Chinese Characters: How exactly does it work?

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  1. nubee macrumors member

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    I'm so lost. I don't even know where to start to open the little screen thing. lol :confused:
     
  2. adwolfe12 macrumors newbie

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    Same thing here. I have no idea where to start with this.
     
  3. alphaod macrumors Core

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  4. maberick macrumors newbie

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    but where do i find this 'ink'?
    i opened my System Pref, but there's no other option around..
    I am using Macbook the white body type, so was wondering is it because of this, that is why i am unable to use this handwriting function...
     
  5. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    Pretty sure you have to have a multi-touch trackpad MB/MBP/MBA to get this feature.

    White/BlackBooks don't have that.
     
  6. corydoras macrumors newbie

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    chinese writing

    Ya, we have the latest white macbook and the unibody macbook. The chinese writing is so cool but it doesnt work on the white macbook as far as i can tell, only the aluminum one.
     
  7. maberick macrumors newbie

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    hmmm... thts bad...
    mayb any bros out there with macbook whitebody wanna share their finding...
     
  8. Watabou macrumors 68040

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    I don't see it anywhere either. I have an early 2008 macbook pro.
     
  9. niuniu macrumors 68020

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    Is there an official demo video somewhere for this?
     
  10. creon macrumors 6502

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    Have a Late 2008 Uni Macbook.

    Still cant figure out the chinese characters.

    Anybody feeling generous and walk me through it?
     
  11. surrealhope macrumors newbie

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    :apple: -> System Preferences -> Language & Text

    Under either Chinese Simplified/Traditional, check "trackpad handwriting"

    For me, it's Ctrl + Shift + Space to fire up the handwriting box by default.
     

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  12. integrat.ethis macrumors regular

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    Ah, just found it. System Preferences -> Language and Text -> Input Sources. Then in the list, check one of the Chinese languages. You'll see the option for trackpad handwriting, along with a keyboard shortcut, on the right pane.

    Makes me really wish I knew Chinese. This is pretty cool.
     
  13. farmermac macrumors 6502a

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    Is there this many people that speak chinese in here?!
     
  14. creon macrumors 6502

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    Thanks guys.
    Nope, don't speak or write it. Just wanted to check out one of the new features of SL.
     
  15. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    Hey! I speak and write it. I tried this on a developer build of Snow Leopard. You have to enable it in the International System Preferences pane. Click the Simplified Chinese option in the Input Menu tab and also click the "show input menu in menu bar" option. Select "ITABC" from the Languages menu bar icon (default should be an American flag) and open up TextEdit. There should be a contextual menu (grey box). On the multi touch trackpad draw a rectangle and then draw a vertical line through the middle (example below). It's the character "zhong" and another character would make it mean China. The other character is relatively harder to write. It's next to the first one if you want to try it.

    Here's an example of what it should look like:
    中国
     
  16. zorahk macrumors 6502

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    Why can't apple get this to work for shinjitai form Japanese characters?
     
  17. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    You have Chinese.... Japanese = Chinese with a few changes.
     
  18. maberick macrumors newbie

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    hihi... you are using which model of the macbook?
     
  19. maberick macrumors newbie

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    read online saying that to have this handwriting function, i need this file called "com.apple.ink"... search through and can't find it..
    can any kind soul maybe send it to me so that i can tried it on my late2008 white body mac..
    will feedback once i experiment with it...
    pls...
     
  20. lOUDsCREAMEr macrumors regular

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    who cares?? chinese typing just plain sux on Mac OS X:mad:
     
  21. zorahk macrumors 6502

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    Yeah uh no.

    There are huge differences between traditional / simplified chinese and shinjitai Japanese characters.

    For example:

    中国

    中國

    or the lack of repeating marker in chinese:

    時時

    時々

    or the Japanese made characters:

    畑、峠
     
  22. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    But it's not just plain typing. You can write Chinese with your finger, just like with pen and paper.
     
  23. klee1987 macrumors regular

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    NO

    That's like saying English = French/Spanish with a few changes
     
  24. zorahk macrumors 6502

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    Except for the part where words adapted from Chinese generally don't even sound like the original in Japanese, where sometimes words in english/french are the same or similar.
     
  25. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    Wrong. If you study multiple languages, culture, and history you'll know that the Japanese adopted the Chinese language as their own a long time ago. Since then, they've modified it to fit their own needs. It was an understatement to say a few changes, but to say Japanese is a totally different language from Chinese is a blatant lie. French is much different from English or Spanish even though it shares an alphabet. Spanish is different than English too with different sounds and pronunciations. Japanese:Chinese as US English:British English is much closer.

    Anyway, my first post about that was intended to be a culturally biased joke. If you don't understand, then just skip the post.
     

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