Getting Started with Unicorn

Once you've followed the Unicorn installation instructions on the main page, it is very easy to start using Unicorn as a word processor.  Consult the documentation on the Greek keyboard, for example, to learn how to toggle keyboards and what characters to type. The details of the International, Hebrew, and Russian keyboards are documented through Unicorn's Help menu.

The Latin and Greek Dictionaries

If you are interested in a built-in Latin or Greek dictionary, download and unzip the desired dictionary files.  Using the Dictionaries tab of the Preferences menu item (under Edit on Windows and Unicorn on the Mac), turn on the dictionary by checking the Enabled checkbox and use the File button to tell Unicorn where the dictionary file is located.

To use the Latin or Greek dictionary, double-click on a word in a Unicorn editor window.  Unicorn will lookup the word, reporting its definition and analyzing its form.  You may also run a spell checking tool over a selection of Latin or Greek text.  The Latin dictionary is quite large, supporting nearly 37,000 entries.  The Greek dictionary is smaller, with over 6000 entries.

Other Items of Note

Unicorn has a Help menu in addition to this online documentation.

To change your current keyboard or font, use the “Change Font” menu item under the Edit menu.  To make that keyboard and font your default for all new Unicorn windows, use the Window tab of the Preferences dialog.

You can define your own set of menus, similar to the Help menu, where each menu item opens up a file in a new window.  Such files may be grammar summaries, word lists, or other study aids.

Unicorn can select a keyboard and font based on a file's type.