Mobysaurus V2.2 + Writer’s Power Pack

Posted in Mobysaurus by Anderson on January 7, 2006

What’s new?

1. Optimized search methods. Faster, smaller, requires less memory and CPU power.
2. Richer off-line references for English writers.

3. Expanded on-line language reference links.

Please check product homepage for details:

Mobysaurus V1.7 – Merry Christmas!

Posted in Mobysaurus by Anderson on December 16, 2005

What’s new in V1.7


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 1.6 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”

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.


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.