Minipedia 3.0 Free for iOS – Offline Encyclopedia and Wikipedia Reader

11 Dec

Munich, Germany – Minipedia today is pleased to announce Minipedia 3.0 – Offline Encyclopedia free for iOS, a major update to its Wikipedia Reader app that supports 10 different languages. The ideal reference for facts and information on a wide variety of topics, the app is completely self-contained and requires no WiFi connection. Minipedia employs an algorithm that selects only Wikipedia’s most frequently accessed articles for its database, minimizing storage requirements. The update includes a wholly reworked user interface focused on usability and simplicity, plus optimal display and navigation on iPhone. The app has been cited by Apple in What’s Hot (Reference Category) in 36 App Stores worldwide.

Just as iOS includes a built-in dictionary, iDevice users can now refer to their own offline encyclopedia, Minipedia. The reference app is always available, whether a WiFi connection is possible or not. Even when users can access the Wikipedia site on their mobile device, Minipedia offers search, navigation, and viewing features that make it the preferred Wikipedia Reader. Each article displayed in Minipedia includes useful hyperlinks, including: other offline articles, online references, and the corresponding online Wikipedia entry.

Feature Highlights:
* Supports 10 different languages
* Easy to use Wikipedia Reader
* Articles are all offline
* Search as you type intelligent searching
* Optional expanded databases

Minipedia, with a database of articles much smaller than the entire online Wikipedia, provides intelligent searching based on the popularity of the article. For example, a search for “Mark” on Wikipedia returns “Marketing” as the first item in the drop-down results list. A search for “Mark” on Minipedia returns “Mark Zuckerberg” as the top result, a more relevant answer for most users. Minipedia’s intelligent search returns both results that begin with and results that contain “Mark,” (e.g., Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Wahlberg, Denmark, Affiliate Marketing, Marketing, Mark Twain, Mark Hamill, Mark Ruffalo, and Trademark). Searches frequently end before the entire word has been entered. By comparison, Wikipedia provides these more proper, but less relevant results: Marketing, Mark Twain, Market, Market Town, Mark Antony, Marks & Spencer, Mark Knowles, and Mark Woodford.

Very few Wikipedia Readers have the capability of correctly displaying math formulas, nor do they include Wikipedia tables (the images and fact summary in a column on the right edge of a Wikipedia web page). This feature can also be a great time saver, as users can quickly extract the necessary information from the table, rather than reading the article.

Minipedia offers free Language Packs of 1,000 or 10,000 articles, which serve as the app’s database. Larger offline databases of 25,000, 50,000, and 100,000 articles are available as an in-app purchase. Language Packs can be downloaded in any of 10 languages, including: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. There is no limit to the number of databases the app can access, providing a multi-language reference encyclopedia.

“With more than 200,000 downloads worldwide and a cumulative rating of 4.25 stars, Minipedia has been praised by reviewers and users alike,” commented Robert Richter of Minipedia. “We are very proud of the new Minipedia 3.0, and I invite every iDevice owner to download this wonderful, free reference app.”

Language Support:
English, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
* Universal app optimized for display on all iOS devices
* Requires iOS 5.1 or later
* 4.7 MB (English Language Package of 1,000 articles, 34 MB; 10,000 articles 250 MB)

Pricing and Availability:
Minipedia 3.0 – Offline Encyclopedia (Wikipedia Reader) is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Reference category. Optional medium (25,000 articles), large (50,000 articles), and extra large (100,000 articles) Language Packages are available as an in-app purchase for $1.99 (USD), $3.99, and $5.99, respectively.

Minipedia 3.0
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Based in Munich, Germany, Minipedia was founded by Robert Richter in 2010. Copyright (C) 2012 Minipedia. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

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