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General Software Discussion / Re: Mobysaurus V2.4 Preview 2
« on: February 10, 2006, 05:08 AM »
i can not install mobysaurus to my computer. there is screen appear named installer but there isnt any action. can somebody help me please. thank you

Hi ilker1000,

Have you verified the integrity of your downloaded installer? Sounds like data corruption during transfer.

Here're MD5 checksums for 1024 and 800 versions (2.4 Beta 1):

1024:  9A541CA1687A50585248E9A57C0B26B9
800:  5FA10F74FA675EC02392C080FF38A9AF


General Software Discussion / Re: Mobysaurus V2.4 Preview 2
« on: February 10, 2006, 05:01 AM »
Hello mobysaurus,

I appreciate your work on Mobysaurus.
Is it possible to create a one size fit it all resolution package?
currently there are 2 downloads (800x600 and the 1024x786 and above download)

Thanks! I'll work on it soon, shouldn't be hard.. :)

Mobysaurus / Mobysaurus V2.4 Preview 2
« on: January 27, 2006, 12:29 PM »
Mobysaurus V2.4 Preview 2

License: Freeware
Size: 25.51MB


System Requirements:
Screen resolution 1024*768 or higher, Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 or higher

Short Description

Mobysaurus is a free, feature-rich English thesaurus and dictionary software that integrates Moby Thesaurus II,  Roget's Thesaurus, GCIDE Dictionary and  WordNet -- all royalty-free, powerful and most suitable for everyday reference. With this, you will feel it so much easier to choose the right word or words for every occasion or purpose.

What's new

1. Enhanced Composer

Built-in editing toolbar offers quicker and more convenient editing, and therefore more delightful writing experience.

(Why do we have to switch back and forth between an external reference tool and the word processsor all the time?  It’s such a bother, isn’t it?)

2. Standalone, upgradable, user-modifiable spelling checker

Powered by NetSpell

Supports the following languages:

American English, Canadian English, British / Ireland English, and Australian / New Zealand English

The spelling checker automatically determines which dictionary file to use according to system regional and language options.

3. Improved performance

Preview 2 features very low CPU usage when performing a search, and is capable of display unabridged results instantly (in "Root words" mode)

Special thanks to Mouser at for his brilliant ideas and substantial support.  smiley

Anderson (the author)

[email protected]

General Software Discussion / Re: Mobysaurus V2.4 Preview 2
« on: January 26, 2006, 12:25 PM »
Here's an idea, there is so much in mobysaurus, it's easy to get overwhelmed.  Maybe some kind of "simplified use mode" would be an option? just a thought.

Yes, of course. I'll thinking about it, to be user-friendly is essential.

Another thought, don't know if it's possible.  Instead of radio boxes for selecting different "dictionaries" maybe it would be possible to use checkboxes, and then show all results from activated dictionaries with a nice big divider line betweent them..  might make it easier to just search and say i don't care where the results come from just show me all.  dont know if this is feasible though for incremental search results box..

Since Moby's a big thesaurus, in most cases users have to scroll down to view all results. I always fear that "too many" confuses people and scare them away. Like in "any occurrence" mode, whenever results are getting overwhelming, the search stops, allowing users to review current results carefully and resume the search after that.

I think "tabbed browsing" is more feasible than "divider lines" but it requires much more complex coding. Anyway, worth a try.

The incremental search uses respective word lists for each search mode. :)


The RichTextBox component is still (very) limited in 2003 (which I'm using), many more features will be available as soon as I get 2005 installed.  8)

General Software Discussion / Re: Mobysaurus V2.4 Preview 2
« on: January 26, 2006, 11:55 AM »
ps. took me a while to find the composer (click the little white lightbulb at the top middle).
i'd like to see an option to auto save and auto reload the composer notes - would make it useful as a kind of scratchboard for keeping notes on words.

Definitely "auto-save" and "auto-reload" should be implemented, I'm confident Beta 1 will have them. Thanks!

more requests:
1) option for whether moby should stay resident on clicking close or not.
2) auto detect when user tries to launch mobysaurus twice while its already running and just switch to previous running version instead of starting 2nd copy.

I'm aware of "auto detection and avoidance of multiple instances", but decided to allow users to run multiple copies since some users may want it (because Moby can just display one set of results at a time, for now). I'm looking for an effective way to implement the "Tab browsing" feature.

You can middle-click a Moby tray icon to see the content of that instance of Moby.

You can instantly open/close the main window using customizable hotkeys. (Ctrl + F3, by default)

I agree totally that there should be more options allowing users to decide which way Moby should behave, and I'll work on this.   ;D

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