Fora Reader is a desktop reading application with an integrated basic browser dedicated to reading documents in a foreign language. Main features are rapid word translations within the browser and complete dictionary management.
- Multiple activation methods
- Browser extension
- Split views (browser/dictionary)
- Cross-lookup between dictionaries
- Navigation between results
- Unified dictionary management for all types of dictionaries
- Assign color
- Show information
- Multiple dictionary arrangements using profiles (grouping)
- Multiple dictionary formats support
- Wildcard search
- Fuzzy search
- Full-text search
- DICT protocol
- Tabbed interface
- Multi-panel views
- Browser extension (for Google Chrome)
Mac OS X
XULRunner 1.9 or newer
|Download||Fora Reader for XP/Vista/7||Fora Reader for Mac OS X||
Fora Reader for Linux-x86
Fora Reader for Linux-x86-64
|Notes||Vista/7 users will need to run as administrator||Fora Reader for Mac OS X is no longer supported due to possible incompatibility issues with libraries.||Fora Reader for Linux is no longer supported due to possible incompatibility issues with libraries.|
It is recommended to use the latest version (v8.0.0, updated March 14, 2013) for latest enhancements and bug fixes.
You can view screenshots here.
The following limitations exist for linguistic capabilities
- Morphology engine (word stemmer) is currently available only for English words
The following limitations exist for basic browsing capabilities:
- Occasionally, hover activation method does not work properly on some pages, and a reload of the page fixes the problem. In worst case, selection activation is recommended
- Framed pages (those created with obsolete <frame> tag) are not supported
Below are some repositories that contain dictionaries you can use with
After downloading, drag and drop downloaded files to the dictionary manager and rearrange as you wish.
XDXF dictionaries download
FreeDict dictionaries download
StarDict dictionaries download
Miscellaneous dictionary download links
Q: Why Fora starts up slower relative to
A: A typical configuration of Fora contains several dictionaries and each dictionary takes up some time (proportional to it's word count) to initialize.
Thus, startup time rises proportionally to the count of and corresponding word counts of loaded dictionaries.
Q: Why doesn't Fora perform well on some
Q: How can I read arbitrary documents in
A: Convert the document to an HTML or Text document. Most applications support saving documents as HTML or Text files.
After saving an HTML (or at worst Text) copy of the document, open it in Fora.
Q: How can I read MS Office documents?
A: To read Office documents in Fora, open the document in corresponding application and select "Save As..".
Save a copy as an HTML file and open it in Fora.
Q: How can I read PDF documents?
A: Though it's possible to convert PDF documents to HTML, this is not a straightforward method for daily use.
It's recommended to use Fora in tray mode for these types of documents.
Q: How can I read
CHM and other types documents?
A: CHM files are actually compressed HTML files, which is supported natively by Fora. You will need a converter application (similar to compression programs that extract files from archives) that takes CHM files and write output to separate HTML files. Various tools exist for this purpose.
Q: What are good practices for getting
best of the Dictionary Manager?
A: Even though you can add/remove a dictionary anytime you like, it's recommended to use profiling feature of the dictionary manager. Firstly, find all the dictionaries you will ever need, and add all of them to your collection, regardless of how often you might use it. Profiling allows you enable/disable and/or reorder your dictionaries. In addition, creating a profile simply puts a link to added dictionaries and does not duplicate dictionary data. Create profiles for specific contexts (for example technical, computer related etc), as much as you like. Since you can switch profiles right from the main menu bar, perhaps you won't need the dictionary manager anymore!
Q: Why can't I delete the profile named
A: This profile is reserved for users who don't prefer using profiling feature. If you don't want to organize your dictionaries using separate profiles, default is the only profile you will use.
Q: How can I write my own dictionaries(glossaries)?
A: Simply open a text editor an start writing articles line-by-line.
Separate columns with tab character, writing keyword at the beginning of the line (first column).
word1 def1_1 def1_2
word2 def2_1 def2_2 def2_3
Q: What is "Fora
A: "Fora Plain Reader" is the former name of Fora Reader. The application has been renamed since the word "plain" causes a lot of confusion, especially for people unfamiliar with it. However, the name keeps focus on the intended function of the application.
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