I’ve been a big fan of Babylon dictionary for a long time. During that time, Babylon dictionary helped me a lot to look up words and phrases from languages other than Persian.
Unfortunately, Babylon became useless for me since the release of version 10, due to some bugs it had; so, I removed it from my computer. Also, during these couple of years, I’ve moved to platforms other than Windows such as Linux and Mac; therefore, I couldn’t use Babylon even if it worked correctly.
A few days ago, a friend of mine, introduced me GoldenDict and blown my mind. It is the best dictionary look up program I’ve ever worked with. It has a lot of benefits over other dictionaries; so, I decided to write a blog post to mention some of its features:
- It’s completely free and open-source! This means you can use it as much as you want without even paying $1 for it. However, you can donate if you want. If you’re a developer, you can also contribute and make it even better.
- It supports multiple dictionary file formats including Babylon glossaries, StarDict and others. Consequently, you can import all glossaries you had before! This is a very good feature if you’re a former Babylon user or want to migrate to GoldenDict. Actually this is a very important feature for me because, I’ve had some Babylon glossaries before and wanted to use them.
- It has the Scan popup functionality. You can easily translate words even from other apps. As you may know, Babylon also has such feature but as I tested, GoldenDict word detection is much better.
- It’s cross-platform; so, you can use it in nearly all of your devices. GoldenDict is available for Windows, Mac, Linux and even Android phones.
To download GoldenDict, please check out GoldenDict.org. As I’ve mentioned, GoldenDict is a free product and you don’t have to pay for it; but, if you think this project worth it, please make a donation to help making it even better.