We think Japanese Flash is the best way to study Japanese vocabulary. We also know there are other great apps out there for reading Japanese, including Rikai Browser, our excellent web browser with a built in Japanese-English dictionary. When using those apps, you often want to remember a new word you come across while reading. What if you could combine both? Japanese Flash now allows other apps to integrate dictionary search into their own apps.

How does it work?

Simply follow a link jflash://JAPANESE_WORD to open jFlash from another app and launch a search. ie: jflash://日本語 will launch Japanese Flash and search for 日本語. This feature is built into Rikai Browser as of version 1.3; ask your other favorite apps to include this functionality as well and let’s build the perfect environment for learning, reviewing and retaining Japanese!

For Developers
Want to integrate with Japanese Flash? It’s easy to add integration with your own Japanese app, simply open the URI jflash://JAPANESE_WORD. Japanese Flash understands puny code and URL encoding.

Here’s some example code; swap 日本語 for the word you want to look up:

NSURL* jflashUrl = [NSURL URLWithString:[NSString stringWithFormat:@”jflash://%@”, @”日本語”]];
if([[UIApplication sharedApplication] canOpenURL:jflashUrl])
[[UIApplication sharedApplication] openURL:jflashUrl];
// tell them about how awesome Japanese Flash is
[self _advertiseJFlash];

If you do integrate with Japanese Flash, let us know and we’ll publish it here