22. July 2008

Free Offline Dictionary: LingoPad

A Screenshot of LingoPad

For translations, I usually refer to the excellent online dictionary of LEO (German-English). Unfortunately, this is suboptimal when you are currently without internet connection. So I searched for a offline dictionary – and found it: LingoPad.

LingoPad is free (though not Open Source). It can display phonetic transcriptions for many words. Besides the obvious way of using it (entering words into the GUI) it can also translate words taken from other application using shortcuts or Alt+right mouse click.

There are just two downsides: To copy words from another application, these words need to be marked. It would be easier to just move the cursor into the word without having to mark it. It’s also a pitty that you have to manually choose which direction you want the words translated upon entering directly in the interface. LEO just takes any word and automatically figures out which language it is.

On the bright side, the supply of different dictionaries is impressive. Besides German?English there is this excessive list of available languages:

  • German? English
  • German ? English Specialist Dictionary for Wale and Delfine
  • German ? English Specialist Dictionary for metalworking
  • Norwegian ? German
  • Spanish? German
  • German ? Latin
  • German ? Khasi
  • Japanese ? German
  • Chinese ? German
  • Chinese ? Englisch
  • Esperanto ? German
  • Turkish ? German
  • Kurdish ? German
  • Italian ? German
  • Hungarian ? German
  • Portuguese ? German
  • English ? Arabic
  • Frensh ? German
  • Dutch ? German
  • Russian ? German
  • Thai ? German

» LingoPad

By the way, LingoPad used to be known as LingoDict and Lingo4u Dictionary before that (according to Golem.de).

(This article is also available in German)

Topics: dictionaryfreeprogramsoftwaretranslation

26. May 2008

Legal and Free Southpark Videos for Streaming

Most of you probably already heard of this, but for those who didn’t: Southpark is now available as fully legal streaming videos.

The archive on the Southpark website contains all existing episodes, except the most recently broadcasted. Each episode is interrupted by three short commercials.

The commercials aren’t that annoying and not comparable in length to commercial blocks used on TV. (Although I can’t see the ad for the Imagination Land DVD anymore, having seen it in most episodes of the 11 seasons that I have seen so far *g*)

According to the press release, Southpark’s creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone were sick of having to download their own show illegally all the time, so they built a legal alternative.

Even brand new episodes can be seen online. When it is broadcasted, it can be watched online for seven days. Then it disappears for 30 days and then returns for good.

The streaming videos are available to users from almost the whole world (unlike similar projects which are often only available in the USA). Only Great Britain, Australia and "some foreign territories" are excluded due to licensing issues.

» South Park Studios

Cool thing. I hope others will follow. :)

(via Cornelius und Golem.de)

(This article is also available in German)

Topics: freeSouthparkstreamingvideo

8. June 2007

DivX Pro for free

DivX, a video codec, is usually available in a free basic version and a pro version for 19,99€. At the moment, the pro version is also available for free.

The DivX website doesn’t tell for how long the offer will be available. It only says “for a limited time”. The catch is that one has to enter an e-mail address upon registration.

Personally, I prefer the free open source alternative XviD anyway. :)

» DivX Pro für Windows
» DivX Pro für Mac
» XviD

(via Golem.de via Kreativrauschen)

Topics: DivXfreevideo

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