Note: Please check the vendors' websites for updates on their current stock.
- AsiaSoft. Specialize in CJK software, including fonts. (See also Pyrus N.A. Ltd., which specializes in font editors -- FontLab, ScanFont, TypeTool, SigMaker, and FontLab Composer for Win/Mac. FontLab Composer handles two-byte fonts and a variety of encodings: Big5, GB, Unicode, Shift-JIS, HZ, Johab, IBM-DBCS-PC, Unified Hangul, One-byte ASCII, and Custom. (thanks to Richard Cook))
- Chase Computing. Specializes in Microsoft Chinese software products; other software include Dr. Eye English/Chinese Bilingual System, for English and Chinese versions of Windows, with instant, bidirectional translation online or off-line, and other functions and capabilities (CJK multilingual viewer, Chinese input methods, instant voice, user-defined vocabulary, instant dictionary expansion, etc.).
- Cheng and Tsui. Besides books, Cheng and Tsui also carries CJK language learning software.
- China Books and Periodicals. Besides books, Books and Periodicals carries Chinese language learning software.
- Multilingual Books and Tapes: Chinese. Software to study Mandarin/Cantonese, for PCs and Macs); Professional Interactive Chinese; Rosetta Stone, etc.
Miscellaneous: The Commercial Press (HK) Ltd. Software products include the Hanyu DaCidian (漢語大詞典 Hanyu Da Cidian) CD-ROM, Version 1.0, based on the 1993 12-volume compilation (Lyu Shuxiang, chief academic advisor). Originally operating under P-Win95, the electronic dictionary includes 27,986 Chinese characters (with selection of male or female sound files recorded from natural speech; info on fanqie spelling in theGuangyun, plus Middle Chinese tone, rhyme, and initial), 343,470 compounds, 23,650 proverbs, etc. It has a choice of input methods for searches (Pinyin, Zhuyin, radical plus stroke count, etc.). For non-PWin users, the international edition is bundled with RichWin97 Pro for Windows to enable operating under E-Win95/98. (As RichWin97 is an encoder/decoder, it can also be used to input Chinese characters in MS Office (version 97 and above) and other Unicode-compliant, Windows applications.) Available since 1999, the Hanyu DaCidian 1.0 is also available for Traditional Chinese Windows 9x/NT and above. (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.) Hanyu Da Cidian version 2 (Traditional Chinese version), now available from Cheng & Tsui, for example, is for Windows 98/2000/NT/XP. (Pronunciation in Cantonese was under development. Included now in version 2?)
Note: To install Hanyu Da Cidian in English Windows XP, the instructions are as follow, given by James Dew (from his posting on the Chinese List, 07.01.05):
- Control Panel > Regional and Language Options > Advanced ("Language for non-Unicode programs")
- Then in "Select a language to match the language version of the non-Unicode programs you want to use:"
- Select "Chinese [Taiwan]." (Chinese [Hong Kong] would probably work as well.)
- After the system makes appropriate adjustments, allow it to shut down and restart Windows.
- Then install the dictionary program.