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the world's best
Chinese dictionaries

And much more - we are Pleco Software, purveyors of ridiculously awesome Chinese language reference and learning apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android.

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June 02: Outlier Dictionary of Chinese Characters

Our friends at Outlier Linguistic Solutions are doing a Kickstarter for a new Chinese character dictionary that will be distributed through Pleco - funding ends June 11th, so if you'd like to see this dictionary in Pleco, please consider contributing.

Key Features

  • OCR

    Look up unknown Chinese words 'live' using your device's camera, or tap-lookup words in a still image.

  • Handwriting

    Look up words by drawing them on the screen; very accurate and tolerant of stroke order mistakes.

  • Dictionaries

    Huge and growing collection of licensed dictionary databases, including titles from Oxford, Longman, FLTRP, and many other major publishers.

  • Audio

    Recordings from two different native speakers for 34,000 words, with text-to-speech (for sentences) and Cantonese support coming soon.

  • Flashcards

    Insanely powerful / customizable system, making it extremely easy to add new flashcards from dictionary entries or import pre-made vocabulary lists.

  • Document Reader

    Look up words in a document simply by tapping on them; currently supports text files and web pages, EPUB / PDF / DOC support coming soon on iOS.

  • Incredibly Fast

    We use a custom-built database engine so fast that it can search and process results from a dozen different dictionaries before you've finished lifting your finger off the screen.

  • Well-Supported

    We've been in business for over a decade, and we offer free upgrades and free platform transfers whenever possible; we have users who bought the Pocket Oxford Chinese Dictionary from us for Palm Pilot in 2001 and are still able to use that same purchase on their brand-new iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy in 2013 without ever having had to pay an upgrade fee.