Jisho
Jisho 4.1.4
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Japanese-English dictionary.   Shareware ($14.00)
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Jisho lets you search in your native tongue. Supports searching in Japanese (Kanji, Hiragana,Katakana, and Romaji), English, German, Russian, and French.

Completely New User Experience
  • Jisho 4.0 took the interface back to the drawing board with a completely new streamlined interface.
Lists
  • Track your favorite words with lists
Smart Result Fetching
  • Jisho got smarter. Search in Japanese, get Japanese results. Search in English, get English results.
Fast
  • Jisho is now faster than ever.
Auto Strength
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What's New
Version 4.1.4:
  • Fixes issue with height hiding add list button.
Requirements
Intel, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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ver. 4.x:
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+10
Noriker commented on 17 May 2009
Regarding my recent review, the developer has announced that both said problems (searching in German and searching for plural) will be fixed.
[Version 3.1.1]


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Noriker reviewed on 15 May 2009
Jisho comes in very handy if you're a user of Quicksilver because it adds a Services entry, that you can call from QS (Period; enter Search Term, Tab, Jisho).

I also find it interesting that it (theoretically) understands various languages. Unfortunately it doesn't actually work unless you use the "broad" or "extra broad" settings, and everytime you close the app, it forgets the settings. But for English it's ok.

What I don't like at all, is that it doesn't allow searching for any plural forms, only for singular, as there is no plural form in Japanese (which doesn't mean you can't just translate it to the singular). This again makes it impossible to quickly search with Jisho if you select a plural in Text Edit or Safari and want to use Serives or Quicksilver to find the Japanese translation. I already mailed the creator about it but he doesn't want to change it.
[Version 3.1.1]


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+176
Stormchild commented on 05 Aug 2008
It's nice to see alternatives being developed, but JEDict is still the king, and the built-in Japanese dictionaries in OS X are quite good too.
[Version 3.0]

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Stormchild replied on 09 Aug 2011
Following up on this comment I left a few years ago, I have to admit I've become increasingly frustrated with what an absolute mess the UI of JEDict has become (not that the UI was ever one of its strong points), and I'm starting to look at alternatives (such as this one).

What makes JEDict "king" (as I called it) is the feature set, which is going to be hard to top. While Jisho has a clean UI, it is almost completely devoid of any features whatsoever, other than the basic ability to look up a word. You can do that with the built-in Dictionary app in Mac OS X, and honestly, the information you get is so much better than what Jisho offers.

At this point, it's hard to imagine why Jisho even exists. As I said earlier, I appreciate any effort to make a better Japanese dictionary for the Mac, but with all due respect, Jisho offers absolutely no value whatsoever.

On iOS, things are looking a bit better. There's an app simply called "Japanese" (by "codefromtokyo"), and it's quite brilliant. Lots of functionality, and overall the UI is quite well designed. I wish it existed for the Mac. For now, it looks like JEDict remains the only real option for anyone serious about learning Japanese.
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Snowlprd commented on 06 Dec 2007
Apps such as this one are less necessary now that Leopard includes a Japanese-English dictionary [link].
[Version 2.2]

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delight1 replied on 29 Jul 2008
not if you want it in romaji
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Stormchild replied on 05 Aug 2008
...Which you shouldn't, because the first thing anyone should do when learning Japanese is learn hiragana/katakana and immediately stop using romaji. It's a terrible crutch.
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hyperfrank tipped on 08 Jan 2006
If you are looking for a free alternative to Jisho, see Wisho (http://homepage.mac.com/domg/FileSharing2.html), a free and excellent widget that uses EDICT as a database.
[Version 1.3]

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+26
Christopher Forsythe replied on 09 Jan 2006
After looking at that widget, it looks like it requires internet access. Jisho does not.
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Anonymous reviewed on 17 Aug 2005
Mayjay is very good, it is based on edict too,
and lets you search with wildcards (*), meaning if you know one of a two or three kanji word you can find them easily.
[Version 1.2]

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Anonymous commented on 17 Aug 2005
Jisho searches with wildcards when it searches in the Broad or Super Broad modes.
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Anonymous commented on 30 Aug 2005
Actually, Mayjay uses JMdict, which evolved from edict.

If only Mayjay didn't crash with Java memory errors when I try to load the full, latest version of JMdict... but that's Java's fault, not Mayjay.
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Anonymous reviewed on 14 Jun 2005
It desplays no kanji and just one meaning for each root.
If you want a free japanese/english dictionary for Macintosh displaying Kanji, download Akane at this URL http://ftp.cc.monash.edu.au/pub/nihongo/AKANE.1.0.3.sit.hqx,
which I found here: http://ftp.cc.monash.edu.au/pub/nihongo/00INDEX.html.
[Version 1.0.1]

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Anonymous commented on 30 Aug 2005
Akane (and Oridict) weren't terribly stable for me, though.
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Anonymous reviewed on 08 May 2005
not worth 10$ should be free. Using the EDICT file anyways.. those who want a good EDICT dictionary online with tons of info and kanji

http://kanjidict.stc.cx/dict
[Version 1.0.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 06 May 2005
Just had a quick look at the capability of Jisho 1.0.1. As long as the 'tsu' sound in the Japanese language (examples in my first trials) is shown correctly with the hiragana/katakana symbol, but is shown in Romaji as 'zu', this will be a failure for all native English speakers who wish to learn the proper pronunciation from Jisho. The hard 'ts' reading for 'z' will be more familiar to those schooled in other European languages, but native English speakers will naturely want to say a soft 'z', and the 'zu' indicated in the Romaji listings are incorrect! Have not tested other potentially 'sensitive' vocabulary yet; I hope this is not an indication of what else I might discover (I purchased Jisho before testing it!
[Version 1.0.1]

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Anonymous commented on 08 May 2005
it's not worth the 10$, get your money back. there are better programs that do the same thing. all over the web too
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Christopher Forsythe reviewed on 06 May 2005
Pretty cool stuff. Very pretty. :)
[Version 1.0.1]


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Downloads:12,648
Version Downloads:1,332
Type:Education : Language
License:Shareware
Date:27 Jul 2011
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $14.00
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Jisho lets you search in your native tongue. Supports searching in Japanese (Kanji, Hiragana,Katakana, and Romaji), English, German, Russian, and French.

Completely New User Experience
  • Jisho 4.0 took the interface back to the drawing board with a completely new streamlined interface.
Lists
  • Track your favorite words with lists
Smart Result Fetching
  • Jisho got smarter. Search in Japanese, get Japanese results. Search in English, get English results.
Fast
  • Jisho is now faster than ever.
Auto Strength
  • Jisho automatically digs deeper if it can't find anything
WildCard Searching
  • Search with wildcards by inputting a *.
OS X Integration
  • Look up words in most applications with a single click or press of a key-combination.
Romanization
  • Automatically converts hiragana and katakana to roman letters. You can even search in Japanese with roman letters.
Preferences
  • New Preferences for disabling romaji and returning results in any language.
Search from anywhere
  • Once Jisho is on your computer, no Internet access required to search and use Jisho.


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