Custom Apps for Dictionary Authors
Do you currently publish a paper dictionary (foreign language or
otherwise)? Are you developing one?
Would you like to expand your market and sales to include a software
version of your dictionary?
Word in the Hand™ Inc. is looking to partner with other
dictionary authors as we have done with Paiboon Publishing! You don't
need to have any technical knowledge. Word in the Hand™
Inc. offers over a decade of software development expertise and
real-world experience in bringing a dictionary software product to
market. All you need to provide is the content (words and
Here's a few examples of what we can offer:
- Not just end-user apps but also dictionary production
systems. Word in the Hand has designed a complete multi-user,
network-based dictionary production database editing, proofing, and
typesetting system that Paiboon Publishing used to produce the best
and largest dictionary dataset for foreigners learning Thai. We then
used this system to produce a printer-ready typeset PDF file for our
printed dictionary and shipping apps on four different platforms
(Palm, Windows, iOS, Android). Our versatile system can be adapted to
other languages, editorial systems, and target platforms/formats.
- Many formats:
- foreign language dictionaries (e.g. Thai–English, Chinese–English, French-English)
- native language dictionaries (e.g. English-English, Arabic-Arabic, etc.),
- encyclopedias / reference - with articles, illustrations and photos
- Support for ideographic scripts and complex scripts
like Thai, Burmese, Khmer, Arabic, Hindi, Chinese, Japanese, and Hebrew
- Display of correct, easy-to-read characters on devices
(e.g. older mobile phones) which normally cannot display non-English
characters, or even modern devices (including iOS and Android) where
display of non-English characters is still often rife with bugs that
the vendors are not interested in fixing.
- Display of large
characters for beginning learners and mobile users who don't want to
get out their reading glasses.
- Display of phonetic alphabets using whatever
phonetic/phonemic symbols you need.
the ability to search for non-English words with an English-like
phonetic alphabet. Expands your market to language learners who have
not yet mastered the language's script.
- Talking dictionaries which pronounce words in
one or more languages for their user.
- Full text search: imagine being able to find all
the places a word appears anywhere in a dictionary, even as part of a
definition, synonym, or antonym.
- Dictionaries which run on handheld devices (e.g. iOS,
Android, Windows Phone, etc.) or desktop/laptop devices
or even wearable devices.
If this sounds interesting to you, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.