And just as I prepare to go to bed, I see in my inbox, via the Chinese@Kenyon.edu listserv, that Google has just come out with its own Pinyin-based Chinese input method. This looks awesome — if only they could put out a Mac version.
Chinese input on the Macintosh is about where Chinese input on Windows was back in 2000. Apple apparently isn’t thinking too much about the Chinese market – understandably, since Apple computers are too expensive for most consumers here – but I really wish they could come up with a way of typing Chinese that didn’t transport me back to my high school days.
(Yes, I know there are shape-based input methods like Cang Jie and Wubi, but life is short.)
UPDATE 4/8: I tested the Google input method out on the Windows box at my now-former job, and yow. It is far and away the best, smartest input method I’ve ever used. I assume it’s passing data back to Google’s servers for word lists or something, because it’s got just unbelievably good predictive input. I typed in a fairly long, complicated test sentence containing a few proper names, and it nailed it.
F’reals, can we please get this for Mac? I’ve emailed Google’s development team; I suggest that you all do the same.