the free version of TibetD Reader.
Note that this software is for Windows. We have a Mac version of TibetD Reader for the Mac versions of three of our dictionaries, but it can only read those. The Windows Reader will work in all versions of Windows from XP up and has minimal memory and disk storage requirements.
Commercial software does not fully support Tibetan text formatting and mostly does not allow for searching Tibetan text. For example, even the very popular Adobe PDF system has trouble with these things. For this reason, we made and use our own software for presenting Tibetan text. One of the special features of our software is that it is the only software in the world aware of all of the details of Tibetan text formatting. Another feature is that has exceptional search capabilities for Tibetan text. Our TibetD Reader is like Adobe Acrobat except that it handles Tibetan text with all of its specialized requirements, perfectly. This gives you a remarkable tool for working with Tibetan text.
Download a package containing samples of the following three dictionaries and one
reference work. The files in this package are short samples only of each reference
work. For example, there are about 200 entries only out of tens of thousands
from each dictionary. The entries have been carefully chosen so that you can
get a good feel for the content and quality of the dictionaries. The package
also contains a quick guide to the use of the Reader with the dictionaries. The
guide will show you how to get started with the Reader and how to get the most out of
the dictionaries. It is strongly recommended that you read that guide first
You will need either TibetDoc or TibetD Reader to read these samples. If you have purchased any of our software previously, you have the software needed already. If not, a copy of the free Reader mentioned (above) is included in the package and you can install and use that.
the Windows evaluation package.
|Macintosh: We do have Macintosh versions of the three dictionaries shown above and a Reader programmed for the Macintosh. However, we do not have a free Reader for the Macintosh nor are there evaluation versions of the dictionaries and reference works for the Macintosh. The Macintosh dictionaries and reader can be purchased • here.|
There is a wide range of Tibetan Buddhist texts in electronic form available for • free download here. These texts are in TibetD format. There are also free reference works on the other pages on this site dealing with dictionaries, texts, and reference works. To get a full view of what we have and how it can be used, we recommend that you go to the PKTC home page and thoroughly investigate all areas of the site from there. The • sitemap is also very useful in that regard.
To read these texts, you will need either TibetD Reader or TibetDoc. If you do not have either one, use our free TibetD Reader available • on this page to read them.
We also have many texts and reference works available for purchase. A full listing of all digital products available for purchase can be seen • here and more information about our digital products is available • here.
The compressed (zip) download file includes:
|1. TibetanMachineUnicode, the authentic unicode version of the font. Use this to replace the badly damaged version called "Tibetan Machine Uni" available from University of Virginia;|
|2. the non-unicode version of the font called "TibetanMachine" in our TCC encoding;|
|3. the non-unicode version of the font called "TibetanMachineWeb" in a non-unicode special encoding which is useful in various ways.|
Just download the file, uncompress it, and install the needed fonts using the usual methods (there is no need to install the ones you do not need). The TibetanMachineUnicode font is a single font, the Tibetan Machine font set in TCC encoding has five fonts in it, and the TibetanMachineWeb font set has ten fonts in it. Documentation for the typefaces is included in the download file.
We put this typeface into the public domain under GNU licence some years ago. It is an excellent typeface that can be used for any purpose. The fonts are free and can be used for any purpose without further permission. The fonts can be freely copied and given to others. However, we would prefer it if the fonts were not made available for download on other sites but that a link to here was provided; thank you!
The unicode typeface is a standard Opentype TTF typeface; it works on all platforms that fully support Opentype fonts such as all versions of Windows from Windows XP on, all versions of Macintosh OSX from 10.5, Linux, and so on.
If you are not sure what to do, install the package into Windows Vista or later. When you type in the lookup program, you will see that symbols instead of letters appear. Use the fonts provided by us to replace the existing ones (just right click on a font from us, choose install, and say yes to replace when asked). Now you should see the expected letters when you type in the lookup program.
main documentation for WordPerfect for Windows, zipped PDF file
main documentation for Word for Windows, zipped PDF file
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