Dictionary .NET is a small program that uses Google's dictionary and translation services. It's not very intuitive, but once you get it figured out, it's a handy tool to have around.
The program's interface is mysterious, with an empty space where you're supposed to enter your search term, and a larger empty box where we figured the search results would appear. We tried searching for some words in English, and English definitions came back. That was all well and good, but we thought that the point of the program was to translate between languages, not just give us English definitions. We clicked around a bit, starting with the question mark on the interface, which we assumed would lead us to the Help file. But there was no Help file. The Options menu did contain a long list of languages with check boxes next to them, but we weren't sure what that meant in the context of the program. Finally, quite by accident, we stumbled upon the answer; a well-disguised button on the interface that opens a list of languages between which users can translate. We tried several languages and were able to easily translate back and forth. Users should note that the program really is a dictionary and not a translator; you won't be able to translate blocks of texts with it. But as a dictionary it works fine, once you figure it out.
Dictionary .NET is free. It comes as a ZIP file and doesn't require installation. We recommend this program to all users.
From fish's dotNET:
Dictionary .NET is a multilingual dictionary translating from or to 81 languages using Google's services. Integrates Google and Bing Dictionary, Translate, Search, Suggest, Virtual Keyboard, Text To Speech, Wikipedia search, Bing wallpaper and more services without installing them. Auto-detect any language > Dictionary > Translate > Search with just One-Click or a Hotkey. Features: Smart Translation, Translate selected text with a hotkey, Single click without selected text, Full-Text Translation, Text suggestions, Document Translation, Image Translation, Translate a web page, Wikipedia Search, Multilingual List. A standalone tool that does not require installation.
This dictionary is very user friendly and finds most words that you might throw at it. I like the fact that you can also access a thesaurus easily enough when using this tool.
I found no real down side to this program except that the Tray Dictionary I downloaded is easier to access and is also an excellent dictionary.
All in all, I like dictionary.com. It is very user friendly, is an excellent reference source, and also allows access to a thesaurus. I use it quite a bit, but I do find that my Tray Dictionary is easier to access and just as good of a reference library. I haven't found the Tray Dictionary as versatile in that it does not provide access to a thesaurus but, as a dictionary I use my Tray dictionary more often.