The Illuminator Encyclopaedic Tibetan-English dictionary is regarded by most as the best Tibetan-English dictionary in the world. It has over 30,000 entries, with most of them having extensive explanations, making it truly an encyclopaedic dictionary.
This is the Macintosh OSX version of the dictionary. Windows, iOS, and online versions of it also are available. The Windows version is available in this shop. The iOS version is available through the Apple iTunes store—see the PKTC web-site for more information. An online version that works with an internet connection and browser is available by subscription—see the PKTC online dictionary web-site.
The dictionary continues to be developed and updates to it are available, usually at yearly intervals. See the software updates page on the PKTC web-site to find out what updates are available and to purchase the updates.
Our Windows Tibetan dictionaries are installed in two, separate forms: one in which all Tibetan text is shown as Tibetan transliterated into English and one in which all Tibetan text appears as native Tibetan script. Each of the two forms has its own icon on the desktop and each has its own entry in the Windows menuing system (look under Padma Karpo Translation Com in the Windows menuing system). If you are comfortable typing directly in Tibetan script under Windows then you can use the Tibetan script version of the dictionaries and if not, you can use the transliteration script version.
The OSX and iOS versions of the dictionaries have the Tibetan script and transliterated forms of the dictionaries bundled into one dictionary and you can type in either Tibetan script or transliterated script to do lookups.
A lengthy description of all of our Tibetan dictionaries can be seen here on our PKTC web-site, together with screen shots. And a very extensive presentation of all of our Tibetan software and fonts can be seen in this section of our PKTC web-site. In the latter section, you will see how on-the-spot lookups of Tibetan words in Tibetan texts can be done using our dictionaries, which is particularly valuable for anyone doing translation work.