Oxford English Dictionary: Version 3.0
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The Oxford English Dictionary is the internationally recognized authority on the evolution of the English language from 1150 to the present day. The Dictionary defines over 500,000 words and traces their usage through 2.5 million illustrative quotations from a wide range of literary and other sources. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, pronunciation, and history of the English language.
This new version of The Oxford English Dictionary (Second Edition) on CD-ROM thus offers unparalleled access to the world's most important reference work for the English language. The text of this version has been augmented with the inclusion of the Oxford English Dictionary Additions Series (Volumes 1-3), published in 1993 and 1997, the Bibliography to the Second Edition, and other ancillary material. New Features
*The powerful Advanced search makes it possible to make use of the full potential of the OED. Complex search expressions can be built through the use of Boolean operators, case-sensitive searching, exact character searching, restricting searches to previous search results, searching in pronunciations, and an extended range of wildcard options
*A new installation option makes it possible to run the Dictionary from the hard disk
*The Automatic Look-up feature enables fast access to OED headwords from any Microsoft Office 97 or 2000 application. This feature can be used within the OED CD-ROM itself to look up words in the definition or quotation text System requirements: PC with minimum 200 MHz Pentium-class processor; 32 MB RAM (64 MB recommended); 16-speed CD-ROM drive (32-speed recommended); Windows 95, 98, Me, NT, 2000, or XP (Local administrator rights are required to install and open the OED for the first time on a PC running Windows NT 4 and to install and run the OED on Windows 2000 and XP); 1.1 GB hard disk space to run the OED from the CD-ROM and 1.7 GB to install the CD-ROM to the hard disk: SVGA monitor: 800 x 600 pixels: 16-bit (64k, high color) setting recommended.
"The greatest work in dictionary making ever undertaken."-- The New York Times
"A miracle of cyber convenience...This is a wonderful tool."--Baltimore Sun "The payoff comes not only in finding the right word but also in the ways that the two-CD set permits original scholarly research."--hicago Tribune
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Graphic component is prettier but not as straightforwardly clear and usable. Type more stylized and apparently smaller.
When you tamper with the redesign of a classic book/newspaper/website, etcetera, you run the risk if fouling up. That happened here, and though I love the data I hate te package. The only reason I bought it was I was told by Oxford that my earlier edition, which was occasionally coming up garbage rather than English, was not meant to be run with XP. An obligatory upgrade, alas.
But that said, the realisation of the potential isn't terrific. The default word search function is narrow - woe betide should you assume a plural: search on 'oats', and the full, digital version of the twenty-two volume Oxford English Dictionary will announce: 'no entries found'. To me, that's pretty stunning.
The better approach is to use the full text search, but this is buried in an obscure tab at the bottom of the screen, and it took me quite a few goes before I even noticed it. Full text search allows you to search on an text in the definition, which is where the real strength of a CD-ROM version lies. But even this is limited - only a certain amount of Boolean searching is possible, where a simple 'google' style search engine would allow far more flexibility in customising searches.
But for me, the biggest drawback of this product is having to have the CD-ROM actually occupying your CD player the whole time you use the dictionary.
At the best of time, CD-ROMs orbit my computer according to the laws of quantum mechanics and never actually exist in any given place at any given time - their whereabouts can only be described in terms of probabilities. So having to suddenly locate a given CD-ROM in a given place at a given time presents certain epistemological difficulties.
And besides, if I fancy a spot of dictionary browsing of an evening, there's nothing I like better than some light music to go with it. Even if I correctly predict the whereabouts of said CD-ROM, I then have to turf the Inkspots' Greatest Hits out of the CD tray and browse in silence.
Do I worry? You can your bet your life I do.
I am a lover of the English language and sometimes sit and read the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) for hours at a time (I have the 2 volume compact edition). However I am advancing in years and can no longer suffer the small type of said "Compact Edition."
I really wanted something easier to read but do not have the room nor the money to purchase the 20 volume set, thus I jumped on the information super highway and zoomed over to [...]read through [...] "customers reviews" and was disappointed to learn that OED had a "C-dilla copy protection program" that reportedly ruined an otherwise beautiful product!
I was crushed and appalled that OED would cripple such a wonderful work with an overbearing and abusive "protection program."
Months went by and I eventually gathered up enough courage to buy the "OED Second Edition on CD-ROM Version 3.0" despite everything I had read.
After receiving item in the mail, I quickly installed the entire 2 disks onto my hard drive so I would NOT have to dig up the CD-ROM every time I wanted to look up a ord.
Installation was a breeze and I had no problems at all.
When I clicked on the icon to use the program for the first time, it required me to install the "data CD" for verification. After doing so the program operated flawlessly.
I have used the "OED 3.0" many times and it has never again asked for such verification, but I have been informed that it will ask for said disk once every 90 days (or 4 times a year). This to me is no big deal and a small price to pay for all 20 volumes plus the search capabilities allowed in version 3.0.
While the computer is not as intimate as curling up with the book, it is much more efficient to simply type in a word and BAM the definition is before your eyes. Not to mention that many times while looking up a word, I often run into other words that I also need/want to look up. If I had the 20 volumes set I would be trekking back and forth digging out the correct book, then thumbing through thousands of pages to find a particular definition!
With the "OED 3.0" all one needs to do is double click on any given word in the definition of interest and again BAM, you are at the new definition!
This allows one to cover considerably more material in the same amount of time.
Actually I find I read the OED more now than I did before because I don't get thumb weary turning the pages.
All in all, do yourself a favor and buy a copy of the "OED 3.0," it seems to this consumer that they have worked out all the major issues giving us a fine product.
I gave a positive review to this product on 7-29-2003 and at the time I was very happy with it. However since then it seems that the overbearing C-dilla program has reared its ugly head… This software that I took a chance on no longer works!
I am very disappointed, and of course received no help from the vendor. Yes I was left out in the cold!
My apologies to anyone (those 93 people who gave this review a favorable rating) if you were swayed, because of me, to buy this product.
I am truly sorry.
For those of you who have not yet wasted your money on it… DON’T!!
It might work for a couple of years/months but in the end the C-dilla program will come back and bite you in the rear.
I am VERY sorry I gave them a chance… and a positive review.