3.2.x Bug Report / Feedback Thread

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I don't know if this is a bug or not, or if I'm just missing something big.
In the Document Reader, when reading a plain text file, I have the icon for Bookmarks (the "open book"), but that is to view bookmarks. If I tap on that, I can add folders or edit them. But I cannot for the life of me find the button to add a bookmark. I think I've been through every icon up there, and looked through all the settings menus. I tend to read really long text files so the add-a-bookmark feature would be very helpful. I've been lax on updating for awhile, but have just updated to the newest version.

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#3
D'oh, mod, please delete previous!! The icon is for some reason the same as the "send document to..." icon ... maybe that could be changed? It's such a standard usage on the rest of IOS that maybe that isn't the icon you want there.
 
#5
Not specific to this version, but I think when I skip a flashcard it can't be reached using the back button. Sometimes I skip a card which I think is not very useful, later I think I should better delete the card altogether but I can't access it anymore from the test screen. Not very important detail, but I had this situation maybe two or three times.
 
#7
CHARS - Alternative Fonts - click on character:

Still has character creation button for the original word, might be assumed it's just for the single character (and font(?)).

Still has up and down buttons but doesn't change the actual face screen but the entry behind.

Maybe just treat it the same as character zoom instead.
 
#9
Hi Michael: just a suggestion with regard to the web reader function. Presently, when you click on a word you cannot isolate specific characters. Pleco would automatically match the selected text with an entry in the dictionary. For instance, if you click on 总结一下 Pleco would look up the whole expression (as it is listed as 总结一下 in one of my dictionaries). But it would be far more useful to look up 总结 which has a much more complete entry. Unfortunatley, the web reader function does not let me select 总结.
 
#10
Hi Michael: just a suggestion with regard to the web reader function. Presently, when you click on a word you cannot isolate specific characters. Pleco would automatically match the selected text with an entry in the dictionary. For instance, if you click on 总结一下 Pleco would look up the whole expression (as it is listed as 总结一下 in one of my dictionaries). But it would be far more useful to look up 总结 which has a much more complete entry. Unfortunatley, the web reader function does not let me select 总结.
Actually you can do that using the arrows at the bottom of the screen, but admittedly it can be a bit cumbersome at times.
 

mikelove

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#13
Still a ways off, but we're releasing something with a few nice little improvements along with iOS 10. (which will probably still be a 3.2.x, as none of them are cross-platform)
 
#14
Long-pressing a word in the dictionary and tapping on the magnifying glass treats every word as pinyin, removing any special characters like umlauts or accents and adding tone numbers. For example, "Élaboré" comes out as "E2labore2". (in the entry for 精良) Shouldn't the loupe work with Hanzi, pinyin as well as English/any other language? Thanks!
This is on iOS 9.3.5.
 
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mikelove

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#15
This is by design - not every bit of Pinyin is reliably semantically tagged yet (particularly not in older dictionaries, which is why some of them still show Pinyin instead of Zhuyin in a few places even in Zhuyin mode) and we want to make sure the search box still works reliably in that case. Hopefully addressed in 4.0.
 
#16
Should be out now. Hopefully improves quality of life (especially for document reader users) while we continue pounding away on our next Great Big Update.
a suggestion, for text being highlighted, eg. while being "spoken": the tone colors (if enabled) of the currently highlighted characters or words are not shown. it would be very helpful to (provide an option to) preserve the tone colors while highlighting. this is useful when memorizing characters + tones as these are being spoken. thanks, kind regards
 
#18
thank you mike. i understand your concern. personally i think there would be no problem with offering the present full customization of tone colors in combination with the "transparent highlighting" option. i do however think that it would be a good idea to recommend 4 standard settings corresponding to transparent on/off X day/night. thanks, regards
 
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#19
Actually you can do that using the arrows at the bottom of the screen, but admittedly it can be a bit cumbersome at times.
this to me is a real issue. i would like to be able to use the arrows to see the (pop up) definition of single characters (eg. when reading example phrases in the dictionary). presently you have to do a back-forward dance with both arrow types to achieve this. and that is tremendously cumbersome, especially for a novice like me who would like to look up many (or all) of the characters. how about adding a button/switch to enable/disable headword detection so that the arrows may traverse individual characters only? thanks, regards
 

mikelove

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Staff member
#20
Could consider an option on that - on iOS you can actually drag the selection handles to collapse to a character bit faster.

Candidly, in general this is not something we like to encourage pedagogically - popular Chinese learning is way too character-centric at the moment, when people really ought to be focusing more on words. We don't impose our pedagogical preferences absolutely by any means - we've added a bunch of features we absolutely hate based on user requests - but they do tend to influence our priorities a bit.
 
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