Enfour‘s experience in words extends beyond the boundaries of typical dictionaries like American Heritage 4 and the OED. For this tie-in, Roget’s II New Thesaurus will briefly be put to the test as a stand alone reference title and as it links to AHD4. Furthermore, we will compare AHD4 and Roget’s as separate units versus the AHD4 Deluxe version which combines the functionality of both works in our last look at Enfour’s offerings for this week.
If you are intersted in American Heritage Dictionary Fourth Edition, our review is available here.
Firstly, what is a thesaurus? According to American Heritage Dictionary Fourth Edition, a thesaurus is:
1. A book of synonyms, often including related and contrasting words and antonyms.
2. A book of selected words or concepts, such as a specialized vocabulary of a particular field, as of medecine or music.
From Enfour’s website:
Want to increase your vocabulary? Want to better express yourself? Want all this on your iPhone or iPod Touch?
This application brings the full “Roget’s II: The New Thesaurus” all to your fingertips.
“Roget’s II: The New Thesaurus” is Houghton Mifflin’s easy to use, accurate, and authoritative English thesaurus. This essential reference offers users the resources of the English language to enhance the expressiveness and accuracy of their communications. Roget’s II: New Thesaurus combines the most useful features of a thesaurus and a dictionary; each entry contains a short definition as well as a comprehensive list of synonyms for the headword. This up-to-date database also features extensive, and useful, cross-references.
Roget’s is an easily identifiable product amid many thesauruses. Fortunately, Enfour granted it with usage that will be familiar to users of AHD4. Similarly, like its cousin, Roget’s boasts pronunciation guides in both the American Heritage Dictionary format and the more common IPA. History, index searching and where appropriate, etymological references are also included. In short, Roget’s benefits as an excellent reference from excellent programming.
By far the most alluring feature of Roget’s II is the same easy-to-use AHD4 interface that it sports. Users can jump between both the the thesaurus and dictionary without losing foothold by learning a new navigation system. As an application suite, if I may call it that, the AHD4 and Roget’s apps are nearly perfect. Roget’s has the added functionality and advantage of containing both pithy definitions as well as typical thesaurus catalogues. In fact, for most daily use, the Roget’s may suffice as a simple dictionary.
Bought separately, Both AHD4 and Roget’s behave well and are fortunately cross-referenced so that searches can go nearly seamlessly from Roget’s to American Heritage. However, when looking for synonyms from AHD4, linking does not work as can be seen below.
The two, 29.99$ and 9.99$ respectively are a good combination to have for reference and act similarly to having dictionary and separate thesaurus, but Enfour have also released the Deluxe version which has all the capability of Roget’s and AHD4, a lower price but without any cross-referencing problems. The Deluxe version weighs in at 319 megabytes, a full 7 heavier than AHD4 alone. While Enfour’s references can be criticises for being space hogs and a bit pricey, they certainly are not bloat-ware. Voice files, great interface, enhanced search functions and enough entries for even advanced scholars – Enfour offer an unparalleled reference experience at the App Store, full stop.