Alpus is a dictionary viewer.

Features

Get Alpus

Platform Application Version Requirements License App Store
Windows Alpus.zip 5.7 Windows 7 or later Freeware N/A
Mac Alpus.dmg 5.7 Intel OS X 10.7.4 or later Freeware N/A
Linux Alpus.tar.bz2 5.7 i386 or compatible Freeware N/A
Android Alpus.apk1 5.7 Android 4.4 or later $6
Alpus on Google Play
iOS N/A 5.7 iOS 9.0 or later $6 Alpus on the App Store on iTunes
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1. Free Edition available for up to five dictionaries.

Compatibility

Alpus is compatible with the following dictionary/file types:

Setting up dictionaries

All dictionaries are extracted, indexed, and optimized automatically using "Import Dictionary" option of the "Options" menu. Profiles allow grouping of dictionaries without duplicating storage space. You can edit and customize properties of a dictionary, such as visible name.

Resource files of a dictionary can be put into multiple ZIP files with arbitrary sizes and file names. The resource ZIP files will be detected and indexed automatically.

Full-text search

The application supports searching full-text of all dictionaries for exact matches. The feature requires one-time upgrading ("Upgrade All" option of the "Options" menu) of a dictionary which can take very long time to complete, since every single word anywhere on the dictionary is made searchable during the process.

Synchronizing between devices

Copying/moving dictionaries between devices is done using one of the three available methods:

Useful Tips

Updating

Updating the application consists of keeping the portable "Alpus.Config" folder and replacing the remaining files and folders.

Search Types

There are five kinds of searches you can perform on dictionaries.

Comparison

Below is a list of what's new in Alpus in comparison to Fora Dictionary:

The following features are removed/retired in Alpus:

Troubleshooting and FAQ

Q: I bought an offline dictionary, can I use it in Alpus?
A: Probably, no. Most standalone dictionaries have it's own proprietary data format incompatible with general-purpose dictionaries. You need dictionary data in one of the supported formats.

Q: I'm a Fora Dictionary user. How do I move to Alpus?
A: Current Fora Dictionary users will need to add/import all dictionaries from scratch using source dictionaries (e.g. *.idx and *.dict.dz), since Alpus is internally incompatible with Fora Dictionary, despite it's feature-wise and organization-wise similarity.

Q: Suggestions are slow when a lot of dictionaries are installed.
A: Unlike traditional search auto-completion, Alpus performs a complete search and matching of the query (e.g. occurrences in multi-word phrases) on all dictionaries in profile when suggestions are activated. Grouping dictionaries into smaller sets based on usage context using profiles may be helpful.

Q: I can't find the dictionary I need or the dictionary isn't displayed properly when searching.
A: Indexing the dictionary using the latest version of the application, or adding/indexing the dictionary using alternate formats (e.g. in DSL format instead of StarDict) may be helpful.

Q: When I modify/replace Alpus.Config folder manually, my profiles are lost.
A: This is the expected behavior since profiles are stored as app settings (rather than disk files) on mobile devices for the sake of stability.

Q: When I select "Receive Dictionary" to transfer over Wi-Fi, I get "Address In Use" or "Bind Failed" errors.
A: Network addresses are shared across all apps on a device. The error indicates that another app is currently using the address (specifically, it's TCP/53132). Closing running apps or restarting the device should free up the address and allow the app connect successfully.

Known Limitations

Dictionary Links

Below are some example repositories that host dictionaries that you can download and use with the application. The links are provided for informational purposes only, and we are not responsible for their content in any way.

WordNet dictionary
https://sourceforge.net/projects/istardict/files

FreeDict dictionaries
https://sourceforge.net/projects/freedict/files

XDXF dictionaries
https://sourceforge.net/projects/xdxf/files

Kiwix ZIM files
http://www.kiwix.org/wiki/Content_in_all_languages

MediaWiki XML dumps
http://dumps.wikimedia.org/backup-index.html

Converter for various dictionary formats
https://github.com/ilius/pyglossary

Converter for LSD dictionaries
https://github.com/sv99/lsdreader

For Developers

Integration with other applications or the operating system is briefly documented here.