Mini Edition Release Info

We’re just days away from releasing the Mini Edition! We’ve sent all the data to Pleco, and we’ll release it as soon as we’ve verified that everything is working properly.

Kickstarter backers will receive an activation code via email immediately upon release, sent to the email address associated with your Kickstarter account. Similarly, if you ordered via our website, we’ll use the email address we have on file for that order.

Important: If you pre-ordered during Kickstarter and haven’t filled out the backer survey, I can’t send you an activation code. More information here.

Note that if you ordered the German version of the dictionary, you’ll get access to this release like everyone else, but it will be converted to German in a future update. We’ll notify you beforehand. Don’t worry! If you decide you’d like to stick with English instead, just let me know.

As for the initial release (which is not quite the full Mini Edition), this is what it will look like:

Outlier Dictionary of Chinese Characters: Mini Edition (v1.0)

  • Monolingual (English first—German and Chinese versions to be added later)
  • Component breakdowns for more than 1500 common characters (note: in this first release, we don’t always differentiate between form and meaning components. That will take some additional research, and we’ll update the entries as we go)
  • Essentials entries for all the semantic components that appear in the 1500+ characters (around 200 semantic components)
  • Expert entries for the characters that were in the demo, and
  • Abbreviated Expert information for a few semantic components (to see what these will look like, check out the entry for 人 in the Mini Edition)

Note that there are some very common characters that don’t appear in this release. That just means we need to do some more research before we include them.

As you can see, we’re planning to add abbreviated Expert entries to the semantic component entries in the Mini Edition (and also in the Essentials Edition—see below). The roughly 200 semantic component entries will contain one image of an ancient form and a brief synopsis of the information in the full Expert Edition. The Expert Edition will of course contain full Expert information for 3500+ characters and all semantic components.

In the coming updates, we’ll be adding the abbreviated Expert info to the semantic component entries (roughly 200 semantic components), expanding the 1500 characters to 2000, and adding original meanings and basic modern meanings to all the entries that don’t have them yet. Once the Mini Edition is complete, we’ll move on to filling out the full Essentials and Expert Editions.

There’s some very cool stuff in this release—things we didn’t even know about some of the characters ourselves until we sat down to do the research. For example, we found out that 四 ( “four”) was originally a picture of a nose, and the two lines inside that resemble 儿 in the modern script actually indicated breath coming out. It’s the original character for 呬 (“exhale”). That information is in the Mini Edition, along with a lot of other cool stuff.

Note from John:

Around launch time, I’ll be doing a Facebook Live video to demo the dictionary and talk about how to use it effectively, so watch our Facebook page for that. We will also have blog posts explaining how to get the most use out of this information.

Thank you all for bearing with us through all the delays and poor communication from us. I know that PR is one of our weak points, and I’m working to improve. You can always email me (john@outlier-linguistics.com) with any questions.

We hope this dictionary proves useful to you and we look forward to making it better with each coming update!

– Ash, John, Harvey, Rafael, and Weiting (we really need to update the “Team” page on our site!)

 

P.S.: We’ve streamlined the product line a bit and made a few other changes, which we think you’ll like.

The Mini Edition

Having two different Mini Editions is a bit confusing. We’ve consolidated them into one. Here’s what it will look like:

  • Monolingual (English first—German and Chinese versions to be added later)
  • Component breakdowns and some basic meaning info for the 2000 most common characters
  • Abbreviated Expert entries for the roughly 200 semantic components that appear in the 2000 characters (check the entry for 人 once it’s released!)

The Essentials Edition

Of course, we can’t put Expert info in the Mini Edition and then just take it away in the Essentials Edition, so we’re adding some Expert content to the Essentials Edition too! We’re also going to expand it to 4000 characters in the final version. Here’s what the final version will look like:

  • Bilingual (Chinese and either English or German)
  • Essentials entries for 4000 characters (for an example, see 謝/谢 in the demo)
  • Abbreviated Expert entries for the roughly 200+ semantic components that appear in the 4000 most common characters
  • The System tab info (see the System tab for 立, 各, and 尚 in the demo)

The Expert Edition

The Expert Edition isn’t getting any added features because it will already have all the info available, but it will also be expanded to 4000 entries:

  • Bilingual (Chinese and either English or German)
  • Full Expert entries for the 4000 most common characters (though there may not be anything to say for some entries—for examples, see the “For Experts Only” sections of the demo)
  • Full Expert entries for all the semantic components that appear in the 4000 most common characters
  • The System tab info (see the System tab for 立, 各, and 尚 in the demo)

So the Mini Edition and the Essentials Edition will both have a portion of the Expert info. You’ll be able to hide it if that’s not your thing, but it’s there if you want it.

1 comment on “Mini Edition Release Info”

  1. Oriol Fortuny Reply

    I’m glad to see you’re taking this seriously:
    “Component breakdowns for more than 1500 common characters (note: in this first release, we don’t always differentiate between form and meaning components. That will take some additional research, and we’ll update the entries as we go)”.
    Happy Year of the Rooster!

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