Dictionary software: Babylon and alternatives
Thread poster: david angel

david angel
Local time: 12:18
French to English
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Jul 14, 2013

I have used Babylon for years for easy access to standard dictionaries. But I dislike the company's hard sell tactics. In addition, recently the application regularly "disappears", forcing me to contact Babylon and endure yet more hard selling. (Has anyone else had this experience..

So I recently downloaded GoldenDict, which can read Babylon dgl files I have on my computer. Excellent: but unfortunately it seems to cause problems with IntelliWebSearch, my other great tool.
So does anyone have any experience of alternative software to Babylon and which (hopefully) can read Babylon dictionary files.. Or even software that can't: I am so fed up with Babylon that I am prepared to buy the same dictionaries again..


 

Guillaume Chareyron  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 13:18
German to French
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Goldendict Jul 14, 2013

Hi,
Did you try disabling the scan pop-up function in GoldenDict. I think that's the one which makes problem with IntelliWebSearch.
I went exactly the same way as you, I had been using Babylon for a long time and looked then for an alternative. Goldendict was the one I chose after disabling the popup (I am a IWS user too).
Goldendict is not only good for babylon files, you can easily build your own dictionaries (dsl files = text files), create groups of search, and many other things.
Cheers
Guillaume


 

david angel
Local time: 12:18
French to English
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TOPIC STARTER
Babylon and GoldenDict Jul 14, 2013

Hi Guillaume. Thanks for your reply. I am pretty sure that I did disable the popup, but there still seems to be a conflict. As long as I have GoldenDict (which is a great application) the string fails to appear in the IWS search box - and copy and paste fails too. But in the light of your comments I will have another go.
Best Wishes,
David.


 

Catherine Howard
United States
Local time: 07:18
Portuguese to English
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let us know result Jul 15, 2013

David, let us know if your second attempt to disable the popup allows GoldenDict to work. Inquiring minds want to know.

The only way I ever got rid of Babylon's hard-sell tactics and other annoying interferences was when I got a new computer and refused to let Babylon in the door....


 

david angel
Local time: 12:18
French to English
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TOPIC STARTER
Golden Dict Jul 25, 2013

Hi Catherine. Sorry for the late reply. The answer is that there still seems to be a conflict between GoldenDict and IWS.
On this business of Babylon "disappearing": when I contacted the Babylon technical people, they seemed to think that the disappearance of Babylon was due to an earlier version of Babylon on my computer, and uninstalled it. But a week later - same problem. I can't explain this other than by assuming that they put a bug in your computer. If so, it works: although I find Babylon one of the worst outfits around for hard selling and annoyance, the software is effective - and so far even GoldenDict doesn't give me a real alternative.


 


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