GUIDE TO A LINGUISTIC PC


GUIDE TO A LINGUISTIC PC

Shengliver’s Note: Everything in English and English every moment of a day.

desktop 

OS

Windows 10

The operating system Win 10 allows a user to switch between languages for its interface display. Go to Control Panel, where the Language button enables you to pick a default system language (English) you desire.

System Supports

Adobe Flash Player

Without Adobe Flash Player, the Web would not function as it is today, with text, images, animations and vids.

Adobe Air

a  platform where some great apps run

7-Zip

zip and unzip

Advanced System Care

They offer all-round protection and optimisation of the OS. A lot of system gears contradict each other, but these two are complementary. Where one is weak, the other is strong. Your PC flies under their care.

Advanced System Optimizer

SUPERAntiSpyware

By removing malware and blocking malicious IP addresses, SUPERAntiSpyware speeds up the machine pronouncedly and keeps the OS clean. Run it once a month and shut it down.

Unlocker

As its name indicates, this little program can remove files or folders that normally cannot be deleted by your Windows.

Everything

hard disk search: anything and everything

Apple QuickTime

its plug-ins and software support

Many media apps depend on QuickTime to function.

Alcohol 120%

physical and virtual drive manager

VLC media player

lite clean media player; open source; started by French student communities

This media player allows you to play virtually media files of all sorts, from any source, local, stream, podcast, hyperlink, or CD/DVD drive.

With a plain interface, VLC player looks rather simplistic. Its beauty, however, lies beneath its surface. Once you delve into it, you will be able to record, clip and convert media files, apart from customisation.

Skype

Skype is now owned by Microsoft, which has replaced its MSN Messenger with Skype.

SoftEther VPN

An Open-Source Free Cross-platform Multi-protocol VPN Program, as an academic project from University of Tsukuba, Japan

Google Chrome

Chrome is the best Web browser for its speed and versatility. Web Freer, a Chrome-based explorer, offers a simple way to circumvent any firewall.

Web Freer

Internet Download Manager

Internet Download Manager is a direct downloader. uTorrent works with BT files. Emule is a veteran file sharing platform. With the right tools, you could share the Web.

360 Enterprise Cloud is a Chinese cloud storage service. Though not free, it lends wings to your digital life.

uTorrent

Emule

360 Enterprise Cloud

Sumatra PDF

Sumatra PDF is a lite lightning-speed PDF reader of text and images. To read a multimedia PDF file, you would still need to run Adobe Reader or Acrobat. Adobe Digital Editions is Adobe’s eBook viewer. Mobipocket Reader is a great alternative to more popular digital reading apps.

Adobe Digital Editions

Mobipocket Reader

Office

Microsoft Office 2016

Word

Excel

PowerPoint

Outlook

OneNote

Office Sound

Microsoft Student 2009

Encarta

Encarta Kids

Learning Essentials

Literary Tools

Geography Tools

Microsoft Math

Encarta Dictionaries

Adobe Creative Suite

Acrobat

father of PDF

Audition

audio production

Premiere

video production

InDesign

printing and digital publishing design

Photoshop

Photoshop Lightroom

photo ware

Illustrator

drawing ware

Captivate

e-learning authoring

Flash Professional

 

Flash Builder

 

Fireworks

 

After Effects

 

Dreamweaver

web page writer

Encore

 

Media Encoder

media format conversion

Prelude

 

SpeedGrade

 

Bridge

local file organiser

Camtasia Studio

Screen Capture, AV Editing and e-Learning Producer

XMind

The Most Popular Mind Mapping Tool on the Planet

Its free edition is good enough to map out your mind.

Use English

Reading

Calibre

news and eBook manager; one of a kind

Writing

Open Live Writer

blog writer and publisher; process rich contents; more than text

Talking

YY

YY hosts some of the best English speaking communities for learners in China; best voice quality

Paltalk

Go meet the world!

Comprehension

Zencast Organiser

podcast manager; Zencast beats iTunes in that the latter is a system resource guzzler. Zencast focuses on podcasting and nothing else.

Encyclopaedias

Encyclopaedia Britannica

Encyclopaedia Britannica Library

Britannica Student Library

Britannica Elementary Library

World Book

Topics

Atlas

Dictionary

Time Frame

Surf the Ages

Just Looking

Media

Monthly Spotlight

Homework Wizard

Lexicons

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English / LDOCE

Dictionary

Cultural Dictionary

Activator

Grammar

Exercises

Vocabulary Trainer

Teacher Resources

Pop Up Dictionary

Guided Tour

Communication 3000

Academic Word List

Writing Assistant

Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary 7.0

Dictionary

Word Finder

Cultural Guide

Oxford Genie

Oxford 3000

Know How

Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary 9.0

Dictionary

My Topics

Pictures

Resources

Genie

iWriter

iSpeaker

Longman Pronouncing Dictionary

It models British and American pronunciations.

Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary 4.0

Cambridge is a big name.

Macmillan English Dictionary 2.0

It has won several awards for its user-friendliness and innovations.

Collins COBUILD 3.0

old but resourceful; plain interface

It incorporates Thesaurus, Grammar, Usage, and a mini corpus; newer versions do not beat this one.

Merriam-Webster’s Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary

It marks the beginning of a new kind of publishing for Merriam-Webster. Great examples.

This dic is the only one in an eBook format in the category of Lexicons. All the others are apps.

Concise Oxford English Dictionary

quick word finder; click and show; easy reference and lucid definitions; best reading companion

Oxford Talking Dictionary

New Shorter Oxford

Oxford English Dictionary

accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium; old and new; scholastic

Chambers on CD-ROM

its way to define

American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language

guidance toward accuracy, precision, and grace in the use of English that intelligent people need and seek

Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate & Unabridged

Its plug-in works with MS Word. Collegiate and Unabridged dics, installed in one folder, run as a whole. It is the most trusted American lexicon for its exhaustive definitions.

Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary

Merriam Webster’s visual approach to words with audio

Thanks to a Chinese developer, you could run the online dic from your local disk. Human experiences are categorised and each category branches out further.

Visual Thesaurus

a word web; it runs on Java; word associations

Babylon

an Israeli app; instant and enormous references; functions as a backup; not a first choice program

Exams

Longman Exams Coach

Practice in all major English language proficiency tests is found on them. Longman iBT prepares you exclusively for the TOEFL.

Longman iBT

Vocabulary Builder

Oxford Word Magic

basic English vocabulary

images, stories, and games

Oxford Picture Dictionary Interactive

word families, images, sounds, and games / American pronunciations

Supermemo

ware by a Polish developer, whose running is based on the forgetting curve

Machines can help the human mind memorise words faster.

Skills

Rosetta Stone

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Level 5

Auralog / Tell Me More

Tell Me More Kids The Magic House

Tell Me More Kids The City

Tell Me More Kids Regions of The World

Tell Me More 10.0 / 20 ladders

References

Grammar and Usage

Cambridge Grammar of English on CD-ROM (Ronald Carter; Michael McCarthy)

All examples are audible. It is unique in that it runs as a program. Most grammars are presented in a book format.

Longman English Grammar (L G Alexander)

A Practical English Grammar (A J Thomson; A V Martinet)

Practical English Usage (Michael Swan)

Kenkyusha Dictionary of English Collocations (Japs are not devils)

Webster’s Dic of English Usage

Modern English Usage (Fowler)

American Heritage Guide to Contemporary Usage & Style

A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language (Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech and Svartvik)

corpus of contemporary American English (COCA)

National Geographic Complete DVDs

View all the issues from 1 to now. It runs on Adobe Air. The quality journal goes far beyond geographical matters. Over a century’s publications.

English Classics 1000

essence of the English language and its literature and more / Fudan University Press

Digital Archives

collections of books, audio and video files, and apps

 

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