This app allows you to define words by tapping on the word via a video stream, it works on paperback books, maybe printed documents, It uses this pseudo Augmented reality technique, saving you the trouble of typing the word into a conventional dictionary.
Usage/Promo Video : http://vimeo.com/jinahadam/meanings
* point the video stream on the page/printed document
* let it focus
* tap the word you want to define.
* if it fails or the text is inaccurate adjust the distance between the phone and the page/printed text.
* App will try to autocorrect word or suggest closest match if the processed word is not in the dictionary.
This app uses, Image Processing/OCR technologies, the result may not be always accurate, especially if the font is not a standard font. Its optimised to work on paperback books
* Added iPhone X support
* App is now Universal
* Updated for iOS 11.
* Simpler user interface.
* App tries to autocorrect word or offer suggestions for the word if the processed word is not found in the dictionary.
* More updates and better accuracy coming soon..
Ratings and Reviews
Great concept. Poor execution.
I will start by saying that this is a great idea. That is why there are 2 stars instead of 1. I just hope they make some very necessary improvements. For example, the tutorial shows that you can look up words with a tap. It has never worked like that for me. To look up a word I have to swipe or “highlight” the word back and forth, often times more than once. It’s to the point that googling it would be faster.
The other irritating issue is defining words which have punctuation directly behind it (periods, commas, parentheses, etc.). It often recognizes the word, but the punctuation is also recognized. Because of this a “no matches” message is displayed. Essentially the app cannot distinguish punctuation, which is surprising and disappointing.
Like I said - this is a great idea, but it just doesn’t perform anywhere near as advertised. Until improvements are made save your time and your dollar.
Great idea, poor product
Works very inconsistently.
They just need to improve the Technology.
Example, any words that has a period or a comma following, shows up as 'no matches' found... obviously because it is trying to search for a the word with the period or the comma.
Lots of glitches. Works good sometimes & not 50% of the time.
Smart, fast word lookup with a tap
Yesterday, while reading a paperback, I came upon an unfamiliar word. I pulled out my iPhone, launched a dictionary app, and started typing the word.
It struck me that it would be so handy if I could just tap on the word through my phone’s camera viewfinder and have the definition appear, rather than (1) put down my book, (2) open the dictionary app (3) type/speak the word.
With a little googling, I found meanings, which does exactly what I want, with aplomb. Tapping a word on the page brings up the built-in dictionary definition. Additionally, one can look up the word in Google and Wiktionary.
I sincerely hope the app can continue to be updated and maintained by its developer. It represents a simple yet intuitive way to look up words and there are no doubt other uses beyond definitions. This app deserves more attention that it has so far received. Highly recommended, even if you already have another dictionary app.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.