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1-ClickAnswers: Tons of data with a mouseclick Pick of the Week
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[Playing catch-up, this is the Pick of the Week for April 18th]

This week's pick came from a comment to the Add a Thesaurus to Pages hint -- thanks Deut3221 for the pointer! 1-ClickAnswers is sort of like a global knowledge miner for words. When it's running, you can highlight a word in any application, hit the 1-ClickAnswers hotkey, and be transferred to the program's mini-browser to view the results as seen on

While the quality of the answers provided may vary depending on what you've chosen to look up, you're always sure to get a lot of information. Looking up the word loan, for instance, yielded entries in a dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, an investment dictionary, a legal dictionary, the WordNet 'related words' dictionary, a page in Wikipedia, a whole slew of language translations, related topics, external links, and much more. Clicking links in 1-ClickAnswers keeps you in their mini-browser, but you can also copy and paste the URLs into your regular browser.

Though I seldom need this much info on a word, it's pretty cool to see it all pulled together and presented locally like that. Also, the hotkey seems to work in all applications -- Carbon, Cocoa, and even Java (I just tested it in jEdit, and it worked great). Even better, as soon as you quit the program, the hotkey is gone, and that's that. 1-ClickAnswers also installs a system-wide service that you can use from Cocoa and some Carbon apps. But since it lacks a shortcut and the hotkey works everywhere, I don't really see the point.

For a free app, it's really tough to beat the amount of info you get with 1-ClickAnswers. Just keep in mind that the sources are sometimes of variable quality (though it's hard to go wrong with the standard dictionary and thesarus results.
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