Paragon Releases Merriam-Webster Dictionaries with iPad support

One of my first reviews here at iPhoneLife... For years, the Paragon folks have been making mobile reference material for a variety of OS flavors. Now they have added iPad support to several of their dictionaries. I know it's exciting news--you never know when you might need one... Read on for the full press release...

America’s Most Trusted Merriam-Webster’s Dictionaries Now Offer New Learning Experience to First-Generation iPad Users

IRVINE, Calif. – May 28, 2010 – Paragon Software Group, a leading software developer for mobile devices and desktop computers, has launched America’s most popular Merriam-Webster’s dictionaries for the iPhone, now with iPad support. Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged; Merriam-Webster’s Medical Dictionary; Merriam-Webster's French-English Dictionary and Merriam-Webster's Spanish-English Dictionary, developed exclusively for convenient access on the latest Apple devices, bring new ways of learning directly to the Apple language enthusiast.

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Designed to make use of the best of the device’s rich features, Merriam-Webster’s dictionaries for iPad provide an engaging user experience that brings traditional paper-edition content to the high-resolution iPad screen. Because the iPad is designed to display content in either portrait or landscape orientation, Merriam-Webster’s dictionaries can be viewed in either orientation at a turn. To take further advantage of the iPad's colorful screen and built-in audio features, word descriptions contain colorful highlights as well as professional live voice pronunciations, helping to improve pronunciation and ease the mastery of a native or foreign language.

Merriam-Webster’s dictionaries are stand-alone applications that can be downloaded once and used without any additional expenses.

Features include:

· Audio pronunciations prerecorded by native speakers

· Portrait and landscape views

· No Internet connection required – easy access anywhere, anytime and without any charges

· “Wildcard” search in case of uncertainty in spelling; use “?” or “*” symbols to replace missing letters.

· “Flash Card Quiz” to add new words to flash cards and test knowledge at leisure

· Hyperlinks between articles and directions

· “History” feature displays the last 100 looked-up entries

· Possibility to clear “History”

· List of similar words in case of misspelling

· Morphology module to translate words in any grammatical form


Compatibility: iPad, iPhone and iPod touch OS 2.0-3.X.


Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged is available for $59.99, Merriam-Webster’s Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster's French-English Dictionary and Merriam-Webster's Spanish-English Dictionary are available for $24.99 each via download from the AppStore. Links here...

About Merriam-Webster Inc.

Merriam-Webster Inc. acquired the rights to revise and publish Noah Webster’s dictionaries in 1843. Since then, Merriam-Webster has maintained an ongoing commitment to innovation, scholarship, and love of language. Today, the company continues as the leader in language reference publishing with bestselling reference books (Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate® Dictionary, Eleventh Edition), popular Web sites (,, and a range of licensed products. For more information, visit

About Paragon Software Group

Paragon Software Group, now celebrating its 15th anniversary, is an innovative software developer focused on two dynamic growth markets. The company's comprehensive product line for the data storage market addresses the needs of data security, storage and management for PCs, servers and networks. A second portfolio of products focuses on mobile productivity applications for handheld devices. Founded in 1994, Paragon Software has offices in the USA, Germany, Japan, and Russia delivering its solutions to consumers, small business and enterprise clients worldwide through a network of Value Added Resellers, distributors and OEMs as well as online through the company website. Paragon Software provides technology to a host of world-class companies and partners including Cisco, Dell, Toshiba, NEC, Siemens, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, and more. For more information please visit the company websites:

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