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New Oxford Thesaurus of English

by Focus Multimedia Ltd
Windows 2000 / 98 / NT / Me / XP, No Operating System
1.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Instant access from Internet Explorer or your Windows application
  • Alternatives are instantly displayed in a pop-up window
  • Useful replace function
  • Over 450 lists provide information on a vast range of subjects
  • Over 150 notes help you make the right choice between easily confused words
  • Runs in the background
  • Can easily be integrated with other Oxford products.


System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows 2000 / 98 / NT / Me / XP, No Operating System
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B0006398BS
  • Release Date: 29 Oct 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 1.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,340 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Offering comprehensive and authoritative coverage of current English, the New Oxford Thesaurus of English is an ideal reference tool for use at home, school, and the office. Containing over 600,000 alternative and opposite words, this program will enrich your creative writing, essays, or letters, or simply your enjoyment of the English language.

Key Features:

  • Instant access from Internet Explorer or your Windows application. Simply double-click a word on your Web page or in your chosen Windows application such as Word or Excel or even Outlook, and alternatives are instantly displayed in a pop-up window. A key word helps you pinpoint the right group, and the closest and most useful alternatives are given first.

  • Useful Replace function. Writing a letter or essay and can't think of the right word? Type in a similar word, double-click on it, select the appropriate alternative from the entry, and then use the Replace function to swap it straight over into your work.

  • From fossils to phobias, and actors to amphibians - over 450 lists provide information on a vast range of subjects.

  • Militate or mitigate, inherent or intrinsic? Over 150 notes help you make the right choice between easily confused words.

  • No fuss and no waiting. The New Oxford Thesaurus of English automatically installs on your hard drive and runs in the background ready for whenever you need it.

  • Can be easily integrated with the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, the Concise Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary, the Concise Oxford-Duden German Dictionary, and the Concise Oxford Spanish Dictionary.

  • Customer Reviews

    1.6 out of 5 stars
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    32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Useless 18 Feb 2006
    By A Customer
    This thesaurus may be good. Possibly. But the software is such utter rubbish that it's virtually unusuable. One example (of many): the wretched thing pops up when you double-click a word and you are taken off into its (unreadable) pop-up field. Perhaps someone should have told the programmers that double-clicking words is used for other things on most computer set-ups. Such as selecting words to move or delete them. Which you are now no longer able to do.
    A few years ago I got free with some magazine a thing called the Oxford Compendium. It included a good thesaurus. The thesaurus was easy to use and worked properly. Unfortunately, it doesn't run under XP. So I bought this new one. And it's rubbish.
    Shame on whoever produced it!
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    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars great content, rubbish software 5 Oct 2007
    The ifinger pop-up software is utter rubbish and it doesn't work with Vista, the makers of the software have not released a Vista update and the OUP has no intention of publishing this thesaurus in an adult software program - what a shame!

    Here is an excerpt from a message I received from OUP:

    "I'm sorry to say that we don't know when iFinger are planning to release a Windows Vista-compatible version of their software engine. If you have registered with them for updates (via their web site) then you should be notified.

    I'm also sorry to say that we don't have plans to develop new CD-ROM versions of the Dictionary of Quotations and/or Thesaurus at this stage."
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Not the standard one expects from Oxford 1 Aug 2008
    By Chris
    The actual thesaurus is excellent; easier to use (though not as interesting or as comprehensive as) Roget's and therefore ideal when you want to find an alternative word quickly. The CD-ROM, however, leaves a lot to be desired. Not only is it often infuriating to use, as outlined by other reviewers; but if you upgrade to Windows Vista the only way you can get it to run is to fork out twenty euros for the latest version of ifinger, the search engine used by the thesaurus. Stick with the paper version; it will last a lifetime.
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    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Useless rubbish! 8 Jan 2008
    In several decades of computing this is the most useless piece of software and worst-behaved install it has been my misfortune to encounter. I bought it as an upgrade to the previous version, which was supposed not to work under my new XP system (it can in fact be persuaded to work under XP by copying any missing files manually and using the Compatibility function in the program's Properties).

    When the iFinger install fails to complete it cannot even be halted in the Windows Task Manager!

    The program itself no longer has hyperlinking to other entries or the alphabetical list in the left panel and is barely configurable.

    The only thing the iFinger (what a stupid name!) program fingers is your wallet. I would have given it 0 stars if that had been an option.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Operating System 6 Oct 2009
    The problem is that this product does not load into a Windows operating system more advanced than XP.
    To run it on Vista you have to contact Focus and download a software patch. The software patch dissapears when Vista upgrades are loaded so the problem repeats itself. I would recommend that you avoid purchase if running Vista until the upgrade is included on the disc as purchased.
    As to the Thesaurus itself so far I have found it to be quite limited.
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