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  • [Review] SpotDict - Access the iOS Dictionary From SpotLight

    Sometimes we need quick access to a dictionary. Sure, there are plenty of dictionary applications in the App Store, but why would you want to download a dictionary application when you can use the built-in iOS dictionary on demand? A new free jailbreak tweak dubbed SpotDict by iOS developer Ron Melkhior allows you to define words quickly using SpotLight as shown by the screenshots above.

    The tweak is very easy to use. You simply type the word you want to define into the SpotLight search bar and tap on the new dictionary button to pull up the built-in iOS dictionary with the word you typed in the search bar loaded up from within the dictionary and defined for you.

    Itís a great idea to use a tweak like this over a third party App Store application because the application will simply take up storage space to install. Since this tweak uses a built-in dictionary that is already present on the device, there is no fear about running low on your storage.

    In terms of appearance, a better-looking dictionary button probably could have been used, however most iOS users arenít using SpotLight often enough to notice it that much. It automatically resizes the search button for the best appearance. The best part is that it uses Appleís own built-in iOS dictionary. Itís a very sharp-looking interface with an easy-to-understand design. Functionally, the tweak is very zippy and defines the word correctly every time. The tweak does seem to have a bug that causes the keyboard to intermittently not appear if you scroll to SpotLight too quickly.

    SpotDict does not support the iPad and requires iOS 5 to install. There are no options to configure and you will have to uninstall the tweak from Cydia to disable it. If you think quicker access to a dictionary while on the go is an important thing to have, then be sure to give this tweak a try.

    Name: SpotDict
    Price: FREE
    Version: 1.0.0-28
    Requirements: iOS 5, iPhone or iPod touch
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: Ron Melkhior
    Editor's Rating: / 3.5/5

    Sources: Ron Melkhior
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [Review] SpotDict - Access the iOS Dictionary From SpotLight started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      Even though a lot of it is quite simple, I tend to really like Ron Melkhior's stuff. Am I the only one that thinks of Chrono Trigger when I hear his name though?
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      Sweet. It would also be nice if it added a home screen icon instead of a spotlight icon
    1. Lidacus's Avatar
      Lidacus -
      Quote Originally Posted by teej1410 View Post
      Sweet. It would also be nice if it added a home screen icon instead of a spotlight icon
      I believe it is better to have it in the spotlight page, you know, a homescreen icon can be quite annoying. In addition, being in the spotlight, can be easily used.
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
    1. oddphone20's Avatar
      oddphone20 -
      It says that it is not supported on the iPad. It seems to work fine with no issues on my iPad 2.
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchman77 View Post
      +1 will give this a try for sure
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by teej1410 View Post
      Sweet. It would also be nice if it added a home screen icon instead of a spotlight icon
      You can just write something in the notes app and select it to bring up the define button.
    1. Colby21's Avatar
      Colby21 -
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      Why not have "dictionary" under search wikipedia in the list...????? the button looks ridiculous
    1. abcderick12's Avatar
      abcderick12 -
      love the idea, hate the icon. it looks so obtrusive.
    1. anime007's Avatar
      anime007 -
      nice little handy tweak, how do i disable 'search web/search wikipedia' everytime i type something in the searchbar? it's slowing it down.
    1. dirty_ketchup's Avatar
      dirty_ketchup -
      You know what would be freaking awesome?! Add this exact same feature to NC. Seriously! Imagine being able to search the Apple dictionary without having to leave your app (obviously the apps that don't include dictionary feature already). WeeSearch tries to do this, but it still takes you to Safari…
    1. louietsang's Avatar
      louietsang -
      if only he forges me the rainbow sword id be happy