New in OS X Lion: Dictionary
For better and mostly better, Apple’s upcoming desktop operating system rewrite due this Summer will change how we use our Macs. One of the more subtle and, frankly, attractive feature updates is Dictionary, which gains deeper hooks in OS X, more/newer dictionaries and a new user interface.
The first place you’re likely come across the changes in Dictionary is Spotlight (image above). Whereas the Dictionary line item has been a part of Spotlight results for years already, now you get the information without opening the app — it just displays and that’s a good thing.
Another good thing is that right clicking on a word and selecting “Look up” in Safari, or any other app that displays text, also delivers results in a pop-up without launching Dictionary. Again, like Spotlight, you can click the look up results — dictionary, thesaurus, wikipedia — and be taken to the appropriate app or webpage.
Lastly, the Dictionary app itself has more power under the hood in the form of more dictionaries, especially foreign ones, and that can be very, very handy for those of us that operate in multiple languages and cultures. Further, the dictionaries themselves are newer versions, mostly 2010 editions.
Been digging around inside Mac OS X 10.7 Lion? Share your impressions and a link if possible in the comments below…