At the beginning of 2021, I first published DaKanji as an offline stroke order independent Kanji lookup tool for Linux, Mac, and Windows written in Python. Because of the positive Feedback I received, I was motivated to continue working on DaKanji. Fast forward a bit, I rewrote DaKanji in Dart and published it first for Android, slowly extending it to iOS, MacOS, Linux, and Windows.
After taking a break from DaKanji (and randomly starting to learn Spanish), I decided to apply for a scholarship to study in Japan. For this, I wanted to have something stand out in my application and I decided to add an offline dictionary to DaKanji.
And finally, after a long, long development time, DaKanji 3 is finally out. I am super excited that this new version has finally shipped! DaKanji is a passion project of mine, and I have worked really hard the last year to build the best fully offline, responsive, and cross-platform (Android, iOS, MacOS, Linux, Windows) Japanese <-> English, German, French, Russian, … dictionary I could. Therefore, I would greatly appreciate you checking it out and letting me know what you think, what to improve, giving a positive review, or maybe even recommending it to your friends
Here are the new Features:
- Inbuilt dictionary
- Search with kanji, kana or romaji
- Search Kanji by radical or draw them
- Multi-language support: English, German, French, Spanish, …
- Conjugation of verbs, adjectives, copula
- Detailed information about Kanjis
- 6000+ audios
- Pitch accent
- Example sentences
- Text processing screen
- Add furigana to any text
- Look up unknown words using the inbuilt dictionary
- Colorize words based on their Part of Speech
- Translate using DeepL (currently mobile only)
Lastly, I would like to give you a rough idea of in which direction this project is heading, the next 3.x versions will add more features to make DaKanji not only a word lookup dictionary but a tool to understand Japanese texts and effectively learn from them. This includes features such as word lists, Anki integration, grammar lookup, chat GPT integration, a discussion section to ask questions, and likely, yomichan dictionary support. After that, DaKanji will receive support for directly using the dictionary on different sources such as videos, PDFs, and ebooks, …
Thank you a lot for reading till the (and maybe using DaKanji). If you have any problems with it, let me know.