AU$ 1,270
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25
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, March 18 2015 8:20 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated April 6, 2018

Pinyinput for OS X

Pinyinput is an input method that lets you quickly and conveniently type pinyin with tone marks - coming soon for OS X

Pinyinput for OS X

Pinyinput is an input method that lets you quickly and conveniently type pinyin with tone marks - coming soon for OS X

AU$ 1,270
pledged of AU$ 3,000pledged of AU$ 3,000 goal
25
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, March 18 2015 8:20 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated April 6, 2018

About

Pinyinput is an input method editor (IME) that makes it easy to type Pinyin with tone marks. 

You type in pinyin with numbers and it outputs pinyin with tones:

Pinyinput for OS X - UI mockup
Pinyinput for OS X - UI mockup

There are webpages, special keystrokes and other programs that let you do this too, but sometimes you're not connected to the Internet or you don't want to fire up a website and then copy and paste.  Perhaps you're also tired of trying to remember special keystrokes and which vowels take what tones and where apostrophes are supposed to go or not.

Pinyinput solves all those problems - it works just like a regular Chinese input method except that instead of outputting characters, it outputs toned pinyin.  An optional 'checked' mode checks to make sure you only type valid pinyin.

It works at the system level so you can easily use it in any program just by switching input methods.

It's been available on Windows for years but for various reasons I've never gotten around to developing a version for OS X, despite using a Mac as my main computer since just after the original Pinyinput was released in late 2006.

Recently a number of people have been asking if I had plans to develop an OS X version, and although I would like to, I do freelance software development for a living and it's difficult to justify spending time on Pinyinput when that would come at the expense of other paid work.

That's where this Kickstarter campaign comes in. 

Funds raised will allow me to spend time doing all the research, development, graphic design, documentation writing and website updates required to release a version of Pinyinput for OS X.

Once complete, the OS X version would be available for download on the Pinyinput website alongside the Windows version and the source code will also be made available.  I expect early development builds to be ready around May (2015) and a finished version available around June.

Rewards

The rewards for this Kickstarter are pretty basic and reflect the fact that I'd prefer to spend my time (and funds) doing software development rather than reward fulfillment.

As such the main 'reward' should be seen as the creation of Pinyinput for OS X, plus the other features if the stretch goals are reached.

I will however provide high-resolution and vector images of the Pinyinput logo for any backers who want to make their own poster, t-shirt, mug or whatever.

Rewards that include a logo and/or link displayed on the Pinyinput website will stay there for a minimum of 1 year from the project being successfully funded and probably longer because I don't see Pinyinput going away any time soon (going 9 years strong so far). Note that all logos and links will be subject to approval, but as long as it's not something offensive you'll be fine.

You can see examples of logo placement by visiting the Pinyinput website.

Stretch Goals

Based on other requests I've received over the years I will also implement the following features if the appropriate funding levels are reached:

  • AUD $5,000 - A Zhuyin Fuhao mode that allows you to type pinyin and get Zhuyin Fuhao e.g. type zhu4yin1 fu2hao4 and you'll get ㄓㄨˋ 一ㄣ ㄈㄨˊ ㄏㄠˋ as a result. I will also add this mode to the existing Windows version of Pinyinput.
  • AUD $7,000 - An iOS version with both pinyin and zhuyin.
  • AUD $9,000 - An Android version with both pinyin and zhuyin.

Risks and challenges

If the project is funded, the risks of it not being completed are low. I'm an experienced software developer (for Windows, OS X, and Unix based OSes) and the original Pinyinput has already been around for years and large sections of the code can be reused. I've already had a brief look at Apple's developer documentation for input methods and it all seems relatively straightforward, and in fact significantly less complicated than developing an input method under Windows.

The only real risk is other work crowding out the time I can devote to the project (which is why I have allowed ample time for development and delivery), or some unexpected accident such as me getting hit by a bus.

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    Your support will help make the OS X version of Pinyinput a reality. You'll be able to download Pinyinput once development is finished, plus you'll get access to high-resolution images of the Pinyinput logo.

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    Pinyinput + Imral Software Bundle - Early access to development builds of Pinyinput, plus access to high-resolution images of the Pinyinput logo, plus a licence/subscription for other Chinese learning tools created by Imral Software: Hanzi Grids and Chinese Text Analyser.

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    Gold Sponsor - early access to development builds of Pinyinput, plus access to high-resolution images of the Pinyinput logo, plus a 200x200px graphic image/logo linked to your website listed under the Gold section of the Sponsors page of the Pinyinput website and in the Sponsors dialog of the final product, and on the main Pinyinput page on a rotating basis with the other Gold sponsors.

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Funding period

- (30 days)