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I have a Macbook, but it's slightly too old to use Mac OS X 10.6's trackpad Chinese input.

I have a Wacom tablet, but even though Mac OS X has had tablet character recognition since 10.2 and now knows Chinese characters, they're separate enough that it apparently can't put these two together and read Chinese characters I write on my Wacom.

But I'm sure somebody has a way to let me do this. What software do I need to let me write Japanese kanji on my Wacom tablet under Mac OS X?

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Seems like this is where a touchscreen computer could be handy with a touchscreen keyboard. – djangofan Jan 4 '10 at 23:20

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Tegaki is open source Chinese/Japanese handwriting recognition software that supports Mac OS X.

Support for this feature is understandably limited in the mainstream. I lived in Japan for a few years, and keyboards are far-and-away the preferred input method of native Japanese writers.

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I've found the (poorly-named) JavaDict, which lets me scribble kanji (with my mouse, even) and looks them up.

Unfortunately, it doesn't show stroke order (to let me know if I got it wrong), and it's really awkward for doing more than one, and the interface is ugly as sin, but the recognition part works pretty well.

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Did you try Autograph from TenOneDesign ?

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It says "You need to have a MacBook with multitouch", which I don't have. Also, it seems to only be a way to use the built-in alphabetic handwriting recognition from the trackpad. That is, in addition to the Mac trackpad->hanzi and tablet->alphabet input paths, it allows trackpad->alphabet. But I'm looking for tablet->kanji. – Ken Jan 4 '10 at 21:49
Autograph isn't for writing recognition, and you need a MacBook with multitouch trackpad to use it. – Wuffers Apr 23 '10 at 1:02

Wacom Bamboo scribe, available for download via Wacom's Hong Kong website, allows Chinese, Japanese, and Korean input. However, the Mac version only supports Intel Macs.

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