, after much troubleshooting, I simply deleted the AppleSpell.service file from the system/library/services folder and reinstalled the one from my other Mac. It now works fine. I just wanted to provide this feedback in case anyon else has similar problems.

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Version 2.0.4
idgregorio Member IconComment+0
idgregorio
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I installed cocoAspell on my new Mac on Intel today. After six hours trying to make it work, I've decided to give up. But before, I'll leave a post here in case somebody can help me.

The installation program seemed to work well, got the Spelling in System Preferences and chose the dictionary. I downloaded three dicitonaries and the only one that compiled without error messages was the English one. To compile them I cd into their directories and sudid

./configure
make install

Is there anything else I should have done?

I pointed my PATH variable to Library/PreferencePanes/Spelling.prefPane/Contents/Resources/cocoAspell.service/Contents/MacOS/cocoAspell that was the only binary I could find and if I type cocoaspell check myfile.txt on the bash shell, the program starts, registers the 3 dicitionaries and goes idle.

I must have done something wrong altogether.

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Version 2.0.4
Donadio.j
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Hi, I don't know if you ended up figuring this out, but I also had a lot of problems, and still really haven't been able to make it work I don't think. However, instead of configuring the dictionary files, you should simply have to decompress or de-archive them, then move them to the library> application support folder for cocoaspell. You can do this with Leopard with use of Archive Utility
Read Here http://joyofscripting.com/wp/?p=106

or you if you have tiger you can download this tool that decompresses files for macs
http://my.smithmicro.com/mac/stuffit.html

or

follow the directions in this post to make an applescript which will activate folders to be decompressed (only effective for Tiger or older versions, there is no BOMArchivehelper in Leopard and the Archive Utility does not respond to Applescripts)

http://www.bynkii.com/archives/2006/07/
(July 6th, Stupid AppleScript tricks middle screen)

I don't know if that was your problem or not, but if so hope it helps.

Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Works perfectly, and has good dictionaries, and intelligently plays with html, latex, and other coding/formats. As donationware it's purrrrrfect.

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Version 2.0.2
Windsor
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Is there anyone who could give me some kind of guidance in using cocoAspell 2.0.2?

I have created Armenian fonts for that works for both platforms, Mac and PC. And since the encoding is in the first 255 decimals (ASCII), the Armenian language of Mac OS X (if there is any) might not work with my font, since that one would be based on Unicode encoding. I was encouraged to get cocoAspell to create a spell checker for my font. But since I know nothing about programming, I am asking any one who would be interested in helping me in using cocoAspell.
My email is
info@windsor-productions.com

Thanks,
Nerses

Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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hmmm... spell check comes built into OS X....

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Version 2.0.2
Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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hmmmm... READ THE DESCRIPTION OF THE SOFTWARE

Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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Read the description before coming with such lame statements. This is spelling for the rest of the worlds languages that Apple does NOT include with OS X's built in spelling.

Leoofborg Member IconComment+377
Leoofborg
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Sorry to write YA-comment. For those having trouble compiling this, you must do it manually from inside the Dict folder using Terminal. Please read the readme inside the aspell-en-6.0 folder... you need to do:

1/ ./configure
2/ make
3/ make install

Then it should work. Kind of.

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Version 2.0.1
Leoofborg Member IconComment+377
Leoofborg
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Yup, confirmed same problem with 2.01b. English dict that comes with the install will not compile.

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Version 2.0.1
Donmckpaul Member IconComment+0
Donmckpaul
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Having a problem with this beta on 10.3.9. It can't seem to compile the English dict that comes with it. locate finds /usr/bin/make without problems.

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Version 2.0b
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Date 24 Dec 2009
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