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Old 02-12-2008, 06:17 AM   #1
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How to create your own mobipocket dictionary for any language:

I was very gratefull to Adam B for porting the Stardict dictonary tool for the Iliad, but I allways longed for the kind of instant lookup, which is possible from mobipocket. Unfortunately mobipocket dictionaries are not available for more exotic languages, so I allways wanted to create my own mobipocket dictionaries. It seems I have now found a solution:

First you need to get hold of a tab delimited dictionary file. (example. dictionary.txt)

(Stardict dictionary files are available from: http://stardict.sourceforge.net/Dictionaries.php
These can be converted into a tab delimited file by the stardict editor programe, which you can find here: http://stardict.sourceforge.net/other.php )

Once you have such a file, use tab2opf.py from http://www.klokan.cz/projects/stardict-lingea/
This is a free python script by Petr Klokan, so you’ll need python isntalled.

Type tab2opf.py dictionary.txt into the command line to run the script.

This will give you a dictionary.opf file, and a number of dictionary0.html files

Edit the dictionary.opf file, to specify the name of the dictionary, and the impot output languages.

Get mobigen.exe form - http://www.mobipocket.com/soft/prcgen/mobigen.zip

Extract mobigen exe

Run mobigen.exe dictionary.opf

If you did everything right, you’ll get dictionary.mobi which’ll be the desired mobipocket dictionary.

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Old 02-12-2008, 06:33 AM   #2
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That´s very interesting and helpful. Thanks for sharing. Just one question, can this be done in a windows machine?

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Old 02-12-2008, 06:44 AM   #3
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Templario,

yes, I have done it on a win machine. Stardict editor has a win version, python can be instaled for windows, and mobigen. exe is windows only.

Btw. it seems mobigen.exe runs under wine as well, so this can also be done on a Linux box.

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Old 02-12-2008, 06:57 AM   #4
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Mobipocket Reader on iLiad still have problem displaying non-western glyphs, such as Chinese glyphs. I think Japanese and Korean glyphs are no exception.


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With proper modification, CJK glyphs can be displayed on Mobipocket Reader. See this:
http://forum.irexnet.com/viewtopic.php?t=2281

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Old 02-13-2008, 02:48 AM   #5
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I followed your step in winXP.

installed stardict3.0, installed GTK2 Runtime, downloaded dictionary files, extracted with 7zip, run stardict editor.

after I select *.dict.dz file, It verifies. BUT If I select decompile, it says

Building...
Error, file version is not 2.4.2
Done!

What does it mean?
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Old 02-13-2008, 06:02 AM   #6
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This happened to me as well. What i did, was I extracted the .dict file from the .dz (i don't know what kind of encryption this is, but ctrl-pgdown in total commander dealt with it.) In stardict editor under decompile you need to select the ifo file. Sometimes it refused to decompile giving me the error message sametypesequence not m, but after changing the sametypesequence=x line in the ifo file to sametypesequence=m it decompilled.

Good luck!

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Old 02-15-2008, 01:03 AM   #7
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The .dz file is actually a .gz format archive. You should rename the .dz to .gz, then unpack it. There should be a .dict file in it. The .dict file is the uncompressed dictionary file for decompiling.
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Old 02-16-2008, 03:07 AM   #8
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Update: creating the dictionaries with Mobipocket Creator Publisher Edition gave better and more consistent results than using the command line mobigen.exe.
Get it from:
http://www.mobipocket.com/en/Downloa...tion=Publisher

Create new publication
----create presonal dictionary-glosary
important: specify the language, and select the input-output languages at the book-setting tabs, without this, instant lookup won't work. (Also I got the best results with unicode encoding.)
drop all the numbered .html files created by the tab2opf.py (leave they .opf file alone)
click on build

Enjoy!

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Old 02-25-2008, 01:34 AM   #9
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I have built a yet another tab2mobi script because the tab2opf.py does not support Asian characters.

Install BeeLiner first:
http://wing4bee.tistory.com

And put this script package and mobigen.exe into the directory where BeeLiner is installed.
Modify the MyDict.opf file and run:
tab2mobi.cmd your_source_file.txt
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By my experience, with a "-utf" option, the original tab2opf.py can deal with Chinese characters.
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By my experience, with a "-utf" option, the original tab2opf.py can deal with Chinese characters.
Oops! It does work!
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Old 04-16-2008, 05:15 PM   #12
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Thanks for this great post! It allowed me to find and get a dictionary running very quickly.

One query though:
I created a French-English Dictionary. And it works great except when the word is not found and a 'manual search' option is offered. Clicking on that throws an error. For example:

Could not open: c:\path to dictionary\french-english-dict.prc(window.index_search('','','notamment'))

I found that by deleting the idx:key tags and recompiling things that the manual search started working nicely.

My question is: What was hoped to be accomplished with the idx:key tags?

I noticed that (some of/all of?) the accents had been removed in the idx:key tags. If this was meant to allow searching without accents maybe this could be done with the 'inflections' tagging? Any ideas? I'm wondering if the script needs modification (or if I buggered something up making the change).

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Old 04-20-2008, 11:58 AM   #13
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drago, wagnerian, ericshliao, pointboom

can any of you, who succeed this work, convert babylon files using dictconv and make a mobipocket dictionary for me? i'm running windows xp and linux is the only system that i can convert babylon files.

this is the link for dictconv (to convert babylon to stardict format)
http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Educa...nv-23446.shtml

i uploaded 5 babylon dictionaries here: (3,64mb)
http://rapidshare.com/files/108999822/Babylon.rar.html

i'll be glad.
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Old 04-25-2008, 03:14 AM   #14
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moontaxi, it's extremely difficult to me to figure out the match-the-cat-pictures task of the RapidShare.
I've tried and failed three times and finally given up.
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moontaxi, it's extremely difficult to me to figure out the match-the-cat-pictures task of the RapidShare.
I've tried and failed three times and finally given up.
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