I love wine and simply can’t image my life without a glass of Cabernet after a hard day’s work. And the quality of wine matters so much. At the same time, I don’t earn enough to afford the really good stuff, so I often find myself wandering up and down the wine aisle at my local grocery store, trying to choose a bottle with a reasonable price/quality ratio. Well, MobilAge have provided Wine Enthusiast Guide (WEG) to help me and other poor sods like me.
Educational? Inspirational? Baddass? You decide. Developer Kim Chi Studios (yum!) just released the new educational, inspirational, quotation-full, life-changing app: Get Wise ‘r Die Tryin’, a tongue-in-cheek collection of quotations that can be mailed, appended, rated, bookmarked and researched via Wikipedia. Anything else? Yes, you can make your own quotes! If anyone can stand up to giants of wisdom such as Clint Eastwood, it is you, the baddass reader.
Kim Chi Studios, Get Wise ‘r Die Tryin’, $0.99
A thesaurus is an indispensable tool for writers of any level. Verbose people (yours truly) need them and even more eloquent writers like Crom and Young can benefit from their use. The Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus is an excellent reference tool for anyone who is looking for that … word. In previous reviews, we looked at the Roget’s Thesaurus, AHD4 Deluxe and a couple of Oxford dictionaries that also feature thesaurus fuctions.
American Writer’s Thesaurus has a unique take on thesaurus in that it is tailored to writers. Just so you know, if you are writing anything: blogs, letters, papers, books, articles – anything at all – you are a writer. You don’t have to be published or famous or elegant. This thesaurus product is helpful for anyone who puts their words and thoughts down onto some form of media.
Nihon IR, maker of PC Dr. Momo, along with the Japan Times, have an ace up their sleeves; 出る順 is an excellent Japanese-English study tool as well as a great reference for learners of Japanese. It is a set of true language study implements that are geared toward the Japanese learner of English, but also serves as an excellent Japanese learning reference.
To become acquainted with 出る順, you have to be willing to experiment if your Japanese is stuck at difficult kanji. However, as it is a reference for Japanese learners of English, the main bulk of users should be comfortable with all aspects of text, layout and differing modes of study. (By the way, this review was written on QuickOffice for the iPhone!)
From the company who brought us the Evangelion app suite that is deeply steeped in fan lore, a pair of historical art applications debuted early this Month. Appliya exhibit Ukiyo-e Beauties and Japanese Art Calendar which each draw inspiration from Japan’s methodical, alluring past: the wood-block print. Appilaya file these apps as utilities, but they would equally fit in as education or reference.
Their unique pairing of apps in the App Store for fans of anime and now Japanese art is a service to aficionados of both visual genres. Ukiyo-e Beauties’ spectacular images can be used to contruct personal calendars with the Japanese Art Calendar utility.
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.
In the next couple of weeks, TouchMyApps will compare glamourous new digital dictionaries with traditional hardcovers versions. We will weigh cost, totability, usefulness and possibly acceptance in places of work and school. If you are a word buff or like me are a word clutz, stay tuned: we were able to tap a few great resources in our quest for the right word.
The Digital Divide:
Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus
Consise Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus
Concise Oxford English Dictionary
American Heritage Dictionary: Fourth Edition
American Heritage Dictionary Deluxe: Fourth Edition
Roget’s Thesaurus II
With this review, I’m assuming that people are familiar with Wikipedia, an open sourced encyclopedia that anyone can contribute and review, and that it’s a wonderful source of information. I personally use it to do research on things that I see on Discovery Channel/ National Geographic, to gain a bit more knowledge on things on top of that described on TV, since I always miss bits and pieces due to phone calls, bathroom breaks, etc..