The dictionary itself isn't awful, but the website has always been a pain to use. It makes users to register in order to download the dictionary, and then often doesn't actually send a download link.
That may be about to change. The LEXiTRON site is down, replaced with this simple message:
เตรียมพบกับ LEXiTRON Version 3.0 รูปแบบใหม่ เร็วๆนี้ ( 28 กุมภาพันธ์ 2552 ) ขออภัยในความไม่สะดวก เนื่องจาก ขณะนี้ทางทีมงาน ปรับปรุงระบบและรูปแบบของเว็ปไซต์ LEXiTRON ใหม่ทั้งหมด
Translation: "Prepare to meet LEXiTRON Version 3.0 in a new format. Coming soon (28 February 2009). We apologize for the inconvenience. The LEXiTRON team is currently making improvements to the format and system of the whole website."
That's this Saturday, in case your calendar isn't handy. So keep an eye out for that.
In the meantime, Chris Pirazzi of Slice-of-Thai.com (and the new Paiboon dictionary) wrote in to let me know that the new blog Bangkok Library has posted the full download of LEXiTRON version 2.6 on their website.
It's nice to have a no-hassle download. You can get the complete 600MB version with sound files, as well as the 50MB basic dictionary, and even the 5.6MB raw data files. I had some trouble with download speed at first, but it turns out that was probably the fault of my ISP, not the Bangkok Library website.
If you've used LEXiTRON in the past, version 2.6 is already a big improvement in functionality and usability. The audio is computer-generated, unfortunately, so sometimes it's not very clear. Words sound clipped, which can make tones and vowel length hard to hear (and imitate).
Anyway, we should know soon enough what version 3.0 has in store.