Sougou for Mac?

November 25, 2009, 12:06 PM posted in General Discussion

Is there a Sougou equivalent for Mac computers? And how is ChinesePod (based in Shanghai) maintaining such an active presence on a certain foreign social networking site?

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November 25, 2009, 12:51 PM

This site tends to suggest that Sougou pinyin entry does work on a mac:

The entry from January this year goes:

Say goodbye to the built-in pinyin system on the Mac. I just learned that Sogou's pinyin entry can be used on Mac systems. Just go to to download a light, elegant pinyin entry system. This is definitely faster and smarter than the one one Apple provides!!!

..but I'd be interested also to hear what the best pinyin input system for a mac is.Calkins?

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March 24, 2010, 11:51 AM

Hi garvatron! (Gravatron, the fair ride?) The link still seems live. As an update to my comment above, if you're using Snow Leopard (i.e. OS 10.6) or above, make sure you click on the IMKQIM link. Otherwise, you download QIM, which is incompatible. Likewise, if you're still using Tiger, hit the QIM link. Whichever one you load should display in your Language and Text setting.

As an aside, the people behind QIM are really on top of things. They had the IMKQIM link up the day Snow Leopard was released. They're the type of shareware developer that deserves support. 而且如果你要用繁体字,免费的发行没有这个功能。

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November 25, 2009, 01:50 PM

I think the best pinyin input system for a mac is Sogou, Sogou pinyin softwave is very popular in china, and I think Google pinyin software is good too, but Google pinyin didn't work in mac. You can see this web page:

You do not need to install the pinyin software, let me tell you how to use it: you must add the url to your browser's favorites, and it is over. when you looking other pages and you want to use sogou pinyin, you just want to click the url you add in the favorites, you can input chinese now.I hope you can understand it.


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November 25, 2009, 02:45 PM

哦 liq87 通过你的英语感觉你是中国人 没错了 Am I right ?

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November 25, 2009, 03:01 PM


Wow! I have only been a (paid) subscriber for less than 24 hours and everyone has been so helpful. Thanks for the advice, I'm sure you're right, but I'n not that tech savy, and my Chinese isn't good enough to fully comprehend the instructions on the sougou site (yet!).

But I will take my computer into work tomorrow and get my Chinese colleagues to do the job.


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November 25, 2009, 01:44 PM

Yes, thats certainly what the site suggests...but I've never been able to get it to work, but that could due to a lack of computer expertise on my behalf.

I'd also like to know about the 'best' input system for a mac...

By the way, I just found this group on the site:

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November 26, 2009, 02:22 AM


Got it.

You've been a great help tvan. Been trying to write Chinese on this thing for ages!

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November 26, 2009, 06:42 AM

So how is Sougou better than the built-in input systems in OSX? What are the advantages? 'Cause I'm quite pleased with the default, although I don't write very long texts, I admit.

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November 26, 2009, 07:08 AM

Sougou will change your life.

It's easy, simple to use and very intuitive, much better than the built in system of the Mac, which comes up with all sorts of absurd translations.

Tvan has provided the link if you want to try it. I highly recommend it.

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March 24, 2010, 12:10 AM

I am interested in using the software Tvan mentioned. However, I downloaded the software from the link and it just appears to be some kind of dictionary. I am looking for a pinyin input program to use on my mac. Can someone explain to me how to use QIT to be able to do so? Thanks in advance!

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November 26, 2009, 01:27 AM

@waiguoren, Sougou is available for the Mac.  It is included in an IME called QIM.  You can download it here.  It loads right up, no technical expertise required.

Also, unlike Google, QIM paid the Chinese developer for the rights.