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Does anyone know how to actually create a new Chinese character on a Mac? I'm fully capable of finding and inserting any of the characters already on my Mac, but I'm looking to isolate radicals and turn them into individual characters for a project I'm working on. Been searching for an hour with no luck, all the help guides online teaching you how to use the character viewer... I'm sorry but using that isn't creating anything!
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Thanks for the share. I use Wenlin for info like that as well, but what I need is the ability to edit individual pixels and create my own character. For example, this character 圠 has the radical 土, but when written on the left side of a character it is no longer a flat character, same with 王 when representing 玉 etc.
Hoo I see... look at this one:
I've never tried this application but I often use eStroke (by the same company) on my mac and my ipad and it's really efficient.
It's look like they only have a Windows version but you can try to run it on VMware fusion.
I'll have to check it out on PC side, that seems like a great tool. I'm going to try out the TypeTool 3.1 demo, I think it might work.
Sounds like something similar to what we are doing for a new Mandarin Poster project . I'm using Adobe Illustrator to chop up characters.
+Dave Flynn nice! I would love to hear more about it. Basically I've been working for the past day on creating a very basic radical cheat sheet, that shows where radicals appear in every single character there is (or as many as I can find). I'm only doing around 60 to begin with, since it is a homework assignment for school, but it might be something worth expanding on later. What is really interesting is how the different positions of the radical seems to actually change the meaning. I haven't done enough research to comment further, but it is rather fascinating.

I would love to use something like Adobe since it would be so much easier, but then I wouldn't be able to make my own fonts for putting in academic papers... I can dream right!
Hi, +Thomas Roussarie thanks for linking my project +Jacob Gill as far as I know, it's not entirely possible without some knowledge of Chinese character encoding. I've recently started reading some papers on Chinese Lexical Models (with focus on naming & recognition), but they do focus a bit on font encoding. So you'll have to look into that, especially GB2132. If I get some more info, I'll let you know. I'm also curious how to create "nuance" Chinese characters that can be written using current encoding systems.
Unfortunately it's easier said than done. I spent a lot time of yesterday trying to read up more on those character sets. Most of how they are encoded goes over my head. But as far as I know, it's possible to get the character you want. Good luck though!
yeah, I spent hours trying to figure this out last week, it was not fun. I'll come back to it when I have some more time, since I would love to be able to mess with characters a bit, or include 甲骨文 etc.
+Jacob Gill it doesn't sound like the method I am using is suited to what you want to do. But I am basically cutting out the radicals from Chinese characters so I can colour them differently with the character. I'm doing it in illustrator by making the character into a path and then isolating the part I need.
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