中文输入法 for QWERTY phones


Every time I get a new Windows Mobile phone, I have to hunt for a Chinese input solution that supports qwerty keyboard properly. I have trying to find a workable solution for my i780, and while A4, PlumSIP and GuoBi can be installed and used on my device, but they introduce some ‘side effects’ that makes me look elsewhere for better solution.

I did some web research and finally came to a conclusion that I can make use of some DLL files that I believe originated from Microsoft. Packaged them with proper registry settings, I can now finally type both Chinese and English text using my qwerty keyboard. The only issue is the symbol input button has become invalid, at least for now, but that’s not a big deal for me.

with a click of a button, the qwerty input is changed to Chinese mode.

also it comes with an interesting pin yin SIP, but I prefer using my qwerty keyboard.

For folks whose phones do not come with physical qwerty keyboard, you don’t need this since you can easily install those SIP software made available by the likes of PlumSIP, ZTA4, etc.

The above is tested well on i780, you are welcome to test on your non-i780 but qwerty phone. Do let me know if this can be installed/used properly on your qwerty phone.

You can download the CAB file from here


Update on 4th July:
Found some problem the moment my i780 changes the resolution from 128dpi to 96dpi. Had managed to fix that, so if you encountered some error while trying to activate the PinYin SIP, you can try re-applying the latest fix from here

2nd Update on 4th July: For folks who don’t really need SIP (who needs SIP with a qwerty keyboard? :P), I have re-packaged a separate CAB to take away the SIP portion. You can download this PinYin “Lite” version from here

67 thoughts on “中文输入法 for QWERTY phones

  1. Frances says:

    Hi Zen,

    Thanks for your effort on this pinyin input method.

    I have installed the updated 4th July veriosn in my i780 (Singapore version), I can see the chinese SIP keyboard, but the ‘拼’ icon is not underlined and no chinese word shows up when using either the tuoch screen or the qwerty keyboard.

    Many Thanks,
    Frances

  2. you have to map a hard button key to the ToggleIME (in \Windows\Start Menu) and then when you need to enter Chinese text, just hit the Toggle IME hardware button.

    if this doesn’t work, it could be the keyboard locale is not right. Are you using an English ROM?

  3. lenny says:

    Hey zenkinz, I originally did not manage to get the drop down menu for selecting, so I softresetted and it worked. 🙂

    When I have the SIP open, my keyboard’s ‘I’ will default to ‘CH’, the problem is solved when I close the SIP, kinda irritating though. 😦

  4. one of the problem with this IME (and other IME as well), is that it replaces the customised function that the previous keyboard locale has, and it’s a “problem” of Windows Mobile in the way how they handle multiple IME, and there’s nothing we can do about it. If you install Guo Bi, or ZTA4, you are going to see the same problem.

    That”s why I develop a separate utility called Multi Lang Editor, which you should have found out already by now, to allow me to enter text using alternative keyboard locale like the one used by Guo Bi, while retaining the customised function of the existing keyboard locale. IT’s not pretty, but it works, since 99% of the time I don’t need to text Chinese words.

  5. jason cheng says:

    Hi, Zen, great job. It provides a neat solution for Chinese input. While I found a side effect after installing it on my i780: originally the long press of red button (hang up key) will lock the phone, but now it won’t, while device lock on Today works, I know the lock of phone is triggered by sending key vk85, so I doubt the change of keyboard loc cause the lock key disabled. can you do some research on this? thanks.

  6. hi pal, just got my i780 from singapore, tried the whole night with your pinyin; qwerty and Multi Language Editor software. but sad to say i just can’t get it work. i not able to get the drop down menu of the chinese words to select. please help as i really need to type chinese massages badly. help pls. thank you!

  7. Alex says:

    Nice job on this. I installed the 01a cab and everything works fine. I then installed the multi-language-editor with the aim of getting back the autocomplete of the recipients feature, but I haven’t been able to get it to work. I have the following available:

    Intelligent IME 2003
    US
    COMP IME

    Which should I map to English and which to Chinese? Anything else I need to do?

    Thanks!

  8. Louis says:

    Dear Zen,
    Could you send me the cab file?? I’m using i780 WM6.1 with ime-msjh.cab. Would your input file work on this combination, as well?

    • zen says:

      @Louis, sorry for the broken link as I have moved my blog hosting a few weeks ago. The link has been fixed, if you want to download the pinyin cab. I’m not sure if it’ll work with ime-msjh, you have to try out your own.

    • Louis says:

      Dear Zen, thanks to your reply! By the way, do you know if any input programme with Cangjie input for i780?? I am using ime Chinese system with my i780, currently.
      Regards
      Louis

  9. joseph says:

    Hi Zen, I read 3 of your writings on chinese input on i780. Like you I do not wish to sacifice the auto complete. I am to a conclusion. You have developed a wonder workaround with the Multi Lang Editor. But I am confused on how to get it install. I want to make use of your Multi Lang Editor for my i780. on WM6.1. But you mentioned that before I do that I need to install a IME then change the registry. Issues is how to get the IME and how to check the registry. Hopefully you can shine me some light

  10. ricky says:

    My english auto word complete does not work after installing the pinyin cab. works after i removed it. anyway to get it working with pinyin installed as well?

  11. Lusi says:

    Hi, Zen. I’m using i780, and I never install any of chinese input text. I’ve download & install your CAB file. But I still can’t type chinese. I hit the tougle IME but it doesn’t have any reaction. Maybe because like you say to Frances on October 20,2008, am I using English ROM too? The problem is I can’t tell the different. Could you teach me, how to recognize the ROM? And how can I change it to be chinese ROM, if it’s true that i’m using English ROM? What is the effect that will cause if I change my device to chinese ROM?

    Sorry, for so many question. Thanks for your help.

  12. Bob says:

    I see in the screenshots you are using simple Chinese. I need to type real Chinese, does it support real Chinese? Or only simple? I can’t send Chinese to my friends with strokes, components, and meanings missing from the characters!! They will kill me!! And tell me to go back to China!! I don’t want that!! I don’t want to give my phone a personality complex!! It’s a lovely Taiwan phone!! Also can I use FingerKeyboard as the keyboard, to type Chinese??

  13. Harvey says:

    Dear Z:

    I am a newbie, please bare with me. I just bought a Samsung i617. I am trying to resolve the same problem. I don’t know how you solve your Chinese display issue. In my case, I resort to install an Arial Unicode font on the device and change registry settings so everything uses that font. This is my way of ensuring both Traditional as well as Simplified Glyph can be displayed properly.

    Would you give a pointer on how to map a hardware button on IME toggling? Once I installed your Zeeyeepinyin.cab, by default it’s Chinese input, and I don’t know how to get out of that.

    And it seems that the keyboard mapping is not 100% neither.

    thanks in advance for helping out. I want to see if your method works on Samsung i617 / 607 or not.

    Harvey

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