Roughly, RiteVia Engword
= Media Player
+ Electronic Dictionaries
+ Screen Capture
+ Content Library (English/Chinese words, phrases, sentences)
+ Media Library (images, animations, audios, videos)
+ Playing Management (filtering, spelling, repeating, etc.)
+ Other features (content extraction, dictionary encryption, voice alarm, etc.)
- Media Player: Support playing a variety of image (bmp/jpg/gif/png), animation (gif), audio (wav/mp3/m4a/aac, etc.), and video (asf/avi/wmv/mp4, etc.) formats. Support playing files, directories, or a word list (or a text file containing the word list) through drag and drop.
- Electronic Dictionaries: Include English-Chinese dictionary, English dictionary, English thesaurus dictionary, English idiom dictionary, English acronyms and abbreviations, English concise encyclopedia, English jargon, Chinese-English dictionary, Chinese dictionary, Chinese thesaurus dictionary, and Chinese idiom dictionary. Support the lookup of English and Chinese words, Chinese pinyin (phonetic transcription), and stroke orders of Chinese characters. For each lookup input, provide a spelling suggestion list that is dynamically generated based on the usage frequencies of English and Chinese words. This not only increases the lookup efficiency, but also makes it easy for those who are not very good at spelling to use the lookup function. Maintain a list of recent lookups, including those through drag and drop, file browsing, and screen capture. This list, referred to as lookup records, can be used to replay a lookup or multiple lookups. Users can also save the list or part of it into a user dictionary for further study.
- Screen Capture: Screen capture can be performed through either hotkeys or mouse operations. It is designed to be triggered explicitly, that is, in an active way. This avoids the delay and prevents screen capture operations from being triggered unexpectedly, both of which can happen with a typical passive screen capture tool that adopts the hover-over-and-wait approach. It enables users to capure contents from various documents, for example, web pages, Word files, and PDF files. Users can manually select any word, phrase, sentence, paragraph, and so on or let the program automatically pick up the word at the mouse location. They can choose to play the captured word or phrase (i.e., pronounce the item and provide interpretations), read the captured content (which can be a word, phrase, sentence, paragraph, etc.) using the installed voice libraries or TTS engines, or simply save the captured content into the new words dictionary.
- Content Library: Provide more than 50 dictionaries, covering vocabularies from early childhood to college as well as those for standard tests such as TOEFL, SAT, and GRE; include nearly ten thousand spoken English/Chinese sentences. It is worth mentioning that, due to the different backgrounds that users may come from, those supplied dictionaries cannot meet everybody's needs and some contents may become out of date after a while. As such, what makes RiteVia Engword really useful and powerful is not the dictionaries that come with it, but the functions that allow users to easily create their own dictionaries. A dictionary is merely a text file that contains English and/or Chinese vocabularies. When a user chooses to play a dictionary, RiteVia Engword will automatically do the following for each item in the dictionary: provide English and/or Chinese meanings; find and display the associated image or animation; find and play the standard pronunciation or the associated video. All the user needs to do is keeping adding new vocabularies into the text file. Being able to tailor the content to one's own needs and learn whatever one wishes to learn is a key feature and a fundamental goal of RiteVia Engword.
- Media Library: Include standard American pronunciations (for one hundred and forty thousand English words and phrases) and Chinese Mandarin pronunciations (for forty thousand Chinese words and phrases), English and Chinese text to speech (TTS) engines, and nearly ten thousand images and animations for meaning illustration and for showing how to write Chinese characters. Users can also add their own images, animations, audios, and video to expand the media library. Media library is used to support the playing of content library. It is the multimedia resources in the media library that turn the dull plaintext contents in the content library into vivid multimedia contents, thus making English and Chinese learning much more efficient and pleasant.
- Playing Management: Provide flag value based and item property based filtering functions to let users flexibly choose what to play. Support various playing modes and options, such as spelling playing, repeat-it-yourself playing, hiding-meaning playing, hiding-item playing, hiding-image playing, playing with pronunciation and video turned off, playing repeatedly (at the item level and/or group level) and on a loop (at the dictionary level), and so on. Display the word list of the current dictionary to facilitate users to view item properties, temporarily pick up one or more items for playing, and manage the flag values of items. Support word-in-word (WIW) playing, which is a unique and extremely powerful function of RiteVia Engword. A WIW refers to a word or phrase in the meaning of an item. WIW playing provides a way to group related contents (e.g., translations, synonyms, antonyms, male and female pronunciations for the same item, etc.) and play them together. It can also be used to turn one dictionary into another for playing. For example, a single English-Chinese or Chinese-English dictionary can actually play the role of four dictionaries, namely, an English-Chinese dictionary, a Chinese-English dictionary, an English dictionary, and a Chinese dictionary.
- Other features: Provide tools for extracting contents, sorting items, converting text file encodings, merging dictionaries, and encrypting dictionaries. Provide a voice alarm clock function, which allows each user to create up to 99 alarm clocks. Each alarm clock can be set using relative time (e.g., in 10 minutes) or absolute time (e.g., at 14:30 on January 1, 2016). The alarm clock function supports multiple repeating options (e.g., repeating after a certain number of years, months, days, weekdays, weekend days, odd number days, even number days, or any period of time), date enumeration (i.e., enumerating the dates to be included or excluded), early reminder, snoozing, and action association (such as launching a program or browsing a web page). It allows users to view schedules for a certain date and/or for a specific voice alarm clock. It is also designed to automatically wake up a sleeping computer upon the occurrence of an event.
provides both English and Chinese user interfaces. It supports multiple-user operations and each user's environment settings, learning content, and learning progress are saved separately. RiteVia Engword
is not a simple media player, an ordinary electronic dictionary, or a boring vocabulary brochure. Instead it is a combination of various useful functions. Its multimedia feature, rich and flexible playing modes and options, and open interfaces push the language learning efficiency to the limit and make it suitable for all levels of users. No matter you are a pre-school child or a college professor and no matter you use it for improving language proficiency or in test preparation, RiteVia Engword
will not let you down.