Pinyin for Mac

July 21, 2010, 06:34 AM posted in General Discussion

My second question for the day was brought on by the constant frustration I have when using the native pinyin input system on my Mac. I've tried using QIM, but wasn't overly impressed with that either. My favourite from the Windows days was the excellent 搜狗 (Sougou).

Anyone know if they made a Mac version yet?

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July 21, 2010, 12:31 PM

I've never tried QIM, but if I recall, you had to pay, so I use Fun Input Toy. It's not brilliant, but it's better than the built-in IME.

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July 21, 2010, 12:42 PM

Hi Xiaoxue, are you using the "free" version.  The reason I ask is that QIM also has Sougou.  In my experience, it's roughly equivalent to 谷歌 for Windows boxes; however, as Sebire says, if you want to get the full-featured (i.e. Sougou dictionary, traditional character support, etc.) it costs 19.99 USD or 69 RMB.

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August 04, 2010, 07:22 PM

Hi xiaoxue101, I am using the IMKQIM I got through the Yale Mac page.  I am not sure if I had to pay to activate it.  There are 2 parts to make it work well.  The IMKQIM is about 16MB, and the QIT is about 178MB.  The QIT is what makes it determine the most likely characters from a string of pinyin, I think. You might be lacking that part, it seems.

Here are the links:

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August 11, 2010, 08:11 AM

Why dont you use windows system

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August 14, 2010, 02:41 AM

哈哈!And if someone asks about the use of 了,you could suggest that they study Swedish instead. :)