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Writing traditional Chinese vertically?

Discussion in 'Chinese Dedicated iPad forum' started by eobet, Jun 1, 2012.

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    I am trying to find an app for my mother-in-law who I just purchased an iPad2 for her to be able to write books in traditional Chinese on.

    Pages is the obvious answer, but it seems to only want to write left to right...

    Does anyone here know of an app specifically made for writing long documents (books) in traditional Chinese, which may be available in either the Swedish or UK App Stores? (Japanese App Store is fine too, actually... we haven't investigated if there is a way for us to get access to the Chinese App Store yet.)

    Also, a related question is which is the best dictionary for her to use? And I don't mean one which translates to English, just one which explains the word (Chinese to Chinese).

    Any tips will be greatly appreciated!

    My mother-in-law has never owned a computer and doesn't really understand them, but we were both very impressed by how the iPad even understood her very fast calligraphic scribbles! (She tried to use bad handwriting on purpose and didn't manage to fool it... we were very worried that you had to be very careful when entering the signs, but it apparently understands what you are trying to write very well using traditional Chinese input.)

    EDIT: Oh, and the was wondering if she always have to choose the correct character after she already written it... it looks like it appears in the document, but we don't know how to proceed unless we click on it again...

    EDIT: To clarify, what she is searching for apparently has to do with publisher templates. Certain publishers of books require a fixed amount of signs on one page, and she wants an app which allows her to specify her publisher's template and not have to care about counting signs...

    EDIT: We found one... but it's for Japanese and it's horrible... but this is what we want (but usable instead of horrible):

    appfinder . lisisoft . com / app / zong-shukiedita.html
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    Good day, eobet,

    Thank you for visiting iPad Forum.

    1) Actually I do like to write the long article in Quickoffice Pro before any posting to iPadForum. It do support traditional Chinese, but something it could be turn off automatically due to continuous of "key in mistake" - because I am using "䌓體倉頡"。 in order to solve this problem, I have to save my work MORE frequently.

    2) Maybe you can refer to Four Writing Apps for the iPad for more information. They are recommending Chapters for iPad, My Writing Nook, Manuscript for iPad and Notebooks. But I am not sure whether they are supporting Chinese or not.

    3) For the Chinese Dictionery, I will always go for free on-line, try to look for 在綫新華字典Q

    Please update us if you could find a better one. 噢, 還有, 祝願作家媽媽"寫作順利"!^^
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    Thank you for your tips, but I'm confused. Can any of the apps you mentioned write traditional Chinese vertically? Is that a system wide setting I'm missing?
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    Ermm....Writing in vertical format, I am doubt that they can't...

    But why not try to refer back to the publisher, I'm sure that they has come across with such request and know the solution for it... ^^
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    haven't seen anything can do vertical writing traditional Chinese yet
    good luck in your search
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    谢谢Cristar到此地漫遊,其实我是1971出世的马來西亞人, 中小学都是学繁体字,上過三年日語課,然后自修中文倉颉输入法,二十多㱑時報紙和課本才採用簡體字,但我現在有向女兒学習華語拼音。

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    我們精心挑選各地有趣的iPad新聞,希望大家可以多多支持哦。。。^^

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