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Title: Computational Linguistics, Text/Corpus Linguistics: Textal 1.0
Submitter: Melissa Terras
Description: Hi folks,

I just wanted to let you know that our new iPhone app, Textal, is now up for free download in the app store!

Textal is a free smartphone app for iOS that allows users to analyze documents, web pages and tweet streams, exploring the relationships between words in the text via an intuitive word cloud interface. The app generates visualizations and statics that can be shared without effort, which makes it a fun and useful tool for both research and play, bridging the gap between text analysis and mobile computing.

What does it do? see George Bush's Inaugural Address: http://www.textal.org/gallery/22aa9b1a0d4f , or Grimm's fairy tales: http://www.textal.org/gallery/1c75d71f1c10 or a twitter search on the #musetech hashtag http://www.textal.org/gallery/bf5754a67330 - although you have to look at these in the app for the full functionality to see the stats of the underlying words. You can read more at www.textal.org, and download Textal for free at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/textal/id646764497. We're also on twitter, at @textal.

Textal was made by UCL Centre for Digital Humanities and the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis . We're gradually telling the world about it now - it would be really great if those of you with iPads or iPhones could try it out, and feel free to give us some feedback.

In addition, if you could let your own network know - via twitter or email discussion lists, that would be appreciated. (If you just strip out this last paragraph it should be forwardable to email discussion lists).


Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics

LL Issue: 24.2932
Date Posted: 18-Jul-2013

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