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2826  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Mulberry Email client is back NOW FREE on: August 20, 2006, 10:31:56 AM
While its good to see another free email client, I still prefer the way T-Bird handles IMAP. That is, when you delete a message, it doesnt just line through it and leave it on the display, but instead, actually moves it to the trash folder, and removes it from display.
2827  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Traineo - weight loss and fitness tracking website on: August 20, 2006, 07:52:10 AM
It works fine here under maxthon, opera is another story thou
2828  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How do you encode a DVD to a DivX/XVid file? on: August 20, 2006, 07:50:43 AM
SimpleDivx is a good freeware tool also
2829  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Traineo - weight loss and fitness tracking website on: August 19, 2006, 12:55:04 PM
Awesome! Just signed up! I will post how it goes!
2830  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: COMING SOON: Site tour section w/ screencasts on: August 18, 2006, 06:25:16 PM
Alright folks, 3 to go. I just did the IRC Chat applet and now its time for the last 3 (License keys, programming school and forums (series)). Enjoy all!
2831  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Free, F.e.a.r. online combat multiplayer game on: August 18, 2006, 05:05:16 PM
http://www.joinfear.com/us

Just sign up, and you get the online multiplayer part of the game for free smiley Enjoy!
2832  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is IE7 or Firefox 2 safer? on: August 18, 2006, 09:48:43 AM
Have you used IE7? Heck, IE6 SP2 was pretty good on its own. I've never had anything happen to me while browsing with IE6 sp2.
2833  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / What was that word I was looking for....Mobysaurus Thesaurus on: August 17, 2006, 09:30:46 PM
Basic Info

App NameMobysaurus Thesaurus
App URLhttp://moby.donationcoders.com/
App Version Reviewed1.0
Supported OSesWinALL
Support MethodsForum Based
Upgrade PolicyFree Upgrades
Trial Version Available?Donationware
Pricing SchemeDonationware
Author Donation LinkDonate to mobysaurus, the Author
Screencast Video URLComing soon
For More Info/FeedbackClick Here




Intro:

The thesaurus, something once confined to the nearest library, has made its transition to the digital world. This program takes it one step further and doesnt require you utilize the web to access a thesaurus. It puts the power of a pocket thesaurus right on your computer screen! From the pocket copy to your desktop, this thesaurus brings you everything that you could do with a pocket thesaurus, with the speed and ease of use of the modern day computer system.


Who is this app designed for:

Anyone who frequently writes papers or reports or anything that requires you to find synonyms to replace commonly used words in said papers to avoid repetition. If you write any sort of paper, you will find a use for this program.


The Good


This application is the first of its kind that this author has had the pleasure of reviewing. Right from the start, the interface is very easy to use and to learn, so even the novice computer user can understand it without too much trouble. The program offers a very useful DOUBLE CLICK option setting where you can have the program either; lookup synonyms of the highlighted word in the results list, or have it copy that word to clipboard for insertion elsewhere.



The program offers you various nicities that arent obvious to the naked eye. For one, on the "Find Related/Synonymous Roots" tab, you can click on other words that have a similar meaning to the word you are looking for a synonym too, and then the program will display synonyms for that word. Moby offers a very nice right click menu which provides you various options for the program such as: Expanding that sublisting to display the Roots or synonyms for the highlighted word, or displaying synonyms only for that word. So you can go pretty deep for synonyms of the various words you are working with.

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One other great feature of Moby's thesaurus is its ability to substitute a wildcard type character, "@" and "%", for vowels and consonant's respectively. So, if I wanted to search for 3 letter (vowels only) words, I would type in @@@ and the program would search for results for me containing only vowels. You can also use ? to search for any alphanumeric character in that specific position (as opposed to a wildcard *, which would search for one OR MORE characters in or after that given position). See the below screenshot for an example




The needs improvement section


On that note, I have a few things I think could be added or changed in Moby's delightful thesaurus.

The first of these if the adding of a "Find online" right click option which allows you to search for more synonyms in similar online thesaurus's. The ability to add a list of different thesaurus's would be VERY helpful.

The next thing that could be added would be a way to limit the number of results returned to either; Results with only one word (no two or more word combos), words beginning with a specific letter, or limiting to a specific number of results to be returned (or a combo of these three). This would provide for greater flexibility in the results desired to be returned.

Thats all I could really find after testing it for 24 hours. A very well written app, so I am not surprised there isnt much room for improvement smiley

Conclusions

As you can see, this thesaurus program is very powerful and can be very helpful to the user writing a book report for school, a thesis paper for college, or a project proposal for a business meeting. Try it out, you wont regret it!

This gets Josh's 4 Sham rating. Great job Moby!
2834  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: XYplorer File Manager on: August 17, 2006, 06:38:02 PM
Great review zaine! Must say, I had looked at this before when I was looking at DOpus, but I decided against it since DOPus has alot more customizability. But a great MR none-the-less.
2835  DonationCoder.com Software / Mobysaurus / Re: Mobysaurus Thesaurus v1.0 Released on: August 16, 2006, 03:38:31 PM
Perhaps a way to link to dictionary.com (so you can look up a word) while highlighting a word? Would that be possible for the future?
2836  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Forget the Royal Ballet, these boys are good! on: August 16, 2006, 08:55:50 AM
Now thats pretty cool. But I still think the quick change artists impress me far more
2837  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: COMING SOON: Site tour section w/ screencasts on: August 15, 2006, 01:59:19 PM
How to help the site is now done too! YEAY! 4 MORE!
2838  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: COMING SOON: Site tour section w/ screencasts on: August 15, 2006, 01:19:40 PM
The reviews screencast is now done! WOOHOO! 5 more to go!
2839  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Opera CEO's interviewed in slashdot on: August 15, 2006, 12:25:04 PM
"Our concern with regards to extensions has been security and general usability. We have seen the number of security issues Microsoft has struggled with and many of them have been related to the APIs between the different applications. However, we do see a demand and we do tend to listen to demands from our users."

How many of you interpret that as them seriously considering adding extensions or an API to allow for 3rd parties to addin to the browser?
2840  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Whats on your desktop? on: August 14, 2006, 10:51:05 PM
What WM is that?
2841  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: COMING SOON: Site tour section w/ screencasts on: August 14, 2006, 07:45:06 AM
6 more to go!

The following were completed last night

Donationcoder.com contests
The links page
The Blog page
The podcasts
2842  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / CLASSIC: 3d Singing alien on: August 13, 2006, 08:30:14 PM
Check this out. Done by a great 3d artist, Victor Navone. Check it out!

The video http://www.scores.de/link/download.php?id=41
2843  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DC's "EVIL DEAD" Get Together on: August 13, 2006, 08:27:34 PM
As would I! Sounds like a plan!
2844  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DC's "EVIL DEAD" Get Together on: August 13, 2006, 03:25:10 PM
Yes, mouser can dress up as cody for the get together!
2845  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DC's "EVIL DEAD" Get Together on: August 13, 2006, 02:51:01 PM
Exactly, That can just be our theme. Get a cabin out in the woods like done in evil dead. Thats more what I think is meant by "Evil dead theme"
2846  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DC's "EVIL DEAD" Get Together on: August 13, 2006, 02:01:49 PM
I am all for this! I love the idea of an EVIL DEAD type theme for the get together. I will bring the necronomicon! Mouser says 2010, but I think sooner should be arranged. Perhaps spring next year!
2847  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Whats on your desktop? on: August 13, 2006, 12:28:27 PM
Well, its good to see I am not the only guy who loves abstract digital art! I have a huge wallpaper folder of stuff d/led from deviantart.
2848  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Whats on your desktop? on: August 13, 2006, 10:39:15 AM
Post your contents here or just post a screenshot of it!

2849  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: COMING SOON: Site tour section w/ screencasts on: August 12, 2006, 10:41:51 PM
Ditto for the coding snacks tour
2850  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: COMING SOON: Site tour section w/ screencasts on: August 12, 2006, 10:20:16 PM
Deals and discounts, Software drawings and RSS have now been completed and are awaiting our the final approval from the next Kathy Lee Gifford aka Mouser.
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