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Chinese Partner 6.0 for Windows 2000/XP

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Chinese Partner 6.0 for Windows 2000/XP
Utilizing a powerful yet intuitive interface, TwinBridge Chinese Partner makes it possible for you to work in the Chinese language under the standard English Windows environment as well as Chinese Windows. Now all your character input can be done through the most popular Chinese input methods without the use of a separate localized version of Windows! You can now write Chinese letters using your everyday Windows word processor, add Chinese columns to your spread-sheet, prepare Chinese flyers for your upcoming events using your desktop publishing program, store Chinese addresses in your Windows database programs!

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Chinese Partner 6.0

Utilizing a powerful yet intuitive interface, TwinBridge Chinese Partner makes it possible for you to work in the Chinese language under the standard English Windows environment as well as Chinese Windows. Now all your character input can be done through the most popular Chinese input methods without the use of a separate localized version of Windows! The system allows Traditional and Simplified Chinese and Unicode to be entered into all Windows applications. You can now write Chinese letters using your everyday Windows word processor, add Chinese columns to your spread-sheet, prepare Chinese flyers for your upcoming events using your desktop publishing program, store Chinese addresses in your Windows database programs!

TwinBridge Chinese Partner 6.0 also offers a group of unique and powerful utilities: Super Code Converter, Meta Converter, Chinese Custom IME Generator, and the Single Byte Converter to fulfill your specific needs.

96 fonts are included for Windows 2000; 12 fonts for Windows NT 4.0.

Main Features

Supports both Unicode and ANSI Applications

Now you can input characters in Unicode mode for Unicode applications! Applications such as Microsoft Office 97/2000/XP Suite, Notepad, and many others are Unicode conformant. An application is Unicode conformant if it processes each character in double bytes and it recognizes fonts that are structured by the Unicode TrueType font definition. Almost all new applications will be Unicode compatible.

Chinese Partner 6.0 supports the Chinese GB and Big5 code standards. Unicode input mode is not available for regular ANSI (Non-Unicode) applications, since they have not been modified to accommodate Unicode. To deal with these cases Chinese Partner has provided a backwards compatibility so that almost all applications can be processed in GB and Big5 code modes.

Chinese Partner 6.0 provides fonts in both Unicode and non-Unicode formats. The font facename for the non-Unicode begins with "Chn" - these are suitable for ANSI applications. The Unicode font facename begins with "TSC" - these are used in Unicode applications.

Automatic Selection of Internal Code

The user no longer needs to select the internal code to be used for Chinese input. An input session is started by the user choosing his or her "Language Preference". A button on the Control Center displays the status of Simplified and Traditional Chinese preferences. Chinese Partner automatically selects the appropriate display and input code mode based on the language preference selection and the current application type. In most cases, the user should leave the "Display Chinese By" field at default ("Auto Select") when the Chinese mode is set. The user may also leave the "Input Code Using" field at default ("Auto Select") in most cases.

The user can force the input code of a specific type to differ from the automatic choice offered. The system lists the type of internal codes that are logically available to the user based on the preferences chosen for using the Chinese Language. However, forcing a choice with Unicode is not advisable.

Chinese Partner 6.0 gives support for the extended GB and Big5 Chinese code standards, as these may become popular in the future. As an option, the user may set the support of these newer code standards in place of the previous standards.

Display Simplified or Traditional Chinese at will

Chinese Partner has made the display and printing of Chinese independent of the internal code used. At any given time the user may force the display of characters from simplified to traditional form and vice versa. This affects all current documents in a global fashion, but the underlying code in the text will remain unchanged. When "Auto Select" is checked in both "Display Chinese by" and "Input Code Using", the user can input either simplified or traditional Chinese characters in Unicode applications.

Enhanced Single Cursor Word Processing

Single cursor word processing means that cursor movements on any character will work in the same way as with English characters. That is, the cursor will no longer walk into a character because of its double-byte and non-split nature. This is a great convenience to all users. Single cursor word processing may be enabled for either one of the following cases:

Software Compatibility

Fonts

Under Windows NT 4.0, Chinese Partner will install 6 Chinese TrueType fonts and 6 Chinese Unicode fonts; under Windows 2000, 48 Chinese TrueType fonts and 48 Chinese Unicode fonts are installed.

Utility Programs

Super Code Converter
This powerful utility can convert the code of files from one format to another amongst codes such as GB, BIG5 and Unicode. It handles several forms of Rich Text Format (RTF) as well as plain text (ASCII) formats. It can also convert the font type from symbol type to text type, and vice versa, as well as insert or delete spaces between characters.

Meta Converter
This utility program is designed to facilitate the use of Chinese characters in graphics applications which do not allow double-byte characters to be processed. One selects the characters that are to be used, adjusts the settings as desired in the program, and the program converts them into a Windows Meta File format that is suitable for use by graphics applications.

Single Byte Converter
When Chinese characters cannot be used in a graphics application (such as CorelDraw), the more powerful Single-Byte Converter can be used as an alternative to the Meta Converter to create new single-byte fonts. Basically, a new font thus created can be used on all Windows-based computers - even those without Chinese Partner installed. Each single byte font mimics the properties of an English font and can hold a maximum of 188 characters.

Chinese Custom IME Generator: adds third party Chinese input method to Chinese Partner system.

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System Requirements

Pentium II CPU and above; Windows NT 4.0/2000/XP; 64 MB RAM; 90 MB hard disk free space for Chinese Partner system and basic set of fonts, 300 MB for full install; CD-ROM drive.

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