Dilo looks up words at web dictionaries and shows the English/French/Spanish or German translation of that word. It is kind of comparable to “Babylon”® for Windows®, but uses a public web-dictionary instead of having a local one.
Dilo is basically concentrated on the German language, i.e. all translation are from/to German. Specifically, there is no translation e.g. between French and English or English and Spanish.
Dilo uses the Leo.org websites for the translation.
You can start up Dilo directly and enter something into the search field to search for or you can call it through the services menu “Define in Dilo”.
Also you can copy a text in another application and just start Dilo. Dilo will then automatically check for the text from the pasteboard if it is not called as a Service and if you have checked this feature in the preferences.
It doesn’t matter whether you are searching for an English/French/Spanish/Portuguese description of a German word or vice versa. Just select the word in the editor you are using, choose “Services->Define <Language> in Dilo” and that’s it.
Latest Change History
2020-01-17 – FIXES: Fixed a very old bug that annoyed (leaving a file called “barbl.txt” around) and created a 64-Bit-Version including signature.
2014-03-12 – FIXES: Adapted to changes at LEO.ORG for German/English, German/Spanish, etc.
2013-03-10 – FIXES: Fixed the new issues with German/English, etc translation due to dict.leo.org changes
Apologies to everybody. Due to a server crash, the original files (Changelog) are gone. But you can still download Dilo from this server. In the meantime I’ll be working on the new Dilo web-page…
- If Dilo cannot connect to the website, it starts an endless loop. The only way to stop is Force-Quit it.
- When you switch between the languages, Dilo doesn’t automatically translate into the new language (could work for German only anyway, therefore this is rather a feature than a bug 🙂
Dilo is free software, you can use it free of charge and have fun with it.
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