Just as you'd guess from its name, this program is a dictionary that talks to you. The application offers a basic interface that's easy to use, if not particularly handsome. You type in a word, hit enter, and the definition pulls up immediately. Ultimate Talking Dictionary works well as a digital reference by giving multiple definitions and offering synonyms and antonyms. The one performance glitch came when we checked the box to have the definitions automatically read to us--for some reason, we had to hit the Read button anyway. The program gives you the option of listening to male or female voices, and lets you adjust their speed, but all of them are based on the rather clunky Microsoft Speech Engine. Ultimate Talking Dictionary also exerts quite a toll on your PC, consuming nearly 75MB of memory. In the end, the program makes a nice reference tool, though we'd like it just as much without its powers of speech.
What's new in version 3
ReleaseNovember 7, 2008
Date AddedApril 30, 2004
Operating SystemsWindows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Additional RequirementsWindows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server
Ultimate Talking Dictionary (UTD) is a comprehensive, unabridged dictionary. However, this is not a regular dictionary. UTD will read the definition of a word to you and it will use the word in a sentence so you get a true understanding of the word. The total dictionary that comes with UTD contains more than 250,000 words, including slang, jargon, and historic figures such as George Washington. The application also has a fully integrated thesaurus for referencing synonyms and antonyms of all words. Just highlight the word you want to search for in any text, press a single hot key and UTD looks it up for you, reads you the definition, and presents you with a list of synonyms.