A cross-platform, open-source thesaurus



Aiksaurus is a set of libraries and applications which provide a thesaurus (currently English only, based on Guttenburg's Moby thesaurus) using native GUI on several platforms: UNIX (GTK+ & Qt), Win32 & MacOSX (Cocoa). The core library itself is platform-independent. The principal language is C++, with some use of Cocoa/ObjC++; wrappers are provided for C and Cocoa/ObjC.

Aiksausus plugins exist for AbiWord on UNIX and Win32; the library is also used by Lyx; and the new Cocoa port provides a MacOSX NSService hook so that Safari and other such applications can use this thesaurus without Aiksaurus-specific development.


29th May, 2003
Version 1.0.0 released officially. In addition to the new Cocoa port, the gtk front end has been upgraded by dom and rms to use gtk+ >= 2.0, and dom will probably do even more work on that before the next release. I've rewritten the build system, and rms and mg have created a new RPM spec. (I haven't yet looked at the kde/qt/php/irc parts of Aiksaurus.) Finally: the AiksaurusGTK application has been renamed gaiksaurus.
27th May, 2003
I've released Version 1.0.0 of the Cocoa port (screenshot below). Documentation is still on the TODO list, however.
14th May, 2003
The nice people at SourceForge have granted my request for co-adminship of the Aiksaurus project. I've also added Dom Lachowicz as an admin because, well, if you have a problem and no one else can help you, maybe you can ask the Abi-Team (or its admin, anyway).


The original front-end by Jared has been updated (in CVS) by Dom and Rui Miguel Seabra to GTK+-2.x. Still has a couple of bugs in need of ironing out.
By Jared and gallium. I don't know the status of this, but if I ever get YDL working I'll take a look.
By Mike Pritchett. A preliminary version of this can be downloaded as a binary.
By myself (fjf). There is a build of Aiksaurus 0.11 available and CVS Aiksaurus can be built using Project Builder. A preliminary version of this is available for download.
The core library only, ported by Rich Robinson. Source & binary downloads available.

Screen shots

screen shot of Cocoa application and panelHere's a screen shot of the new Cocoa port of Aiksaurus. The standalone application is shown top-left, and the utility panel (part of Aiksaurus.framework) is shown bottom-left. The CD playing is Dixie Chicks' Home.

The Aiksaurus libraries and applications are licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

The core Aiksaurus library was written by Jared Davis. The source code is maintained in AbiSource CVS and there is also an Aiksaurus project page on SourceForge for downloads, etc.

Website maintained by Francis James Franklin. Original website occasionally visible here.