Is there a way to use the built-in dictionary in adobe acrobat reader?

grayred

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Is there a way to use the built-in dictionary in adobe acrobat reader? Or the dictionary only works in preview and safari?
 

KALLT

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It should work in any app, unless the developer purposely removed the item from the context menu and/or uses a custom UI instead of Apple's Cocoa APIs.
 

grayred

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It should work in any app, unless the developer purposely removed the item from the context menu and/or uses a custom UI instead of Apple's Cocoa APIs.
I tried with the force touch. It didn't work as it does in preview. And it doesn't work in Firefox either. I'm guessing the dictionary only works on apple's own apps. I hope I am wrong.
 

KALLT

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I tried with the force touch. It didn't work as it does in preview. And it doesn't work in Firefox either. I'm guessing the dictionary only works on apple's own apps. I hope I am wrong.
You are wrong, I just said that. Skype, for instance, works. Cocoa applications support these context menus. If you can't do this then that means that the application doesn't use Apple's Cocoa APIs or that the option was removed for something else. I used Adobe Reader a couple of years ago for the last time and I distinctly remember that it had a pretty bad UI that didn't feel very Mac-like. It wouldn't surprise if it doesn't work.

Firefox seems to have an extension for this that adds the menu item back: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/look-up-in-dictionary-7261/.
 
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grayred

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You are wrong, I just said that. Skype, for instance, works. Cocoa applications support these context menus. If you can't do this then that means that the application doesn't use Apple's Cocoa APIs or that the option was removed for something else. I used Adobe Reader a couple of years ago for the last time and I distinctly remember that it had a pretty bad UI that didn't feel very Mac-like. It wouldn't surprise if it doesn't work.

Firefox seems to have an extension for this that adds the menu item back: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/look-up-in-dictionary-7261/.
I am glad it works in other apps. So what pdf reader do you recommend which support the dictionary? Preview just lacks too many important functions.
 

chabig

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Adobe makes a product called Acrobat, and product called Adobe Reader. But there is no product called Adobe Acrobat Reader.
 
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