Tag: dictionary

Send To Dictionary (Android App)

by on Feb.14, 2013, under Android, App, Development

Send To Dictionary app look up words from a dictionary in a browser or other apps instantly without copy-paste like a real natively integrated dictionary app.

A dictionary helper app that sends/share any word to ColorDict for instant lookup.
Useful when reading in an app that does not support dictionary lookup directly for example, a web browser.
Since this uses ColorDict (an offline/online dictionary tool), Internet connection is not required and is very customizable.

This app was developed out of personal need (as most of my other apps). When reading in a browser for example, and some words just don’t seem to make sense especially for me who is not a native English speaker, I just wish to have a quick look up of the word instantly. I’ve seen this feature in e-book reader apps like ezPDF Reader and Moon Reader but not in a web browser. There is an alternative which I forgot the name of the app but is not so customizable and requires Internet connection. Good thing ColorDict exposes an API to let other developers to call upon the app. So this app was developed utilizing that API and the Android’s natural way of sharing app to each other via user interface: Send/Share feature.

Send to Dictionary is available for download free and without ads at Google Play.


REQUIRES and currently supports: ColorDict

NOTE: ColorDict just recently added the same functionality natively. So the only difference now with this app and ColorDict is that this app opens the ColorDict window overlaying it on the calling app (like it was natively integrated, see screenshot) while ColorDict will open in full app view (of course this too could change).

Change Log:

Hide the app when called from send/share.

Minor improvements.

Minimal dialog style.
Help text in a separate view.
Button to get ColorDict from market.
Now supports Android 2.2 and up.

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