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VOLUME 13, NEWSLETTER 9 September 2011
IN THIS ISSUE
Back to School Sale
Apps for iOS 5
Spotlight: References
Update Your Account
Customer Support
VIDEO: Collins Dictionary Heritage
Interview: Eric Brenner
Tools to Try: Visuwords
 
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Back to School Sale

To celebrate our favorite time of the year, the start of the school season, we’re offering all of you students and language lovers a huge discount on our dictionaries and grammar checkers. Now is a great time to stock up on these must-have reference tools. Mac and Windows dictionaries include translations, verb conjugations, flashcards, grammar checkers and much more.

NEWSLETTER EXCLUSIVE: 80% OFF ONLINE DICTIONARY

Exclusive to newsletter subscribers, we’re offering one-year subscriptions to our online dictionary for just $4.95 with coupon code ONLINE.

That's a full year of access to our online dictionary, which includes unlimited searches in all of our Ultralingua translation dictionary titles, for more than 80% off the normal price. This is a must-have resource for students headed back to school. You can access it from any computer by logging into your account, and we have some great improvements coming to the online dictionary in the next year. Get your subscription now for $4.95 with coupon code ONLINE to set yourself up with a complete year of online dictionary and verb conjugation access.

SEPTEMBER SALE

This September only, get any Ultralingua dictionary or Grammatica spelling and grammar checker for just $19.95 with coupon code STUDY. We won’t be doing another discount this good for a long time, and you can use it on dictionaries and grammar checkers for almost all of our languages. Visit our website now to redeem your code!

Pick your favorites from our dictionary page and our spelling and grammar page, and add the coupon code STUDY when you get to the shopping cart to receive your discount.

These promotions are only valid on Mac, Windows, and online products purchased from the Ultralingua website. The offer does not apply to Collins and Vox products. All back to school coupon codes will expire on September 30, 2011.

 
Ultralingua Apps for iOS 5 Coming Soon

Hot on the heels of the release of OS X Lion, Apple is planning to release the newest update to iOS (the operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch) soon. iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users can look forward to 200+ new features, including a consolidated notification center, Twitter integration, automatic backup using iCloud, and more.

Ultralingua is working on an update to version 1.4.2 for iOS users for full compatibility. We will make sure that our Collins, Vox, and Ultralingua apps for iOS run smoothly with this new version. If you have questions or experience any problems, please contact us through our email support page.

Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter to know immediately when this update is available.

 
Spotlight: References

While having a quality dictionary is essential for learning a language, there's more to becoming competent in a language than just knowing definitions--you've got to know how the words are used. With all the rules and exceptions that come with each new language, this is easier said than done. How many English speakers stumble over the use of relative pronouns ("which" and "that") or struggle with subject-verb agreement? There are many rules to keep track of when trying to learn a new language.

This is why, in addition to verb conjugation, number translation, and thousands of dictionary entries, every Ultralingua desktop dictionary (for Mac or PC) comes with extensive grammar and usage notes. Simply click on "References" under "Tools" in your Ultralingua sidebar to access guides for how to use nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, numbers, tenses, auxiliaries, and much more. Several guides also include tips on how to compose various forms of correspondence, such as letters and resumes.

Most Ultralingua bilingual dictionaries include references for both languages; to switch between them, enter ctrl+M or click the drop-down menu in the upper left-hand corner. Each reference guide has its own language-specific content: for example, the desktop version of the Ultralingua Spanish-English dictionary includes notes on the distinctions between ser and estar; saber and conocer; and tener, deber, and haber.

These reference guides are among the features that distinguish Ultralingua's desktop dictionaries from their mobile counterparts. If you don't have an Ultralingua dictionary for your Mac or PC, you can download one of our FREE 10-day trials. Head to ultralingua.com, select a desktop product of your choice, and click "Free Download".

 
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Customer Support

AIRFOIL

It has come to our attention that if a user has updated to Mac OSX 10.7.1, and has the music program Airfoil installed, their Ultralingua product may not launch.

Due to a technical error in the newest version of Airfoil, it is incompatible with Ultralingua and several other programs.

If you have experienced this problem, here are the steps to fix it:

  1. Uninstall both Airfoil and Ultralingua using CleanMyMac which gets rid of all the system files (/Library/...etc.)
  2. Reboot
  3. Reinstall Ultralingua
  4. Download and install Airfoil 4.5.7 beta 1
  5. Update 'Instant On' to 4.1
  6. Reboot
  7. Ultralingua will work fine

FRENCH-ENGLISH DICTIONARY FOR MAC USERS

If you have the French-English Dictionary for Mac, it may be prompting you to update every time you launch it. This is a known issue, and we're sorry for the inconvenience.

To stop the update notifications, follow these steps:

  1. Go into your French-English Dictionary and click Applications
  2. Open the Ultralingua folder
  3. Open the Dictionary folder
  4. Delete the "English-French-Medical.uld file
  5. The update reminders will stop

Following these steps will resolve the two technical errors. Please email customer support for further assistance.

 
Video: The Heritage of Collins Dictionaries

Ultralingua's line of Collins Dictionaries draw from the renowned HarperCollins language database. They combine the easy-to-use features of Ultralingua products with Collins data.

The video below shows the rich history of Collins dictionary data, which William Collins first began 200 years ago in Scotland. Since then, language has developed rapidly, and Collins is devoted to constantly updating their dictionaries and tracking the trends in changing languages. For example, as "mouse" evolves from a furry creature to a computer gadget, Collins Dictionaries change to reflect the new usage.

Watch the 3 minute video below to learn more about the history of Collins and their goals for future dictionaries.

 
Interview: Ultralingua Developer Eric Brenner

The Ultralingua team has grown lately, thanks to the addition of two new software developers. Eric Brenner was one of the people behind our Spanish-English Dictionary app for mobile platforms. We interviewed Eric to find out more about how he came to join us at Ultralingua and what he’s been working on.

How did you get started with software development?

I took my first Computer Science course in college and discovered that I really enjoy programming. I soon decided that Computer Science was the right major for me and I have been interested in making software ever since.

What brought you to Ultralingua?

Jeff Ondich, the Chief Technology Officer at Ultralingua, was a professor of mine at Carleton College. I became interested in natural language processing after taking a course from him on the subject. Additionally, I like the atmosphere of a small company, and so Ultralingua seemed like a good fit for me.

Tell us more about natural language processing. What is it, and what interests you about it?

NLP is a field in which computers are used to process natural languages like English and French. Examples include machine translation and part-of-speech tagging.

One reason I like it is that I like the algorithmic aspect of it, but there is another reason as well. There are some things that humans do really well without being very conscious of how they do them. Language processing is one of these things, and it’s very interesting to think about how to get a computer to perform a process that most of us aren't very conscious of ourselves.

What do you like best about working at Ultralingua so far?

I really like the atmosphere at Ultralingua so far. My co-workers are nice, funny and a pleasure to work with.

What are you excited about working on in the future here?

In the future I would love to get more involved in the underlying language processing that goes into our applications.

We’d like to thank Eric Brenner on his hard work on our apps. For more about the Ultralingua staff, visit our staff page, and read past interviews in our newsletter archive.

 
Tools to Try: Visuwords

Vocabulary is more than rote memorization, and the beauty of language lies in its nuances and word connections. Visuwordsis an English-only online graphical dictionary which visually depicts the relationships between words. It uses the WordNet database developed by Princeton University.

It is estimated that 65% of the population are visual learners and Visuwords caters to this learning style. Search for a word or click "random" and a web evolves onscreen. The key word is in the center and lines connect it to synsets, or families of synonymous terms. Various colored lines also connect antonyms, examples, and words that are a smaller subset of your search term.

For example, the word "fugitive" connects in three directions. It links to "fugitive from justice" which explores the criminal side, and to "runaway" which leads to the concept of a person and "running" verbs. The third direction is adjectives like "momentary" and the idea of a short time frame.

Each of the related words is in a color-coded bubble, denoting the part of speech. Scrolling over the word provides a brief definition. The web can be manipulated to zoom in or stretch in new directions. It is based on synonymous relationships and also emphasizes part-whole connections, breaking down a general concept into increasingly specific parts.

Free of charge and no registration required, Visuwords is an excellent tool when learning new words or writing. The multi-colored web goes beyond the basic thesaurus to explore how many ideas relate in unique ways.

Check out Visuwords at http://www.visuwords.com/.

 
 
Regards,

Ultralingua, Inc.
www.ultralingua.com
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