Babylon

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 328 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    7
  • Total Downloads:
    5,875,287
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 14, 2007
  • Price:
    Free to try (Some features disabled after 14 days); $29.00 to buy
  • File Size:
    705.58KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    274
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Babylon-Pro is a very good multilingual dictionary and reference tool. Covering most major languages and offering a huge number of free glossary add-ons, the program has a bounty of features. Babylon-Pro initially tries to add itself to your start-up programs without asking, but it discreetly runs in the background once installed. Look up words or phrases from any Windows program by simply selecting the text and using a key shortcut or mouse click that is easily modified in the Configuration options.

Selecting single words or short phrases for definitions or translations works very well, but translating larger chunks of text directly from a browser is less successful. Longer text works better when pasted directly into the Babylon interface, and translations tend to be more sensible than free online services. You can listen to a computerized voice pronounce words in English, but you'll need to add more text-to-speech engines to hear words in other languages. Another helpful feature lets you quickly convert currency, measurements, or time zones. A vast number of additional dictionaries and glossaries, both free and for sale, are available from the Babylon Web site, and adding new dictionaries is simple and fast. You can even build your own personalized glossaries with links and embedded images. The full-featured 30-day trial offers plenty of time to decide whether Babylon is valuable to you. The wide array of features and impressive options for adding custom content help this reference tool earn a top rating.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.3

    out of 13 votes

    • 5 star 5
    • 4 star 1
    • 3 star 3
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 3
  • All Versions

    3.1

    out of 328 votes

    • 5 star 135
    • 4 star 39
    • 3 star 10
    • 2 star 20
    • 1 star 124
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1 stars

"Garbage. And they took over my homepage!"

November 25, 2007  |  By Teranceofathens

 |  Version: Babylon 7

Cons

The interface is unintuitive, it doesn't do anything that you would expect it to do. Getting it to translate takes a series of steps, the supposed one button translation of a highlighted phrase only returns a translation for one word. Getting an entire phrase to translate takes a number of steps, and then when you get the translation back...it's wrong! To add insult to injury they highjacked my brower's homepage! Now I've got to set my homepage back on top of having to remove their lousy program. Totally uncool guys, totally uncool.

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5 stars

"Excellent functionality"

November 11, 2007  |  By Francis R I Legge

 |  Version: Babylon 7

Pros

Ease of use, good references

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5 stars

"1"

November 06, 2007  |  By ebramix

 |  Version: Babylon 7

Pros

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Cons

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5 stars

"Wonderful"

November 06, 2007  |  By dark5flower

 |  Version: Babylon 7

Pros

I was looking every where for such a dictionary and finally I found it when I rigestered in this wonderful website.

Cons

I don't like the idea that it just work on line.Why don't you make it all free.Finally thanks for reading my comment.

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3 stars

"simble to use and very helpful"

November 04, 2007  |  By KDF_BK-313

 |  Version: Babylon 7

Pros

providing sugestion for the ward and auto-complete

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2 stars

"Whats the big news? Main feature doesn't work good here. Ver. 6 was better."

November 03, 2007  |  By polaris72

 |  Version: Babylon 7

Pros

Basically a helpful tool. For 6 earlier ver. i would give 4 stars, but this ver. doesn't stable enough, or giving a new tidings for the upgrade costs. It's better to see it as 6.5, not 7.

Cons

First, the cost for buying is $55 and not $29. Upgrade is $39.

First, the spelling tool doesn't working good at Hotmail. Sometimes it does work, but usually the spelling window just blinks and disappear before you can review your spelling mistakes and correct then, or it will disappear at the moment you will try to roll down the email. If this feature doesn't working well, there isn't much new from 6 ver.

There are too much online dictionaries, and some of them just doesn't shown at the babylon dictionary management list. Therefore they can't be uninstalled. A bug?

Considering the problems at the spelling new feature, and the fact there isn't much new else, the upgrade price of $39 makes it unprofitable to move into 7 ver. But If you don't have an early ver., it is a nice tool for online translation.

There isn't real support at Babylon. They are promising 48 hours response, but you better expect to have respond in 10 days, and it may be totally ineffective. If you reply them for a second try, expect to wait another week or so until you hear something from them if at all. They don't have phone support. It's a shame.

Some of the currency symbols are not recognized. For example HK$, korean symbol, RMB, Aus$, UK Pounds (by word) and more. The currencies are existing, but the Babylon doesn't recognize some of the symbols.

One thing that is very missing, is the possibility to take a word from babylon to your text field by dragging it, or buy a small "copy" fast action near any word inside the babylon window. You can't change a word of your choise, while the spelling window is up if it's not a mistake (like adding an S for example) .

The spelling tool doesn't work inside Word.

And last, if you still want it, you can get a $15 rebate when you try to uninstall it.

Btw, the cost in US dollars is less then other currencies. Not clear why, but you can just change to US$ to pay less.

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3 stars

"I DID'NT USE IT YET"

November 02, 2007  |  By adamambow

 |  Version: Babylon 7

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1 stars

"very pour"

November 01, 2007  |  By bear1523

 |  Version: Babylon 7

Cons

it would always interupt when I was trying to work online I had to delete it to stop it

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4 stars

"Excellent"

October 31, 2007  |  By P.V.Narayan

 |  Version: Babylon 7

Pros

Easy access

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3 stars

"Is util for you use."

October 31, 2007  |  By ATAPIAG

 |  Version: Babylon 7

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 7
Babylon 7 offers text translation in 17 languages in addition to single word and phrase translations, spell check for IE, auto completion of words, smart dictionary, customization, and results from Wikipedia encyclopedia in 13 languages.
General
Publisher Babylon
Publisher web site http://www.babylon.com
Release Date October 14, 2007
Date Added October 14, 2007
Version 7
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Language Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Download Information
File Size 705.58KB
File Name Babylon10_setup_ns.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 5,875,287
Downloads Last Week 274
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Some features disabled after 14 days
Price $29

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