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See what these users are saying about Shakespeare Pro:
“It’s really great!”
—Kenneth Branagh, actor and director
“‘The app’s the thing.’ Hamlet was almost right. Great to see Shakespeare Pro superplaying with Shakespeare’s plays.”
—David Crystal, linguist and author of Shakespeare's Words
“The Shakespeare Pro app is simply terrific and filled with loads of wonderful information!”
—Ken Ludwig, Tony and Olivier Award Winning Playwright
Shakespeare Pro® includes the complete works of Shakespeare (41 plays, 154 sonnets and 6 poems, including apocrypha) and search the concordance to find the exact word or phrase you’re looking for (with “relaxed” searching to find words close to your search term).
Shakespeare Pro is packed with these impressive features:
••• QUALITY TEXTS are a top priority and our team spent years compiling and editing the best references available. In the updated editions, the text is even more clear and each individual character is uniquely identified.
••• FIRST FOLIOS AND QUARTOS in original spelling show the works as they were originally published in Shakespeare’s time.
••• AN INTEGRATED GLOSSARY, based on the bestselling lexicon by David & Ben Crystal, Shakespeare’s Words™ is included. Simply tapping on a word will display its definition in context (not just a general definition).
••• ADD YOUR OWN NOTES AND SHARE THEM with your students, classmates, friends, and colleagues. Organize your notes into notebooks for use in the classroom, theatre, or just to remember key facts. Then share them via email or AirDrop.
••• POWER SEARCH THE WORKS by customizing multiple parameters like gender, genre, work, language, line form, stage directions, soliloquies, and more.
••• CUSTOMIZE YOUR READING EXPERIENCE by choosing from a variety of color themes, change the font family and size, display long or short character names, jump around to different scenes, and view line numbers (*read the note below about line numbering).
••• BOOKMARK YOUR FAVORITE PARTS in addition to remembering the last page you viewed. Even copy/paste that great line.
••• DETAILED SCENE BREAKDOWNS give you an overview of the scenes within each play, their locations, and the characters present in each.
••• CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS help you better understand the actions and motivations of every character—all 1155 of them.
••• MODERN TRANSLATIONS and lexicon add-ons help you better understand Elizabethan English.
••• GET THE FACTS by reading up on Shakespeare’s life, view data and chronology about his works, and an overview of scansion terminology or rhetoric. Character Arc Visualizers show individual character arcs or allow for comparison of multiple characters.
••• SHAKE YOUR DEVICE for Shakespeare himself to display a random memorable quote or insult. Or get a new random quote every day.
••• BROWSE THE GALLERY of famous Shakespeare portraits.
••• TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE, a series of 20 short versions of Shakespeare’s plays aimed at a younger audience, are included for free.
••• BARDFIND™ is the easiest way to find a Shakespeare theatre or venue anywhere in the world.
These are just a few highlights of the great things in Shakespeare Pro. If you’re a student, professor, actor, or just plain love the Bard, this must-have app ensures you have the complete works at your fingertips.
Like the new features? Having trouble and need support? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org, at playshakespeare.com/support, on Twitter @playshakespeare, or Facebook facebook.com/PlayShakespeare. Read our FAQs at http://support.playshakespeare.com
*NOTE: Line numbers are NOT the same between different editions of Shakespeare’s plays, though they are relatively close. All editions all have slightly different line numbering due to the way each editor approaches the texts. See the Help section of the app for additional information.
Yet another great update with plenty of "under the hood" improvements to run faster and better. Here's what's new:
• NEW! See male and female soliloquies on Scene Breakdowns
• NEW! Promoted Edward III and Sir Thomas More to first class
• Fixed an annoying scrolling bug
• Improvements to the Help guide
• Fixed a handful of bugs and added some small usability fixes
If you're using Shakespeare in an interesting way, please share your story with us by opening "Share my Story" in the menu. We'd love to hear from you!
In case you missed our recent HUGE releases with tons of new goodness, here's what was included:
• NEW! Want a different app icon? You can now change it in the settings.
• NEW! The First Quarto of Hamlet is now included. Use the Compare view to compare it with other editions (iPad).
• NEW! Help is here! A new help section is included, which will be expanded further in an upcoming update.
• NEW! Modern translations now available! Read paraphrased lines to better understand Elizabethan English.
• NEW! The apocrypha play Arden of Faversham has been added. Get character descriptions, scene breakdowns and more.
• NEW! Additional search parameters added to search only Romance, Roman, Problem Plays.
• NEW! An interactive Monarch Family Tree is in the Study section to show royal lineage from William I to present day.
• NEW! Along with reciting quotes, Siri will now insult you with Shakespearean style.
• NEW! Added study materials for Rhetorical Devices and Chain of Being.
• NEW! We added the OpenDyslexic font as an option for those with dyslexia wanting to make texts more readable.
• NEW! Additional quotes added to Quote of the Day.
• NEW! Added to the plays where characters change their names (accession, disguises, etc.).
Ratings and Reviews
The ultimate portable Shakespeare
Carefully edited texts? Searchable by play or the entire oeuvre? A complete and searchable glossary? Notes and bookmarks and sharing? The FIRST FOLIO for reference and comparison?! For an astonishingly low sticker price?!
This app is insanely good.
While I love my paperbound books and painstakingly self-annotated Shakespeare texts, my collection has cost me a minor fortune and cannot be carried anywhere without a cart. Even my favorite bargain-prices Complete Works (the Yale) weighs eight pounds and has gradually torn apart its own binding to the point that "Henry V" is unwittingly splitting into two parts like its predecessor. To have one app that combines a First Folio, the power of the Schmidt Lexicons, and the Internet's trove of resources - IN THE PALM OF MY HAND!! - is astounding. And very very much appreciated.
I'm sure we'll all have our quibbles about editorial choices and technical glitches (which Complete Works, in any media, doesn't?), but we should all be able to agree that a meticulously presented and accessible avenue into the world of the Bard is a boon to any and all of us with this app on our devices.
This is my second reading of all of Shakespeare's plays, and so much easier than my first reading in print form. Easier to maneuver around, get definitions rather than from annotations, stop and then pick up where I left off, and especially easier to schlep around! Not a small thing.
If anyone seeing this is contemplating reading most or all his plays, this is the way to do it, and best with the Pro version.
Very Comprehensive App
Overall I am very pleased with the app, it’s great to have all of Shakespeare’s works at your fingertips. I am also thrilled that they offer both modern typeset versions (with somewhat modernized spellings) as well as the original First Folio manuscripts digitalized.
My only gripe is that the latter does not allow you to select words to lookup, copy or highlight as the text is just a large image, not hypertext. Other than that, great app and I look forward to more features and updates in the future.
Developer Response ,
Thanks for your feedback. The Folio/Quarto texts are NOT images, but actual text (which can be resized, for example) and they support highlighting (see the settings). There's no lookup feature because these editions use the Elizabethan spelling and nearly all words wouldn't be found in a dictionary lookup. If you need help, have questions about features, or have requests, please get in touch at email@example.com or support.playshakespeare.com.
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