Heilong Chinese-English Dictionary Tools
What are they?
The primary tool is a simple standalone dictionary application that allows lookup of words in Pinyin, Hanzi, and English. Its little brother is a plugin for Internet Explorer that provides quick lookup of English or Chinese words in web pages.
The standalone dictionary will run on any platform that has Python 2.5 and tkinter. Just download the source, unzip, and run heilong.py. On Windows, a binary .exe is also available. Just download, unzip, and run.
The dictionary interface is minimalistic: enter words to translate in the search box, and view the results in the table. One handy feature of the Pinyin lookup is that wildtones can be used, by entering a '?' in place of a tone. For example, 'wen?' will match 'wen1', 'wen2', 'wen3', and 'wen4'.
To transliterate a large amount of Chinese text to Pinyin, open the transliteration dialog, paste in the text, and hit the button. The feature is primitive (i.e. not context-sensitive), but is nonetheless quite useful.
Heilong Plugin for IE
Run the installer, and install the plugin files in the desired directory. After the files are copied, the installer registers the plugin as a Browser Helper Object with IE. The installer also installs a standard Microsoft .NET component needed by the plugin.
Just select words or phrases in web pages to activate the dictionary; when a word is found, the entries are shown in a popup dialog.
To close the dialog, move the mouse out of it, or hit the escape key. The dialog accepts new words for lookup in its search box.
Run the uninstaller, which does as it is told.