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Description

Wakaru is a powerful study aid, exclusively created for learners of the Japanese language.

Wakaru is equipped with a fully functional WEB BROWSER and an EBOOK READER. It can help to make reading and deciphering Japanese text with its robust search algorithm, enabling you to lookup any word simply by touching and highlighting them. An elegant pop-up displaying the readings as well as the definitions appear without interrupting your flow of reading. You can also save words and review them later with the built-in flashcards module.
The ebook reader is versatile and allows vertical and horizontal direction of Japanese text layout, various font sizes, customisable text, background colours and textures as well as proper support for Ruby annotations to display furigana for documents that provide them.
Wakaru comes built-in with the following dictionaries:

•Japanese-English Dictionary (165,000 entries)

•Japanese-French Dictionary (15,000 entries)

•Japanese Proper Names Dictionary (700,000 entries)

The built-in iOS Dictionary can be accessed directly from the app. In addition to that, you can also make cross references in several web dictionaries, namely:

•Google Translate

•Goo jisho

•Weblio

You can also jump into a wide range of other popular external dictionary applications directly from Wakaru, making full use of other dictionaries you own. Wakaru currently supports:

•Daijisen

•Imiwa?

•Japanese

•Midori

•アクセス独和・和独辞典

•ウィズダム英和・和英辞典 (Wisdom)

•ウィズダム英和・和英辞典 2 (Wisdom 2)

•プチ・ロワイヤル仏和辞典(第3版)・和仏辞典(第2版)

•プチ・ロワイヤル仏和辞典(第4版)・和仏辞典(第3版)

•伊和・和伊中辞典

•大辞林 (Daijirin)

•西和中辞典・ポケプロ和西辞典

•角川類語新辞典

Wakaru is integrated with two online Japanese libraries, Aozora Bunko and Hoshizora Bunko, allowing you to browse and download over a total of 18,000 free Japanese ebooks directly from the app. These ebooks can be sorted according to their kanji difficulty level to help you find text adapted to your Japanese level. You may also import your own text documents via copy and paste, through iTunes sharing or by downloading directly into the app using the built-in browser.

The ebook module is also be upgradable to open PDF documents via in-app purchase for only $3.99.

Video demo: http://www.youtube.com/user/WakaruApp
Retina display for iPhone (including iPhone 5) and iPad is supported.

Wakaru is rated 17+ simply because the built-in browser has unrestricted access to the Internet.
Wakaru uses the JMDICT (http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/jmdict.html) and JMnedict dictionary files. These files are the property of the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group (http://www.edrdg.org/), and are used in conformance with the Group's license (http://www.edrdg.org/edrdg/licence.html).

 $0.99 in iOS App Store

Screenshots

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Version History

Launched Mar 07, 2010 (about 9 years ago).

Releasing new versions every 2 months, on average.

Nov 05
2018
(Current)
Version 2.5.0

BROWSER
Support of tabs
Corrected bugs of toolbar hidding controls of certain webpages (e.g. Quora)

QUICKTEXT
Quicktext now support drag and drop in split view

May 22
2018
Version 2.4.9

Added support for iPhone X
Added support for split view

Jul 04
2016
Version 2.4.8

Updated dictionary

Mar 31
2016
Version 2.4.6

LIBRARY
Fixed bug preventing the deletion of ebooks

EBOOK
Corrected bug related to improper display of preference menu when taping on appearance button
Text selection is not cleared after dictionary panel is dismissed when autolookup is enabled
Added an option to short tap duration for text selection

Mar 05
2016
Version 2.4.5

LIBRARY
Fixed bug causing crashes when searching for ebooks by title on Aozora Bunko

STUDYLIST
Added option to move items between studylists
The keyboard screen now hides after a keyworad search

Nov 30
2015
Version 2.4.4

LIBRARY
Fixed bug causing crashes when searching for ebooks by title on Aozora Bunko
Fixed bug causing crashes when deleting ebooks from search on Library

Nov 14
2015
Version 2.4.3

LIBRARY
Solving bug concerning library

Nov 08
2015
Version 2.4.2

EBOOK
Correct bug preventing highlighting with text format
Added new fonts

SPACED REPETITION
Re-enabled possibility to delete drill cards

Sep 20
2015
Version 2.4.1

EBOOK READER
Solve compatibility issue with iOS9

Sep 08
2015
Version 2.4.0

EBOOK
Text-to-speech : updated the interface to define custom readings
The dictionary panel hides automatically when one tries to extend text selection underneath.
When auto-lookup and "Copy to note" are enabled together, the contextual menu is shown when there is a possiblity to add the selection as a note.

STUDYLIST
Corrected bugs preventing export to iTunes and copy as table
Interface to manage spaced repetition cards is improved
Added two new templates

Jun 17
2015
Version 2.3.9

EBOOK READER
Text-to-speech: Added an option to define custom readings for certain words (e.g. for personage names)
"Copy to note" takes into account word inflection

LIBRARY
Corrected a bug causing a crash when opening "Kokoro" ebook

SPACED REPETITION
Added two new templates

May 17
2015
Version 2.3.8

BROWSER
Added better management of bookmarks

EBOOK READER
Corrected bugs preventing import of large PDFs files

Apr 13
2015
Version 2.3.7

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STUDYLIST
Added possibility to export only the words

SPACE REPETITION
Added statistics about number of cards reviewed each day

BROWSER
Added possibility to change font size

EBOOK READER
Fixed bug causing crash when opening certain pdf documents

Feb 24
2015
Version 2.3.6

DICTIONARY
Fix a bug causing crash when a word is added to studylist in certain situation

Feb 24
2015
Version 2.3.5

SPACE REPETITION
Better interface: cards can be touched to show the answer
Added gesture to answer Space Repetition Cards
Added a button to present more cards when cards for the day are exhausted
Corrected a bug related to date display
3 news templates are available

DICTIONARY
Corrected a bug preventing to change studylist on iPad when dictionary is shown in popover
Corrected a bug preventing to access Monokakido italian external dictionary

LIBRARY
Stability improvement when browsing Aozora Bunko

EBOOK
Text-to-speech is introduced
Background for fast page interface has blur effect
Added possibility to change fonts
Corrected a bug that prevented purchase of PDF extension from the settings

HELP
Updated

Jan 11
2015
Version 2.3.4

FLASH CARDS

New design with furigana
Added a search tool for flash cards

SPACE REPETITION

Added an undo button
Added a new template
Corrected bug prevents spaced repetition review in certain cases

BROWSER

Corrected bug that prevented opening of Wakaru from Safari for certain URLs

Nov 21
2014
Version 2.3.3

LIBRARY

Correction of a bug causing the appartion of a message incorrectly indicating failure of import from Hoshizora
Correction of a bug causing causing a crash during import of text from pasteboard

SPACE REPETITION

Added statistics concerning historical success rate of young and mature flashcards.
Added statistics concerning number of young and mature flashcards.
Corrected bug preventing selection of studylist in statistics module
Added new SRS cards templates
Clearer interface for template selection
Corrected a bug that would prevent swiping between statistics views

DICTIONARY

Corrected a bug causing lookup in names dictionary even when the name dictionary was disabled
Corrected a bug causing lookup of name dictionary even for common noun

Nov 04
2014
Version 2.3.2

SPACE REPETITION

Correction of a bug that prevented a card to appear immediately after it has been added to a studylist
Correction of a bug that made cards with blank field to be presented
The bagde count now displays correctly the number of cards to be reviewed

DICTIONARY

Corrected a bug causing a crash on iPad when performing a dictionary with "define" button

Oct 20
2014
Version 2.3.1

Corrected a bug causing a crash on iPhone when downloading an ebook from Aozora or Hoshizora bunko
Corrected a bug causing a crash on iPad when performing a dictionary look-up with popover option enabled

Oct 07
2014
Version 2.3.0

GENERAL

Support for iOS 8
Compilation for 64-bit devices

SPACE REPETITION

Better algorithm to define in which order review cards are presented.
Learnt or lasped cards not double-counted for calculating the number of cards reviewed during one session

BROWSER

An alert is now given when the device is not connected to internet

Sep 15
2014
Version 2.2.9

Improved stability
Update dictionary

Sep 02
2014
Version 2.2.8

WEB BROWSER
Added a button to directly access the dictionary from the web browser (iPhone version) for manual lookup

DICTIONARIES

Improved dictionary lookup algorithm
Update of dictionaries

Jul 23
2014
Version 2.2.7

Corrected issue causing unintented page scrolling on yahoo.co.jp

May 07
2014
Version 2.2.6

LIBRARY

Faster load of the library

DICTIONARIES

Updated content of built-in dictionary

FLASHCARDS

Corrected bug in calculation of success ratio
Added statistics on historical success rate
Added a new template for SRS cards

Feb 27
2014
Version 2.2.5

IPAD VERSION

Improved stability

PDF READER

Put back keyword search accross the document

EBOOK READER

Fixed bug that was causing crashes when opening certain ebooks
Added highlights
Added bookmarks

DICTIONARIES

Added "HonyakuStar" as an external dictionary

FLASHCARDS

Corrected bug preventing to change studylist in spaced repetition view

Feb 06
2014
Version 2.2.4

Introduction of Space repetition system for flashcards
Added possibility to hide rubi

Bug fixes :
For PDF document, resize of toolbar during device rotation is now handled properly
Legal view: fixed crash when taping on 星空文庫

Nov 20
2013
Version 2.2.1

Update of dictionaries
Update of Aozora and Hoshizora database
Bug fix regarding toogling of drill masks in flashcards

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