LatinOWL

Can’t work out the root form of a irregular Latin conjugation? Confused as to whether it’s a 3rd declension neuter plural or a 1st declension feminine ablative .. or even nominative? Is that 1st/2nd pl. dative or ablative, or a 3rd m/f sing. genitive? Know how to parse the form, but don’t know the vocabulary? There’s an app for that!

Not currently compatible with iOS 8

iPhone version (free) iPad version (free)
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Latin OWL is an iOS App, which I have made. There are distinct versions for iPhone and iPad, both are free of charge. The iPhone app will also run on your iPad of course but the iPad version is optimised for the larger screen.

The program is copyright 2013 Scot Mcphee.

LatinOnlineWordLookup (LatinOWL)

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The Latin Online Word Lookup (LatinOWL) is an iOS app that, by using data from the Perseus Latin Word Tool, allows a user to lookup any Latin word, locate the root (i.e. the nominative singular for nouns and adjectives or the 1st person singular present active indicative for verbs), and parse the entered form. It gives all possible forms for the word entered. The tool then links the root(s) to the online Lewis & Short dictionary from Perseus, and also from that dictionary, provides links to the works in the Perseus database that are quoted in the dictionary.

LatinOWL for iPhone (free)

You can download it from the iTunes App Store for free by clicking on the app store icon above or by using this link: LatinOWL in the iTunes AppStore (this link should redirect you to your regional store, where you will be able to download it).

LatinOWL for iPad (free)

You can download it from the iTunes App Store for free by clicking on the app store icon above or by using this link: LatinOWL in the iTunes AppStore (this link should redirect you to your regional store, where you will be able to download it).

LatinOWL for iPad has the following additional features:

  • View search results and dictionary entry on the same screen side by side.
  • View history of successfully searched terms and select to review.

Help! I have issues! Also, I think that you should add some feature X.

Make sure you have iOS 6.1.x installed. It will not work with iOS 6.0.x nor with earlier versions.

For simple queries, please leave a comment on this page, or use twitter. For proper support issues, please use the links below.

iPhone

You can add issues to the issue tracker here https://github.com/scotartt/LatinOWL/issues

On trying to install it, if you get the issue found in this tweet; it says something about “application not compatible” and “software update” – that’s because you are running iOS version 6.0.x – you will need to update to 6.1.x. That’s Apple’s dialogue, BTW, not mine. This will be the same for the iPad.

iPad

You can add issues to the issue tracker here https://github.com/scotartt/LatinOWL4iPad/issues

Future features and other versions

  • save favorite dictionary entries to local storage in the iPhone
  • a much better way to view the links to the source works from the dictionary
  • possibly a Macintosh OSX version

There will never be an Android version, I’m not interested in developing for Android. You can build your own, off my source code (see below).



Source Code

Note: If you just want to download and use the tool, you can get it from the iOS App Store and not worry about this or any of the stuff below here; it doesn’t affect you.

The source code for the iPhone version is available from here: https://github.com/scotartt/LatinOWL

The source code for the iPad version is available from here: https://github.com/scotartt/LatinOWL4iPad.

Note, if you download this source code the licence (see below) prohibits you from selling your own version without my express permission. But you can download the code and run it yourself, or install it on your student’s iPads, if you know how to do that.

However if you’re a developer, you might like to know that I have also made the Objective-C source code available as open source under a Creative Commons “Attribution Non-Commerical ShareAlike” licence. This means you can download and modify the source code as long as you credit me for the original, that you don’t charge money for your product, and that you release your modified source code with the same licence.

Notice

  • Many thanks must go to Matt Gallagher of CocoaWithLove for the ‘XPathQuery’ class used in this project. I am very glad he built that wrapper around libxml2 and not me.
  • This project also uses the ‘Reachability’ class from Apple.

Open Source Licence

Creative Commons Licence
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Australia License.

3 thoughts on “LatinOWL”

  1. Hi,
    The app crashes upon being opened! I deleted it and reinstalled it to no avail.

    Nice app though. Let me know if you find the problem.

    • It’s not compatible with iOS 8. It may be upgraded over the (southern) summer break. I may just remove it from the App Store. In the meantime, I recommend the SPQR app.

  2. Thanks! I will try the one you suggest, but I think your app was very good and you could charge money for it!

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