Ultralingua
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VOLUME 12, NEWSLETTER 6 June 2010
IN THIS ISSUE
iPad apps available now
Haitian iPhone app available
Dictionary Packs
Rocky etymologies
Spotlight: iPad Browsing
 
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Ultralingua for iPad Available Now!

Last month, we promised that our new iPad/iPhone universal apps would be out very soon. We are pleased to announce that they are now available for new users in the App Store and to existing Ultralingua for iPhone/iPod touch users via a free update to version 1.3.1.

These new universal apps offer the same data and similar functionality through two distinct interfaces - the iPhone/iPod touch interface that current users are familiar with, and a brand new iPad interface that optimizes Ultralingua dictionaries for the iPad's large multi-touch screen.

Each Ultralingua iPad/iPhone dictionary is a single "universal" app. Just synchronize your device to iTunes, and the app will conform to the correct screen size and configuration to make the best use of the device you carry. Since you can synchronize more than one device to your iTunes account, you pay only once to outfit all three popular Apple devices (iPhone, iPad and, iPod touch) with your favorite Ultralingua dictionary! Note that Collins and Vox branded dictionaries from Ultralingua are not universal apps at this time.

Note to iPhone and iPod touch users

As soon as we launched the 1.3 update, we had reports from some iPhone and iPod touch users that it was causing the iPhone version of the app to crash. We quickly identified the bug, and within hours, we submitted another update to Apple that provided a fix. The version that is now in the app store (1.3.1) will not cause your iPhone app to crash. The iPad app was never affected. We apologize to those who encountered this bug, and we thank you for quickly making us aware of it so we could find a solution. We are making changes to our testing process to make sure something like this doesn't happen again.

If you do encounter a bug in Ultralingua software in the future, please send us an email at escalate@ultralingua.com. If you report bugs as reviews on our iTunes page, we have no way to respond directly to you, to help you resolve the issue, or to get more specific information about the bug.

 
Haitian Medical Reference Guide Now Available

We also promised that our free Haitian Medical Reference Guide app would be available soon, and we are happy to announce that it is now ready for download from the App Store.

This multi-tool app is designed to help bridge the linguistic gap between English and Haitian Creole-speakers. It includes a medical dictionary, audio phrasebook, and anthropological reference guide. The content of the guide came from Professor Bryant Freeman of the University of Kansas, an anthropological specialist who spent several years living in Haiti in the 1990's. It includes many things that will prove helpful to English speakers in Haiti, such as common greetings and questions in addition to medical terminology and phrases.

Although this free app is designed for the iPod/iPhone touch, it will also run on the iPad in normal or 2x zoom mode. We encourage all of our subscribers to spread the word about this free tool to those who can benefit from it. Forward this newsletter to help spread the word!

 
Featured Product - Dictionary Packs

People who work with two languages often need multiple reference tools. A translation dictionary helps you work with two languages, but you need the depth of a monolingual dictionary to be able to understand the subtleties and usage of individual words and phrases.

That's why, starting with the recent launch of our new website, we are offering specially priced Dictionary Packs for French-English and Spanish-English on Windows. Each pack includes two monolingual dictionaries and a translation dictionary, giving you all the resources you need to tackle whatever bilingual project comes your way.

The French-English Dictionary Pack and Spanish-English Dictionary Pack are available for $69.95 each. Compared to buying the three products separately, the French-English Dictionary Pack and Spanish-English Dictionary Pack give you three dictionaries for the price of two. This is a great deal for Windows users who are looking for a reliable suite of reference tools for their desktops.

 
Rocky Etymologies - Test Your Knowledge!

The Omniglot Blog recently featured a post on geological word etymologies from around the world. The article explains that geological terms tend to come from local words for newly discovered phenomena.

Some of the highlights include: tundra, which is of Russian origin; maar, a word borrowed from a German dialect word for "sea" that describes volcanic craters formed by the explosive collision of magma and water; and aa, a word of Hawaiian origin that describes a dry, basaltic form of lava. Aa also happens to be the first legal entry in the Scrabble Dictionary and the first multi-letter, non-numerical entry in the Ultralingua English Dictionary.

Want to test your etymology knowledge?

Take our etymology quiz here and see if you can guess where these 10 words originated. We will select one respondent at random to win a free Ultralingua iPhone/iPad app* of their choice! We'll also publish the top scores in next months newsletter, so take this chance to show off your linguistic knowledge. Don't forget to enter your email address at the end and complete the quiz by 12:00 p.m. GMT on Friday, June 4 for a chance to win the prize!

*Promotional codes used to acquire apps can only be redeemed via the US App Store. If you win the free iPad app, you must redeem your code via the US store. Read more about Apple's regulations here and how to activate the code here. If the contest winner is unable to redeem an iTunes code for a free app, he/she will receive a free Mac or Windows app instead. The winner will be selected on Friday, June 4 at 12:00 p.m. GMT and notified via the email address provided at the end of the quiz.

 
Spotlight: iPad Browsing

Many of you have already installed the new Ultralingua iPhone/iPad universal apps on your iPads and begun to experience your Ultralingua dictionary on a brand new interface. While much of this new dictionary experience resembles Ultralingua dictionaries on other platforms, such as the iPhone and iPod touch, the iPad's considerably larger multi-touch screen has allowed us to redesign the search interface and bring back browsing search. Here are three ways you can browse the entries in your Ultralingua iPad dictionary:

1. Use the headword list on the left-hand side of the screen.

  • In landscape mode, you'll notice a list of headwords running down the left-hand side of the screen. Clicking a headword will take you to a new dictionary page with that word on the top. You can also pinch to zoom in and out of the head word list. Zoom all the way in to view full headwords, out once to see three letter beginnings of words, and out again to see single letters. You can see the headword list in portrait mode, too, by tapping the "Search" button at the top left of the screen.

2. Use the search box.

  • As always, you can search for a word by typing it into the search box at the top left of the screen in landscape mode, or in the box that appears after tapping the "Search" button in portrait mode. The dictionary will display results as you type on the iPad keyboard in both the headword list and the dictionary results page.

3. Turn the pages like a book.

  • Swiping your finger left or right across the dictionary results allows you to "flip" through the pages of the dictionary, browsing through the entries alphabetically just like in a paper dictionary. You can also tap any word in the dictionary (including words that are a part of a definition) to view a new page with that word and its definition at the top.

Have you picked up any other tips or tricks while using our iPad apps? Share them with other users in our forums.

 

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