March 25, 2016 in Travel (E)
[prMac.com] Berkeley, California - Creekcats LLC is today proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Il Menu Dice 2.1, an important update to their free English to Italian menu translator for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. More than just a word translator, the app is designed to make ordering from a menu easier. An entire column of a menu can be translated at one time, and results are presented in bold type with each line of the original menu immediately followed by its translation, so the traveler can point to what they want to order. Users simply take a photo of the menu, crop as needed, and tap "Translate." Il Menu Dice immediately handles the translation, resulting in an understandable menu for users to read and order from.
"Il Menu Dice" is Italian for "The Menu Says," which is the perfect way to describe exactly what the app does. While creating Il Menu Dice, developers created a list of over 37,000 menu-related phrases, which they translated from English to Italian. The resulting phrase dictionary is the basis of the new app's translation abilities.
Why Choose Il Menu Dice?
* It is designed specifically to make it easy to order from a translated menu: Each line of the menu is followed by its translation. Many competing apps create a single block of translated text, and it can be difficult to decipher which item on the original menu corresponds to the desired item in the translation.
* It is reliable. It works very well on most menus, and gives an acceptable translation on most of the rest.
* It works the same offline or online, so it works anywhere, whether the user has a data connection or not. Many competing apps either require an Internet connection, or perform poorly if one isn't available.
* It has a very simple interface so users can use it easily the first time, and won't need to re-learn it if they don't use it for weeks or months.
* The translation is in bold, easy-to-read type.
Following the release of their popular English to French menu translator, "Le Menu Dit" app inventor Phil Price realized the need for an app to translate menus for other non-English speaking travelers. Il Menu Dice is the first result of his decision to expand his menu translator app lineup.
"Le Menu Dit was well received by users, and we were very happy with the initial reception," says Phil Price, inventor of the app. "In fact, the app was so well received that we decided to expand our app lineup by developing an app for use by Italian speaking travelers. In addition to Il Menu Dice, we are also working on translation apps to allow Chinese speakers to order from English menus, and for English speaking travelers to order from French menus. We're very excited about our plans."
The idea for the original app, Le Menu Dit 1.0, came to Phil while biking along the Danube with his family. When the group stopped for dinner, they were unable to order from a German menu, even though Phil knew a smattering of German. When the group attempted to use a popular translation app, (Word Lens), the app proved frustrating to use and the results were poor.
"I said out loud, 'This is awful! I could write a better app myself!'" shared Phil. "My mother challenged me with, 'If you do, I will happily invest in it.' And that's how Le Menu Dit came to be." Upon returning from their trip, Phil and his two friends, Nathan Addy and Yixing (Ethan) Chen, set to work on developing the original app.
What's New in Version 2.1:
The app now detects and warn when system settings don't allow use of the camera; and the app store description has been corrected.
Unlike most other translation apps for iOS device, Il Menu Dice doesn't try to be an all-purpose translation tool. Instead, it concentrates on doing one thing particularly well, quickly translating menus from English to Italian and presenting the translation in a way that makes it easy for users to point to what they want to order. There are no complicated procedures to learn, or confusing icons that must be tapped in the proper order. Menu translation is merely a matter of point, shoot, crop, and wait a moment for the translation.
* Translates English menus to Italian, using a photo of the menu
* Includes over 37,000 menu-related words and phrases
* Translated words are displayed in a bold font, perfect for travelers 55 and older
* Each line of the menu is shown with its translation immediately below, so it's easy to match each item to its translation.
* Results are saved, so users can easily go back and forth through pages of a menu
* Includes a built-in flashlight function for use in low-light conditions
* Share translation results via email or Facebook with an available Internet connection
Visits from Italy to the United Kingdom and the United States in 2013 tallied over 2.8 million, and most of those visitors do not speak fluent English. Those visits were of approximately one week's duration, making an app like Il Menu Dice a must-have app for any Italian traveler's iPhone or iPad.
* iPhone iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 7.1 or higher
* Universal Application
* 13.8 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Il Menu Dice 2.1 is free, and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Travel category.
Headquartered in Berkeley, California, Creekcats LLC was founded in 2013 by Phil Price, Juliet Lamont, Mary Price, and John Price. The company was born from a desire to create apps that would make user's lives easier, by supplying tools to aid them in their everyday lives. Copyright (C) 2016 Creekcats LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.