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I am looking for an easy way to install spell-check dictionaries for languages that are not supported by default on OS X (one example Romanian).

By easy way, I mean a solution that does not require command line usage. While this is ok for me, for average OS X user this could be too complex.

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In which format your would-be dictionary is? (I'm asking because I installed Finnish dictionary by just double-clicking a .pkg file, which I found from the internet — I presume this wouldn't help you.) –  koiyu Apr 12 '11 at 9:33

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Snow Leopard is compatible with the aff/dic open format dictionaries.

So, all you need to do is to get one dictionary, and place it inside ~/Library/Spelling (you may have to create the directory).

You can get the dictionary from OpenOffice, extract the file using The Unarchiver, and copy ro_RO.aff and ro_RO.dic in your Library.

You have to logout & login, and then go to System Preferences > Language & Text > Text > Spelling > Romana ...and boom! you have system-wide romanian spell checking :)

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Are you talking about in e.g. Word or Pages - or are you talking about in Browsers like Safari, FireFox etc. - or just a system wide configuration ??

One solution for a system wide configuration could be to install the cocoAspell dictionaries: http://kitblog.com/2010/10/get_romanian_spell-check_in_osx.html

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I already installed cocoAspell but I encountered some issues. I had to do some ugly symlinks from /usr to /opt in order to make it use the dictionaries installed by macports. Personally I would like a better solution, one that could be used by common users (as opposed to power users). –  sorin Apr 12 '11 at 11:57

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