jueves, 3 de marzo de 2011

Dictionaries and language reference on the road

(updated on 2013)

Best of reference and translation dictionaries for some of the following operating systems:
PalmOS, Android, MacOSX, Windows and  Linux

Slovoed En deluxe

Although I always used my Maemo "PDA" to read reference information, in the last weeks I have been doing an intensive use of languages dictionaries in my PalmOS phone, and I realized that the applications/databases I was using had lacks in some aspects, I decided to found solution for my requirements, specifically phonetic symbols and pronunciation sound.

mobipocket OALD7

On the other hand, is possible to have and read Wikipedia in your device, there is no price for this free(as freedom as well) encyclopaedia, but your its utility is incalculable.


 DictionaryForMids (Android v0.92.2)
(MID=Mobile Information Device)

Amazing open source and multiplatform dictionary software.

Available for platforms supporting JAVA ME or SE such as Nokia, Blackberry, SymbianOS or PalmOS (with IBM MIDP SW)

-Supports phonetic symbols
-Colored dictionaries

.jar (dictionaries in jar files)


Colordict  4.1.8 (Android)
Compatible with:
Dictd .index/.dict(.dz)

No compatible with:
Stardict format using (.idx, .oft files)
lingoes (.ld2)
aar files

Copy dictionaries in folder:

internal SD/dictdata

to force reindex, delete dict folder in   /dictdata

Stardict (Maemo/Window/Linux/MacOS 10.5)
****Windows Stardict 3.0.4 **
Grouped dicts Stardict

****Windows Stardict 3.0.3 **Technical info:
-Dictionary folders inside:
or (unzip/installed version)

-Config file with dictionaries info:
.\StarDictPortable303\Data\settings\stardict\stardict.cfg (ver. portable)
C:\Users\xxxxx\AppData\Roaming\StarDict\stardict.cfg (No portable - Window)
-Dictionary description inside xxxxx.ifo
-Prerecorded Sound for some words using WybdcRealTTS (version 3.0.2 is not working for me)

GoldenDict (Maemo/Window/Linux/Android ) gpl
The evolution of Stardict, supports Babylon dictionaries, ABBYY Lingvo LSA audio files.
Babylon .BGL
Dictd .index/.dict(.dz)

Notes on Maemo:
madplay (to play WybdcRealTTS audio files)
mplayer (to play Lingvo LSA audio files)

Notes on Windows:
  v100, v101
  Not works with Stardict format using (.idx, .oft files)

  Portable version: Dictionaries under ./content/ directory
  Installed version. Config files in   C:\Users\xxx\AppData\Roaming\GoldenDict

Notes on Android (v1.4.1):
   Default folder: \goldendict (db will be indexed)
   Free version max 5 dictionaries at same time
   Folder(additional) for dictionaries can be specified in preferences (i.e  \dictdata)
   Supported formats:

Qdict (Android)
Stardict format files
(BB10 Android RT) Custom folder is not working but default folder works

MDict (Android)
Read .mdx file format

(BB10 Android RT) /misc/Android/mdict/doc
If folder is selected from Setting, default and new folder will be used


Aard (Android/Maemo/Windows)
Just aar and html.aar formats (support big files as wikipedia)

Any folder in SD, open the dictionary file from an file browser and Aar will detect and save the locations.
(BB10 Android RT) it is not detecting files

Tabla Stardict

Dictionaries and databases

Download dictionaries from:

and dictionaries with phonetic can be downloaded from http://code.google.com/p/ppdict/downloads/list

In desktop OS such as Linux, MacOS, or Windows, compatibility with database format is an important feature since there are many free language databases in different formats such as:
DICT (filenames .index and .dict (.dict.dz =compressed)
Startdict (filenames xx.if, xx.idx, xx.idx.gz, xx.dict or xx.dict.dz, xx.syn(optional)
XDXF (XML Dictionary eXchange Format)
Babylon, SDICT,...

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