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LiveDictionary is a Safari extension that adds fast, convenient dictionary lookups to the web.

Once installed, it becomes a transparent part of Safari; point to a word with the mouse cursor, and its definition or translation appears in a popup window. LiveDictionary offers a wide array of dictionaries for technical terms, general language, and bilingual usage.

What's New

Version 1.4:
    Full compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.3 or later, Safari.

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Awando Member IconReview+0
Awando
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It seems LiveDictionary isn't available anymore!

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Version 1.4
dennismoriarty Member IconComment+19
dennismoriarty
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I had what I thought was a problem that resolved itself with a Safari restart. I emailed the developer to request some troubleshooting and he emailed me back by that evening in an affable and accessible way (with more than one follow up). As I stated it was not needed as a Safari restart galvanized the dictionary. Works terrifically in Safari 4 public beta.

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Version 1.3
St00pid-M0nk3y Member IconComment+945
St00pid-M0nk3y
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Wow thanks! That's an awesome feature. And it's um...free!

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Version 1.2.6
Juki Member IconComment+3
Juki
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It works quite well, however, I'm not sure that I can justify paying $25 for an app that's usable only with Safari.
Make LiveDictionary usable with any browser
and now you've got a real powerhouse worth the price of admission.

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Version 1.2.6
Dai Yi
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It DOES work with other applications. I have it working with Omniweb, iChat, Yahoo Messenger, Adium, TextEdit and NetNewsWire.

Go the the forums for instructions on how to load LD in other applications.

Juki
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Re: Dai Yee's comment, above.
Ok, I checked the LiveDictionary Forum and found that the Site Administrator posted this:
"For the more adventurous types out there, I've put together a little guide on how to convince LiveDictionary to load itself into other applications besides Safari. First, the disclaimer: this is totally unsupported, it may not work well, and it could break things. That said, the worst that should happen is that it will fail to recognize some words."

It's a rather cumbersome process of adding code to LiveDictionary's p.lists which, then, MAY or MAY NOT allow LiveDictionary to be usable with SOME apps other than Safari.
It's, essentially, a trial and error process.
User's have contributed lists of a few apps that they've found works with LiveDictionary.

I'm afraid that just doesn't cut it for me.
I want to see LiveDictionary seamlessly and transparently usable with most other apps and browsers.

timbo13 Member IconReview+2
timbo13
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I use this with the CEDICT (ChineseEnglish) dictionary. Very handy little tool for my work and personal use.

I have been looking for something like "PowerWord" on windows which pops up mini translations of text which you mouse over.

This is a nice feature to add to safari (and some other cocoa apps with some modifications - see devs website for tips).

The dev is also quick to respond to required updates and listens to feedback.

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Version 1.2.4
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Anonymous
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It works well enough for basic translation. But I noticed a few problems with it. I tested it for Japanese>English.

For example, pointing at the beginning of ??? (onamae) will translate only the ?, as opposed the the honnorific of ??. I found this happened quite frequently.

Other thing I would like in this program is an option to move the dictionary menu away from the menubar, and either put the dictionary preferences under the 'Safari' menu, or the right-click context menu. I use a 12" display and value my menubar space.

This is something that I likely would have purchased, as the idea of it is something that I would use on a regular basis. In practice however, it didn't meet my needs.

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Version 1.2.1
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Anonymous
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It seems that some reviewers are missing the best feature of LD: English to foreign-language/foreign-language to English capabilities. For me, this makes it well worth the $25. If you only need English, perhaps it's not as useful. But don't trash it because its features extend beyond your immediate needs. That's simply short-sighted.

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Version 1.1.6
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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The Tiger 'cmd-control-D' works in any cocoa app, not just Safari.

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Version 1.1.6
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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While browsing, mouse-over a given word (in Safari Tiger) and press command-control-d then prepare to be amazed.

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Version 1.1.5
Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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Nothing happen, kind of joke or what?

Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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Should come up with the definition (at least it does on English language Tigers.

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Anonymous
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Try AcidSearch. It does dictionary lookup and tons more right from the Safari search and it is free.

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Version 1.1.4
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Downloads 36,523
Version Downloads 7,786
License Shareware
Date 23 Sep 2009
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $25.00
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