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WordNet.app
This application provides a graphical interface for the WordNet semantic network and is very similar to the X Window System client that is part of the WordNet distribution; except it looks much nicer on Mac OS X! Note that it does not query any of the online versions of WordNet but needs a local copy of the dictionary files.

    

News
03-Nov-2003
Version 5 is a Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) update. Not only does it fix a major incompatibility on Panther, but also it features a new search field and accompanied features. Well, looks nicer now. ;-)
Please note that version 5 will run on Panther only.
Users of Mac OS X below version 10.3 will have to use version 4.

13-Aug-2002
Version 4a is a minor bugfix release. If version 4 worked okay for you, you won't be able to spot any difference - except for the new icon. ;-)

9-May-2001
Version 4 adds a find panel to aid in refining your search as well as access to the built-in spell checker.

Links
The WordNet homepage at www.cogsci.princeton.edu
Make sure to select WordNet!
Check existing bugs
Browse the source code online

Date
Type
Version
File
Size
03-Nov-2003
Source code
5
116KB 
03-Nov-2003
Binary for Mac OS X 10.3 and above
5
94KB 
13-Aug-2002
Source code
4a
122KB 
13-Aug-2002
Binary for Mac OS X 10.0 and above
4a
77KB 
13-Aug-2002
Binary for Mac OS X Server 1.2 (Rhapsody)
4a
50KB 
03-Mar-1998
Database Package (external link)
1.6
12.9MB 

Installation
Note, that you can't use the version 1.7 dictionary files from the WordNet project! We're not even planning on upgrading to that version as we don't see any benefit in our case. So, when you're using WordNet.app you have to use the version 1.6 files. The version 1.6 database files can be downloaded using the link above.

After downloading & extracting the package you don't need to build the unix version as we've integrated the client libraries in the application already. It is sufficient to copy the 'dict' directory to /Library/WordNet, or any other place you like, and tell the application about it. That's all!