Update (2013-03-10): It turns out Google Pinyin is not substantial for the Mac users. Strongly advise those who are not keen on the default Chinese input method by Apple go to try Sougou Pinyin (http://pinyin.sogou.com/mac/?r=pinyin) for or QQ Pinyin for Mac (http://shurufa.qq.com/mac/), both of which are greatly useful.
Google’s free Chinese input software Google Pinyin for Windows immediately wooed Chinese-savvy users at the time its beta version was launched many years ago. Since then it has evolved into a very smart and stable application.
However, it seemed Google Inc. was a bit lazy to develop a version for Apple’s Mac computers. Many Chinese Mac users made the loud request to ask the world’s most popular search engine company to do something.
Fortunately, Google’s Chinese employees heard those voices! This September, Google Pinyin for Mac was leaked to the internet. Not until a few days ago, I downloaded a copy and installed on my newly-purchased 21 inch iMac, Here are some screenprints of Google Pinyin for Mac installation and a tip to set it to appear in the drop-down menu of Mac Top Bar’s input methods. At last, a link to download Google Pinyin for Mac for free is provided.
The installation file of Google Pinyin for Mac is .pkg format, so it can’t be installed by being directly dragged to Mac’s Application folder. One must double-click on the .pkg file to initiate the InstallShied dialogue box which will guide the user the steps necessary to install the software.
During the installation, Google Pinyin for Mac prompts to alert (now shown here) the user to close all opened applications. After the software was installed, the Mac is required to log out.
Once the Mac user logs in again, there is no way to use Google Pinyin for Mac if not to do something indicated below.
Go to System Preferences –> Language & Text –> Input Sources sub-tab, scroll down to spot and tick the Goopy icon in the left section Select input methods to use of the resultant user interface,
Now, click on the current input method icon located on the right side of Mac Top Bar, Google Pinyin for Mac’s icon Goopy will be shown in the drop-down menu. After Goopy was selected as the new input method, click on Preferences to make changes according to one’s own requirements.
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