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Nomina

By FarWest Software, Inc.

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Description

Nomina is a simple app to generate single-word "names" for products and companies. You specify rules and hints for the syllables that make up the name, as well as the minimum and maximum syllables you want. A number of random names are generated, which you can copy from the app to paste into other locations.

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Customer Reviews

Rather limited generator

I'll start off by saying I wasn't using this to generate product names (I don't think most people who have to name a product are going to turn to a random generator to do that anyway).

I'm a conlanger, which, if you aren't familiar with the terminology, just means someone who constructs artificial languages as a hobby. I downloaded this app thinking it would be a cool way to generate random words in a conlang of my choosing.

Unfortunately, the method for coding "syllables" into the app is just too limited to serve that function. Other online generators I use from my desktop browser allow for a substantial amount of syntax in the syllable input—you can tell it *how* to generate the syllables you want, using a pool of characters plus AND / OR operators and parentheses for grouping sequences of characters together or nesting operations. Nomina doesn't seem to allow for that. You have to write out every possible iteration of a syllable if you want it to appear in the final results. Otherwise, there's no way to instruct Nomina to use (for example) only syllables that end in N but leave the rest of the syllable up to the generator. The syllables that come pre-stocked are very English-sounding and not much good for someone who's trying to generate a random word that sounds like a foreign language.

Sadly, this means I can't use Nomina for my purposes. But maybe someone who only wants to generate words from a limited set of standard English syllables might find it useful.

Alternatively, if the app were updated to allow way more user control of the output, I'd take a second look at it.

Nomina
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $0.99
  • Category: Business
  • Released:
  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 0.2 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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