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OmniDictionary is a Mac OS X client for network dictionary servers. It's pretty straightforward - type a word into the entry field, hit return, and the definition is displayed. If the dictionary server supports multiple dictionaries, you can select your desired dictionary from the dictionary popup to limit queries to that specific dictionary, or you can query all the dictionaries. OmniDictionary also provides a "Define in OmniDictionary" Service, so you can select words in your other applications and hit Command-= to see the definition.

What's New

Version 2.0.4:
  • OmniDictionary is now a Universal binary that runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs.
  • Framework and OmniCrashCatcher updates.
  • Localizations have been omitted from this release but will return in a forthcoming update.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later

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Hot key is not right. Command and equal to is assigned for incresaing font size in the cocoa apps.
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Version 2.0.4
ray16 Member IconReview+6
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Only 2.0.3 opens in 10.2.8 Jaguar Build 6R73


otherwise better than MacDict X

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Version 2.0.4
ray16 Member IconReview+6
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Only 2.0.3 opens in 10.2.8 Jaguar Build 6R73


otherwise better than MacDict X

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Version 2.0.4
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Testbed: G3/400 running Mac OS 10.2.8 with 464 MB RAM

Summary: OmniDictionary is small and simple application that allows you to look up definitions of words by accessing a DICT server but the OmniGroup has taken it a step beyond a standard application, increasing it's convenience exponentially.

They accomplished this feat by leveraging a feature of Mac OS X Cocoa apps, and NeXTSTEP before it, which allow them to offer their functionality through Services. What this means to you is that you can simply highlight a word in any Services aware application (any Cocoa app and some Carbon apps), go into the Service menu and select Define in OmniDictionary (or use a keyboard combo). The application will then quickly launch, connect to a server and show you a definition or, some suggested words should the spelling be wrong.

Unfortunately, it doesn't appear very adept at providing alternate words if something is misspelled by more than one or two letters. I do not know if this is a weakness of the application, the DICT server it's connected to or the DICT protocol itself.

On the topic of DICT servers, OmniDictionary allows you to connect to other servers via it's preferences, You can see a list of available servers of various languages at the following URL:

http://luetzschena-stahmeln.de/dictd/index.php

Pros:
• Instant access to online dictionaries from any Services aware application

• Able to access DICT server of your choosing

• It's Free!

Cons:
• Not very effective at suggesting alternate spellings

• Sometimes freezes when evoked from Services though force quitting and trying again usually works.

Bottom Line: A very useful application to have on your Mac

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Version 2.0.3
Phil Member IconComment+0
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I >love< how it's incredibly fast, almost instant. Huge difference from Sherlock's dictionary, and much better, in my opinion.

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Version 2.0.3
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I *love* programs that are very simple and that do just one thing very well. Omni Dictionary is the perfect online dictionary client. Not bloated, but simple, fast, and easy to use.

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Version 2.0.3
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The main problem with this app like all the other online dictionaries is the distinct lack of an English dictionary. The CIA while writing vast quantities of fiction are not a good source for acurate definitions on anything non political. I recommend buying the Oxford English its slow but definative

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Version 2.0.3
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Great App/service. One big minus is that it doesn't support proxies (ideally via
OS X's Network proxies system prefs panel)

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Version 2.0.3
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Downloads 9,629
Version Downloads 5,408
License Free
Date 11 Jan 2006
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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