QuickDic Version 7.3


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Miscellaneous

Setup

Translating an expression

Personal dictionary

Lessons

Icons and menu commands

Play on words

Appendix

About QuickDic

QuickDic is a simple-to-use German English and English German dictionary designed to help you find an acceptable translation for a specific term. At the moment the database contains more than 300,000 expressions in each language which are either based on various sources from the Internet or were entered by myself and other volunteers.

The program is available in two editions, a download edition, and a CD edition which are identical in content. Contrary to the download edition the CD edition provides a setup program which takes care of the steps described in Program setup and Create database and list of words.

I want to thank everyone for their help and support, and please continue the feedback. I would be remiss if I didn't express my special gratitude to Eike F. Anderson, Jo Snelling and Gabriel A. Prunty who, more than anyone else, are responsible for this manual's existence, and to Thomas Leube for testing the program.

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Using and distributing QuickDic

QuickDic is a non-commercial product. You may freely use, copy, and distribute this software, provided that no fee is charged for such use, copying or distribution and that it is distributed only in its whole original, unmodified state.

Therefore, without written agreement from the author, it is not allowed to distribute a CD, DVD, etc. with QuickDic as addition (Third Party Product) if a fee is charged for the purchase of the CD, DVD, etc.

Taking data from QuickDic's database or using it in part or in whole for other purposes or with other programs than QuickDic requires written agreement from the author.

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Disclaimer

QuickDic is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, expressed or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.

Please note that I cannot guarantee in any way the correctness, usability, or quality of the requested translations. If you notice mistakes, fail to find some expressions, or want to suggest some features for future program releases, I would appreciate being notified.

The person using the software bears all risk as to the quality and performance of the software as well as regarding the correctness of the dictionary. The author will not be liable for any special, incidental, consequential, indirect, or similar damages due to use of the software.

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System requirements

Software:

Hardware:

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Program setup

In order to set up the download edition of QuickDic on your local system, follow the instructions below. Please pay special attention to the disclaimer and the system requirements.

The installation of QuickDic will be completed as soon as you run the program for the first time.

You can use the Configuration dialog later to create a shortcut for your desktop or Start menu.

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Uninstalling the application

Like all other Windows programs, the CD edition should be uninstalled using the Control Panel.

Since no entries were made to the Windows Registry during setup and all program files are contained in one folder, the download edition can easily be uninstalled by deleting this folder.

If you have created shortcuts on the desktop or the Start menu, you should delete them.

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Create database and list of words

The following paragraphs are relevant for the download edition only:

When you run QuickDic for the first time, you will be asked in which language you want to install the program. Select English for English prompts and user interfaces.

Next, a setup form will appear notifying you that the database has to be created. Click the Continue button to create QuickDic.win based on the compressed file QuickDic.dat. The archive QuickDic.dat will no longer be needed and will be deleted automatically when the job is done.

Accept the legal agreement as described in the disclaimer and you will be asked if you want to extend the database to add a list of existing words. If you agree, QuickDic can create a list of similar words and display these words for further reference if searching the database for a word is unsuccessful.

Decide to extend it now, and all words and pairs of words in the whole database with a minimum of two and a maximum of thirty characters will be included. Feel free to use other functions of the program while the list of words is being created.

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Enter and look up a search expression

To search for an expression, enter it in the input line and hit the return key or click the Look up button. Do not forget to adapt the settings as necessary. If you want to enter a German umlaut or the eszett but cannot find them on your keyboard you can use quotation marks as a substitute. Most systems also support the following standard method of foreign character entry:

Required inputäöüÄÖÜß
Equivalent inputa"o"u"A"O"U"s"
Alt+(numeric pad)132148129142153154225

You can even enter a decimal number, which consists of up to 15 digits. Given such a number as search expression, QuickDic will convert the numerals into words.

The input line can store the last twenty search expressions in each language after starting a search manually. If you have chosen the option auto search, a search will be carried out as soon as there are two letters in the input line - but no expressions will be stored.

You can easily look up an expression a second time by selecting it from the input line's list. Or if you start typing it again QuickDic will complete it automatically in the input line.

The program limits the search expression to a maximum of a hundred characters. The number of search results is limited to 1,500.

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Displaying search results

After a successful look up, the terms containing the search expressions will be displayed in alphabetical order and their translations will be indented below. Usually you get a very long list of different translations. To make it easy for you to find the optimal translation it will also be shown on the top of the list.

Both the search expression and, if this option is checked, all information regarding gender and number of German nouns will be displayed and highlighted.

The database contains extra information regarding verbs: the conjugation in full of strong and other German verbs as well as preterite and past participle of irregular English verbs, including most compound verbs. Unless the Conjugated verbs option is deactivated, this information will also be searched and displayed.

To look up an expression listed by QuickDic after a previous look up, just click that expression or select it with the keyboard and hit the space bar. This transfers the expression to the input line where you can modify it if necessary before your next attempt. If it is not necessary to modify an expression in the list, double click it to look it up quickly. When an expression is transferred to the input line, the direction of translation will be adapted and characters with a special meaning will be quoted if necessary.

It is possible for you not only to re-translate the whole expression but also to pick out a single word of an idiom and to translate it. To pick out a single word right-click its line and a pop-up window with all words of the idiom will appear. Select one of these words to look it up.

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Search list of words

If you decided to create the list of words, QuickDic provides the facility to display a list of similar words which can be used for the next search.

Further conditions for this facility:

Searching for alternatives if a search returns no results will always be done using case insensitive pattern matching.

If similar words were found, QuickDic displays them, arranging those with the fewest differences at the top of the list. Click on one of the words to transfer it to the input line and click the Look up button to repeat the search. Or double-click the word if you don't want to edit it.

In some occasions, you may be presented with an alternative which is identical to the search expression. Then, the selected options (case sensitivity, for example) prevent the translations from being found.

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About your personal dictionary

Your personal dictionary is made in such a way so that you can extend the program's vocabulary. You can enter new words, technical terms, and their translations, and optionally search them with QuickDic.

All modifications to your dictionary will always be automatically saved in the text file QuickDic.udb. You can, of course, edit this file with an external editor like Notepad. In this case, to avoid loss of data, you should not edit the dictionary with QuickDic at the same time.

If you have created your personal dictionary, please e-mail your new words to me from time to time so that I can add them to the main dictionary. The easiest way to do that is to use the e-mail form, which can be opened via the file menu.

With QuickDic, you can enter as many translations as you want.

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Edit your personal dictionary

QuickDic provides an internal editor which you can use to enter your own words and translations. Both languages are separated with = (equal sign) from each other. The side of each language can be determined by setting the direction of translation when you open the editor.

If you open your personal dictionary immediately after you have entered (and looked up) a word, a new entry containing the word will be added. This gives you the opportunity to easily add a new word or a missing translation of a word to your personal dictionary without having to enter it again. You don't even have to copy to and paste from the clipboard.

When entering new translations or changing existing ones, bear in mind that:

The editor displays the words of both languages in different colors and checks whether the words are correct while you edit them. Words unknown to QuickDic are potentially misspelt and will be underlined red by default.

There are a lot of commands available in order to make editing the translations as easy as possible, for example by automatically completing words of which you have entered the first couple of letters. You can execute these commands by selecting them from the extra icon bar, from the pop-up window which can be opened by right-clicking an entry, or by invoking the appropriate shortcuts as displayed there.

Undo
Cancels the last modification.
Redo
Restores the last modification before Undo.
Cut
Cuts the selected text to the clipboard.
Copy
Copies the selected text to the clipboard.
Paste
Inserts the selected text from the clipboard at the cursor position.
Find
Opens the Find dialog box which allows you to search for words from either language of your personal dictionary. All options such as word boundary settings and special characters you already know from the regular search are also available here. Use F3 and Shift-F3 to continue searching after you have closed the dialog box.
Replace
Extends the Find dialog box to the Replace dialog box which allows you to replace strings of characters. You can replace strings with or without confirming each replacement, and you can replace in a selection or the whole file.
Find previous
Repeats the last search upwards.
Find next
Repeats the last search downwards.
Jump to line
Asks for a line number and moves to cursor into this line.
Previous missing translation
Moves the cursor into the previous line without translation
Next missing translation
Moves the cursor into the next line without translation
Reverse
Changes the words left to the equal sign for the words right to it, in the selected line or scope. Use this operation only if you falsely entered German words instead of English ones and vice versa.
Sentence
In the selected line or scope, changes the first letters in both languages to upper case and adds a full stop if there is one missing at the end of the line.
Expand line
If there are two or more translations in one line with equivalent words which are separated by a punctuation mark, select these words and use this operation to get lines with one translation each. The words you have selected will be split into alternatives at the positions of the punctuation marks. Then, for each alternative the current line will be duplicated and the selection will be replaced by either alternative.
Automatic reverse
Checks and eventually changes the words left to the equal sign for the words right to it. Use this operation only if you falsely entered German words instead of English ones and vice versa. This command will always be executed for the whole file. QuickDic will try to automatically recognize the languages of the words.
Check
Checks your personal dictionary against the main database in order to remove unnecessary entries.
Sort
Sorts all entries alphabetically.
Save
Saves all modifications.
Personal dictionary
When you call the editor of your personal dictionary again, all modifications are saved before it will be opened again. When saving, all invalid lines can be deleted. A line is invalid unless it contains one and only one =.
Complete word
Displays a list of words based on the letters you typed in. You can select one of these words in order to paste it to the editor.
Complete from previous line
Repeats the translation from the previous line, or a matching part of the translation based on what you have entered so far. This allows you to easily enter multiple translations of an expression. You neither have to type it again and again, nor do you have to copy and paste it from the clipboard.
Show translations
If in the database, displays a translation of the current word or of the selected words in a hint window without closing the editor.

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About lessons

A lesson is an open collection of vocabulary designed to test you on the words until you remember what they mean. You can use a default lesson or create your own ones. QuickDic will help you to learn all vocabulary you want to learn - or have to.

To learn vocabulary of one lesson, run QuickQuiz. You can also decide to be tested on random words.

Without exception, each lesson contains words of one language. All possible answers should have been added to the database as translations of these words. According to the theme of your lesson, you can specify a subset of translations by separating the word and its valid translations with equal signs (=). In this case only the translations given in the lesson are valid and all other translations from the database will be ignored.

Example (taken from the Weathers lesson):

  ...
  rain
  rainfall=Niederschlag
  shower=Regenschauer=Schauer
  snow
  southerly wind
  star=Stern
  sunrise
  sunset
  ...

You can add missing translations to your personal dictionary. Use the Options menu to allow it to be searched.

Lessons can be set up hierarchically. In this case, the hierarchy always corresponds to the folders of Windows, starting with the folder in which QuickDic is located. To create a new lesson, to delete or rename one, to edit the vocabulary of a lesson and to change the size of a lesson for QuickQuiz, select Edit lessons ... from the Edit menu. That paragraph also deals with more than one way of adding new words to a lesson.

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Edit lessons and vocabulary settings

This editor allows you to edit the words of a lesson. You can delete and add vocabulary as you wish, as well as selecting individual translations. In order to save you work when you edit your lessons, you can execute the following commands by selecting them from the menu and the pop-up window which can be opened by right-clicking an entry, or by invoking the appropriate shortcuts as displayed there. For a description of the commands see Edit your personal dictionary.

Editing a lesson also includes deleting the Hall of Fame as well as setting parameters for QuickQuiz:

The following illustrations illustrate the meaning of these options:
QuickQuiz' vocabulary composition
  Size of the lesson (according to settings, 30 by default)
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nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
 
a)  nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn nnnnnnnnnnnnnn  
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Actual number of
words in the lesson
(16 for example)
|
Randomly selected words
from the database for
filling up (here: 14)
 
b)  nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
|
Actual number of words
in the lesson (40 for example)
nnnnnnnnnn
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Words which
will not be
asked (here: 10)
QuickQuiz' pool size effects
  Size of the lesson (according to settings, 30 by default)
|
nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
 
    nnnnnnnnnnnn nnnnnnnnnn nnnnnnnn
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Words you have learnt
after answering them
correctly often enough
(here: already 12)
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Pool of words
which are asked
at the moment
(according to
settings,
10 by default)
|
Words which
will be asked later
(here: 8 are left)
QuickQuiz' required correct answers and maximum penalty
    Indicator position of each word you have learnt
 
Indicator start position for each word
Lowest possible position of the indicator
à
 
à
à
 
n required correct answers until a word is learnt
   (according to settings, 2 by default)
n
n maximum penalty for wrong answers
   (according to setting, 1 by default)
 
 
Correct answers at QuickQuiz move the indicator position forward by one until the word is learnt and replaced in the pool by another word. Almost right answers have no effect on the indicator position. Wrong answers decrease the indicator position by one, but not below the lowest possible position.

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Icon bar

There are a lot of icons arranged in two rows for changing most settings and executing the most commonly used commands.

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File menu

QuickQuiz
You can start the vocabulary game right here - now the tables are turned! You can test on random words or on vocabulary of any lesson.
SmileMan
SmileMan is based on the well-known game Hang Man.
QuissWord
Have a look at QuissWord to check your English and German skills while solving Crossword puzzles.
LetraMix
LetraMix - a fascinating play on words for the whole family.
QuickDic online
Connects to the QuickDic homepage.
Feedback ...
Opens the e-mail form which you can use to send me any kind of feedback.
Check for upgrades ...
Connects to the QuickDic server and determines whether a new version of the program or of the database is available for download.
Print
Opens the Print dialog, which you can use to apply the settings needed to print the translations being displayed or your personal dictionary.
Exit
Exits QuickDic.

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Edit menu

Cut
Cuts the selected text to the clipboard.
Copy
Copies the selected text to the clipboard.
Paste
Inserts the selected text from the clipboard at the cursor position.
Personal dictionary
Opens your personal dictionary for editing your own words and translations.
Edit lessons ...
Opens a dialogue window where you can select a language and then create new lessons for that language, rename or delete lessons, or edit the words of a lesson in an editor, and to determine the QuickQuiz settings.
This dialogue window can be opened with F7.
Add word to lesson ...
You can use this dialogue window to assign a word to a lesson. QuickDic will propose the selected word and remember the recent lesson, so under normal circumstances you only have to hit the return key to confirm.
This dialogue window can be opened with F8.

As an alternative to the option of adding a word to one lesson with F8 as described above, F9 can be used to add a word with its translation to two lessons (one per language) simultaneously.

For the example below, say you have created a lesson in each language. Now you want to assign technical terms to these lessons.

Note: F9 will always extend the same lessons. Use F8 to select other lessons.

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Find menu

This menu is only available when you edit your personal dictionary and contains commands to find and replace within the editor. These commands are described in Edit your personal dictionary.

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Options menu

Toggle language ...
Lets you select the language for the dialogues and user interfaces.
Configure ...
Opens the Configuration menu which is designed to set up program options.
Display settings
Show German gender
Shows additional information about the German gender and number of German nouns whenever this information is available from the database. The following abbreviations are used:

[m,sg]masculine singular[m,pl]masculine plural
[f,sg]feminine singular[f,pl]feminine plural
[n,sg]neuter singular[n,pl]neuter plural
[m+f,sg]masculine and feminine singular[m+f,pl]masculine and feminine plural
[m+n,sg]masculine and neuter singular[m+n,pl]masculine and neuter plural

Show info about words
Provides additional information about parts of speech, especially for some verbs - information is given on whether they are transitive, intransitive or reflexive. The following abbreviations are used:

[v,t]transitive verb[adv]adverb
[v,i]intransitive verb[adj]adjective
[v,t+i]transitive and intransitive verb[prp]preposition
[v,refl]reflexive verb[cj]conjugation
[v,aux]auxiliary verb[pp]past participle
[v,impers]impersonal verb  

Group by semantics
Groups translations where the meanings are very similar or the same.
Conjugated verbs
Searches and displays extra information about conjugated German verbs and irregular English verbs from QuickDic's database.
 
Show German phonetic transcriptions
Additionally displays phonetic transcriptions of frequently used German words.
Note: Phonetic transcriptions are not available for all German words. For these words and for all phrases consisting of these words, phonetic transcriptions can be displayed. As a consequence, the phonetic transcriptions which are displayed for phrases are a composition of the phonetic transcriptions of the single words and intonation cannot be taken into account.
Show English phonetic transcriptions
Additionally displays phonetic transcriptions of frequently used English words.
Note: Phonetic transcriptions are not available for all English words. For these words and for all phrases consisting of these words, phonetic transcriptions can be displayed. As a consequence, the phonetic transcriptions which are displayed for phrases are a composition of the phonetic transcriptions of the single words and intonation cannot be taken into account.
 
Toggle direction of translation if a search returns no results
Looks up the search expression in the other language if a search returns no results. This option has higher priority than displaying alternatives.
Display alternatives if a search returns no results
Creates a list of alternative words if a search returns no results.
 
Spell checking in the editor
Underlines probably misspelled words in the personal dictionary and the lessons.
General settings
German -> English
Searches the database for German expressions and provides English translations.
English -> German
Searches the database for English expressions and provides German translations.
 
Evaluate special characters
Enables some characters within the search expression to have a special meaning.
Ignore case
You can instruct QuickDic to do case sensitive or case insensitive pattern matching.
If you deactivate ignore case, bear in mind that you will have to enter German nouns and proper nouns with an initial capital.
 
Word boundary left
Finds only expressions in the database containing one word matching the search pattern at its beginning.
For instance, if you enter tür and select Word boundary left, Haustür will not be found.
If you deactivate this option, Haustür will be found, stürmen, however, will be found, too.
Match whole expression
Finds only expressions in the database matching the whole search expression.
This option is useful to filter out long lists of idioms if you just want a simple translation of a word.
For example, if you enter careful, select Match whole expression, and deactivate Word boundary right, careful, carefully, and carefulness will be found, but expressions such as after careful consideration and more careful will not be found.
Word boundary right
Finds only expressions in the database containing one word matching the search pattern at its end.
 
Auto search
If this option is selected, QuickDic will automatically try to find a new translation every time the search expression is altered.
Always on top
Select this option to make QuickDic stay on top of all other programs.
 
Hide buttons
Hides the menu bar and and all icons which are not necessarily needed to minimize the window size of the application.
Back
Jumps back to the previous expression you looked up.
Forward
Jumps forward to the next expression you looked up.
Auto save options
Always saves the current settings in the file QuickDic.ini when you exit the program.
Save settings now
Saves the current settings in the file QuickDic.ini.

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Help menu

Contents
Opens your favourite browser in order to display this file.
Disclaimer
Shows the agreement about using and distributing and the disclaimer, the terms of which you must accept when you use QuickDic.
About ...
Shows information about the current program and database versions.

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Print dialog

This dialog can be used to set the options necessary for printing either translations of a look-up, your personal dictionary, a lesson or a crossword puzzle you have created.

Printer
Select the printer you want to use here.
Setup ...
Opens the default dialog to set up the selected printer.
Number of copies
If supported by the printer driver, this is where you can determine the number of copies.

When printing translations you have the following options:

Only exact matchings
Only search result list: Limits the print-out to exact matchings, e.g. all the entries that have been repeated at the top of the list. Requires the option to repeat exact matchings at the top of the search result list.
Only selected block
Personal dictionary and lessons: limits the print-out to the selected lines. Requires that a block has been selected.
Line numbers
Prints a consecutive number at the beginning of each line.
Header/page number
Prints a header with page number on each page.
Use colors
Prints the expressions in color.

When printing a crossword puzzle you have the following options:

Regular puzzle
Prints the puzzle as a regular crossword puzzle. You can determine if you want the puzzle to be printed with questions and/or answers.
Communicative crossword
Prints the puzzle as a communicative crossword puzzle. If you select this option two puzzles will be printed - each with half of the words. You and a partner ask each other for the missing words in the foreign language.

Last but not least you can determine the widths of the margins.

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Configuration dialog

On the following tabs of this dialogue, you will find many options to adjust and tune the program to your own needs and expectations.

Search
At this section, you can specify whether to look up words in the default QuickDic database, your personal dictionary or both. Besides QuickDic.udb, you can also determine another personal dictionary file.
If you deactivate the QuickDic database, no list of alternative words can be created after an unsuccessful search.
You can also set the duration of the pause before an expression will be translated automatically.
German umlauts and eszett
You can determine if an a, o, or u you entered should also match the umlauts ä, ö, and ü. Note however that, for example unlike e and é, in German a and ä are two different letters.
You can determine if ss should additionally match the eszett ß.
Furthermore, since there is no eszett in Swiss German, in "Swiss Mode" the ß will be displayed as ss. Note however, that replacing ß with ss results in words which are neither correct in Germany nor in Austria.
Search result list
You can determine if you want to re-translate a word from the last look up by clicking or by double-clicking the line in the output area.
The next option allows you to have the search results, which match the search expression exactly, repeated at the top of the list of all search results in order to highlight them.
You can specify whether you want irregular verbs to be displayed expanded. By default, irregular verbs appear collapsed.
Number of translations
This option allows you to determine at what point the program will stop searching the database. Just select the maximum number of translations you want to see.
Clipboard
You can specify that an expression, copied to the clipboard from within another application, will be copied to the entry line and then translated automatically.
If a translation was found QuickDic can activate itself in order to show the results.
Another option is to automatically copy the (alphabetically) first translation back to the clipboard so you can easily paste it in the other application.
Note: Insert one and the same expression into the clipboard a second time and it will not be translated again and the content of the clipboard will not be overwritten with the translation.
Furthermore, a translation can automatically be copied to the clipboard when it becomes selected.
Focus
You can determine automatic changes regarding focus and selection changes here.
By default, after you look up a word the focus is not changed and no selection is made. So the focus remains in the entry line after a search without selecting the search expression so you can easily edit it.
Another option is to select the search expression automatically after a search so you can easily replace the current search expression by a new one.
Focus the search result means to move the focus to the search result automatically after a search.
Note: use the tab key to toggle between the entry line and the output area.
In addition, you can make the search expression to be selected each time you activate QuickDic (e.g. with Alt-Tab).
Sort
Here you can select the sort criteria and sort order. The expressions you find can be ordered alphabetically ascending or descending with respect to the beginning of the whole entry or to the beginning of the part that matches the search expression.
Font
Use this option to select the font size of the input line and output list.
You can also select a font to use in the application, and a Unicode-enabled font for displaying phonetic transcriptions.
Text colors
Use this tab to determine all colors the application uses to display search results und for the editors of your personal dictionary and lessons.
Note: If you don't want potentially wrong words being underlined red, set the underline color of potential errors to white (# FFFFFF).
Minimize and restore
At this section, you can specify how the program is to appear when it is minimized. In addition to the default appearance in the taskbar, it is possible to minimize it to the status notification area (sometimes referred to as system tray). From the system tray, the program can be restored to view on single or double click. By popular request you can determine whether the program becomes minimized to the system tray instead of closed when you click [x] in the window's title.
Hints
Here you can determine the style of hints. Hints are displayed when you pause the mouse over a control.
Shortcuts
This section lets you easily create or remove shortcuts to the application on the desktop, in the Start menu and the program group of the Start menu.
Furthermore, you can create a shortcut in the Startup group to start the program automatically when you log-on. If you create the shortcut with the Minimize option checked, the program will minimize to the taskbar or system tray immediately, depending on what you have selected on the Minimize and restore tab.
History list
The history list is saved as part of the program options and it always contains the last expressions you looked up in each source language. Its purpose is to automatically complete a search expression when you enter it a second time.
You can determine in which cases a search expression should be added to the history list and you can set the maximum amount of entries. Last but not least, you can clear the list.
Miscellaneous
You can determine if you want to have to confirm to save your personal dictionary.
If you check One instance at a time you cannot launch QuickDic a second time.

The program settings made in this menu will apply only if you close the menu with Save or OK.

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E-mail form

QuickDic is a freeware tool and you can help to improve it. Use this form to contact me and tell me what you like and don't like about the program.

If you are using your personal dictionary, I would appreciate it if you would simply attach the new words to the e-mail. Then I can make them available to the Internet community and you will soon be able to download a bigger database with new words from other people.

Please be aware that there is no QuickDic news group. Your e-mail address will not be saved and so you cannot receive any e-mails from me you don't want. Nevertheless, you can send your feedback anonymously. However, if you have a question and expect me to answer, this is the wrong way because I cannot answer any anonymous e-mails.

Thanks a lot to all of you who have helped to improve QuickDic!

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QuickQuiz

QuickQuiz just turns the tables. The computer will build up a list of 30 words by default and it's your turn to learn them and to come up with proper translations when the computer asks you.

Before you start the game, you can determine whether you want to be asked for German or English vocabulary by selecting the appropriate direction of translation.

German -> English
Shows a German term and asks you for the English translation.
English -> German
Shows an English term and asks you for the German translation.

In addition to confronting you with random words, QuickDic can test you on words of a lesson with predefined vocabulary. The default size is 30; if there are more than 30 words in the lesson, 30 words out of it will be selected at random. If there are less than 30 words or if not all of the words exist in either the database or your personal dictionary, random words will be used to fill up.

Apart from these regular lessons you can also learn irregular English verbs and how to conjugate German verbs.

You can change the size of the lesson when you edit the lesson.

And this is how it is done:

It may well be that there are a lot of translations of the term in question. In this case there will be a lot of correct answers.

The computer will count all correct, almost right, and wrong answers you give and will keep you up-to-date with the scores. Furthermore, a clock is started. However, there is no reason to become nervous because there is no time limit.

After this, a solution will be shown in any case. If there were multiple possible correct answers, you will be shown the one that (best) matches your answer. The Info button will appear enabled if there is extra information or other translations are available. Click this button to see all translations and, if selected and available, information regarding gender and number of German nouns.

Your aim is to give two correct answers to any of the 30 words - or whatever your lesson size is. But be careful: a wrong translation will cause an additional right one.

You can also change all these setting when you edit the lesson.

Hit F1 or click the triangle in the lower right corner of the graphic area in order to see a legend.

When you have successfully finished a lesson, you may enter your name to the Top 5 Hall of Fame - provided that your rating is high enough. Such a list is available for each lesson. To display it, click Hall of Fame.

You can start the game all over again by pressing the Restart button, and you can exit the game at any time with Close. Exiting or selecting a new lesson will reset the scores.

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SmileMan

SmileMan is based on the well-known game Hang Man. The computer comes up with a word or sentence, and your job is to find out all letters of it. You just have to enter all the letters you think may be in the expression. If you are right, these letters will be revealed. If you guess a lot of expressions, Smiley will feel better all the time, but this is not as easy as it looks! Your aim is to bring back the smile to the poor yellow Smiley ...

Before you start the game, you can determine whether you want to guess German or English vocabulary by selecting the appropriate direction of translation.

German -> English
The computer comes up with German terms you have to guess.
English -> German
The computer comes up with English terms you have to guess.

And this is how it is done:

You can interrupt the game without hurting Smiley by clicking Close before asking for a new expression. Think twice before you give up. Giving up a game will displease Smiley. And closing the dialogue window before having guessed the term will be judged as giving up.

After solving or having solved an expression its translation will be shown if you move the mouse over that expression.

Click the rectangle in the lower right corner of the letter area to display no background or to choose your own picture.

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QuissWord

If you enjoy doing crossword puzzles and you are well grounded in English and German, you will enjoy QuissWord. Here the computer comes up with words of one language, arranges them into a crossword puzzle, and uses the respective translations as questions.

Before you start, you can determine the language of the questions and answers by selecting the appropriate direction of translation.

German -> English
You have to translate German questions into English and write them onto the puzzle.
English -> German
You have to translate English questions into German and write them onto the puzzle.

After you have opened the QuissWord window you can click the settings button to open a dialogue window in which you can lay down all options for the next crossword puzzle. In addition to changing the language, the following settings are available to you:

Use Save settings now from the options menu to save these settings.

And this is how it is done:

Once a puzzle has been created you can print it at any time - with or without its answer. Enter the ID of the puzzle to have it recreated. So you can print the answer later or solve the puzzle once again.

When printing a crossword puzzle you can make your choice between two variations: as a regular crossword puzzle or as a communicative crossword.

You can interrupt the game without getting hurt by clicking Close before asking for a new puzzle. Closing the QuissWord window before having solved the crossword puzzle will be judged as giving up.

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LetraMix

LetraMix is about arranging given letters to words crossing each other. All words from the database and your personal dictionary are allowed.

Before you start the game, you can determine whether you want to come up with German or English words by selecting the appropriate direction of translation.

German -> English
You get letters for German words.
English -> German
You get letters for English words.

And this is how it is done:

If you click Close while the time is elapsing this means you have to give up the game.

Click the rectangle in the lower right-hand corner of the letter area to display no background or to choose your own picture.

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Characters that have a special meaning

If the option evaluate special chars is tagged, some characters will have a special meaning when used in a search expression. Use these characters in an appropriate way to take advantage of a powerful search function.

.
The full stop represents any character.
[ ]
Characters within square brackets represent all these characters but no other ones.
Example:
M[aä]us
represents Maus or Mäus and finds words like Maus, Mäuse and Mäuschen.
[^ ]
A ^ (caret) at the beginning of a string enclosed in square brackets corresponds to a logical not.
Example:
[^uvw]
represents any character but u, v, or w.
Square brackets cannot be nested.
[ - ]
A hyphen within square brackets indicates a character scope. The ASCII code of the character in front of the - (hyphen) must be smaller than the one after it, e.g. the character in front of the hyphen must alphabetically precede the one after it.
Examples:
überbe[a-m]
represents überbea to überbem.
überbe[^a-m]
represents effectively überben to überbez.
( | )
Round brackets can be used to indicate alternative strings.
Examples:
(laufen|rennen)
represents laufen or rennen.
(lauf|renn|geh)en
represents laufen or rennen or gehen.
ausge(ge|)ben
represents ausgeben or ausgegeben.
Square brackets may be used within round brackets but not vice versa.
Round brackets cannot be nested.
?
A ? (question mark) behind a character means that it is optional. You can also insert it after a closing bracket. In that case it would affect the whole group of characters.
Examples:
colou?r
represents color or colour.
fire[\- ]?proof
represents fireproof, fire-proof, or fire proof. Please note that since the hyphen resides within square brackets it needed to be quoted with the preceding back slash to look it up.
ausge(ge)?ben
is identical to ausge(ge|)ben and represents ausgeben or ausgegeben.
kn[oe]wn?
Among others, this expression represents know, knew, or known and will find exactly these words if both Word boundary options are tagged. Otherwise the suffix n? would not be taken into account and words like knowing would be found, too.
Using a question mark within square brackets is not allowed.
\
A back slash quotes the next metacharacter, e.g. it denotes that the character following will be looked up in its own right, and any status it may have as a special character will be ignored.
Example:
\?
represents ? (the question mark).

If evaluate special chars is activated, all special characters, except for - (hyphen) and ^ (caret) outside square brackets, must always be preceded by a back slash to search for them.

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Hotkeys

All commands of the application can be executed by using the mouse. Nevertheless, by popular request, the following table lists (almost) all hotkeys:

Ctrl + 0 Spell checking in the editor on/off
Ctrl + 1 Show German gender on/off
Ctrl + 2 Show info about words on/off
Ctrl + 3 Group by semantics on/off
Ctrl + 4 Search and display conjugated verbs on/off
Ctrl + 5 Show German phonetic transcriptions on/off
Ctrl + 6 Show English phonetic transcriptions on/off
Ctrl + 8 Automatically toggle direction of translation if a search returns no results on/off
Ctrl + 9 Display alternatives if a search returns no results on/off
Ctrl + A Select all
Shift + Ctrl + A Automatically search for translations while you enter the search expression on/off
Ctrl + C Copy to the clipboard
Shift + Ctrl + C Check the personal dictionary against the database
Ctrl + D as Ctrl + G
Ctrl + E Direction of translation: English -> German
Shift + Ctrl + E Expand line in the personal dictionary
Ctrl + F Find in the personal dictionary
Ctrl + G Direction of translation: German -> English
Ctrl + H Find and replace in the personal dictionary
Ctrl + I Case sensitive/insensitive matching
Ctrl + J Jump to line in the personal dictionary
Ctrl + K Configuration dialog
Ctrl + L Word boundary left on/off
Alt + M Minimizes the program
Ctrl + O Observe clipboard
Ctrl + P Print dialog
Ctrl + Q Show/hide icons for display settings
Ctrl + R Word boundary right on/off
Ctrl + S Evaluate special characters on/off
Shift + Ctrl + S Make translation into a sentence in the personal dictionary
Ctrl + T Transpose characters left and right from the cursor in the personal dictionary,
or keep the application window always on top
Shift + Ctrl + T Transpose word at the cursor with the following one in the personal dictionary
Ctrl + U Convert the selection to lower case letters
Shift + Ctrl + U Convert the selection to upper case letters
Ctrl + V Paste from the clipboard
Shift + Ctrl + V Reverse German/English translations in the personal dictionary
Shift + Ctrl + Alt + V Automatically reverse German/English translations in the whole personal dictionary
Ctrl + W Match whole expression on/off
Ctrl + X Cut to the clipboard
Ctrl + Z Undo
Shift + Ctrl + Z Restore in the personal dictionary
F1 Show this help
F3 Find next in the personal dictionary
Shift + F3 Find previous in the personal dictionary
F4 Sort the entries of your personal dictionary
or open/close history list
Alt + F4 Close
F5 Save the personal dictionary
Ctrl + F5 QuickQuiz
F6 Edit your personal dictionary
Ctrl + F6 SmileMan
F7 Edit lessons ...
Ctrl + F7 QuissWord
F8 Add a word to a lesson
Ctrl + F8 LetraMix
F9 Add a word to a lesson, and add its translation to another lesson
Ctrl + F9 Add a word with its translation to a lesson, and add this translation with the word as translation to another lesson
F10 Main menu
Ctrl + F10 Show/hide menu bar and buttons
F11 Hide all translations currently displayed
F12 Show all translations
Alt + Cursor left Navigate back
Alt + Cursor right Navigate forward
Shift + Ctrl + Cursor up Move the cursor to the previous missing translation in the personal dictionary
Shift + Ctrl + Cursor down Move the cursor to the next missing translation in the personal dictionary
Return key Look up (after entering the search expression)
Tab Toggle between entry line and output area
Shift + Ins as Ctrl + V
Ctrl + Ins as Ctrl + C
Shift + Del as Ctrl + X
Ctrl + Del Delete word right from the cursor in the personal dictionary
Ctrl + Back Delete word left from the cursor in the personal dictionary
Space Copy a translation to the input line from the search results
Shift + Space
or Ctrl + Left mouse button
Display a translation in a hint window in the personal dictionary
Ctrl + Space Complete words according to previous line in the personal dictionary
Shift + Ctrl + Space Complete from the previous line in the personal dictionary

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Frequently asked questions

Instead of phonetic transcriptions, square symbols are displayed.

Are there databases in other languages available for QuickDic?

Are there other ways to get the files apart from downloading them?

Is there a version of the application for other operating systems?

I want to understand the lyrics of a song or a poem. Who can help me?

How can I translate whole documents?

Can I install QuickDic on my company's intranet or can I build a mirror site?

I want to have the source codes of the program and the decrypted database.

What can I do to help improving QuickDic?

Is there a way to donate something?

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Feedback

Author:Stefan Büdenbender
E-mail:stefan@quickdic.org
Homepage:http://www.quickdic.org

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