International Lion Dictionary Lookup

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by SgtP3pp3r, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2011
    Umm, quick question that i couldn't find a thread for:

    Is there a way to configure the automatic Lion Dictionary Lookup to search a second language? I sometimes wish the look up feature could give me spanish definitions for certain spanish words, but it only seems to work on english language words.

    Oh, and the three finger tap gesture for automatic lookup doesn't seem to work sometimes (and yes, i checked the system preferences and the gesture is activated... just doesn't seem to do anything half the time). I end up having to right click and select "Look up". Not hard to do, but also not what is advertised :p
  2. macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2011

    Yea, that feature would be absolutely fantastic, especially as someone who (tries to) read French and German regularly for research. We should pester Apple about it.
  3. macrumors 68030


    Feb 20, 2004
    If you have installed any 3rd-party dictionaries, you can go into the Dictionary's preferences window, and drag your reference source somewhere to the top. That'll automatically make it appear in the inline dictionary lookup 'popover'.
  4. macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2011
    Absolutely you can. I remember that I used an app called DictUnifier which converts dictionaries in StarDict format and automatically add them to Dictionary. That was while using Leopard, and they're all still working great in Dictionary (I am using Loin right now).

    You will find a lot of StarDict formatted dictionaries out there, in almost all world languages. I could even find some great Babylon dictionaries that were converted to StarDict format.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Apr 26, 2009
    You were able to make them work under Lion? Couldn't pull that off so far :(
    Would you be able to upload the already converted .dictionary files?
  6. macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2011
    The only custom dictionaries that I currently have in my Lion's Dictionary are Arabic-English and English-Arabic Babylon dictionaries. I don't think you're interested to have them, no? Sorry. :(

    PS. Here is a huge list of StarDict formatted dictionaries and here is DictUnifier converter that I previously mentioned. I see from the changelog that the new version is compatible with Lion. Give it a try. ;)

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