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Chinese Support Redux v0.10.0

19.46MB. Updated 2019-01-17. Only supports Anki 2.1.x.

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A rewrite and port of the Chinese Support add-on to Anki 2.1. Note: The add-on has undergone a major rewrite during January to make it more maintainable going forward. This should address many of the issues that were raised last year, but is likely to have introduced different issues I am not aware of. The best way to have these fixed is to raise them on GitHub. Features Status The vast majority of features have been successfully ported, and the add-on is in a usable state, albeit with some definite rough edges. The add-on is still in beta. By this I mean “it works, but I wouldn’t trust it with my children”. Expect occasional issues, and please make a back-up before trying it. I use it myself and haven't experienced data loss, but your mileage may vary. Please report any issues here on GitHub. Feature requests are also welcome. If you are new to the Chinese Support add-on, the wiki from the previous version is still relevant (here). Usage The core feature of the add-on is the automatic field filling. To take advantage of this, you need to have an Anki note type with the appropriate fields (e.g., Hanzi, Meaning, Reading, Sound). See config.json for a list of valid field names. If you don't already have such a note type, the easiest approach is to use one of the built-in models. Two types are installed automatically: Basic and Advanced. The only important difference is that the Advanced model shows more information. To use the field-filling features:
  1. Add a new note to Anki (press a)
  2. Select Chinese (Basic) or Chinese (Advanced) as the note type
  3. Enable Chinese Support Redux for this note type (click 汉字)
  4. Enter a word (e.g., 電話) into the Hanzi field (sentences will also work)
  5. Press Tab
  6. The remaining fields should then be populated automatically
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on 1559729050
Looks great, but I have a problem, the Bopomofo field is not there, it doest straight to the Silhouette field after the Ruby field, and there's not bopomofo
on 1557823977
Very useful and easy to use, thank you so much!
on 1556927168
This is excellent! Thank you!
on 1556911272
Excellent addon, very useful. Many thanks !
on 1555171887
Great addon!
on 1551688893
This is great! Took me 10 mins to move my personal Chinese vocab deck over. Adding new words will be very nice.
on 1547869609
Great to see this essential add-on for Chinese learners reworked for Anki 2.1 and under active development. Developers are very responsive to bug reports. Great job and keep up the good work 加油!
on 1547195516
Just as amazing as the old version!
on 1546730488
Excellent add-on with active development in 2019
on 1546379167
Great plug-in.

Is there a way I can reformat an entire library using your play-in.

The library was originally created with Pinyin Toolkit, which is no longer available. I would like to keep my deck consistent.

Thank you!!!
Comment from author
This is very much on the to-do list. Once all the rough edges are ironed out (after the 1.0 release), this will be one of the first new features.
on 1546031018
Updating from 0.53 resulted in a crash.

The same error on every update, and not just on one computer. I have to deactivate it, restart the program, uninstall it and then install it again.

Anki 2.1.7 (a6c34fd7) Python 3.6.7 Qt 5.12.0 PyQt 5.11.3
Platform: Windows 7
Flags: frz=True ao=True sv=1

Caught exception:
File "aqt\addons.py", line 394, in onCheckForUpdates
File "aqt\addons.py", line 156, in downloadIds
File "aqt\addons.py", line 117, in install
File "aqt\addons.py", line 140, in deleteAddon
File "lib\site-packages\send2trash\plat_win.py", line 86, in send2trash
<class 'OSError'>: [WinError 124] None: 'C:\\Users\\MyUserName\\AppData\\Roaming\\Anki2\\addons21\\112897~1'
Comment from author
I'm not sure what might have caused that, and just from reading the traceback, it doesn't appear to be a problem within the add-on itself. If you have any issues with a clean install of both Anki and the add-on, let me know.
on 1545212825
important for learning Chinese to recall tones
on 1544974568
Thanks a lot for bringing this back. My Chinese studies rely heavily on this addon.
on 1541846190
Awesome add-on. Couldn't manage without it!
on 1541209060
Thank you very much! Its a fantastic plugin which also saves time creating decks.
on 1540406962
Really nice addon which I already loved in Anki 2.0.
Only problem is that in Anki 2.1 the "Mean Word" field is not filled automatically even though the card type is the same I used in Anki 2.0.
In 2.0 it still works.
Comment from author
Thanks for letting me know. I think I've fixed this in the development code, which I'll upload to AnkiWeb when it's a bit more stable. If there's anything else not working correctly, you can open an issue on GitHub.
on 1540283645
Thanks a lot for adding Google Taiwan speech engine, it works wonderfully!
on 1539097672
Excellent add-on for adding Chinese notes to existing decks. The key feature for me is that I can type in the character and it will auto-fill pinyin, sound, definition, etc. making the whole process go much smoother.
on 1538641309
A great help in creating Chinese cards.