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For most users this will be a very disappointing product.
on February 1, 2001
Because of the mixed reviews on this CD-ROM version of the AHD, I put off ordering for several months. I should have listened to the many negative reviews. This is a cumbersome program of little use as a writing tool. It offers only a few short definitions for each word -- nothing like the treatment given in most printed dictionaries. Its one innovative feature, its audio pronunciation option, is useful. In the case of foreign names, however, pronunciation is only offered for the last name. Even here I found that, apparently, where pronunciation has been "americanized" over time, it is used rather than the original. This may have some use to elementary or junior highschool students, but I am afraid it is more trouble than it is worth for normal writing. Does anyone know of a good CD-ROM dictionary?