Friday, June 5, 2009

Android App : Color Dict : StarDict compatible universal dictionary

ColorDict is a StarDict compatible universal dictionary for Android. You can search words and idioms in many dictionaries at once. You don't need an internet connection to search because StarDict dictionaries are stored in the sdcard. There are many kinds of StarDict dictionaries on the internet.

Usage for StarDict Data
- Download a StarDict data file to your PC
- Uncompress .tar.bz2 file
- Change filename .dz to .gz
- Uncompress .gz
- Copy all uncompressed files to /dictdata folder in your sdcard
- Run ColorDict

You can download it from the AndAppStore (http://andappstore.com/AndroidApplications/apps/213590)























73 comments:

  1. Hi there,

    I've made lots of effort trying to find the "Color Dict", but I can't get it anywhere in the world, can you tell me where to get it please?

    Thank you,
    York

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  2. You can find 'Color Dict' on the android market. You don't need to search whole the world.

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  3. I can't find it in the Android Market either. Is it a paid app?

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  4. I found the answer to my previous question to be no. When installing a dictionary data set, it asks if I want to install Color Dict from the market. Answering yes yields "There are no matches in Android Market for the search: pname: com.socialnmobile.colordict"

    Is it not published for everyone?

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  5. Though color dict is a free application, the application is protected like many other paid apps.

    http://www.cyrket.com/package/com.socialnmobile.colordict

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  6. It just became available for me in the market, thanks!

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  7. It's back to market again, thanks.
    I've copied the dictionary files to the "dictdata" directory, it shows up the name of the dictionary but no matter what I entered it always shows "Search error in the "dictionary name".
    Does it support sub directory under the "dictdata" directory?

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  8. York--
    Did you uncompress dictionary.dz?. There should be at least 2 files for a dictionary. (dictionary).dict, (dictionary).idx

    It doesn't support subdirectory.

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  9. Hi Social & Mobile,

    Yes, you are right, I didn't uncompress the .dz file, it now starts working, thanks. I was using another dictionary which reads .dz file directly and that's why I didn't pay any attention on this thing. Another problem is that only the first part of the explaination of a word was shown up, but the other part of the explaination of the same word is not shown up.

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  10. Do you have an url for the data you are using. I will check that file.

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  11. I'm trying to install it now. I can't find colordict in the store.

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  12. I am also getting "There are no matches in Android Market for the search: pname: com.socialnmobile.colordict"

    I cannot find it by way of the dictionary installers, searching the store or using links/qr codes.

    Has the package been removed from the store? If so, is there another place that I can get it?

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  13. Hi,
    nice application.
    could you include a spanish-english dictionary on market? So we don't have to download and copy from stardict.
    thanks a lot,
    S.

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  14. Thanks a lot. Dictionary works. But in text in the cards I see all additional formating symbols... All dictionaries I have taken from the portable version of the Stardict. Where can I take some compiler or some discription how make a normal text without these symbols?

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  15. Wonderful app. I got tired of constantly looking up words on merriam-webster online, so this is a life-saver.

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  16. I can't search colordict in Market.
    Looks like this app has been deleted from market. aslo cyrket.com offline.

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  17. Nice, but I can't seem to make it work properly with the Quick Search Box in Donut. I will grant you, I'm using the latest Cyanogen modification to the the stock final HTC Donut build, and everything else Donut seems to work okay. Any ideas?

    Note: I've re-downloaded, re-installed, re-indexed, and re-booted. The searches work fine inside the ColorDict application, but nothing from ColorDict shows up in the Quick Search Box on the Home Screen.

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  18. every time i try to look up a word it says, error in searcinh db :( i don't know why because it recognize the dictonories :(

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  19. I got the problem as many others,when it leads me to download the ColorDict,and it comes up "There are no matches in Android market for the search..."Is there any other alternatives ways that i could get it?

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  20. It's either not in the market or got removed. I could find the extensions though, but it's nowehere visile in the Market for me. I use a Moto Milestone.

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  21. If you can't find ColorDict in the marekt, download it here http://andappstore.com/AndroidApplications/apps/213590

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  22. Verizon just pushed out an update for the Eris 2nd week of January, since their update, I can't find ColorDict anymore, they somehow uninstalled the applications =-(. It's not listed as being installed, or listed as being in the market anymore. Odd.

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  23. I installed Color Dict and then the Spanish/English dictionary. When starting the Dictionary App, I am infomed that the data has been transferred to the SD card and to uninstall it. After the uninstall (no choice) the Spanish dictionary cannot be accessed.

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  24. I love your application. It would be nice if there was an "IMDB" Internet Movie Database add-on.

    Tony

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  25. hi i cant find colordict in android market either. what's wrong? ?>_<

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  26. Hi! Is it tested to work on HTC Tattoo (Click)? Going to buy this phone if this app is working good on it. Thanks for answers and great work!

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  27. Hi, is there any way to get dictionaries that have images in them to render correctly?

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  28. Looks nice. Did you plane translate UI to Russian?

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  29. download Britannica Concise Encyclopedia from http://reciteword.cosoft.org.cn/stardict-iso/stardict-dic/babylon/en/
    the programm indexes it but after search and click on found program displays a message "Search error in Britannica...."

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  30. Hi, first off thanks for the app, it's really great. I use it as a tool to build up my vocabular, and i think it would be amazing if you could export your history and definitions into a simple html table.

    Any plans or thoughts on this?

    Thanks again.

    Manaf

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  31. Thank you for being the only place on the web that actually explains how to import stardict files. IT WORKS! Thanks x1,000!

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  32. Hello! Is it possible to locate the dictionaries for Colordict in ext partition of the sdcard of my Hero, not in sdcard/dictdata?
    Thanks

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  33. Hey,

    I am using colordict while reading books in foreign languages and am looking up words once in a while. A useful feature for me and surely also other people would be if there was a way to mark words for getting them stored as flashcards to one cold use the identified words as flshcards to learn.

    It is just a rough idea by now and I am not crystal clear if it could be an add-on for colordict or a separate application which could be feeded by colordict, but I really would like to see something like this. As I am a developer myself I would also be willing to help with extending colordict.

    Let me know if you are interested. I'll come here in the next days and see if there is a response from you.

    For now all the best & Regards
    Michael

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  34. Hi,

    I'm in the same boat as Michael, I think a Flashcards app would be REALLY useful for me, either as a plugin (a la Lingvo, who make an excellent dictionary but totally refuse to port it to Android for whatever reason, or SlovoEd, which is flaky and a bit rubbish). Again, I'd be happy to try to contribute if you could offer any pointers.

    Alex

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  35. Dear Social&mobile,
    First I downlaoded the Color Dict from Market and installed it in my Motorola Milestone 2.1.Then I downloaded the Stardict data file to my PC(Windows XP),uncompressed the .tar bz2 file,changed the filename to .gz and copied them to my SD Card by drag and paste usig USB Code.Afterwards when I ran the Color Dict The pop up window came again saying Visit Homepage to see how to install SarDicta manually/Download data etc.I can't open the dictionery.What is the problem?Please suggest teh remedy.Waiting with thanks,
    pnsdhrn.

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  36. Dear Social&mobile,
    It seems that you are avoiding my request.Hence I have to think about uninstalling the ColorDict and StarDicta files as they are of no use to me except wasting the memory space of my phone.I shall wait for 2 more days to find a response from you.
    With regards,
    pnsdhrn

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  37. Anybody reading this forum may please help.I had put a personal request of help to Social and Mobile.But it seems he is not willing to offer it.So I am furnishing a copy of it here in the hope of anybody else who happens to read this will be kind enough to offer me help in this regard.With advance thanks to them
    pnsdhrn

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    "Dear Social&mobile,
    First I downlaoded the Color Dict from Market and installed it in my Motorola Milestone 2.1.Then I downloaded the Stardict data file to my PC(Windows XP),uncompressed the .tar bz2 file,changed the filename to .gz and copied them to my SD Card by drag and paste usig USB Code.Afterwards when I ran the Color Dict The pop up window came again saying Visit Homepage to see how to install SarDicta manually/Download data etc.I can't open the dictionery.What is the problem?Please suggest teh remedy.Waiting with thanks,
    pnsdhrn.

    NOVEMBER 14, 2010 9:09 PM
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  38. As nobody is seen concerned to answer my queries I felt disgusted and uninstalled Color Dict from my Milestone after a long wait.Thank you Social & Mobile for your variness.
    pnsdhrn

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  39. Which one do i download? Can someone just give me 1 link? Thanks, it seems like whatever i download , i get to the file storage thingy.

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  40. hi. very nice dictionary, but on some dictionaries I get this:

    Uncaught handler: thread Thread-8 exiting due to uncaught exception
    java.lang.IndexOutOfBoundsException: Arguments out of bounds
    at java.io.RandomAccessFile.read(RandomAccessFile.java:359)
    at com.socialnmobile.colordict.data.ParserStarDict.findWordIndex(ParserStarDict.java:335)
    at com.socialnmobile.colordict.data.ParserStarDict.getWordMeaning(ParserStarDict.java:417)
    at com.socialnmobile.colordict.activity.Search$18.run(Search.java:566)
    at java.util.concurrent.ThreadPoolExecutor.runWorker(ThreadPoolExecutor.java:1068)
    at java.util.concurrent.ThreadPoolExecutor$Worker.run(ThreadPoolExecutor.java:561)
    at java.lang.Thread.run(Thread.java:1096)

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  41. Great program, can go offline and search multiple dictionaries at the same time. But its not very easy to set up:

    1. http://yeelou.com/huzheng/stardict-dic/ the first four links each contain lots of dictionaries, download them.

    2. Extract (or uncompress) the file twice, until you end up with a folder.

    3. Inside the folder look for a file with the .dz extension, change it to .gz and the extract this one too. Ignore other files.

    4. IF there is a res folder, change the folder's name 'res' to the dictionary name.

    5. Move all the files ( xxx.idx xxx.ifo xxx.dict and yyy folder if its there) to sdcard>dictdata directory on phone.

    6. It should be sdcard>dictdata>files. Make sure the xxx.idx xxx.ifo xxx.dict files have exactly the same names.

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  42. I tried to user ColorDict with Hebrew dictionary.
    As you know, writing in hebrew is from right to the left.

    So letters in words in colordict gave reverse order.

    For example, םולש, but the correct order is שלום

    Do you know how to solve this problem?

    thanx

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  43. Hey! Very nice App. I use it all the time.

    But i'm not sure about one thing: I got a dict with html-tags in it including img-tags. Where do i need to store these images to be displayed?

    Thanks a lot. Greetings.

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  44. hi
    i am using motorila defy
    the app worked for about ohe month allright.
    and now it doesnt. get the error message "Die Anwendung ColorDict (Process com.socialnmobile.colordict) wurde unerwartet beendet. Versuchen sie es erneut."
    I uninstalled and installed the app. I cleaned empty cashe. Nothing helps.

    Is there a way to make it work?

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  45. Hello~!
    I remember that the previous version of color dict can see the image of dictionary. But, I can't see the image of dictionary after I update the version to 3.0.5. How can I see the image of dictionary? Please Let me know~!!!
    Thank you~! :-)

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  46. Hi,

    Thanks for a really nice app - ColorDict. It's simply awesome.

    I couldn't find any license information about your app though. Would like to know if you could make the source code available for users like us who would like to dive deeper and peer into the source and may be help in the improvement of this app. GPL is a good choice of license in that case.

    Thanks
    Kartik

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  47. I would rather removed the button "Download Dictionary Data" and the "Related Apps" from the main screen. At least when the keyboard is on. The screen of the phone is a valuable resource.
    Thanks,
    DVZ

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  48. Can you make a next functionality - export searched words to a file (txt, csv, xml)?.. Will be anough export simple searched words - without any translates - as plain text.

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  49. I am looking for such dictionary since long time. thank God found it, but tell me if it works in Nokia E72. and also tell me how to download it in my mobile..

    Jaycon
    Arduino

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  50. Hi there,
    I've a problem after I installed the latest version.

    When I searched a common word, for example, "help". The text color of the explaination is black and the background is black too.

    I have 4 different dictionary data. I believe it's because there're too much explaination as nothing goes wrong if I search a not quite common word.

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  52. can't find it in android market

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  53. Hello!
    Can you please help me with programming question? Android 2.1 have well known bug - WebView component can not load custom fonts. But ColorDict is able to load custom font on 2.1. How did you achieved it?

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  54. Thanks got the link…“StarDict” is an amazing feature added with the Android. Most of my friends are feeling uneasy to load the same as some files get missed during the downloading. And some crash shows as an error. But the tool is simply remarkable with the translation factor in comparison to a number of options widely through the global market.
    Offline Translator

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  55. This is very inspiring, as getting from the start & Having no real background in programming (aside from making some adventures on ZX-81 and MSX), this does sound like I could get started on developing something for my own Android based eBook reader and android app development training even this online course seems to be interesting http://www.wiziq.com/course/13599-professional-android-app-development-training-1-on-1-sessions. Has anyone tried any online courses so far. Please do provide a light on this also.

    Thankyou for all the info also.

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  56. Hello. I would be very good but ads are really very disturbing. Why have you put ads in it??? That is why it can be hardly used it is so annying. Remove ads please. Thanks

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  58. Hello I have installed the french-islandais dictionary http://download.tuxfamily.org/polyglotte/dicos/dict/islandais/islandais_francais_rev.dict.zip in the dicdata directory. I have uncompressed it to get 3 files : islandais_francais_rev.dict, islandais_francais_rev.idx and islandais_francais_rev.ifo

    If I search a word I got "Search error in the 'islandais_francais_rev.dict'.
    This dictionary is working fine on my PC using stardict program.
    Could you please help?
    Thks in advance.

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  59. Thanks for this Color Dict, I always use EB pocket, does this app also support to add other dictionary files in it, just like ebpocket?

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  61. Do you have any ideas how to install dictionaries on colordict in kindle fire? I need it very much. Can you help me?

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