I came across Chinese Reader for Mac OSX over at the forums on Skritter. This is a very promising application, and while it is only in beta, it still feels quite polished and enjoyable to use. I love the connectivity with Skritter, where you can directly add vocabulary as well as import known vocabulary. Great way to review while reading any kind of texts. It automatically highlights words that aren’t in your dictionary, which makes it easier to pick out what you don’t know (and see what you know!) and add it to your dictionary if you know it, or to Skritter to practice it.
As you can see, it also provides a pop-up dictionary, which is based on the latest version of the CC-CEDICT. In addition, you can add vocabulary from other sources as well. It supports both traditional and simplified, thankfully, so you can add input in from a variety of sources. There’s also a “book”-like interface which is quite nifty, too (this may also be a good time to think back to Haodoo and import those Harry Potter books!).
Anyway, the developer seems really open to any ideas you may have about it, as well as any questions, which makes this project all the more fun to watch as it develops.
This is also a great way to recall back to my “reading as an SRS” method that I briefly touched upon in this post:
The text, then, acts like an SRS system for itself. That is, the text, as you read, will automatically reinforce the words that you’ve already looked up at the start. As long as you have a good idea of what they mean, you’ll see a wide range of uses for it in context.
It’s worth taking a look into, and if you do, let me know what you think as well!