Mobysaurus


Mobysaurus V2.1 Released

Posted in Uncategorized by Anderson on December 29, 2005

What’s new in V2.1?

Features:

1. A large portion of WordNet database is available in V2.1.

2. Links to dozens of online references.

3. Additional offline handy references.

4. Bookmarks & History menus.

Bug fix:

Two database corrections

Thanks to Mouser at DonationCoder.com, Mobysaurus now has a brand new home:

http://moby.donationcoders.com

And thanks again to Mouser for his great ideas! (New features 2 and 4)

Please feel free to drop me a message

mailto:moby@donationcoders.com

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Game Level 2: Thesaurus + Dictionary

Posted in Uncategorized by Anderson on December 23, 2005

Mobysaurus now comes with a huge dictionary!

V2.0 fully incorporates GNU Collaborative International Dictionary of English (Unabridged). (Pattern matching supported)

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English, CIDE for short, was derived from the 1913 Webster’s Dictionary and has been supplemented with some of the definitions from WordNet. It is being proof-read and supplemented by volunteers from around the world.

Better Incremental Search

On-the-fly incremental search not only fully supports wild cards, but also available in every search mode in V2.0

V2.0 includes 3 major enhancements and 9 improvements to boost your word power and productivity.

Bug fixes:

None

The Return of Roget’s — Mobysaurus V1.8

Posted in Uncategorized by Anderson on December 18, 2005

What’ new?

1. V1.8 totally integrated the complete Roget’s Thesaurus into the fully searchable database, while also includes it in the references menu.

2. All user customizations and settings now “stick”.

3. Multiple additional functions.

Bug fixes:

1. Handy Moby (V1.7, when running) may interfere with system shutdown process in some cases. This is a programming mistake, and sorry for the inconvenience. Version 1.8 was more strictly tested in every aspect it could possibly go wrong before the release.

Author’s Notes:
Although Roget’s original idea of thesaurus compilation is not longer generally accepted by today’s publishers, his thesaurus still remains an effective and handy reference for many English writers. Even a very comprehenive thesaurus like Moby Thesaurus still lacks something, for it did not suggest any relationships between words beyond the simple group of synonyms listed with a main entry, it neither helped users organize thoughts nor provided broad conceptual links between ideas as expressed through language in words.

I suggest Mobysaurus users use integrated Roget’s Thesaurus as a good starting point to find their most desired words.

Two things on the wish list about Mobysaurus

(1) A comprehensive dictionary which comes with the product.

I’m planning to incorporate GNU CIDE (based on Webster’s 2nd Edition) into the program. Once done, I’ll be confident that Mobysaurus is very competitive with every commercial thesaurus program on the market.

(2) A handy index (not just a root words list, which is already out there) specific to Moby Thesaurus which can facilitate users’ organization of ideas.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Anderson

Mobysaurus V1.7 – Merry Christmas!

Posted in Mobysaurus by Anderson on December 16, 2005

What’s new in V1.7

Comprehension

Based on Moby Thesaurus II (Unabridged), totaling 30,260 main entries and over 2,500,000 synonyms. V1.7 added Roget’s Thesaurus as an additional reference.

Enhanced Search Power

Mobysaurus itself is capable of handling 3 powerful search modes, and improved Moby Buddy component helps you find all root words that relate to the one you just entered. So you have all cross-references in 2-4 seconds.

Additional Convenience (Small and handy, but still provides 100% unabridged data)

Handy Moby is a unobtrusive system tray utility which allows you to find synonyms without having to start Mobysaurus. Handy Moby which comes with V1.7 handles automatic clipboard look-up (Search-as-you-type).  If you happen to be a professional writer who weigh over large amount of words, then have Handy Moby stick on top of your desktop, select and copy the word to your clipboard inside your word processor and synonyms appear instantly, even without any need to move your mouse cursor or switch windows.

Improved Accuracy

Approximately 290 root words and 5 synonyms in the original Moby Thesaurus II were not properly hyphenated, and almost every online reference server inherits such an imperfection. For example, if the user enters “time-saving”, the server returns nothing because it knows only “time saving”. And if the query is “ill”, online servers which offer Moby Thesaurus search are least likely to provide results like “ill at ease”, “ill health”, “ill humor”, “ill nature”, “ill off”, “ill repute”, “ill use”, “ill will”, “ill wind” — their databases are “wrongly hyphenated”.

Additional References

Includes Moby Thesaurus root words list, complete Roget’s Thesaurus, titles in Roget’s Thesaurus, official crosswords list (117,969 words, compatible with the second edition of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary), a list of over 20,000 most common names, common male/female given names, places names in the USA, and USA Constitution.

Mobysaurus 1.65 Released Today – Feature: Comprehension + Speed + Power + Convenience + Accuracy

Posted in Uncategorized by Anderson on December 14, 2005

Comprehension:

Based on Moby Thesaurus II (Unabridged), totaling 30,260 main entries and over 2,500,000 synonyms.
Turbo-Speed (V1.65 only):

Fast searching (improved algorithm) is the most significant feature in version 1.65 — 35%-45% faster than v1.6 in every search mode.

Enhanced Power:

Mobysaurus itself is capable of handling 6 powerful search modes, and improved Moby Buddy component helps you find all root words that relate to the one you just entered. So you have all cross-references in 3 seconds.
Additional Convenience (V1.65 only): Handy Moby is a least obtrusive system tray utility which allows you to find synonyms without having to start Mobysaurus. (Small and handy, but still provides 100% unabridged data)

Accuracy (V1.65 only):
Approximately 290 root words and 5 synonyms in the original Moby Thesaurus II were not properly hyphenated, and almost every online reference server inherits such an imperfection. For example, if the user enters “time-saving”, the server returns nothing because it knows only “time saving”. And if the query is “ill”, online servers which offer Moby Thesaurus search are least likely to offer results like “ill at ease”, “ill health”, “ill nature”, “ill off”, “ill repute”, “ill use”, “ill will”, “ill wind” — their databases are “wrongly hyphenated”.

Bug fixes:

1. Full database debugging (above-mentioned)

2. V1.65 remembers customized interface (Background color, sidebar color, and font).

Special thanks to Splitends @ http://www.libertyforum.org for his very kind support and nice suggestions.

Mobysaurus 1.65 Released Today – Feature: Speed

Posted in Uncategorized by Anderson on December 14, 2005

Fast searching (improved algorithm) is the most significant feature in version 1.65 — 35%-45% faster than any other former version.

Version 1.65

Test Platform: Home Desktop (512MB DDR 400 RAM, 120GB 7200RPM hard drive, Pentium 4 2.8 GHz), Windows XP + .NET Framework 1.1

Root word search “zoom” (the last root word),   1.07 seconds

Wildcard + Root word search “*look*” (36 main entry matches),   1.31 seconds

Search any occurrence of “will-nilly” (14 main entry matches),   8.59 seconds

Wildcard + Search any occurrence of “la?????ment” (no match found),   8.03 seconds

Search any occurrence of “world” + synonymous with “knowing” (24 main entry matches), 8.48 seconds

Wildcard + Search any occurrence of “la?????” + synonymous with “bug” (22 wildcard matches), 6.79 seconds

Test Platform: IBM Thinkpad R40e Laptop (512MB RAM, 30GB 4200RPM hard drive (NTFS compressed), Pentium 4-M 2.2 GHz), Windows XP Sp2 + .NET Framework 1.1

Root word search “zoom” (the last root word),   1.21 seconds

Wildcard + Root word search “*look*” (36 main entry matches),   1.52 seconds

Search any occurrence of “will-nilly” (14 main entry matches),   13.14 seconds

Wildcard + Search any occurrence of “la?????ment” (no match found),   10.34 seconds

Search any occurrence of “world” + synonymous with “knowing” (24 main entry matches), 13.29 seconds

Wildcard + Search any occurrence of “la?????” + synonymous with “bug” (22 wildcard matches), 8.53 seconds

Note: The Mobysaurus database is 31.1 MB in size and consists of 2,600,000 lines. This amount of data could stupefy Microsoft Word or OpenOffice, and could drain your system resource to its last bit.

Mobysaurus 1.6 Release

Posted in Mobysaurus by Anderson on December 12, 2005

New Features:

1. Much faster search speed. Almost instant results.

2. Just-in-time spelling suggestions (Clickable)

3. Words in results now supports double-click-to-search

4. Unique Root words suggestion

Integrated Moby Buddy helps you find all the root words related to the one you just entered. This dramatically boosts the power for you. Why? Still remember the last time using a paperback thesaurus? You check a root word in one page and never will have any idea if any better synonym might appear in another page under another root word. Even with a electronic thesaurus with every cross-reference, you are still facing a labyrinth of possibilities and endless mouse clicks. But with Mobysaurus & Moby Buddy, you know them all in a spilt-second. Check them one by one or just some selections? It’s your choice alone.

5. Added “Moby Thesaurus Root Words List” in “Menu -> Tools”

Note: Version 1.6 does not integrate Roget’s Thesaurus, which is not suitable for fast database processing. If necessary, it will be re-integrated in later releases. Moby Thesaurus II is almost a full substitute for Roget’s Thesaurus.

Some tricks in search

Posted in Mobysaurus by Anderson on December 10, 2005

Mobysaurus is an extensive lexicon. Here are some interesting things to find. Asterisks here are literal, not footnote references, and a dot represents a space. Search for

·        *·the·* to find words and phrases containing the word “the” bracketed by spaces or hyphens

·        *tion to find all words and phrases ending in “tion”

·        ? to see all one-character root words

·        ????? to see all five-character words and phrases

·        good·* to see phrases beginning with the word “good”

What’s new in Version 1.5

Posted in Uncategorized by Anderson on December 8, 2005

Additional Functions

1. Added “[ ]” wildcard operator, now provides search within a range.

Any single character in this range
Type like [a-z]  (ranges must be in ascending order. ) or type like [a,t,d]
Any single character except the characters in this range
Type like [!a-z] (ranges must be in ascending order. ) or type like [!a,t,d]

Examples:
[r-t]ight finds “right”, “sight”, and “tight”
t[!a-m]ck finds “tuck”, but not “tack” or “tick”
[!s,t]ight finds “right”, but not “sight” or “tight”

2. Added quick reference (Intro and Quick Help)

Bug fixes

1. Program does not return proper results when any hyphen is contained in the query. (V1.45)

No database fixes or updates in this version.

Version 1.45 Update

Posted in Uncategorized by Anderson on December 6, 2005

What’s new in this version?

1.  Database updates, including minor error fixes.

Note: There will be database updates from time to time, we will without any doubt correct ANY inconsistencies discovered (not often), be it major or minor, however the database is too huge to make perfect in a short while, and like any other database, it’s evolving, so any promise to deliver a “perfect” version is actually meaningless. 🙂 Anyway, if it does troubling you of frequent updating, we’ll double our efforts in correcting more mistakes in each release.

2.  Mobysaurus V1.45 searches hyphenated words even with match whole word/phrase switch on.

For example, in previous versions, searching “all” won’t return the following:
all-comprehensive, all-embracing, all-inclusive, free-for-all, know-it-all, etc.

and searching “ill” won’t return the following:
ill-advised, ill-fated, ill-timed, ill-gotten, etc.

and searching “up and down” won’t return “up-and-down”, etc.

With this update, users don’t have to worry about missing hyphenated words in their results, therefore the possibility of finding the desired word gets long-extended.

This rule applies also to “any occurrence” and “any occurrence + synonymous with” search modes.

3.  Help -> Contents (Online)

This gives users direct link to our support page, where they could find some useful information.

Display all titles in Roget’s Thesaurus (in Mobysaurus)

Posted in Mobysaurus by Anderson on December 5, 2005

Type in “titles” or “roget’s” in the look-up bar to display all titles in Roget’s Thesaurus, results return like:

Titles (in Roget’s Thesaurus), [1] Existence, [2] Inexistence, [3] Substantiality, [4] Unsubstantiality, [5] Intrinsicality, [6] Extrinsicality, [7] State, [8] Circumstance, [9] Relation, [10] Irrelation, [11] Consanguinity, [12] Correlation, [13] Identity, [14] Contrariety, [15] Difference, [16] Uniformity, [16a] Nonuniformity, [17] Similarity, [18] Dissimilarity, [19] Imitation …

Now if you wish to see entry “Contrariety”, just type it in the look-up bar or type in its title number and plus a dot, like “14.”

Version 1.25 Update

Posted in Mobysaurus by Anderson on December 5, 2005

Corrected approximately 40 database inconsistencies (some reported by users and my friends), largely inherited from public domain version of Roget’s Thesaurus. No program code update.

Search by using wildcards in Mobysaurus

Posted in Mobysaurus by Anderson on December 5, 2005

To find:

Any single character
Type ?
For example, s?t finds “sat” and “set”.

Any string of characters
Type *
For example, s*d finds “sad” and “started”, “t???sh” finds “thrash”,”thresh”,”thrush”.

Guide to Mobysaurus

Posted in Mobysaurus by Anderson on December 5, 2005

There are three basic search modes in Mobysaurus:

1. Look up in root words  (most commonly used)
For example, if you look up ‘all’ in root words, search results will return all the root words that contain “all”, like “above all, after all, all around, all at once, etc.”

2. Look up in any occurrence

In this mode, the program will search the whole database for any occurrence of your queryed word or words and list them, therefore it’ll be a bit slower than only in root words.

3. Look up in any occurrence + synonymous with (commonly used)
In this mode, the program will search the whole database for any occurrence of your queryed word or words together with your designated synonym, and list the entries which simultaneously contain your query and the synonym. This function may sound tricky but indeed VERY powerful.

For example, if you wish to search synonyms for “stuff”, as in “bags stuffed with papers” but not in “don’t say such stuff”, it’s advised that you try “stuff” + synonymous with “crowd” or “cram”. Otherwise since “stuff” has multiple meanings, you eyes might be “stuffed” with some irrelevant “stuff”. 😛

And what about finding all the words start with “marv” and associated with “great”, try this: “mar*” + synonymous with “great”

Match whole word or phrase

Equivalent of “Find whole words only or not”

If you have “match whole” toggled on (default), and search for “age”, results will return  “come of age”, “golden age” and so on, but won’t include like “forage”, “agency”, etc.

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Mobysaurus V1.2 Released

Posted in Mobysaurus by Anderson on December 5, 2005

Integrates both unabridged databases of Moby Thesaurus II and Roget’s Thesaurus (public domain version), totaling over 32,000 main entries and over 2.5 million synonyms.

Every search mode is wildcard-enabled, which doubles the power of common PC thesauruses and dwarf any dead tree (paper) counterparts.

Every detail in the thesaurus is searchable, no “illegal characters” – no limits.

Download:
http://computers.net4free.org/moby/download.htm