November 2016 Update

Release Update

Ash and I just Skyped with Mike Love from Pleco last Thursday to hammer out the details of the upcoming release.

We’ve been calling this version of the dictionary the “MVP” (minimum viable product) or “Mini Version” internally. The idea is that it should be useful enough that it could feasibly be a standalone product in its own right. And that’s exactly what we’ve decided to do: this first release will be called the Mini Edition. We’ll be releasing it to anyone who has pre-ordered the full dictionary, and it will also be available for purchase as a standalone product for those who haven’t.

What will the Mini Edition look like?

There will actually be two Mini Editions, corresponding to the two editions of the full dictionary:

The Mini Essentials Edition will have:

  • component breakdowns for 1500 characters (to be expanded to 2000 in the first update)
  • full Essentials entries for the 222 semantic components which appear in those 1500 characters (in the first update, we’ll add any new ones that appear in the next 500 characters—i.e., to go from 1500 to 2000 characters)

The Mini Expert Edition will have:

  • component breakdowns for 1500 characters (to be expanded to 2000 in the first update)
  • full Essentials entries for the 222 semantic components which appear in those 1500 characters (in the first update, we’ll add any new ones that appear in the next 500 characters – i.e., to go from 1500 to 2000 characters)
  • full Expert entries for as many semantic components as we can finish before the release date (to be expanded to include all semantic components from the 2000 characters in future updates)

We’ll be putting up a Mini Edition demo so you can see exactly what the entries will look like. As I mentioned before, we’ll also be making a blog post about how to get the most out of this version of the dictionary. We won’t start on those until after we’ve already sent the data to Pleco, of course, so please bear with us on that.

How the release will work

We’ll be sending a portion of the data to Pleco on 15 November so they can make sure everything is ready on their end to convert and release the Mini Editions as quickly as possible. We’ll send the remaining data on 1 December. Depending on the app review process, that means you’ll probably have the dictionary in your hands in early to mid December.

Kickstarter dictionary backers/website pre-orders:

If you backed us on Kickstarter and selected a copy of either version of the dictionary, or if you’ve pre-ordered through our website, you’ll get the corresponding version of the Mini Version when it’s released (at no extra cost, of course!). You’ll receive an activation code for Pleco upon release. Then you’ll get monthly updates until the full Essentials and Expert Editions are complete.

Those who haven’t pre-ordered:

If you didn’t order the dictionary during our Kickstarter campaign or via our website, but you’d like to, you’ll have a few options.

One option is that you can pre-order the full version on our website, in which case you’ll get the mini version and the subsequent upgrades, as explained above.

The other option is to purchase either of the Mini Editions as a standalone product. The Mini Essentials Edition will be US$10, and the Mini Expert Edition will be US$15. After the 2000-character version of the Mini Edition is complete, you won’t get subsequent upgrades like you would if you bought the full version, of course. But if you decide you’d like to upgrade to the full version in the future, the amount you paid toward the mini version will be subtracted from the price of the full version. In other words, if you pay US$10 for a Mini Essentials Edition and then upgrade to the full Essentials Edition, then it will cost US$20 to upgrade to the full Essentials version, rather than US$30 (the full price).

The Mini versions will be available for purchase through the Pleco app itself, or via the Outlier and Pleco websites.

That’s all for now. As always, please get in touch (john@outlier-linguistics.com) with any questions!

-John

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