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Publisher: Jiulong Zhao
Price: 10.99 USD
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App Description

( the latest version of v3.00 is here, works under OS10.8 - OS10.10 )

Paste or type in Chinese sentence, pinyin will not only translate them into Pinyin romanization but also highlight, display and read them out in Mandarin Chinese. (do NOT need internet connection, offline working)

Pinyin is a valuable tool for learning Chinese. Insert any Chinese, be it a word, sentence, or paragraph, and the app will convert it into Pinyin romanization. The app is especially helpful if you're taking a Chinese class or is planning to take the SAT II Chinese Exam.

- supports both simplified and traditional Chinese characters
- One click conversion into Pinyin romanization
- Read Chinese out loud! (OS X 10.7 Lion required)
- highlight and enlarge a specific speaking character and display its Pinyin form while reading.
- Reading speed and volume can be adjusted
v2.02 -> v2.20
- Sandboxed OS 10.6 - OS 10.8 compatible version
- rewrite all deprecated codes
- color and size of interface updated
- fix bug "interface hide when inactive under OS 10.8"
v2.20 -> v3.00
- OS 10.8 - OS 10.10 compatible version
- fix issue on saving voice volume on OS 10.10
- option added: shortcut keys assigned to all function buttons
- option added: translation can be copied to ClipBoard simultaneously
- option added: trimming unnecessary whitespace automatically during translation
- option added: trimming unnecessary line break automatically during translation
- option added: TingTing's voice introduction can be bypassed
- more flat style white interface
- style of buttons modified
- tips updated for OS 10.9 and OS 10.10
- more by dragonBTV updated

Tips related to 'Chinese Text to Speech Engine':

By default, Chinese voices for Text to Speech Engine are not installed in the default OS 10.7 - OS 10.10 and above, thus require a separate download and installation. In order to make app 'pinyin' speak out your sentences, you have to:
1. Upgrade to Mac OS 10.7 or above;
2. Manually install Chinese Text to Speech Voice 'Ting-Ting';
The installation method of Chinese Text to Speech Voice 'Ting-Ting' is as follows:
1. In the 'Dictation & Speech' panel of 'System Preferences', clicking on the 'Text to Speech' tab gives you an option for 'System Voice' in a pulldown menu. This is set to 'Alex' by default.
2. Clicking on 'Customize…' on this list gives you access to many of new optional voices.
3. Selecting the check box next to voice 'Ting-Ting', clicking 'OK' will present an alert asking if you are sure to download the voice.
4. Download and install 'Ting-Ting' voice by clicking the 'Install' button.
5. Close speech panel without changing your default System Voice ( Alex as default ).
6. Restart 'pinyin' and 'Ting-Ting' is to introduce herself loudly if voice is correctly installed. You may block out this voice introduction later.
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