Why we're developing SunPinyin for Mac?

I just got a question from the comments of last entry,

No offense, but I'm just curious why does Sun spend money on developing an input method for Mac OS? Or Is this just a personal project?

And here comes my reply, that I'd like to post as new entry too,

Actually, the core of SunPinyin is the conversion engine based on statistical language model, and it can have different front-ends, like gtk_standalone (for debugging) iiimf-cle, scim, beCJK, and leopard/IMKit as well. The basic idea of porting SunPinyin to leopard/IMKit is to let more people to know about this input method, and attract some Mac developers to join this project, and hopefully join the engine development eventually. Another reason is that I'm not satisfied with the existing input methods on Mac.

The returns are that we really got a lot of valuable feedback and responses from the Mac users (like Zheming), and attracted several developers (including a UI designer) to join us. Though I'm hoping some one could take over the maintenance of leopard/IMKit porting from me :) All the contributions from Mac world, are helping us to make SunPinyin better, and better, on all platforms.

While, yes, you're right, it's more likely a personal project, I mostly spent spare time on that. Though the initial porting did take several working days. And, I'd appreciate the supports from my managers.

Hopes you enjoy it :)

14 thoughts on “Why we're developing SunPinyin for Mac?

  1. 实在很喜欢这个输入法,我现在就是用他在打字的。
    作为一个南方人,希望输入法还能增加模糊音选项,因为我对后鼻音实在分不清楚。
    再次万分感谢你。

  2. 昨天才知道这个输入法,试了下,遇到个问题,想请教一下。我开启了用shift切换中英文输入。但在我用shift回到英文输入后,很快,输入法又会自动回到中文输入。比如我用FF浏览网页,我用shift切换到英文输入,输入网址,花了几分钟看了网页,然后在同一个窗口,想要输入一个新的网址,但此时输入已经是中文了。我得再次用shift切换到英文输入。
    请问,这是正确的情况吗?如果我想完全由用户来控制中文或英文输入,该如何操作呢?谢谢!

  3. hi, coolz, 如果你回到原来的窗口,应该就还是英文的,shift切换是一种局部切换。如果你希望用全局的切换,可以考虑用capslock。

  4. 谢谢答复。我就是在同一个窗口下试的。比如火狐的一个tab的地址输入栏,我用shift切换到英文输入,输入了网址,花一分钟看了该网页,然后回到同一个地址输入栏,输入字符的时候,已经变成中文输入了。我得再按一次shift回到英文。请问这是对的吗?
    谢谢。

  5. Hi Yong,
    谢谢。不过好像这个不仅仅在FF上发生。我试了下textedit,也有一样的问题。就是在我切换到英文模式后,如果光标一直在textedit窗口,那没问题,输入模式不变,一直是英文。但如果光标移动到另外一个窗口,然后再回到原来的textedit窗口,输入就变成中文了。我试了下用capslock键,确实是全局切换了。但我最需要的就是局部切换,对不同的窗口可以有不同的输入选择。很高兴这个输入法能提供这种支持。希望可以看到它的实现。
    谢谢。

  6. 原来是这样,了解了。
    要是能对同一窗口的输入设置保持不变,那就最好不过了。
    再次感谢能提供这个非常不错的输入法。

  7. Hi:“焦点离开之后,会重置输入模式”
    其实我觉得这个是个优势。我一下子说不上为什么来。这样子说吧,FIT就是你如果离开的时候是英文,回来的时候还是英文。但是有时候离开一会儿不太记得原来是中文还是英文了(这种情况我经常碰到),看一眼图标,是FIT,心里默认就是:“哦,是中文”,结果一输,是英文,所以每次要切换,因为没有工具条显示是英文还是中文,有时候要切换好几下才对。。。
    不好意思,觉得自己没太表达清楚,这几天留意下,再来留言~~~
    (呃,对了,中文的~好像是英文的哦,不过这个问题好像有人提过了。。。)

  8. 呃,刚才测试了下,觉得挺好的:
    我在Mail里把输入法切换到英文,打两个字,然后跑去写blog,写的时候自动是中文的(我在Mail里切换成英文之后没再切换成中文),在blog里写几个中文,然后跑回Mail,继续打英文,不需要切换。。。
    呃,我是不是把简单的问题(或者不是问题的问题)搞复杂了?还是因为我现在用的是更新过的更好的版本,coolz的问题解决了?if so, forget it and forgive me...

  9. updated it and it looks pretty cool now~
    btw, do you have msn or Gtalk, i am also interested in know more about Mac software, maybe we can keep connected online too~
    My email address is provided above.
    Arthur

  10. 非常感谢你们提供了这么好的输入法,不过在输入xiaochuaner(我的名字的拼音)的时候,就会出现“小撮呢绒”,即使回退也打不出“小船儿”,我在其他输入法里面都是可以直接打出来的。希望开发者能注意这一问题,谢谢~~~
    祝sunpinyin 一路顺风,当然我已经是忠实用户了,会一直用下去,一直给你们提意见!!

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