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Fast, Free Viewer App for the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

The Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English 5th Edition (LDOCE 5) is probably the best dictionary for English learners. Unfortunately, the software version of the LDOCE is rather unpleasant to use. It is very slow and has problems with basic features like scrolling and copying text. That's why I created the LDOCE5 Viewer — a fast, user-friendly alternative that will make you want to look up words!

It runs on Windows XP/Vista/7/8, Mac OS X 10.9+ and Linux.

Note: Before you can use the app, you have to install the original LDOCE 5 software from the DVD-ROM (You must choose the "Full Install" option). If you don't have the DVD-ROM, the cheapest way to get it is buying the "DVD-ROM Only Edition (without Paperback) at The Book Depository for about $24 with free worldwide delivary. Of course, this app also works with the DVD-ROM bundled in the "Paperback + DVD-ROM Edition."

The LDOCE5 Viewer is free and open source software licensed under the GPLv3.

Video & Screenshots

Watch the video below to see how it works: (screenshots are here)



“... the best option for a serious English learner ... I’ve never had as much fun with a dictionary. It is a sheer pleasure to explore word meanings, examples, and collocations with this app. ... [It] will make you want to learn more English.” —Tomasz P. Szynalski, Antimoon

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