Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Click on a word with the mouse and get immediate answers!

Today, I'd like to tell you about an application that does this. From ANY Windows application, be it Word, a text editor or a spreadsheet, just press the Alt key and click your left mouse button. For instance, I just clicked on "spreadsheet" in this sentence and here's what I got:

1. You get the definition of the word and its pronunciation by clicking the speaker icon
2. If you click translations, you get the translation in more than 10 languages. You can set the languages for which y
ou need the translation too. If you set your preferences to Asian languages and here is the resulting screen:

Download 1-Click Answers and install it. You can also change the hot key (Alt + left mouse click) to activate your browser from the Options menu. The requirements for running this application are:

  • Windows 2000, XP, or Vista. The installer is a 1.3 MB download that takes up about 3 MB when fully installed.
  • Tested for compatibility with all supported release versions of IE, Firefox and Opera browsers. (IE 6 & 7, Firefox 1.5 & 2, Opera 8 & 9).

The references accessed by the application includes not only the following but more, according to its website:

"Reference content from publishers such as Houghton Mifflin, Columbia University Press, Thomson Gale, Britannica, Barron's, Computer Desktop Encyclopedia, MarketWatch, Investopedia, All Media Guide, Who2, AccuWeather and eSpindle."

The references are fairly impressive. I tried "dosa" a dish well known in the southern part of India and was pleasantly surprised to find its photo too. How about some highly technical words such as metacentric height? Here are the results -- impressive!

Definitely a keeper and likely to prove invaluable for the meaning of those difficult words you come across during translation, so I recommend you get it now!


Anonymous said...

Great blog. I've downloaded about 3-4 programs you have recommended so for. Makes life lovely.

Gururaj Rao said...

Thanks, Phil. Its comments like these that give me the incentive to keep going! :)

polaris said...

Thank you for your recommendations, they are very useful!

Gururaj Rao said...

Thanks! I'm happy too that somebody somewhere likes some of my posts and mentions it :).