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Latest Release-Stable

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  • AntConc 3.4.1w
  • AntConc 3.4.1 - Readme
  • Screenshots
  • Tested on Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8
  • A modern version of AntConc that runs a little slower than the classic version but has more features.
  • Note that your old user settings file will not work with this version and prevent AntConc from starting if it is in the same folder. Delete it and export it again from the AntConc file menu.
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  • AntConc 3.4.1m
  • AntConc 3.4.1 - Readme
  • Screenshots
  • A modern version of AntConc that runs a little slower than the classic version but has more features.
  • There are reports of problems running on Mavericks. These will be addressed shortly.
  • Tested on Macintosh OS X up to 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
  • Note that your old user settings file will not work with this version and prevent AntConc from starting if it is in the same folder. Delete it and export it again from the AntConc file menu.
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  • AntConc 3.4.1u (beta)
  • AntConc 3.4.1 Readme
  • Linux Quick Install Guide Written by Laurence Anthony
  • Screenshots
  • Tested on Ubuntu 10 (Linux Mint 10)
  • A modern version of AntConc that runs a little slower than the classic version but has more features.
  • Note that your old user settings file will not work with this version and prevent AntConc from starting if it is in the same folder. Delete it and export it again from the AntConc file menu.

Latest Release-Development

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  • No development releases are currently available. The very latest release is 3.4.1 (see above).
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  • No development releases are currently available. The very latest release is 3.4.1 (see above).
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  • No development releases are currently available. The very latest release is 3.4.1 (see above).

Development Roadmap

Below are tentative plans for development of new tools and features in AntConc. If you would like see others, please feel free to suggest them on the AntConc Discussion List. Note that the grouping of items is mostly determined by how important I feel the tool/feature is for corpus research (especially in the classroom), and the time it takes to implement.

Status Description
Under development
  • Recode the graphics engine to allow for Native OS X appearance.
Coming soon
  • Drag and drop file handling.
  • Add the ability to save the results from the 'Plot' tool to an image file.
  • Generate sampled results (e.g., Every Nth hit in KWIC).
  • Improve the centering of non-English results in KWIC.
  • Add more statistical measures
  • Allow more file import types (e.g., PDF)
Plans for 2012 and beyond
  • Redesign the database architecture to handle massive corpora.
  • Improve tag handling (XML/Part-Of-Speech/...)
  • Add Concgrams (Wildcard/Regex context search) option
  • Simplify token definition settings
  • Allow localization of interface
  • Your suggestions come here...

Citing/Referencing AntConc

Use the following method to cite/reference AntConc according to the APA style guide:

Anthony, L. (YEAR OF RELEASE). AntConc (Version VERSION NUMBER) [Computer Software]. Tokyo, Japan: Waseda University. Available from http://www.antlab.sci.waseda.ac.jp/

For example if you download AntConc 3.2.2, which was released in 2011, you would cite/reference it as follows:

Anthony, L. (2011). AntConc (Version 3.2.2) [Computer Software]. Tokyo, Japan: Waseda University. Available from http://www.antlab.sci.waseda.ac.jp/

Note that the APA instructions are not entirely clear about citing software, and it is debatable whether or not the "Available from ..." statement is needed. See here for more details.

Online Help

The links below will take you to Google discussion groups on AntConc.

An online help system explaining all the main features of AntConc can be accessed at the links below.

Video Tutorials

Here are some video tutorials to help you learn how to use AntConc.

YouTube Videos (Version 3.4)

YouTube Videos (Version 3.2)

Youku Videos (Chinese website)

Monika Bednarek at the University of Sydney has also created some useful AntConc videos.

Hyun Jung at English Education Institute International(EEI), Korea has also created some useful AntConc videos explained in Korean.

Text-Based Documentation

Step-By-Step Tutorials
If you would like to create a Tutorial in another language, I would be happy to show it here.

Translations of the Readme file
If you would like to translate the Readme file into another language, I would be happy to show it here.

Other resources

Brown Corpus Frequency List. This can be imported into AntConc to create keyword lists.

Yasumasa Someya's lemma list can be accessed below. This can be imported into AntConc to create lemma word lists.

A French lemma list created by Benoît Sagot is available below. The reference is: Sagot Benoît (2010). The Lefff, a freely available and large-coverage morphological and syntactic lexicon for French. In Proceedings of LREC 2010, Valetta, Malta. Link to project.

Selected books/papers/websites related to AntConc

I am now starting a list of books/research papers/websites that discuss or use AntConc extensively.
If you have used AntConc in your study, please send me the information (e.g. author, title, source (APA style), URL), and I would be happy to list it here.

Year Works Link
2004 L Anthony (2004). AntConc: A Learner and Classroom Friendly, Multi-Platform Corpus Analysis Toolkit. Proceedings of IWLeL 2004: An Interactive Workshop on Language e-Learning, pp. 7-13 pdficon
2005 L Anthony (2005). AntConc: design and development of a freeware corpus analysis toolkit for the technical writing classroom Professional Communication Conference, 2005. IPCC 2005. Proceedings, 10-13 July 2005 Page(s): 729 - 737. pdficon
2005 Diniz, L. (2005). COMPARATIVE REVIEW: TEXTSTAT 2.5, ANTCONC 3.0, and COMPLEAT LEXICAL TUTOR 4.0, Language Learning & Technology, Vol. 9, No. 3, pp. 22-27. pdficon
2006 L Anthony (2006). Developing a Freeware, Multiplatform Corpus Analysis Toolkit for the Technical Writing Classroom. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication Vol. 49:3, pp. 275-286. pdficon
2008 Craig, E.C. (2008) N + P Clusters in Freshman Composition: A lexico-grammatical approach to academic vocabulary for second language writers. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, The University of Georgia, Athens. pdficon
2008 Pecorari, D. (2008). Repeated Language in Academic Discourse: The Case of Biology Background Statements, Nordic Journal of English Studies, vol. 7 No. 3, 2008, pp. 9-33 url_icon
2008 Wawra, Daniela. 2008. Public Relations im Kulturvergleich: Die Sprache der Geschaftsberichte US-amerikanischer und deutscher Unternehmen (in German). English title: Public Relations in intercultural comparison: The language of the annual reports of US- and German companies. Frankfurt am Main et al., Peter Lang. url_icon
2011 Slideshare tutorial on AntConc. (Non-English) url_icon
2011 Wikipedia entry for AntConc url_icon
2011 Tutorial for using AntConc by Shin Ishikawa (in Japanese) url_icon
2012 Wilkinson, Michael (2012). The best freeware corpus analysis program for translators?, in Translation Journal, Volume 16, No 2. Online at: http://www.bokorlang.com/journal/60corpus.htm url_icon

Previous Versions (Windows)

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  • AntConc 3.4.0w
  • AntConc 3.4.0 - Readme
  • Screenshots
  • Tested on Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8
  • A modern version of AntConc that runs a little slower than the classic version but has more features.
  • Note that your old user settings file will not work with this version and prevent AntConc from starting if it is in the same folder. Delete it and export it again from the AntConc file menu.
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  • AntConc3.2.2w
  • AntConc3.2.2 - Readme
  • Tested on Windows 98, 2000, ME, XP, Vista, Win 7
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Previous Versions (Macintosh OS X)

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  • AntConc 3.4.0m
  • AntConc 3.4.0 - Readme
  • Screenshots
  • A modern version of AntConc that runs a little slower than the classic version but has more features.
  • There are reports of problems running on Mavericks. These will be addressed shortly.
  • Tested on Macintosh OS X up to 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
  • Note that your old user settings file will not work with this version and prevent AntConc from starting if it is in the same folder. Delete it and export it again from the AntConc file menu.
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  • AntConc 3.3.4m (beta)
  • AntConc 3.3.4 - Readme
  • Screenshots
  • Tested on Macintosh OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8) and Lion (10.7.2)
  • I have received early reports that some users on non-English systems cannot open files with this version. While I am investigating this problem, I'll keep this version in 'beta' status.
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  • AntConc 3.3.3m (beta)
  • AntConc 3.3.3 - Readme
  • Screenshots
  • Tested on Macintosh OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8) and Lion (10.7.2)
  • I have received early reports that some users on non-English systems cannot open files with this version. While I am investigating this problem, I'll keep this version in 'beta' status.
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  • AntConc 3.3.2m (beta)
  • AntConc 3.3.2 - Readme
  • Screenshots
  • Tested on Macintosh OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8) and Lion (10.7.2)
  • I have received early reports that some users on non-English systems cannot open files with this version. While I am investigating this problem, I'll keep this version in 'beta' status.
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  • AntConc 3.3.1m (beta)
  • AntConc3.3.1 - Readme
  • Screenshots
  • Tested on Macintosh OS X Snow Leopard(10.6.8) and Lion (10.7.2)
  • I have received early reports that some users on non-English systems cannot open files with this version. While I am investigating this problem, I'll keep this version in 'beta' status.
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  • AntConc 3.3.0m
  • AntConc3.3.0 - Readme
  • Screenshots
  • Tested on Macintosh OS X Snow Leopard(10.6.8) and Lion (10.7.2)
  • I have received early reports that some users cannot open files with this version. I am now investigating this problem.
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Previous Versions (Linux)

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  • AntConc 3.4.0u (beta)
  • AntConc 3.4.0 Readme
  • Linux Quick Install Guide Written by Laurence Anthony
  • Screenshots
  • Tested on Ubuntu 10 (Linux Mint 10)
  • A modern version of AntConc that runs a little slower than the classic version but has more features.
  • Note that your old user settings file will not work with this version and prevent AntConc from starting if it is in the same folder. Delete it and export it again from the AntConc file menu.
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