And so we have MacPinyin, version 1.00. For now please download it from here since the forum doesn't seem to accept .dmg files as attachments.
Due to limitations with OS X input method framework, MacPinyin isn't as flexible as Pinyinput, but still very easy to use. Hopefully you'll find it useful.
I just got inspired to write MacPinyin last night, and it probably has bugs, so any feedback greatly appreciated. MacPinyin is 100% free, under BSD-like licensing.
From the ReadMe file:
MacPinyin makes it easy to type pīnyīn with tone marks.
MacPinyin is an input method, and after installation it can be activated from System Preferences -> International -> Input Menu.
Once activated, simply type valid pīnyīn syllables, followed by a tone number, such as wo3 or ai4. Separate syllables with the
Notes and limitations:
- MacPinyin always outputs lowercase characters.
- Use v for ü. E.g., nv3 for nǚ.
- Neutral tone may be denoted as tone 5 (or simply left out.)
instead of after punctuations or non-pinyin words
- Invalid pīnyīn gets discarded
There is no special support for apostrophes or érhuà, but they can be easily typed in.
- hǎo (hao3
- péngyou (peng2
you - hello (hello )
- xī'ān (xi1
' an1 )
- nàr (na4
- MacPinyin requires OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or later.