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Old 04-29-2011, 06:06 AM   #1
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Smile iPad custom dictionary to iBooks

Hi, this is my first try and it's working for German dictionary.

If I have time, I'll expand and simplify all this, especially the Step 2.

It's a little technical, ask for clarification.


1. First step - add the custom dictionary to iBooks 1.2.2
(based on :

I used (for Linux user, needless to say :-) :
- jaibreacked iPad fw 4.2.1
- Text editor> TextWrangler [Freeware for MAC]
- FTP GUI > Cyberduck [Open Source, Indie(=donate!) for Mac/Win]

Location of System Dictionaries on Mac 10.6.7: /Library/Dictionaries/

I have:
  • Apple Dictionary.dictionary
  • New Oxford American Dictionary.dictionary
  • OpenThesaurus Deutsch.dictionary
  • Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus.dictionary
  • Shogakukan Daijisen.dictionary
  • Shogakukan Progressive English-Japanese Japanese-English Dictionary.dictionary
  • Shogakukan Ruigo Reikai Jiten.dictionary

Copy 'OpenThesaurus Deutsch.dictionary' to iPad System Dictionaries folder.

You can find the OpenThesaurus Deutsch here

Location of System Dictionaries on iPad : /Library/Dictionaries/

Modify iBooks .plist :

Find the application*:
> ssh root@
> root@'s password: ****
> cd /var/mobile/Applications/
> find . -iname ""
> ./03D95CB6-B29E-4326-9BD9-587ADEF6A6AD/
> cd 03D95CB6-B29E-4326-9BD9-587ADEF6A6AD/
or use iFile on the iOs device, but modify thing on iOs is horrible.

2. Second step - Change epub language

(based on
I'm modifying the News recipes epub produced by Calibre

Test script (after substitution of calligraphic “ ” ‘ to serious character, check it twice!), see the comment in the reference:

for file in *.epub ; do unzip "$file" content.opf && mv content.opf content.opf.bak && sed 's/\en\<\/dc\:language\>/\de\<\/dc\:language\>/' < content.opf.bak > content.opf && zip "$file" content.opf && rm -f content.* ; done

*I hate the 'app' word.
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