Shakespeare Pro by (Universal)
Released: Dec 14, 2009
Version: 6.4
Size: 261 MB
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Shakespeare Pro
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See what these users are saying about Shakespeare Pro:

“It’s really great!”
—Kenneth Branagh, actor and director

“‘The app’s the thing.’ Hamlet was almost right. Great to see Shakespeare Pro superplaying with Shakespeare’s plays.”
—David Crystal, linguist and author of Shakespeare's Words

“The Shakespeare Pro app is simply terrific and filled with loads of wonderful information!”
—Ken Ludwig, Tony and Olivier Award Winning Playwright

Shakespeare Pro® includes the complete works of Shakespeare (41 plays, 154 sonnets and 6 poems, including apocrypha) and search the concordance to find the exact word or phrase you’re looking for (with “relaxed” searching to find words close to your search term).

Shakespeare Pro is packed with these impressive features:

••• QUALITY TEXTS are a top priority and our team spent years compiling and editing the best references available. In the updated editions, the text is even more clear and each individual character is uniquely identified.

••• FIRST FOLIOS AND QUARTOS in original spelling show the works as they were originally published in Shakespeare’s time.

••• AN INTEGRATED GLOSSARY, based on the bestselling lexicon by David & Ben Crystal, Shakespeare’s Words™ is included. Simply tapping on a word will display its definition in context (not just a general definition).

••• ADD YOUR OWN NOTES AND SHARE THEM with your students, classmates, friends, and colleagues. Organize your notes into notebooks for use in the classroom, theatre, or just to remember key facts. Then share them via email or AirDrop.

••• POWER SEARCH THE WORKS by customizing multiple parameters like gender, genre, work, language, line form, stage directions, soliloquies, and more.

••• CUSTOMIZE YOUR READING EXPERIENCE by choosing from a variety of color themes, change the font family and size, display long or short character names, jump around to different scenes, and view line numbers (*read the note below about line numbering).

••• BOOKMARK YOUR FAVORITE PARTS in addition to remembering the last page you viewed. Even copy/paste that great line.

••• DETAILED SCENE BREAKDOWNS give you an overview of the scenes within each play, their locations, and the characters present in each.

••• CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS help you better understand the actions and motivations of every character—all 1,155 of them.

••• MODERN TRANSLATIONS and lexicons to help you better understand Elizabethan English (extra add-ons).

••• GET THE FACTS by reading up on Shakespeare’s life, view data and chronology about his works, and an overview of scansion terminology or rhetoric. Character Arc Visualizers show individual character arcs or allow for comparison of multiple characters.

••• SHAKE YOUR DEVICE for Shakespeare himself to display a random memorable quote or insult. Or get a new random quote every day.

••• BROWSE THE GALLERY of famous Shakespeare portraits.

••• TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE, a series of 20 short versions of Shakespeare’s plays aimed at a younger audience, are included for free.

••• BARDFIND™ is the easiest way to find a Shakespeare theatre or venue anywhere in the world.

These are just a few highlights of the great things in Shakespeare Pro. If you’re a student, professor, actor, or just plain love the Bard, this must-have app ensures you have the complete works at your fingertips.

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What's new in version 6.4
Another great update to the best Shakespeare app! This update includes:

• NEW! "Loose" searching now enabled you to find what you're looking for even if you've misspelled a word.
• NEW! Now browse the home screen of plays in "icon mode" rather than list mode. Change this option in the settings to whatever your preference is
• NEW! Added Romeo & Juliet, First Quarto
• NEW! Use the sonnet tag filter to filter and organize the sonnets by thematic tags
• NEW! MLA citation—just select some text and choose the MLA option to create a citation for you to copy.
• NEW! Statistics added for each character for the most common words a character speaks in the whole play and number of times these words are spoke by other characters to provide insight into what they might be thinking or feeling
• NEW! Toggle character and scene statstics on the Scene Breakdowns and Dramatis Personae for easier skimming/reading
• Improvements to dropcaps and other typography to make the works a little more readable
• General bug fixes and small usability improvements, improvements to dark mode

If you're using Shakespeare in an interesting way, please share your story with us by opening "Share my Story" in the menu. We'd love to hear from you!

Did you miss a recent update? Here are a few of the new things we added:

• NEW! Added King Richard II First Quarto.
• NEW! Every scene now has scene times to help you make sense of time, either based action in the plays or historical events. This is the first time any edition has tackled this complex subject.
• NEW! Search improvement: now set a custom search proximity to find words nearer or farther from each other
• NEW! Search filters for Elizabeth, Jacobean, or apocrypha works
• NEW! New quartos added for King Lear, Hamlet, and King Richard 2—plus an improved compare tool on iPad
• NEW! Search additional lexicons: In addition to Schmidt's Lexicon, you can now search Onions' Glossary and Dyce's General Glossary
Our verdict: Good
  • + Shakespeare Pro is a highly rated app (5-star).
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