Lexidium Latin Dictionary
By Harry Schmidt
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Lexidium is a Latin lexical tool for your iPhone. It's much more than just a dictionary (although it provides two, the Lewis and Short and Whitaker's Words). It can also parse inflected forms of words, so you don't need to know the dictionary form of a word to look it up anymore!
Lexidium is really fast. It makes lookups a breeze. It also displays a short definition of every word so you don't necessarily need to look at the full entry. You can bookmark entries and return to them later.
For your convenience, Lexidium also includes a Roman numeral converter. Enter a number in either Roman or regular (Arabic) numerals and Lexidium will automatically convert it into the other format for you.
The L-S dictionary used in Lexidium is now in the public domain, but it would not exist in machine-readable format without the industry and genius of the Perseus Project and its director, Dr. Gregory Crane. Please contribute to Perseus today. http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/help/support.jsp
What's New in Version 3.1
A serious bug prevented Lexidium from launching on older devices. It is now fixed.
Parsimonious has been greatly revised and expanded. It now provides more comprehensive and accurate results.
Great Concept, but serious bug needs fixing
I've been using lexidium + parsimonious for about 2 weeks now. I love the idea of this program, and applaud the developers for continuing to update it. However, a serious bug remains. I am using Lexidium on my ipod (model A1288), and it crashes about 20 times per hour. That is, the app spontaneously closes itself. I can be in the middle of a L&S entry, and all of a sudden I am returned to my ipod's main screen. I then re-open Lexidium and continue reading the entry until this happens again.
It would be wonderful if the developers could fix this problem since as it is, the program has limited use. I will continue to check for updates, and once this problem is fixed, will happily recommend Lexidium to my colleagues. One further suggestion - is it possible eventually to incorporate other lexicons, like perhaps "Blaise Medieval" into the app?
This sort of app truly is a good use of technology.
It could be better, however. The loading time is a bit of nuisance. It is, to my eye, the best mobile Latin dictionary out there. Although, it still crashes on my iPod Touch (unsure which generation, but it was the first generation iPod Touch that has a camera on it?) after being open for around 30 seconds or so. Works fine on my iPhone, though. Also, the garbled coding at the bottom of the entries would seem to indicate that it's well overdue for an update.
Increase the speed, fix garbled text, and make it not crash at all on slightly older devices and this will go from a 4 star app to a 5 star app.
All compliments, though. This makes getting my MA in Classics much less painful, for whatever that's worth. :)
Ipad retina: serious problems with a bluetooth keyboard attached
The idea of this app seems fantastic, but I cannot use it because the full program does not show in either landscape or portrait mode. Instead, I can only see half of whatever text is there, and only type on a keyboard that is perpendicular to the dictionary itself. Naturally, that makes use at best extremely annoying and at worst, which is why I have chosen to review the product with one star, impossible. I have just paid good money for an app that refuses to let me use it. Please realize that a scholar is in need of a good portable dictionary, and is in love with a language. For the good of learning, please FIX THIS BUG!
- Category: Reference
- Updated: Feb 19, 2011
- Version: 3.1
- Size: 18.7 MB
- Languages: English, French, Spanish
- Seller: Harry Schmidt
- © 2009-2011 Gold Ibex Software (Harry Schmidt)
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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