Yesterday I looked at freshmeat.org to look for GPL’ed software I didn’t know of, and I found amongst others: Artha 0.8.0 .
(see at the bottom of this post for a screenshot).
Artha is a quite powerful thesaurus for Linux and Gnome. It uses GTK+ and is written in C using Glib, and built using Autotools. This is a well-packaged software, very clean code source and powerful. A very neat app to test out!
It is a handy GUI thesaurus that focuses on high usability, without trading off simplicity and ease of use.
Here are some of the features it contains (from official website):
- Artha harnesses the extensive & in-depth database provided by WordNet so it works completely off-line.
- When you press a pre-set hot key, after selecting some text on any window, Artha pops up with the selection’s definitions looked-up.
- Artha can show passive notifications instead of the application’s window popping up, so that you can continue what you were doing, uninterrupted.
- When a misspelled word is queried for, Artha gives you its near-match suggestions.
- Relative words like synonyms, antonyms, etc. that are displayed are many. You might not know to which sense/definition of a word does a relative map to. In Artha, when you select a relative, its corresponding definition is scrolled to and highlighted for easy comprehension.
- For a given word, Artha can show many related words: Synonyms, Antonyms, Derivatives, Pertainyms (Related Noun/Verb), Attributes, Similar Terms, Domain Terms, Entails (what verb entails doing), Causes (what a verb causes to), Hypernyms (is a kind of), Hyponyms (kinds), Holonyms (is a part of) and Meronyms (parts).
Official website: http://artha.sourceforge.net
You can find the packages from my PPA on launchpad: https://launchpad.net/~weboide/+archive/ppa
Otherwise you can quickly download the deb packages for Intrepid from here:
- artha_0.8.0-0ubuntu1~ppa2_i386.deb (56.1 KiB)
- artha_0.8.0-0ubuntu1~ppa2_amd64.deb (58.6 KiB)
- artha_0.8.0-0ubuntu1~ppa2_lpia.deb (57.1 KiB)