Japanese-English electronic dictionary with special focus on kanji characters

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Q:Why JiShop?
A:"Jisho" in Japanese means "dictionary." Or, when written as , it means "character dictionary." P stands for "program." Pronounce it as "G-Shop".
Q:Was the data in JiShop copied from any paper or electronic dictionary?
A:No. JiShop is a completely independent lexicographical work. Other dictionaries were used for reference only. Read "Why JiShop is the best" to see how much it differs from other dictionaries. But in uneditied kanji dictionary entries of version 8.0, provisional data are used, taken from KANJIDIC and KANJIDIC2 files compiled by Jim Breen. Other open source data are stroke-order diagrams taken from Yoshida institute, WWWJDIC dictionary server and "Kakijun" website. For "playing the sound" feature, text-to-speech conversion is used, provided by the free Microsoft Translator service.
Q:How does JiShop vary in its data and functions on different platfoms?
A:Versions for all platforms share the same dictionary database. However, this database is being contantly developed. As not all JiShop flavors are renewed in the same time, the amount of data may vary slightly. Functions on different platform vary more than the data.


Q:Does one license cover all platforms?
A:No, unfortunately it doesn't. All flavors of JiShop are independent products, with separate licensing. A registration code for Windows would not work on iPhone, and vice versa.
Q:Will I have to buy a license for every new version?
A:By no means! One license covers all upgrades for a given platform.

JiShop for Windows

Q:What operating system can I use with JiShop?
A:JiShop can work under any version of Windows starting from XP. But it you want to download it from Microsoft Store, you need to have Windows 10 or 8.
Q:Do I need Japanese fonts installed on my computer?
A:You need them only for some extra features like magnificaiton or kanji drill. For the basic dictionary functions, JiShop already contains built-in bitmapped fonts of all kanji and kana. If you prefer parametric fonts and have them installed, you can use them as well, after changing the settings.
Q:Can I input kanji directly from Japanese text on my computer?
A:Yes, you can use Copy-Paste for characters, compound words, or bigger fragments in Unicode. To copy the kanji from the current dictionary entry, just press Ctrl-C. To paste from the clipboard, press Ctrl-P. It doesn't matter where the input focus is.
Q:Can I input kanji by drawing them in IME-Pad?
A:Starting from version 7.0, JiShop contains its own written input tool, JiPad. But if you are used to IME-Pad and prefer it, you can use it along with JiShop. Before drawing, please make sure you have put the cursor into "Reading" box of JiShop main window. When the character you have drawn appears in this box, press the P button or Enter key.
Q:What files does the program contain? What fonts does it use? How does it check updates?
A:See "Technical details".
Q:What new features can we expect?
A:See "Plans".