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This app allows you to define words by tapping on the word via a video stream, it works on books, or any other printed text document. It uses this pseudo Augmented reality technique, saving you the trouble of typing the word into a conventional dictionary.
Usage/Promo Video : http://vimeo.com/jinahadam/meanings
* point the video stream on the page/printed document
* let it focus
* tap the word you want to define.
* if it fails or the text is inaccurate adjust the distance between the phone and the page/printed text.
* night mode.
* Define in Dictionary (iOS built in)
* Define in Google (requires internet)
* Search Wikipedia for the word (requires internet)
* Autodefine, define with just one tap.
* Copy word to clipboard.
This app uses, Image Processing/OCR technologies, the result may not be always accurate, especially if the font is not a standard font. However every effort has been made to make the results as accurate as possible
What's New in Version 1.1
* updated to iOS7.
* ability to edit the word
* bug fixes
* increased accuracy
* check out the usage video in the app.
Just what I was looking for!
This app is very user friendly. You aim your phone's camera at a book page and once the camera is focused, you tap any word on your screen and you can click from the options the app has to offer: define, google, wiki, or copy. It also has an option to turn on your phone's flashlight from within the app. The only recommendation I have to make the app even better would be to include a history of all the words you've defined so you can easily recall them and their definitions. Thanks for this great app! I'll use it daily.
Smart, fast word lookup with a tap
Yesterday, while reading a paperback, I came upon an unfamiliar word. I pulled out my iPhone, launched a dictionary app, and started typing the word.
It struck me that it would be so handy if I could just tap on the word through my phone’s camera viewfinder and have the definition appear, rather than (1) put down my book, (2) open the dictionary app (3) type/speak the word.
With a little googling, I found meanings, which does exactly what I want, with aplomb. Tapping a word on the page brings up the built-in dictionary definition. Additionally, one can look up the word in Google and Wiktionary.
I sincerely hope the app can continue to be updated and maintained by its developer. It represents a simple yet intuitive way to look up words and there are no doubt other uses beyond definitions. This app deserves more attention that it has so far received. Highly recommended, even if you already have another dictionary app.
Exactly what I wanted
This is exactly what I needed. It would be great if it can ve updated to ios9 as the ui is currently scaled. But functionality wise this is perfect.