What's new in SPQR Latin for iPad, iPhone and Android

Although SPQR is by far the most complete Latin app on the App Store, we're always looking to add new features where possible. All updates are free for SPQR users, and there are always more coming - what are you waiting for? Buy SPQR Latin for your iPad or iPhone today or buy SPQR Latin for your Android smartphone or tablet!


What's new in v3.2

  • NEW: Users who have upgraded to the new iOS 7 release from Apple will find SPQR has been redesigned to fit in with the new, flat look of the system. iOS 6 users will continue to see the classic design.
  • IMPROVED: SPQR's automatic flashcard generation is now more accurate.
  • IMPROVED: Searching author text will automatically search both Latin and English at the same time.
  • FIXED: Some users were reporting a crash when going to the flashcards screen for the first time.
  • FIXED: On iPads with iOS 6 the access controls screen could sometimes fail to close when the password was entered incorrectly.


What's new in v3.1

  • NEW: Added the ability to create flashcards from books or from authors - for example, this lets you find the top 100 words in the writings of Livy. PLEASE NOTE: For longer texts this new feature can take a couple of minutes and is very memory intensive. We strongly recommend you use at least a second-generation iPad or iPad Mini, or at least an iPhone 4.
  • IMPROVED: Added instant lookup and flashcards to all texts in "Church Fathers" mode.
  • IMPROVED: Added built-in flashcard decks for OCR GCSE Latin Foundation and Higher, plus OCR A-Level Latin.
  • IMPROVED: Added option to make flashcards using any number of words from the source text - the default is 100.
  • IMPROVED: Added "Retry" button to flashcards so that you can flip cards between Latin and English as often as you need before continuing.
  • IMPROVED: Added an option to choose whether the iPad contents list is shown in portrait orientation.
  • IMPROVED: Added the current chapter number when you're reading in single-chapter mode.
  • FIXED: Fixed a bug when trying to load saved reading location for long texts.
  • FIXED: Fixed a bug with moving between verses in the vulgate.
  • FIXED: The background for the Sortes Virgilianae was sometimes disappearing on iPhone 5.


What's new in v3.0

  • NEW: Word parser dictionary search quickly and accurately recognises and describes Latin words in any form - just type your word and it will be recognised.
  • NEW: Instant look-up of words while reading now uses the new word parser, dramatically increasing accuracy.
  • NEW: The Latin Typist mode can now draw upon the word parsing system to parse entire paragraphs of text, offering detailed translation and usage info.
  • NEW: Access Controls allow schools to selectively disable features that students are learning without technology. To enable them, tap "More" then "Access Controls".
  • NEW: When reading any section of a work in Latin, a new button will appear next to the "Translate" button. Tapping this will scan the text for its 100 most frequently used words and automatically convert them into flashcards to help you learn.
  • IMPROVED: SPQR now starts dramatically faster, and remembers which part of the app you were last using. Hurray!
  • IMPROVED: Martial is now included in the Latin texts. Because SPQR is used by many younger students, some of Martial's writing are left untranslated in English.
  • IMPROVED: DCC Core Latin vocabulary is now included in the built-in flashcard decks.
  • IMPROVED: Going to the dictionary screen on iPhone will automatically select the search box for faster us. (NB: this will only occur if you don't have a previous search)
  • IMPROVED: iPad users now get to see the left-hand navigation menu in all orientations.
  • FIXED: Some users reported the "Look up" menu disappearing on occasion; this should no longer happen.


What's new in v2.2

  • NEW: SPQR now supports iPhone 5
  • IMPROVED: Tacitus's Annals are now included in Latin and English.
  • IMPROVED: You can now enable reverse mode for flashcards - English on front; Latin on back.


What's new in v2.0

  • NEW: SPQR requires iOS 5.0 or higher, and is now optimized for the new retina iPad.
  • NEW: "Church Fathers mode" brings in the vulgate Bible, Bede and Augustine, all with English translations.
  • NEW: You can now search every word in every text, in either Latin or English
  • NEW: Select any Latin word to perform a quick search of the dictionary without losing your place
  • NEW: Auto bookmarking means that SPQR now automatically remembers where you were in every text, as you're reading
  • NEW: All texts with English translations now come with word clouds showing you the most frequently used words
  • NEW: Flashcards system built right into the app: add new words by hand or from a text you were reading, then share your decks with others with the touch of a button – plus we've provided 1500 flashcards to get you started.
  • NEW: The first book Caesar's Gallic Wars has been enhanced with an incredible new word-for-word mode – you have to see it to believe it! Plus: try your hand at the Sortes Virgilianae.
  • NEW: There's a classics quiz that gives you over 4000 questions to test your knowledge of antiquity.
  • NEW: A Latin-optimised typist makes it faster to type text with macrons.
  • IMPROVED: New texts: Cicero's In Verrem and Ovid's Amores, both with English translations, plus Allen & Greenough's New Latin Grammar.
  • IMPROVED: Grammar Test has been enhanced to let teachers create instant quizes for students - if your students also have SPQR, they can even mail their results back to you!
  • IMPROVED: Tweet your favourite quotes straight from the app.


What's new in v1.5

  • NEW: All 40,000 words from Whitaker's Words are now in the SPQR dictionary – when you're searching, just choose the dictionary you want to use. Although it does not include the same variety of reference material found in Lewis & Short, the definitions in Whitaker's Words are clear and to the point – give it a try!
  • NEW: Experimental English to Latin dictionary. This is essentially a reverse look up of words in the Whitaker's Words dictionary – please let me know what you think!
  • FIXED Corrected typo in Decline and Fall, corrected tyo in Lewis & Short definition of "ab", fixed a crash in the grammar test when selecting very few form options.


What's new in v1.3

  • FIXED: Corrupted text in Apuleius Metamorphoses Liber I.
  • FIXED: Incorrect form in some passive verbs.
  • FIXED: a problem some users encountered with iOS 5.


What's new in v1.2

  • NEW: With the help of an SPQR user who teaches Latin, the grammar test feature has been fully revised so that it tests a wider range of verb forms and does so more thoroughly. This setion of SPQR is being released as its own mini-app, but SPQR users get it free in this upgrade!
  • IMPROVED: New text in Latin and English: all 15 books of Ovid's Metamorphoses are now included.
  • IMPROVED: You can now change the font size in the app. To do so, tap the font size buttons as you're reading. Note that if you're on an iPad, you may need to reload the content in other tabs in order for the font size change to happen.


What's new in v1.1

  • NEW: Sallust's "Bellum Catilinae" and "Bellum Iugurthinum" are now included in Latin and English.
  • IMPROVED: Cicero's "In Catilinam" and Ovid's "Ars Amatoria" and "Tristia" are now included in Latin.
  • IMPROVED: Added historical background in Roman calendars, both Julian and pre-Julian.
  • IMPROVED: 10 new quotes to inspire you as you launch the app!
  • IMPROVED: You can now dim the English translation on the quotes screen by tapping the translation.
  • FIXED: Corrected the text for Apuleius Metamorphoses 1.
  • FIXED: Corrected the text for Livy's Ab Urbe Condita 38.
  • FIXED: Corrected dictionary definitions for Paestum and Urbs.
  • FIXED: Amended part of the Comic Latin Grammar to update some insensitive text.