is a Windows application (for Windows 98 and later) designed by
Abram Ring to interface with William Whitaker's WORDS, an electronic Latin dictionary. Lector Latinus will open any text file (.txt) or rich text file (.rtf) and allow the user to look up Latin words by double right-clicking on the word; a large library of free public domain Latin texts (most Classical texts and many Christian, Medieval, and Neolatin works) is included on the Lector Latinus CD and with the new Text Search feature you can search this entire collection in a matter of seconds to find partial words, words, or phrases (wildcard searches are also supported). The built-in Words dictionary identifies the form (such as dative and ablative plural feminine) and then gives a clear and concise definition. A second built-in dictionary has etymological information and displays macrons (long marks) for all headwords. Lector Latinus can also use the built-in Latnlink feature to create HTML versions of Latin text files; in these each word is linked to your choice of several on-line Latin dictionaries. Finally, Lector Latinus provides integrated access to searchable on-line resources for Latin and Classics through
a search box on the toolbar and also integrates a number of other on-line resources. While Lector Latinus itself is designed for Windows-based computers, the HTML files it produces may be viewed on any computer which has an internet browser or may even be posted on the internet for public access. For the new free trial edition (30 uses) and customer comments section see below.
To purchase a full version of Lector Latinus please visit here.
Lector Latinus 1.0.2 has several advantages over my freeware program Lector 0.995:
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- easier to look up a word--just double right-click on any word
- large library of public domain Latin texts included on the CD
- searches this entire library with Text Search in seconds
- compatible with special characters used in late Latin texts: , , , , etc.
- on an autorun CD--just put it in your CD drive and follow the instructions to install
- makes HTML files VERY FAST--the entire Aeneid takes only a couple seconds
- user-friendly windows for on-line dictionaries automatically remain in the foreground
- links to more Latin dictionaries and allows custom links
- links also to German-to-English on-line dictionaries for research in German
- provides an easy way to increase or decrease font size throughout a file without affecting other font settings
- fixes a bug in the freeware program Lector 0.995 which affected the Replace and Replace All functions
- incorporates searchable internet resources on the toolbar
- incorporates other on-line resources in the On-line Resources toolbox
- makes saving files easier
- adds option to preserve indentation in HTML files, especially useful for indented poetry
- adds option to change background color for HTML files
- allows up to five texts to be open simultaneously
- provides instant switching between open texts via arrow buttons
- allows color backgrounds for texts in Windows XP
- adds an extra Latin-to-English dictionary with macrons
- adds etymological information for thousands of words
"I love the cd and have encouraged my students to purchase it as well. I really appreciate that you've kept the price low--it's an amazing resource." -Carl Shaw (Temple University)
A screen shot of Lector Latinus:
A view of the HTML options for linking texts to on-line dictionaries:
A sample automatically generated HTML text (click on the picture to open the Latnlink text):
New Trial Edition Now Available
You can download a shareware trial edition of Lector Latinus here (about 3.5 mb). This version does not include the library of public domain Latin texts which are on the CD of the full commercial version because this would make the file size too large for many to download. The trial edition is good for thirty uses. After that, I ask that you either discontinue using the program; or, if you like it, purchase it via the methods listed above. The trial edition is fully functional, so you can try out all features, but it does have an persistent reminder window which pops up from time to time to tell you that it is not the regular commercial edition.
Go here to download free public domain Latin texts.
is a freeware program designed to aid in reading Latin.
Lector 0.995 has several disadvantages when compared to the commercial program Lector Latinus:
- does not include the public domain library (though you can download them on your own)
- does not have the Text Search feature to search your files quickly
- harder to look up a word--select the word first and then click QUID icon or press F1
- only a couple sample texts are included: Tacitus' Agricola and a poem by Alcuin
- not compatible with special characters used in late Latin texts: , , , , etc.
- makes HTML files VERY SLOWLY--the Aeneid takes over 6 minutes on my machine
- on-line dictionary windows get lost behind HTML text
- less on-line Latin dictionary links
- no German-to-English dictionary links
- no custom links allowed
- does not allow the user to increase or decrease font size throughout a file without affecting other font settings
- retains a bug which affects the Replace and Replace All functions
- does not provide access to on-line resources for Latin and Classics
- requires user to type full filename with extension when saving
- does not preserve indentation when converting to HTML
- has no option to change background color for HTML files
- allows only one text to be open at a time