Tech Arts is kind of a dinosaur in the bishoujo game business with several brands under it. Quite a lot of games were made with a tool internally called SceneMaker and are shipped with a runtime called ScenePlayer (the executable is usually named splayer.exe). Someone already made a plug-in for the graphics viewer “Susie” but […]


While answering a small question regarding the scripting format used by “SHUFFLE!”, I stumbled across a small image-viewer that I still had lying around and never published. Simply associate the GPD files with it to open them in the viewer. For reference, my unpacker for the PAC files can be found here and if you […]


This is a follow-up on the former articles “Writing Japanese with Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr”, “Writing Japanese with Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin” and “Writing Japanese with Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx”. Compared to Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, setting up the Japanese input in Ubuntu again became simpler and better integrated. The default Japanese Input Method is […]


If you are using Mozc / Google’s Japanese IME and ever wondered how to type in a specific symbol or radical, I highly recommend taking a peek at the data sources. Thanks to Mocz being open-source, you can find the respective source file on Github. The second column contains the symbol and the third one […]


If you don’t know it yet, imabi.net is one of the many websites that offer Japanese lessons. This vCalendar Generator builds a vCalendar (ics) file that can be imported into electronic calendars like Evolution, Google Calendar, Outlook etc. It plans one lesson from imabi for each day, starting the next day after this script was […]


I’m currently reading the web novel “THE NEW GATE” and while admittedly all automated translating services suck when it comes to Japanese, the one run by Microsoft surprised me the most with its translations because it is the only one that feels like talking to a pubescent teenage boy. Examples (all taken from THE NEW […]


Websites Dictionaries http://wadoku.de *THE* german dictionary. Practically all non-commercial programs make use of wadoku’s database nowadays if they offer some japanese-german translation. The database can be downloaded and freely used unless you incorporate it into a commercial product. http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/cgi-bin/wwwjdic.cgi WWWJDIC is the dinosaur when it comes to online dictionaries. It’s quite extensive and offers a […]


This is a follow-up of the former articles “Writing japanese with Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin” and “Writing japanese with Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx”. If you are using Ubuntu 16.04, you can use my respective guide Writing Japanese with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus. When comparing to Ubuntu 12.04, the Japanese input is now a lot […]


Anki 2 is a really amazing piece of software and I’d regard it as almost perfect. One of the major missing features is imho the ability to change the default keyboard shortcuts. If you want to change them or add new ones, you have to edit the source. Fortunately this process isn’t too complicated because the whole […]


Update: For Ubuntu 14.04, please use this guide. This is a follow-up to my old Writing japanese with Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx article featuring the latest Ubuntu LTS version. In particular this guide is based on a fresh install of the first support release 12.04.1, which is the most recent update as of this writing. This […]


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