- 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 (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd Edition, Version 4.0 (Windows & Mac) 2nd Revised ed. Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
At least Oxford University Press keeps trying. This is the 4th electronic version of the venerable Oxford English Dictionary. Each of the earlier versions had problems galore that Oxford was very lax in resolving or sometimes even admitting. Among the many small cruelties, you had to reinsert the data disk every 90 days. Or the failure to adapt to Windows Vista. Ah, well, if you want all those words at your fingertips, such suffering is a price to be paid.
Happily, 4.0 seems pretty stable. Gone is the insanity of needing to reinsert the data disk. OED 4.0 runs smoothly on Vista. Still missing are synonyms. Oxford is missing a profit opportunity by not including a thesaurus add-on. They have a print version: why not make it electronic?
The user interface is cleaned up from earlier versions.
Spelling errors still result in no match rather than presenting you with a list of possibilities. Using the two wildcards is your own option.
The advanced Search is a relatively primitive Boolean mechanism that provides you three terms to match in either the word entries or quotations using AND/OR/NOT operators. Frankly, it isn't all that advanced, but it will do.
When the OED is open, you can double-click on any word and the OED will display the definition. (Windows-only feature.) Mac users need to copy the word to the clipboard.
Speaking of copying, you can only copy the entire OED entry, which can be huge in many cases. Thus, you transfer it to a note application and then extract what you need. Cumbersome to say the least, but as paranoid as Oxford is about illegal copying, it keeps people from easily creating their own dictionaries.
The help function is browser based and reasonably thorough. There is, happily, a list for all the abbreviations used in the OED and any serious word hunter will be using it.
The OED is and remains the superlative resource for the English language.
1st Open the Install disk (not auto run) in the explorer.
2nd Right click on the install.exe and choose Program Compatibility Troubleshooter in the context menu.
3rd Choose Troubleshoot program between the two options.
4th Choose Previous version... and next, then Windows XP (SP3).
5th Push the button for Test the program..., installation will work.
6th First opening of the oed.exe you should do almost the same process from the 1st, but choose Windows Vista SP2 this time.
Then you will see the OED open normally. If an error occures in the 6th process, OED will work afterward.
The same process can be used for Windows 8.1 x64 and 7 x64. I wrote it in amazon.co.jp and 19 of 19 people in Japan approved it.