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Will Stedman's Medical Dictionary work with NWP 2.1.8?

Posted: 2018-02-17 06:38:48
by NisusUser
Hi, all,

Someone else is wondering if this dictionary is compatible with Nisus Writer Pro, and I get to post the question. ... ition.aspx

or ... 1496321308

It sounds as if it should work, but I'd hate to see $100 spent and then find out it must be used with WORD or something else. The site says this: "After installing Stedman's Plus, the user simply spellchecks the document normally, with no need to run a separate application." So I guess it just loads it into the Mac Spell Check "innards" and works. It does say it works with Mac: "CD-ROM for Windows & MAC".

Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thank you!

Re: Will Stedman's Medical Dictionary work with NWP 2.1.8?

Posted: 2018-02-18 14:24:53
by Þorvarður
NisusUser wrote:Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Only for Microsoft Office: Microsoft Office X, 2004, 2008*, 2011, 365, and 2016 (includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Entourage.
*Stedman’s Plus Spellchecker is only compatible with Microsoft Office 2008 running on an Intel-based Macintosh and is not compatible with Power PCs.

This information was taken from:
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You can create your own free medical spellchecker if you do the following:

1. Download the Hunspell English medical dictionary (hunspell-en-med-glut) from here <> or < ... d_glut.dic> It has 90142 words and is just plain text.
2. Then open the folder ~Library/Spelling
3. You'll see your *custom* dictionaries (= spellcheckers) that you created when you clicked on the "Learn" button during spell-checking. These custom spellcheckers are Documents. If you have only written in English, then you'll probably only see a file in there called "en".
4. Copy the file "en" to the Desktop by selecting and dragging it and simultaneously holding down the Option key. This is just for safety reasons.
5. Now open the "en" file in the ~Library/Spelling folder with TextEdit.
6. You should now see all the words you have added while you were spellchecking.
7. Open the Hunspell medial word list with TextEdit, delete the beginning (= information about the file, copyright and license), select the remaining words and paste them into the "en" file
8. Close the "en" file. Save when prompted. The file should be in " Documents" format.
9. You must now Restart your computer before you can use your new spellchecker, which should directly integrate with Nisus.

The githup page
describes an installation via the Terminal. Working with the Terminal is not my strength, so I can't say anything about that.

For the record, here are three other suggestions.
It used to be possible to create a spellchecker from a text file using the instructions here: ... _for_macs/

… but this did not work for me now. The instruction is 2 years old, and much has changed since then. :-(

CocoAspelt is the way to go when you need spellcheckers that do not come with the macOS. CocoAspelt is free and is installed as a system preference; the spellcheckers are just long word lists with a few extra files. That means, the Hunspell English medical dictionary could be used to create a CocoAspelt medical spellchecker that directly integrates with Nisus. I use CocoAspelt daily, but I haven't created a CocoAspelt spellchecker myself, so I don't know how easy or difficult it is.

Another possibility: I guess it should be possible to replace the content of any arbitrary CocoAspelt spellchecker with Hunspell English medical dictionary, i.e. you download, for example, the Zulu spellchecker and replace the word list with the Hunspell word list.

And while I'm at it, these are the currently available CocoAspelt spellcheckers:

Afrikaans, Albanian, Amharic, Ancient Greek, Arabic, Armenian, Asturian, Australian English, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Bengali, Brazilian Portuguese, Breton, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chichewa, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, Frisian, Galician, German, German - Old Spelling, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hiligaynon, Hindi, Huastec, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Interlingua, Irish, Italian, Kannada, Kashubian, Kinyarwanda, Kirghiz, Kurdi, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Low Saxon, Macedonian, Malagasy, Malay, Malayalam, Maltese, Manx Gaelic, Maori, Marathi, Mongolian, Norwegian Bokmal, Norwegian Nynorsk, Oriya, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Quechua, Romanian, Russian, Sardinian, Scottish Gaelic, Serbian, Setswana, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tetum, Turkish, Turkmen, Ukrainian, Upper Sorbian, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Walloon, Welsh, Yiddish, Zulu

Re: Will Stedman's Medical Dictionary work with NWP 2.1.8?

Posted: 2018-02-18 22:07:41
by NisusUser
Thank you, Þorvarður.

That info helps a lot!

Re: Will Stedman's Medical Dictionary work with NWP 2.1.8?

Posted: 2018-02-26 06:36:54
by NisusUser
Thanks once again, Þorvarður.

We were able to get it all set up, and it seems to be working. The only problem was that in NWP Preferences, somehow, the settings were that for U.S. English, the dictionary was set to a mere "English." Any new words were going into a file called "Local Dictionary" (~Library/Spelling). I had to Pick "English-US" as the dictionary for the language called "U.S. English," and then it worked correctly.

We are very grateful!

Re: Will Stedman's Medical Dictionary work with NWP 2.1.8?

Posted: 2018-02-28 02:49:43
by Þorvarður
NisusUser wrote:Thanks once again, Þorvarður.
I'm glad to hear that it works. :-)
Enjoy your Nisus!