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Oxford English Dictionary [CD-ROM]

John A. Simpson
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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April 2002
Defines over 500,000 words, making this the unsurpassed guide to the meaning, pronunciation, and history of the English language. Offers unparalleled access to the world's most important reference work for the English language on CD-ROM. Covers version 3.0.

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"The greatest work in dictionary making ever undertaken."--The New York Times


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System Requirements: IBM PC (or compatible) with minimum 200 MHz Pentium-class processor 32 Mb Ram (64 Mb recommended); 750 Mb of hard disk space (required for indexes); 16-speed CD-ROM drive (32-speed recommended); Windows 95, 98, or NT 4; SVGA monitor: 800 x 600 pixels, 16-bi (64K, high color) setting recommended --This text refers to an alternate CD-ROM edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is Version 3.0 all it's cracked up to be????? July 29 2003
Format:CD-ROM
I purchased the "Oxford English Dictionary Second Edition on CD-ROM Version 3.0" with a nervous heart.
I am a lover of the English language and sometimes sit and read the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) for hours at a time (I have the 2 volume compact edition). However I am advancing in years and can no longer suffer the small type of said "Compact Edition."
I really wanted something easier to read but do not have the room nor the money to purchase the 20 volume set, thus I jumped on the information super highway and zoomed over to [...]read through [...] "customers reviews" and was disappointed to learn that OED had a "C-dilla copy protection program" that reportedly ruined an otherwise beautiful product!
I was crushed and appalled that OED would cripple such a wonderful work with an overbearing and abusive "protection program."
Months went by and I eventually gathered up enough courage to buy the "OED Second Edition on CD-ROM Version 3.0" despite everything I had read.
After receiving item in the mail, I quickly installed the entire 2 disks onto my hard drive so I would NOT have to dig up the CD-ROM every time I wanted to look up a ord.
Installation was a breeze and I had no problems at all.
When I clicked on the icon to use the program for the first time, it required me to install the "data CD" for verification. After doing so the program operated flawlessly.
I have used the "OED 3.0" many times and it has never again asked for such verification, but I have been informed that it will ask for said disk once every 90 days (or 4 times a year). This to me is no big deal and a small price to pay for all 20 volumes plus the search capabilities allowed in version 3.0.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUP Listened. Aug. 29 2003
By A Customer
Format:CD-ROM
At least in my experience--the support at OUP was great. There were a few things I did to help:
*Practice good tech support practices as a consumer.*
1. I noticed and reported via telephone any snags I encountered so that support would have a record of it.
2. I used telephone instead of e-mail.
They sent me an unencrypted set (so I didn't need any CDs or controversial software) when they couldn't solve the OED's incompatibility with my very strange confidentiality/personal encryption software. (PGP--99.9% of you do not use such things.)
A word, though:
For the majority of users, the OED will work just fine. OED v.3 is much improved.. it is actually a wonderful piece of software that acts exactly like M-W's software except with full-text search and wild cards, and excellent online help. Double-clicking on words is now supported, and you can press ENTER and get right to a definition--two of my pet peeves are now fixed.
The ability to run it off the hard drive means that it is fast and responsive.
If anything, C-dilla needs to clean up their act.. and provide better documentation to innocent engineers and support teams.
As long as you follow these instructions, you should be fine.
1. After installing and before launching the OED, insert your *data* CD (2.0 for the upgrade version, 3.0 otherwise.)
2. There will be a "Wait screen" telling you C-dilla is being installed.. it should go away automatically, and it will ask you again within 90 days.
It's really that simple.
And with world class support, how can you go wrong? 45 minutes of my time on the telephone gave me years worth of pleasure.. and as I said, I am a minority.
--Sam
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars OUP will not help you with C-Dilla software July 25 2003
By a18ion
Format:CD-ROM
I have to recommend that NO ONE buy this product until the OUP solves the C-Dilla license management problem. Like other reviewers I bought the product in good faith only to find that the C-dilla copy protection simply doesn't work. It fails to authenticate the disc and when you try and get help from the OUP they ignore you. I even wrote to the Managing Director, Ivon Asquith, who fobbed me off back to the technicians, who then did nothing. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT, you'll be wasting your money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars CDROM v3.0: Five star content - one star software April 26 2003
By A Customer
Format:CD-ROM
Great tool for authors, readers and the curious. Too bad the product is spoiled by the employment of intrusive heavy-handed copy protection.
OED uses the controversial Cdilla copy protect software, which installs a very intrusive and tenacious presence on your computer. After installing OED on my computer, there appeared ten separate Cdilla related files and programs. I discovered that Cdilla is incompatible with many printer drivers. My HP LaserJet 4100 would not work after Cdilla got through with my computer. OED support is not very helpful when it comes to Cdilla related problems. To me they seemed unconcerned and a bit aloof. It appeared they knew of the problems with Cdilla and were told to stonewall the issue.
Because Cdilla must run every time you start OED, there is an annoying lag before the OED screen comes up. Frequently error messages appear when starting and stopping OED but the product seems to work anyway. Also the installed product, from time to time, wants to authenticate your computer to the original CD. Too bad if you have misplaced the CD or are using a remote laptop.
For the price one pays for this product, Oxford University Press should do a better job on the software engineering side of the OED. They have protected their product well but at the expense of the customer and end user.
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