Okay, if you’ve read my past software reviews, you know I’m falling in love with StoryBox (see review here and here). For a while, my lovely StoryBox lacked a dictionary and thesaurus. Mark Fassett (the developer) did get around to putting in a dictionary and thesaurus. (Three cheers! :))However, before then, I had to make do with what I had.
Now I’m big into using a thesaurus and dictionary. So not having one drove me batty. I often pulled up MS Word for the thesaurus feature or headed to Visuwords (see review here). Then!!! a couple of folks in a writing list I frequent mentioned WordWeb English Dictionary and how invaluable it was to them. I decided to give it a try. Before I go any further, let’s look at the blurb WordWeb has for us:
WordWeb is a one-click English thesaurus and dictionary for Windows that can look up words in almost any program. It works off-line, but can also look up words in web references such as the Wikipedia encyclopedia. Features of the free version include: Definitions and synonyms, Related words, 5000 audio pronunciations, 65 000 text pronunciations, 150 000 root words, 120 000 synonym sets, Look up words in almost any program
Bottom line is, I love it! I can set this program to run in the background. Any time I need some help, I just push a couple of buttons (based on hotkeys I personally chose) and voila! It’s there. It has a copy and replace feature which makes substituting words very simple. For many programs, all I need to do is select a word, press my hotkeys and it automatically inserts my selection into the WordWeb program with the list of synonyms. I can see why so many individuals love it.
Built in dictionary not extensive enough? No problem. The full version of WordWeb has a feature which allows the user to add dictionaries. Pretty cool.
There’s also this nifty feature which allows you to link to the web and search databases such as wikipedia. Very neato.
All-in-all, I have to say this program is an A+.