Dictionary Lookup Tool is a small program designed to help Chinese
and Japanese language learners read web pages. It is designed for
Windows 2000/XP, and is powered by the CEDICT and
When DLTool is loaded, it will automatically look up and try to
translate whatever text is on the clipboard. In the screenshot
below, the user has selected a word and copied it to the
clipboard by pressing CTL-C (or Edit-Copy or right-click-copy etc).
DLTool automatically looks up the word and displays all matching
entries, with exact matches displayed first.
And again in Japanese...
Select a language by choosing it from the "Dictionary" pull-down menu
- Chinese (traditional)
- Chinese (simplified)
- Windows 2000/XP
- Microsoft .NET Framework. If you don't have it
already, you can download it via
Windows Update. You will know if you don't have
it when you get an error saying something like
"The dynamic link library mscoree.dll could not be found.."
- International Language support for Chinese
(both traditional and simplified) as well as Japanese.
If you don't have it, you can install it using the CD
that came with your computer.
(2.7 MB) Windows installation file. Contains everything you need to run the program.
(2.6 MB) contains the executable (dltool.exe) and the dictionaries. Download this if you don't like installers.
(49 KB) contains only the source code. Dictionary files are not
included in the source. You must have a C# compiler in order
for this to be of any use.
- October 5, 2005
- Minor bug fixes. No new functionality. Updated CEDICT
dictionary file to Oct. 1 release.
- April 26, 2005
- Support has been added for the Unicode CEDICT.
For Chinese lookup, users can now...
- Look up both traditional and simplified characters,
without having to switch dictionary files.
- Find the simplified equivalent of a traditional
character, or vice versa, by displaying both characters.
- Window dimensions are now remembered by "Save options."
- Latest EDICT and CEDICT dictionary files are included.
- December 13, 2003
- A bunch of changes. Most mentionable is the 1.0 release.
I figure this has been around long enough without anyone
telling me it doesn't work that I can call it stable now. New
features and changes are:
- Added lookup mode Pronounciation. If you happen to
have some pinyin or kana, you can copy that to the
clipboard and search for words with the matching
- Added enable/disable button. Just stops the
auto-lookup in case you want to do something else
without looking up text.
- Got rid of the CTRL-? keyboard shortcuts for switching
between match modes. They were stupid anyway. You
can still switch quickly with the keyboard by using the
- Added the ability to import dictionary files
(presumably for other languages). They have to be in the
EDICT-format, but that's the only requirement. If you've
been thinking about adding other languages to DLTool, this
is your chance =P
- CEDICT is the (somewhat) freely distributed Chinese-English dictionary
used by DLTool.
- EDICT is the (somewhat) freely distributed Japanese-English dictionary
used by DLTool.
- CEL is the tool that I based this program on. It offers
pretty much identical functionality for older versions of
Windows. CEL is Chinese-English only, though.
Please direct comments and suggestions to ashuang[at]users[dot]sourceforge[dot]net
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