Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Let it watch your typo

By default, AppleTrans turns off continuous spell checking (i.e. "Check Spelling as You Type" option under Spelling menu) for all editor views. Although you can enable the function from the menu any time, it is apparently not pleasant for some people. If you are the one, here is how you can work it around.

In the Terminal, type the following command:

% defaults write com.apple.AppleTrans PrefsSetCheckSpellingAsYouType 1

This command is required only once for a new user. When you launch the application next time, the editor views always enable continuous spell checking when they open.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Tell me what you get

Have you noticed that AppleTrans corpus signals you by its arrow button when it finds two or more exact matches? It's so subtle that you can easily miss this tiny feature.

If you prefer more noisy indication, you may want to try the corpus accessory called "Voice Message". This extra plugin does nothing significant for translation, but just send you a message according to what search result you get:

• Only one exact match is found
• Good matches (better than or equal to "minimum score") are found
• Not-so-good matches (under "minimum score") are found
• More than one exact matches (conflicts) are found

Oh, by the way, the above clip makes noise. Don't disturb your neighbors.