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Frequently Asked Questions about BDicty Dictionary

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How do I install (and remove) software to PDA?

If you need very basic instructions about how to install any software to your Palm OS device, please read this instructions

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Is there a User Guide or a Manual?

Yes, there is a user manual for BDIcty DIctionary. Find it here or in every trial dictionary or phrasebook download.

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What is "BDicty"? And what are "Lexicons"?

BDicty Dictionary is an application, a program. It is a specialized program for working with dictionaries..
BDicty works with databases called dictionary lexicons the same way a CD player works with CDs or the same way any other e-book reader works with e-books; the difference is that BDicty Dictionary works primarily with reference (dictionary) content.

Lexicons are the reference databases for BDicty Dictionary. A lexicon may contain, for example, terms in one language and their translations in another, or their definitions in the same language. At any rate a lexicon is a simple map between a term and definition for it, whether in the same or a different language.
It is important to state that each lexicon provides only a single-direction relation between a term and article for it; a bi-directional translation dictionary, for example, would require two lexicons - one for each direction. 

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Public, Demo or Commercial version?

BDicty has 2 versions - Public and Commercial. The Public version is free and available for download. It usually comes with the DEMO versions of the lexicons we offer.

The Commercial version of BDicty gives you the availability to add new words to your lexicons, which the Public version misses.

The lexicons also come in two versions - Demo and Commercial. The Demo lexicons have only 10% of the entries of the full Commercial versions. Unlike Public version of BDicty, though, Demo lexicons do not make real functionality and should be used for evaluation purposes only. 

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What are the Extended and Gold lexicons?

Extended (or Gold) lexicons are larger versions of Standard lexicons. When we release such a version, we have to somehow distinguish it and usually name the smaller one "Standard" and the larger one "Extended" (or "Gold"). With some of the lexicons, this could not be the only difference, though: sometimes the Extended (or Gold) and Standard versions could have different sources like it is for German lexicons, for example. 

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Can I use more than one lexicon (database) at a time?

Yes. You can use as many lexicons as your Palm's memory allows you to. In fact, if you want to have bi-directional dictionary (for example German - English - German) you will need to have BDicty and 2 lexicons in your PDA - En2Ger and Ger2En. 

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What do I need to be able to translate from English to Other language and vice versa.?

To have a bilingual translation you will need to have BDicty and 2 lexicons installed in your PDA. For example, if you want to translate from German to English and English to German, you will need En2Ger and Ger2En lexicons.
The best solution for this is to purchase a BUNDLE. It includes be-directional dictionary and BDicty - the shell program. So, you will have all you need at once, plus you will get a discount.  

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How to add new words?

First of all you need to have the BDicty Pro version ($10). The adding/editing feature is not available with the Light version.

If you already have it, you may enter a new word by typing it the regular way as if you search for it. Then tap on the field where its translation should be and enter it. When done, you must tap on the (REC) button that had appeared on the upper right corner of the display.

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Will it work on Palm III? Palm IIIx? Palm m500? Palm Zire? Sony Clie?...your-new-PDA-here?

Chances are good it will.
BDicty was created for Palm OS 3.0 and as of this writing is updated throughout all Palm OS versions and devices up to Palm OS 5.3. Support for Palm OS 6.0 is in the works and may be done by the time you read this.

There is one tiny catch here: as Palm OS versions increase, BDicty Dictionary (and all other applications) face the difficult problem of functionality vs compatibility. Newer devices have newer OS versions which often require things to be done differently than before, for the sake of better performance or whatever other reason. Having the same program make most of the new devices and old devices comes at a cost and BEIKS sometimes is forced to cut support for certain older OS features and versions; for example, the current BDicty release as of this writing (version 5.3) does require Palm OS 3.5 and higher as opposed to 3.0 and higher.

If you have an older device that the current BDicty dictionary says it does not support, feel free to drop us a line and we will certainly send you the latest versions that works properly on your PDA. Chances are good it will be as useful to you as the current public one which refuses to run on your PDA.
The reason is usually that we have opted to take advantage of some new OS features to implement particular functionality whereas in the "old" version of the program we would have done them ourselves.

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How can I buy it?

You can purchase our products by clicking on a button that says "Place your order" on appropriate page. This will take you to an online store from where you can place your order.

Do not forget to supply us your PDA User Name(HotsyncID)!
If you are not sure what your User Name is, please run this program. It will tell you what your User Name exactly is. 

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Do I need to have BDicty also for a shell file?

Yes, you need to have both a lexicon and BDicty. You can have several lexicons loaded at the same time, but you can't go without at least one.

You can use FREE Public BDicty and FREE lexicons

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Bundles packages - how to purchase with discount?

In response to the thousands emails we have got, here is the promised combined dictionaries with discounts - BUNDLES!

When placing an order, don't forget to supply your PDA User Name (Hotsync ID)! If you are not sure what your User Name is, please run this program. It will tell you what your User Name is, in a manner we can't get wrong. 

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Just placed an order, now what?

If you have placed an order trough our website, after completing your order you will be given a link for instant download. And also you will be able to download your full versions files from MyStuff Page .

If you have placed your order from one of our distributors site (Handango, PalmGear, Smaller), than you should receive an email conformation of your purchase from the distributor. Then on the next day we will send you an e-mail with your software attached (or instructions how to download it). We will be adding you to our database and after this you will be abele to download your files from MyStuff Page .

The file that we send and offer to download are the full versions of our products, registered for your PDA User Name. You have to HotSync them with your PDA.

If you don't receive the software within  2 days after the order was placed, please contact us with your user name and order number. 

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How to install the files I received?

1. Download and save the file to your local computer.

2. Installing Software Files. You are now ready to transfer the files from your computer to your PDA. To complete this step, you will need to start the PDA Desktop software that came with your PDA device. If you have not installed this software before you will need to follow the instructions that came with your PDA and install it on your computer. It is easy, just double-click on it.

NOTE: Some mail clients and browsers tend to skip the file extension when saving the file. As a result, when you double-click on the file the shell of your computer can not determine the type of the file. To resolve this, you should manually specify the extension for each file. For Bdicty file extension is PRC - BDicty.prc. For lexicons files extension is PDB - for example English.pdb, or Ger2En.pdb etc. You will need to rename the files before or after saving them, i.e. you don't have to open your mail client and Extract or Save the attachment again under different file name.
Then HotSync the files. 

For more basic information you can check this instructions.

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The file I have downloaded is with the strange name (or the name Patch.EXE). Is this right?

The files that we send and are available for download are .PDB or .PRC files not EXE or HTML files.

NOTE: Some mail clients and browsers tend to skip the file extension when saving the file. As a result, when you double-click on the file the shell of your computer can not determine the type of the file. To resolve this, you should manually specify the extension for each file. For Bdicty file extension is PRC - BDicty.prc. For lexicons files extension is PDB - for example English.pdb, or Ger2En.pdb etc. You will need to rename the files before or after saving them, i.e. you don't have to open your mail client and Extract or Save the attachment again under different file name.
Then HotSync the files. 

If you still have problems write us, please and we will find a way to send you your software. 

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After downloading it says "BDicty could not find any installed lexicons and will not run!". Am I missing something?

When have only Bdicty on your PDA you will see a note that no lexicons are loaded. You need to have a BDicty program as well.
BDicty is a program that works with databases, called lexicons. To use it as a dictionary you need to have them both - the lexicon and the BDicty. You can use more than one lexicon at a time. For example, to translate from English to German and vice versa you need En2Ger and Ger2En lexicons on your Palm. 

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What is my User Name?

Many people say instead User Name - HotSync ID, what is the same. It is the name you entered when you first HotSync your PDA. Your User Name (HotSync ID) can be found on the upper corner of your PDA when you tap the HotSync icon. You will see it every time you HotSync.  

We need your User Name to generate registration codes for the software and prevent illegal distribution. For many users, this ID is simply their own name. Please take an extra second to ensure that your HotSync ID is entered correctly. Entering an incorrect HotSync ID may cause the software you download to function incorrectly or not at all.

If you do not know your User Name (HotSync ID) you can check it with our program TELL ID. Click on it's name to download it. Then run it with your Pilot and it will tell you your User Name. 

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I downloaded and installed the file, but there is no icon in the Launcher; what am I missing?

You are missing BDicty Dictionary Reader.
Installing only the dictionary data file is as good as having a CD without CD player or a Microsoft Word document without Microsoft Word.

Put shortly, go www.beiks.com/bdicty and download/install BDicty itself, or, if it is part of your order, make sure you have downloaded and installed it as well.

Note that you do NOT need to pay for BDicty Pro in order to use the language lexicon you have purchased; the Public version will be as good as the Pro one as far as reading the content goes. It barely adds on top of that.

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When I run it, it says "BDicty will not run. You may be running out of memory..." I have plenty of memory!

Well, if so you probably gave as a wrong User Name. To check your user name 100% we created a small program TELL ID. Click on it's name to download it. Then run it on your Pilot. After you download and run it, please write us with the exact message you get. We will send you new files. 

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I run your Russian (Greek, Turkish or Hungarian) dictionary, but when I enter a word I only see gibberish. What's wrong?

You will need localization kit for some of the lexicons. Localization kit is a special PalmOS for different languages. You may take a look at our Cyrillic localization kit InterType.  

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