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Spelling Dictionary

Will Koehler Mar 03, 2014 02:49PM HKT

I tried to add a german dictionary by exactly following the steps in your "Tips and Tricks" Section. I even downloaded the dictionary from the site you recommended. I treid the ASCII and the UNICODE versions. But it doesn't work - the german spelling is completely ignored, which is very annoying in long notes.

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Reiner Block Apr 24, 2015 03:44PM HKT


now, the ASCII Dictionary will not do. You've to convert it into UTF-8, then the German Umlauts are correct.

Hinting greetings


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Stephen Zhu Mar 06, 2014 01:15PM HKT XMind Ltd. XMind Geniu
very sorry for that. could you try to search out other dictionary files?
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Phil Sauer May 20, 2014 04:35PM HKT
Hi Will,

i tried the ASCII Dictionary Version "German (new sp)" from and it worked for me. The Unicode-File did not.
I simply copied the *.dic file from the archive into the XMind program Directory and followed the instructions from "Tips and Tricks" Section without renaming the file extension.

Best Regards,
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Andreas Kohlhaas Jan 09, 2015 02:01AM HKT

thanks for the thread that is exactly what I was looking for. How do convert from ASCII to UTF-8. TextWrangler or such ?


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Ricardo Feb 18, 2015 01:52AM HKT
Excellent! It worked all right for Spanish. I used UTF-8 converter, downloaded from
I checked it agains viruses before running it. It did the job just fine!

Thank you Reiner. How did you know that UTF-8 was required? I suggest that this info be included in the documentation.


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Georg Lohrer Apr 03, 2015 02:44PM HKT

it is rather annoying that there are no pre-setup dictionaries available. This whole rumble-mumble with ASCII-to-UTF-8 conversion could be prevented if there would be dicitionaries been delivered instantly. I just run into the same issue with the german dictionry. I'm really wondering why Xmind is adding such feature, but then dropping all further supportive steps from their agenda.

Ciao, Georg
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Lhetre Apr 17, 2015 02:02AM HKT
Thank you Reiner, this works even for the French dictionary : take the ASCII version then transform it into UTF-8, you are the real MVP.

However Xmind still doesn't recognise words with apostrophes.
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Reiner Block Best Answer Apr 24, 2015 03:44PM HKT

now, the ASCII Dictionary will not do. You've to convert it into UTF-8, then the German Umlauts are correct.

Hinting greetings

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Martin Zuther Sep 20, 2015 09:18PM HKT
The problem with the "UNICODE" files from WinEdt is that they are encoded in UTF-16, while XMind seems to only understand UTF-8. So in order to use the "UNICODE" files, you have to re-encode them to UTF-8.

Which is a shame, really. Reading files in different Unicode encodings isn't *that* hard. And failing silently to read a file is rather bad coding... (That being said, I like XMind a lot!)

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Peter E Nov 19, 2015 12:13AM HKT
With Mac, the re-encoding from UTF-16 to UTF-8 works also via the "TextEdit"-App: Open the Unicode-file from with TextEdit, duplicate it and while saving , choose the proper Encoding-Option (and also change the ending to .dict).

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