"Caution," warned The MacTrack in its review of the Wordflex Touch Dictionary, "if you're a word geek, it's easy to spend hours."
Designed exclusively for the iPad by the London-based company SchematiX, Wordflex Touch Dictionary 1.1 a revolutionary language resource - formerly known as the Twig Touch Dictionary, and now upgraded to version 1.1 - turns entries into expansive "word trees" that users can freely rearrange, manipulate and explore with touch gestures, shrinking and expanding information to maximize the screen's workspace. With a single tap they can open tree nodes and "badges" containing definitions, origin data, detailed notes and more, or hear audio pronunciations (in both U.S. and U.K. English). Double-tapping enables the selection of any content and allows context-sensitive functions like bookmarking, expanding into a new tree or clipboard copying.
The semantically detailed word trees include synonyms and antonyms, adding a thesaurus function to the dictionary interface. Wordflex users can also create "word posters" of the entries for sharing on Facebook and Twitter or via e-mail or hard-copy print-outs.
Users can even introduce an element of chance to their learning with the random function, which simulates "flying through" language; words float on the screen like stars, waiting to be explored.
The Wordflex Touch Dictionary combines a physics-based mind-mapping engine with nearly 1GB of linguistic content from three Oxford University Press titles: The Oxford Dictionary of English (the foremost single-volume authority on the English language, with 355,000 words, phrases and definitions); The New Oxford American Dictionary (Oxford's flagship dictionary of U.S. English); and The Oxford Thesaurus of English (the gold standard of comprehensive synonym and antonym resources). These titles are powered by Oxford's extensive language-research program, including the Oxford English Corpus, which contains over 2 billion words of real 21st Century English.
"This is one of those 'wow' apps," enthused AppAdvice reviewer Karen Freeman, while Nate Adcock of iPhoneLife declared Wordflex "truly an app worthy of iPad ... stunning." DailyAppShow, meanwhile, dubbed it "A dictionary built for the creative mind." In addition to critical raves, the versatile dictionary has garnered a nearly unheard-of average feedback score of 4.85 (out of 5) among App Store users worldwide and ranked as the #1 educational title in dozens of countries. It was also featured in Apple's "New & Noteworthy" and "What's Hot" sections and ranked as iPad App of the Week in 66 countries.
Version 1.1 of the app adds Retina HD graphics; support of iOS 5.1 features like voice-activated search; expansion of end nodes (jumping to a new word tree directly from an existing one, a capability requested by many users); improved handling of history items; better tree logic, performance and animation; increased maximum word-poster sizes; a context menu for double-tapped words, with options to expand, bookmark or copy to clipboard; the ability to return to the prior tree without opening the history tab; and the fixing of all previously reported bugs and inconsistencies.
Such enhancements will no doubt make the app's target audience - students, teachers, writers, communicators, Scrabble aficionados and everyone else seeking just the right word - even more determined to have the Wordflex Touch Dictionary in their hands.
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SchematiX is currently developing the functionality to bring Spanish, French, German, Russian and other languages into the Wordflex Touch Dictionary, to be smartly linked into and displayed alongside English word trees. After all, the joy of manipulating language with one's fingers is universal.
Wordflex Touch Dictionary 1.1 is $11.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.
via PR Mac