Yup! It’s true! Google has shutdown their Dictionary Service and no announcements have been made further. So, what’s next? Where you’ll go for authentic definition services?
Note: If you are still using accelerator Google Define with preview, then please install this service; since Google has shutdown their dictionary service and the accelerator won’t be functioning anymore!
Here we go - Oxford Dictionary Service. The same big and the pocket-size book which we usually referred when we were school going kids.
Yes, I had come up with my next IE Accelerator Service – Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary with Preview.
Install your Accelerator here:
Now, checking for definition is so easy:
select the text
click the accelerator button
mouse-over Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary Accelerator and preview the definitions.
Don’t know what an accelerator is? Check here or here.
Cool…! Isn’t it?
Listening to Feedbacks are always a good thing.
When I first build the IE Accelerator - Google Define with Preview, I had an excitement of a small child. Because, that was my very first IE add-on built, when I’s badly surrounded with Open-Source and Firefox fan boys.
Well, one of the problem with the previous release was - if there are more definitions, then we can only see the remaining definitions after selecting the text and scrolling through the search result. Simply, This lacks user-experience because to view the trailing results, user has to scroll though the results after selecting the text.
One of the missing inevitable feature was a scroll bar to scroll through the definitions listed.
Well that puzzle is solved in this version.
A scroll bar have been implemented which allows you to scroll through the definitions, for a better user experience. Also, I’ve set the font-family to Segoe UI, (one of my favorite clear-type font), which makes the search result more readable and appealing.
If you are a new user, click down here to add this accelerator.
All the existing users will be automatically updated to this feature silently.
- Accelerators by default won’t support scroll bar, so it won’t be having any mouse wheel support. You need to click on the up and down button of the scroll bar, to scroll through the search results.
- Don’t know, what an IE Accelerator is? Check here
- Want to support this in Firefox ? Check here
- For video demo and more details, Check here
Update: This version has been updated to include a scroll bar. You can find more details here.
Internet is a vast resource. Daily, I read a lot of articles from Internet. In between, I always came across difficult terms, either I never heard of or I never remember the exact meaning. As usual, I fire-up another Tab to search for the meaning of that particular term in Google Define service or in any free dictionary service. This is what I usually do.
But searching for a term always in a tab, always break the flow of reading an article. Guess what, search for a word 10+ time drops your interest in reading the article.
Internet Explorer 8 comes with a new feature called Accelerators. In short, Accelerators are keyboard-free, way of browsing Internet.
Will it be nice, if you’re able to look-up for the definition/meaning of a word; without firing another Tab or looping through the free online dictionaries?
That’s what Google Define Accelerator with Preview do for you.
All you’ve to do - Select the text and Select the Accelerator; you got your Definition.
One Click and you can Preview the Definition without leaving the Page.