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Prediction Options Dictionary Tab

Show Phrases

Aurora Prediction has the unique ability to learn the phrases that you use to greatly speed up input and reduce the need for preprogrammed macros. So if you type "Fred Jones" several times, eventually it will learn to offer you "Fred Jones" as a single choice in the word prediction window. If you do not wish to have multiple word phrases offered in the prediction window, uncheck this option. Changing this option does not take effect until the next time you open a dictionary

Show Adult Words

Check this checkbox if you wish to have words that are marked as "adult" content presented in the Prediction window and the Dictionary Editor. Please see Adult Content for more information before checking this checkbox.

Show Phonetically Similar Words

Prediction has the ability to offer you words that sound like a word you are spelling if the word you are spelling is not in the dictionary. Typically this helps if you are spelling a word incorrectly. If the Use Color to Indicate Word Type checkbox is checked on the Window tab, these words will be drawn in the Prediction window in blue. Uncheck this if you do not wish to be offered similar sounding words in the prediction window. Changing this option does not take effect until the next time you open a dictionary.

Tip: Aurora Prediction will be much faster when typing if this option is turned off. A larger Dictionary Cache setting can mitigate this slowdown.

Don't Show Grammatically Incorrect Words

Prediction has the ability to apply grammatical rules to reduce the number of inappropriate words it offers in the prediction window. Uncheck this if you do not wish to have grammar rules applied to the prediction window. Changing this option does not take effect until the next time you open a dictionary.

Note: This feature only works for English dictionaries.

Tip: In languages as complicated as English, it is very difficult to cover all cases with a finite set of grammatical rules. Aurora Prediction's prediction and guessing algorithms are very effective at presenting the correct words, you will generally receive best results if this feature is turned off.

Recent Words Priority Boost

If Recent Words Priority Boost is checked, new words added to the dictionary recently will be given an additional priority boost and presented sooner than they might otherwise by the word prediction. Since new words are often used repeatedly, such as when writing a school report, this should save additional keystrokes by presenting such words earlier.

Predict Next Words

Some users have difficulty with next word prediction, but still need word completion. This option allows you to turn next word prediction off.

Activate Prediction Automatically

If this checkbox is checked, Aurora Prediction will ask you if you wish to have Aurora Prediction help you with your typing in a new application when you type a word followed by a space in that application.

Automatic Activation Dialog

If you answer Yes, Prediction will start helping in that application. If you answer No, Prediction will not help in that window unless you use the manual Activate Window feature.

Do Automatic Spacing After Punctuation

Aurora Prediction automatically adds spaces after punctuation characters like .,?! Uncheck this checkbox to turn off the automatic spacing for punctuation.

Dictionary Cache

In general, the cache size of a dictionary should be about 25% of its uncompressed size. So if you have a 2 megabyte compressed .DCT dictionary file (the standard dictionaries shipped with Aurora are not compressed,) you should use 1024K(1M) of cache (2 megabyte dictionary file, double the size because it is compressed, and divide by 4). For a 2 megabyte uncompressed dictionary, you should select at least a 512K cache.

The Professional Edition supports a cache of up to 31744K, the Value and Standard Editions support a cache up to 8192K.

Tip: For systems with 64M of RAM or more we recommend a cache of at least 4096K. If you have 256M or more of RAM, we recommend setting the dictionary cache to its maximum. You may also want to see Optimizing the Dictionary for more information.

You can find out how your cache is performing in Dictionary Info from the Dictionary Editor.

Tip: You are not penalized if you choose a cache larger than the dictionary you are using needs. In that case Prediction will cache the entire dictionary and the balance of the cache will remain free for use by other applications.

Cache Entire Dictionary

Check this option to get maximum performance from a dictionary. With this option checked, the entire dictionary will be loaded at startup. Note that this option may significantly increase the time needed to open a dictionary and if you do not have enough memory, it can make Windows and your other applications very slow.

Tip: If your computer has 64M or less of RAM, we recommend you don't use this feature.

Tip: If your dictionary is smaller than the maximum Dictionary Cache and you set the Dictionary Cache to its maximum setting, you will get a similar performance benefit without the increased time at startup.

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