Do Chinese or Korean models of Casio electronic dictionaries support Japanese expansion software?

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Do Chinese or Korean models of Casio electronic dictionaries support Japanese expansion software?

Postby maiagattaneko » 05 Jun 2012, 00:00

Hi!

I'm learning both Chinese and Japanese. Currently, I'm very interested in buying either the Chinese Casio E-B800 model, or the Korean Casio EW-3400 (essentially the same, but cheaper in China).
BUT: I need to know if it's possible to use separately sold Japanese expansion software such as this XS-KE05MC: http://item.rakuten.co.jp/iget/4971850901365/ (Includes 研究者新和英大辞典、英和大辞典 etc.) with these non-Japanese models. I just want to create an all-including piece of hardware, but I'm afraid the software won't be compatible with Chinese or Korean models for any reason.
I don't want to buy any smartphones or other devices.
I don't want the Japanese XD-B7300 or XD-D7300 models.
I would just like to know the above.

Thank you very much!
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Re: Do Chinese or Korean models of Casio electronic dictionaries support Japanese expansion software?

Postby maiagattaneko » 06 Jun 2012, 00:52

OK, I'll answer myself, just in case you stumble upon the same problem one day.

I've received official response both from Casio Japan and from Casio China, and also from several Chinese dictionary sellers.
Basically, ONLY Japanese models (XD-) are capable of supporting add-ons in form of new dictionaries etc. They all support text or audio files, but only the Japanese one can handle books. The only official way to do so is to buy a Japanese model.

Casio Japan reply:
残念ながら、海外でご購入された電子辞書に、国内で販売しております追加コンテンツは使用できません。海外機種に追加コンテンツ機能の仕様がなかったり、国内機種の場合、日本語のOSのPCのみに対応しているためです。

Casio China reply (literally the same contents):
非常抱歉,在日本销售的外部辞书不能在非日本销售的电子辞典上使用。这是由于在日本地区以外销售的电子辞典,目前没有追加辞书的功能。另外该功能仅针对日文操作系统的电脑。
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AW: Do Chinese or Korean models of Casio electronic dictionaries support Japanese expansion software?

Postby Hellstorm » 06 Jun 2012, 00:57

I don't know for sure, but I doubt that it will work.
Usually this kind of hardware is extremely consumer unfriendly, and I think even if they did not make it incompatible on purpose, they may have altered the software without trying to keep compatibility.
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Re: Do Chinese or Korean models of Casio electronic dictionaries support Japanese expansion software?

Postby maiagattaneko » 06 Jun 2012, 01:02

Thank you for your answer, it's basically as you say.
I'll just buy the Japanese XD-B7300 (well, no other choice!) and add the 新和英大辞典 to it. Just too bad it can't be done with the Chinese E-A800, as I like it even better. (I'm studying both Chinese and Japanese, the E-A800 seems better for those purposes for me).
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Re: Do Chinese or Korean models of Casio electronic dictionaries support Japanese expansion software?

Postby Hellstorm » 13 Jun 2012, 03:13

Yes, I also study Chinese and Japanese. I have a Japanese Ex Word, though. But the technology of mine (2009 generation) is so ridicously old... it doesn’t even support unicode text if I copy a text file onto it (well, even though, why would I do it, reading a text file there is really inconvenient). Well, iot does fine what it was build for, though: displaying dictionaries.

For Chinese, I do not have an electronic dictionary, though. All the Chinese-german dictionaries which I found in Taiwan were too basic (10000 words or so). Chinese mainland may have better electronic dictionaries. All the dictionaries which the Chinese students actually seem to work fine, and they are even nicely small (not as large as the Japanese ones). But I guess their hardware is even worse... well, may have to check how it looks nowadays. Just would like to have traditional chinese, and I don’t know if the mainland dictionaries support it. I actually found it amusing that all the Taiwanese students in my Japanese class in Taiwan had Japanese dictionaries, even though they are Japanese-simplified Chinese for Japanese people.

Aren’t Casio electronic dictionaries all with English-Japanese? With English, you have such a large choice of denshijishos.
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