April 16, 2010

Vic Mahfood

Dictionary for iPad [iPad Only]

COST: $2.99
CATEGORIES: Dictionary, Education, Native, Reference
..RELEASED: 4/5/10, VERSION: 1.0 -- RATING: N/A Stars..

We are none of us so smart that we can get by without using a dictionary. Whether it be for spelling purposes, finding similar words in a thesaurus, using a pronunciation guide or otherwise, a dictionary is a must-have household reference book. Dictionary for iPad provides a plethora of features with intelligent word lookup, fast spell checker, Wikipedia web browser, thesaurus and vocab helper. Put all these choice options on your iPad in large font, and you are happily reading the dictionary at your leisure, and not just because you must. Some of the educational features of Dictionary for iPad are as follows:
  • Extensive hyperlinked dictionary with 150,000 entries.
  • Large and growing collection of 2000+ illustrations for 4000+ terms including maps and national flags for most countries. The collection will continue to grow with future Dictionary updates (internet connectivity is required for illustrations).
  • Fully integrated dictionary, thesaurus, Wikipedia browser (internet connectivity is required for accessing Wikipedia) and rhyming dictionary.
  • Customizable definitions let you select what you want to see. You can display synonyms, antonyms (opposite words), hypernyms (more general words), hyponyms (more specific words) and related words (category words).
  • Pronunciation guide in either IPA or Merriam-Webster style notation.
  • E-mail functionality feature.
  • Intelligent word search and spell check.
  • Word Shake to learn new words and to expand your vocabulary and knowledge. Shake your iPad to learn about a new word or topic. When Dictionary is used primarily as a Wikipedia browser, shaking your iPad will display a random Wikipedia topic.
  • Bookmarks for selected words.
  • History of previously searched words.
  • Optional translation of words being looked up to Spanish, Italian, French, German, Japanese and Thai. Translation uses Google translate and requires an internet connection.
Don't get caught spelling or pronouncing words incorrectly. Enjoy the illustrations that help define the words and see how fast your vocabulary grows. I particularly enjoy the Rhyme section as this is truly helpful in writing poetry which I do as a past-time. An entertaining feature is the Shake option which gives you random words to learn and practice. Dictionary for iPad is not only an extremely helpful grammatical tool, but a fun way to learn and browse the English language.

Developer Quote: "Dictionary is an intuitive, consistent, hyperlinked and integrated English illustrated dictionary and thesaurus, spell checker, vocabulary builder and Wikipedia browser."

--OS and Age Rating:  This app requires OS or later. Rated 4+.
--Device: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
--Languages: English
--Developer Link: Yuval Frandzel
--Twitter Link: N/A
--Facebook Link: N/A

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