- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2nd Revised ed. edition (June 4, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199563837
- ISBN-13: 978-0199563838
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 5.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 51 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,140,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd Edition, Version 4.0 (Windows & Mac) 2nd Revised ed. Edition
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"OED 4.0 is undoubtedly the best incarnation of the OED to appear on CD-Rom ... It's so useful - not to mention addictive - that you will probably want to set it to launch automatically when you switch your computer on."
--John Garth, Daily Mail
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Then we lost access. What a bummer.
Well, now we have the OED on our Mac. It works in Mountain Lion. It's a bit un-Macky with its own weird scroll bar and button layout, but it searches, it's comprehensive, and you can cut and paste your results. It comes on two CDs, so you have to load a file from one, then a file from the other, and then you can do your installation which was a bit tricky. We had to dig up an old CD drive to do this, but it worked.
Sure, we'd love Apple to license the OED as their standard dictionary or for the OED to come out with an iPhone version, but this version is great. We're back in business.
American Heritage Dictionary runs a close second, though, and much cheaper if on a budget, and free on the net, unlike the OED. OED contains numerous obsolete words which are interesting and useful to know, and numerous source quotations going back a thousand years. It is the obsolete words, for the most part, that gets the word count up. The very first word I looked up was not even in the OED, although the internet has a few good examples of its use ("conclusivity"). That was disappointing, but doesn't detract from the OED being the number one choice.
Software - quite usable - if you can install it! You must be the administrator on the computer to install it, so while its allowed on my work computer, I can't put it there, which is frustrating. When I installed it on my home machine, it only showed up in the administrator account and I had to find it (in c:\Program Files(x86)\OED v4.0) and make a shortcut by hand in my normal user account. After running it in my user account I had to reinsert the install disk once before it would work.
Software Features - simple user interface, provides basic needs. Every word hyperlinked for instant access. Easy to use.
Software Weakness - not integrated with anything, a little cumbersome if you're looking for advanced features (there are none - brew your own).
Pro: The only dictionary (of English words!) most writers should ever need
Con: Software installation issues and low feature software.
The interface is simple ... could provide more options. Not a five star because of the problems with installation. It is the OED, however, and it is marvelous.
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1st Open the Install disk (not auto run) in the explorer.
2nd Right click on the install.Read more