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MSDict Concise Oxford American Thesaurus v5.10

By Ryan Blundell on 7 Jan 2009 03:30 am EST
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After writing reviews for CrackBerry.com for almost year and a half, one would think that I would have run out of words a long time ago.Well................................. I guess I did!

Unless you're a wordsmith, a thesaurus should be found right beside you at all times. If not, you may find yourself writing about the thing, next to the thing, over by the other thing. Your BlackBerry comes equipped with a dictionary to ensure you are spelling correctly. I'm always worried about repeating myself, so simply spelling a word isn't enough. You BlackBerry Users and Abusers deserve better than that. I'll let you in on a little secret, MSDict Concise Oxford Thesaurus aids me in my quest for mastery over the English language. In your hands, you'll have access to over 350,000 synonyms and antonyms.

I ascertain that, once you peruse this application evaluation, you will elect to expand your own vocabulary.

"Now let's go back to that... building... thingy...where our beds and TV.is."
- Homer J. Simpson

About MSDict 

MSDict Concise American Thesaurus is brought to you by MobileSystems. The company, which began in 2000, offers numerous applications found on numerous platforms. These other applications include dictionaries and thesauruses in several languages.

The application you actually download is the MSDict Viewer, which is used to read the Thesaurus. After you download the application, you will need to follow a step by step setup. MSDict will ask you if you would like to download the whole dictionary and work in offline mode. Working in this mode, the entire dictionary is installed on either the memory card or device memory. Wireless mode will install the MSDict reader and a portion of the dictionary database, while the dictionary is accessed wirelessly. This method makes the information slower to retrieve. For those with an unlimited data plan, or WiFi enabled Berrys, I would recommend installing the whole dictionary (on your SD Card).

It did take a couple of minutes to download the dictionary, especially when it seemed to stop the process at around 94% and kept me in suspense. Keep this time consuming process in mind, if you were expecting to share your increased vocabulary with the world immediately. MSDict also asked me to choose where to store the dictionary, giving me the option for java storage, SD Card, System or Store. Make sure you are happy with your storage decision. If I wanted to switch from SD Card storage to device storage, I would have to download the dictionary again.

MSDict
yes we are Addicted to our BlackBerrys

With all of that behind us, it's time to utilize this application. The Thesaurus comes loaded with 15, 000 + main entries and more than 350, 000 synonyms, antonyms and sample sentences/phrases. These entries are listed alphabetically. Rather than wearing out your trackball by scrolling from the "A" entries to the "Z" entries, you can start typing the desired word out. The application will then work to filter out the results. Click on the word you have found. The following screen, called articles, will point out what type of word it is (noun, adjective, verb, etc), synonyms, antonyms, usage/grammar/punctuation examples and hyperlinks. These hyperlinks help you navigate between related words. Unless you install the Dictionary, you will not be able to see how the words are pronounced.

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view numerous examples, synonyms and antonyms

Alright you little bookworm, by now you have sailed through the linguistic sea. What else can you do? Just like in your browser, you can move backwards and forwards through your article reading history by selecting "Previous Article" or "Next Article". If you were to choose the "Go to Word" option, you can choose to view any of the articles you have previously visited. Feeling nerdy and looking for more fun? Through MSDict, you can select to view the Word of the Day or a Random word. I use these options to help expand my vocabulary (and annoy co-workers).

MSDict
My Word of the Day is CrackBerry (everyday)

MSDict gives you the ability to change the article font size (small, medium and large). I found the medium setting too small and would even go for an extra large font if available. The auto-filtering of words helps to speed to the search process, especially if you decide to access the dictionary wirelessly.

Conclusion, finale, ending, closing stages, wrapping up...

MSDict Concise Oxford American Thesaurus has been a life saver, when searching for the perfect word. The question you have to ask yourself is- where do you want to store the dictionary/word list? Again, I would recommend accessing it wirelessly, for the sake of your wireless bill. Within the articles, I would have liked to have the pronunciation assistance available. Instead, I have to download another application. The Thesaurus is available from the CrackBerry Store for $14.99, or pick up the Thesaurus and Dictionary together for $34.99. Remember that other languages are available. That's it for now, I'm going to see if this application will help me with another challenge; Word Mole!

For more information on MSD Concise Oxford American Thesaurus, click here.

Pros

  • two storage modes
  • easy to navigate
  • includes usage and grammar tips

Cons

  • downloading the dictionary is time consuming
  • no pronunciation examples
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