Description: AED is a comprehensive English dictionary app that comes with more than 400,000 entries. Crafted with Windows 8 design language, it has a clean and modern user interface. We endeavor to make AED the most pleasant dictionary app to use in Windows 8.
There are so many dictionaries available in the Windows store, both free and paid apps. I have used AED for a while and have found it very user-friendly. Some points to note:
- As well as definitions, there are many images included.
- You can also have the dictionary read words to help with pronunciation; you can choose between UK or US pronunciation (no Australian yet).
- All data is stored locally – great if you have a lot of students on the internet at once.
- The live tile scrolls through your last two searches and last two starred words. (My live tile is currently showing: kangaroo, spark plug, and asperity!)
- This is a full dictionary, so swear words and slang are included.
- There are apparently ads included, but I have not noticed any!
- It works well with touch. If you are reading an entry, you can tap on any word in the definition to search. For example, I was reading about ‘spark plugs’ and just tapped ‘combustion’ to read about that!
- The app works really well in split screen mode, images and text reformat to fit the screen size. So you can look up definitions while using another app. Here, for example, I was reading an article on the NBN and quickly searched in AED for the meaning of the word ‘discernible':
Stevo says, “A simple but powerful app that works as you would expect. Because tapping any word takes me to another definition, it is much quicker than using a paper dictionary when I am studying.”