Oxford is not only a strong name in language dictionaries; its influence extends heavily into reference titles that can be found online or at your local book shoppe in both hard and paper back editions. UK-based White Park Bay Software (WPB), have brought 11 pivotal references to the App Store. The set includes: Music, Law, Philosophy, Politics, Finance and Banking, Concise Medical, Computing, Chemistry, Business Management, Biology and Accounting. Each shares a similar GUI, navigation and content display system and work consistently with the iPhone design ethic, but at the high price of 14.99$ per app, is the content worth the cost?
I am very particular about my reference materials. Perhaps it was hammered into me in university when every course’s materials list was replete with nothing less than the Oxford Dictionary of English. Thus, when our Dictionary review section was finally launched, I was shocked at the proliferation of non-Oxford references in the App Store of which WordBook is one. At first, I took little notice of it as I was more anxious to complete reviews of THE Dictionary.
Looking back, my decision was not unfounded. WordBook, though not mated to Oxford’s content, is perhaps the most impressive cost-effective reference at the App Store. My tongue-wagging review won’t do greater justice than simply saying: ‘Kiss It’. Had I completed this review first, it would be much harder to recommend even the Enfour masterpieces.
Though there are many concise versions of the Oxford English Dictionary, only a couple versions of the Oxford Dictionary of English have hit the shelves of the App Store. Likewise, our Oxford reviews have focused on the many flavours of the Concise versions. This week however, we sample the taste and culmination of research, programming and foresight that Enfour have employed to bring the entire ODE & OTE Oxford to the App Store.
Prelude Mobile released an aesthetically pleasing and no frills Concise Oxford English Dictionary at a pivotal pricepoint of 19.99$. While cheaper than its competitors, Prelude’s version is remarkably simple to use and fast enough for those who want a dictionary and nothing more. The pertinent question for Prelude is, how far can a simple interface go against the bigger and more ambitious projects by Mobile Systems, Paragon and Enfour?
The Oxford English Dictionary, the only English lexicon worthy of the definite article, has several iterations in the App Store for hungry stodgy customers. By hungry, I mean that the App Store’s reference niche, though small, is rabid. Many users want the best, not just the most popular new entry. Last week, we looked at the excellent American Heritage Dictionary Fourth Edition that offers a complete dictionary/thesaurus package for the handheld digital age and this week our review will turn to the OED.