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Old 12-18-2015, 10:57 AM   #151
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Hi to All,

I'm having problems transfering dictionaries to my various Kobos using a Mac on El Capitan OS X.
The problem is that the "internal" files of the Kobo do not appear on a Mac. You can only see "content" files.
Consequently the "/dict" file where I want to put my new dictionaries is not visible.

Can some charitable soul tell me how to make the "internal" files visible ?

Thank you in advance,
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Old 12-18-2015, 11:01 AM   #152
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I'm not a Mac owner but I think if you Google 'mac show hidden files' you should find the answer.
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Old 12-19-2015, 07:11 AM   #153
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I think this is not a matter of hidden files, but is due to the fact that the newer version of the Kobo desktop application won't mount the root of the device anymore, but only a sub-directory. I do not know how to solve this, either.
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Old 12-19-2015, 08:09 AM   #154
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I think this is not a matter of hidden files, but is due to the fact that the newer version of the Kobo desktop application won't mount the root of the device anymore, but only a sub-directory. I do not know how to solve this, either.
I very much doubt this. The device is mounted by the OS. This is independent of the desktop application. You don't need to run it at all. The .kobo directory will be there. If the .kobo directory was being mounted, you wouldn't have access to the other parts of the user partition and would not be able to sideload books.
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Try this in a terminal, Rojofo:

Code:
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE && killall Finder
All hidden files should be shown now. To hide the files again type:

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defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE && killall Finder
Maybe this can solve your problem.
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Old 12-25-2015, 07:22 AM   #156
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Many thanks to jackie_w, davidfor and trekk.

I discovered that when I "revealed" the hidden files on my Mac, the files on my connected Kobo also became visible and I was able to copy the dictionary onto the reader.

Merry Christmas to all,
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Old 12-25-2015, 10:25 AM   #157
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A good custom Spanish/English dictionary ?

Merry Christmas to all!

Having had my dictionary loading problems solved, I would now love to find a better, more complete custom Spanish to English dictionary.

The ordinary Kobo Spanish to English dictionary is not so bad but often I can't directly find the word I'm looking for.

There are two reasons for this. The first, obviously, is that the word is not in the dictionary. Consequently, I would love to have a more complete dictonary — one with South American usage as well would be great.

Secondly, there is a specific problem with Spanish (and probably other languages but not English!) which is the complex inflectional system. For example, looking up "dandoselo" directs you to "dar", however, too often, this doesn't work.When you come across an unknown complex verb form, you are told that the word is not in the dictionary, especially if the verb is not very frequent, even though the infinitive is in the dictionary.

So a good "reading" dictionary would have to be very different from a simple "paper" dictionary put into a Kobo-readable form. A good "reading" dictionary should have a complete list of all the possible forms of the verb, including all of the possible suffixed pronouns. Normal paper dictionaries don't include these forms as you can generally easily derive the infinitive. In Spanish the number of these forms is surprisingly large!

Of course, there is an annoyingly round-about way of solving this problem with a "poorer" dictionary. You quit the book you are reading, go to the home page of the Kobo, summon up the Spanish/English dictionary and then type in and look up what you think is the infinitive of the verb, which, often enough, is indeed present (despite the fact you were originally told that the word is not in the dictionary when you looked it up inside the book you are reading). This time-wasting solution is what I would like to avoid in a good "reading" dictionary by having all the verb forms and other derived forms directly accessible inside the book itself, giving immediate access to the infinitive and its translation.

Given these conditions, I wonder if anyone could point out to me a "good" Spanish to English custom dictionary, more complete than the ordinary Kobo dictionary ?

Many thanks,
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Old 12-25-2015, 07:58 PM   #158
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Of course, there is an annoyingly round-about way of solving this problem with a "poorer" dictionary. You quit the book you are reading, go to the home page of the Kobo, summon up the Spanish/English dictionary and then type in and look up what you think is the infinitive of the verb, which, often enough, is indeed present (despite the fact you were originally told that the word is not in the dictionary when you looked it up inside the book you are reading). This time-wasting solution is what I would like to avoid in a good "reading" dictionary by having all the verb forms and other derived forms directly accessible inside the book itself, giving immediate access to the infinitive and its translation.
I can't help with the dictionary, but you don't need to close the book to do this. If you go to search within the book, you can search the dictionary by pressing the drop down in the top right and selecting "Dictionary". Search is on the menu accessed from the bottom bar, or when you select a word, it is on the popup menu.
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Old 12-26-2015, 07:11 AM   #159
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Thank you Davidfor for this tip.

I'm still hoping for a more complete dictionary though...

Best,
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