WordNetCE for Windows Mobile (Pocket PC) 2000 and above
There is a bug on some devices running WM2003SE which causes WordNetCE to
crash. This is a known problem by Microsoft, and this has been addressed
.Net Compact Framework 1.0 SP3. Download and install SP3 to fix this
issue, and a
number of other .Net Compact Framework issues affecting all users. Thanks to 'jwilam' for pointing
Thanks to Abner for pointing out where to find the original working fix.
This is a project that I started after checking out the efforts of
Malcolm Crowe in
creating a .Net port for WordNet.
His excellent port supports WordNet 1.6. I have modified his port with the
new 2.1 changes to make it compatible with the 2.1 database. The goal of
my project is to make a high quality, free dictionary/thesaurus for the Pocket
PC platform. To date there is nothing out there that's both free and high
Here's the official description of the WordNet
"WordNet® is an online lexical reference system
whose design is inspired by current psycholinguistic theories of human lexical
memory. English nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs are organized into synonym
sets, each representing one underlying lexical concept. Different relations link
the synonym sets."
If you are a writer, you are a student, if you like word puzzles, or if you
want to formulate the best wording for a business letter or job application then
this is the right software for you. It will return clear, concise
definitions, and even if you only vaguely know the type of word you are looking
for, the powerful relations searches can narrow down your search fast! If
you are stuck on a crossword problem, just go to a wildcard search, type in the
letters you do have, and place a question mark (?) in place of each blank in the
crossword, and WordNetCE will search WordNet for any match to that pattern.
WordNetCE 2.6 brings formatted and colour-coded search results, and fully
hyperlinked words in the results.
The features that set WordNetCE apart, even from many commercial
- It's FREE! Price is always a factor when making a product choice
- It works. The frustrating thing about some software is that you
have a certain expectation level, but within the first few hours of use you
find it falls short, and you feel that you've wasted time and effort on
something that will never do the job. Well you won't be disappointed
with WordNetCE; with an ever-growing list of advanced features, your
experience with this software is going to start off great and just get
- It's easy to use. Having a lot of features is always nice, but
sometimes a software interface can be overwhelming. WordNetCE uses the
same basic design as the original WordNet 2.1 which I always enjoyed using
for its simplicity. More advanced features are behind the scenes, and
not accessing them does not lessen your experience with WordNetCE.
Don't ignore the 'Advanced Search' section though because that's where some
real power searching can be found.
- Powerful search features. Advanced search features equal or
surpass most available electronic dictionary/thesaurus's. WordNetCE
has search capabilities for: wildcard, regular expression, anagram,
scrabble®, sounds like. With that arsenal you can search words in an
almost infinite number of ways. You can even use the anagram feature
to create your own puzzles, by taking a word and finding all anagrams of it.
WordNetCE also contains all of the relations searching you will find in WordNet, in the same convenient way. Noun, Verb, Adjective and Adverb
buttons along the top of a screen let you take an overview search further by
branching into synonyms, meronyms, and a lot of other relation matching
- British/US spelling. You can search with either spelling and it
will give you both. This is a feature most available electronic
dictionaries are missing.
- VGA compatible. WordNetCE provides a number of in-built features
which makes working with VGA screens a breeze. The software will
automatically adjust its size for landscape layout, and font size selection
means you'll never be squinting to read results.
- Large, modern word list. WordNet is quite a massive project that
is still evolving with more words and more relations. At present there
are 144,309 unique words in WordNet. A great many modern terms can be
found too. One way to judge a dictionary is to challenge it with words
such as 'spam' and see if you get reference to email.
- Formatted, colour-coded results. Search results are easy to read
with the colour-coding. Synonyms, the definition and quoted sample
sentences are each colour-coded to allow quick reference to whichever search
results component you are looking for.
- Hyperlinked results. All searchable words are hyperlinked so that
you can quickly branch off to retrieve a new word overview simply by
clicking on the hyperlinked word.
Example of Wildcard Search:
See my forum for a number of
examples on using wildcard search and for more information on this release.
Palmtop User magazine
says: "...the WordNet dictionary is a decent resource, and the reader
software works both faultlessly and fast."
Contributing Editor of
says: "I installed it just now and I have to say I'm impressed with the
dictionary. It has extensive, clear definitions and seems to cover most
words I can think of. I was apprehensive about using a dictionary with US
spelling, but what do you know, it's got UK spelling as well! For example,
both Aluminium and Aluminum were listed together, as well as Colour and
Color. Nice, very nice in fact. The program interface was simple, yet
powerful enough to do exactly what I wanted. It's a keeper!"
ctitanic says: It's
"One of the best English Dictionary Freeware that I have found"
Christo de Klerk
says: "An excellent, excellent, easy to use program that I never want to be
without again. It provides a gold mine of information. Thanks, just what I
It's "The most usefull program you can ever have in your pocket (PC)."
"Excellent dictionary program! It is kept up to date and the author is
always improving it, making it the best dictionary! The WordNet dictionary
itself is quite good despite its large size, but with storage cards being
extremely cheap nowdays it is well worth it. The search function is very
fast and its wildcard searches are perfect for crosswords and the like. Also
includes a Scrabble solver. Near perfect! 9/10"
Screenshot of WordNetCE
How You Can Assist
|I will not charge for WordNetCE,
however I will gladly accept donations
to try and keep this website alive. Internet hosting costs money,
and donations will help me to purchase equipment and software so that
more quality freeware can be delivered from ebswift.com.
Thankyou in advance, your donation will be appreciated and put to
good use for your future benefit. I am an Australian
developer working full-time, and maintaining this site in my spare time.
I write the software, documentation, web pages and maintain the site
Any size donation
will help me cover the costs of this site and justify its existence.
The costs of running this site and software development are entirely supported by the voluntary support
of visitors. Please donate if you like my software and want to help my development efforts :).
Firstly, you need
2.1 dictionary in a default install on a
PC is in c:\Program Files\WordNet\2.1\dict. The dictionary needs to
be copied to the storage card in the form of (eg) \Storage
Location of the WordNet dict folder after copying to the
device's storage card
Once you have installed the official dictionary,
download my Windows Mobile port of WordNet and run while your device is connected via ActiveSync.
NOTE: during the installation, ignore the message stating that
OpenNetCF needs to be installed. Required components are installed as part
of this package; the message is forced by OpenNetCF which is a limitation of
- Prompted to locate dictionary - you locate it, the software exits, you
start WordNetCE again, and are once again prompted to locate the dictionary
(round and round). There are two main causes of this :
- The dictionary database has not been copied from the PC to the
Pocket PC storage card.
Copy that folder (the dict folder) onto the storage card for your device
and try locating the dictionary location with WordNetCE again.
- A higher level folder is selected, not the dict folder. A
common problem is that people copy the entire WordNet folder, or the 2.1
folder (with all subfolders) onto their storage card. When
dictionary selection is attempted, the 2.1 or WordNet folder is
incorrectly selected which means WordNetCE cannot read the dictionary
files. The fix is to try selecting the folder again, this time
using the + signs beside selected folders to open up the subfolder list,
repeating this until the 'dict' folder is visible, which should then be
selected to solve the problem.
- Prompted to install netcf.core....... The netcf.core is the .Net Compact
Framework. Please download and install it from here:
- Pocket PC 2002 with the
Compact Framework OR Windows Mobile 2003.
- All PPC and WM series users should download and install
.Net Compact Framework 1.0 SP3 if they have not done so already.
This fixes a number of issues, including one that crashes WordNetCE - the
specific bug fixed is "Unexpected exception while adding an image to an
imagelist on an Hx4700 and hx4705". I have also recorded about a 12%
increase in performance doing a scrabble® search.
- In some cases a hard reset was necessary where anomalies occur; this is
caused by some prior-occurring corruption in the operating system.
WordNet 2.1 Database.
~35MB free storage card space.
License and Download page for WordNetCE.
Please report any bugs/suggestions using the email link at the bottom of this
View the Change Log.
Hardcopy magazine publications:
It's nice to see that people around the web are taking notice. So far I've
been on the front page of :
as well as getting a mention by PPC enthusiasts in various newsgroups and
blogs. That's great support, thankyou! Let me know if you spot WordNetCE in a
magazine, or getting a write-up on a website, thanks :)
Thankyou and acknowledgement for intellectual resources goes to:
- Malcolm Crowe for the original .Net port
- Michael Gilleland for the