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Old 05-03-2010, 11:49 AM   #1
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iPad's PDF app that supports Dictionary lookup

I use dictionary quite extensively while reading and really like the dictionary function in ibook. Does any one know whether similar dictionary functionality would be available in any PDF viewer application, i.e. access the dictionary lookup function while reading a book by double tapping the word.
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i believe that functionality is reserved for first party (applications) only. i thought i read somewhere apple hasn't released the api's for that functionality for developers. might be a licensing issue with whoever's dictionary they are using, might be they want to use it as a competitive advantage. it is available in both iBooks and Pages.
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Read pdf's with Stanza and use dictionaries

stanza now can read pdfs and has a great dictionary feature. YOu can even add dictionaries.
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Old 06-10-2010, 02:11 PM   #4
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I'm sure that the forthcoming iBooks upgrade, which adds PDF support, will permit dictionary lookup.

A workaround is to install a separate dictionary app and switch to that when you want to look up a word.
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Old 06-27-2010, 09:07 AM   #5
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Sadly the current version of iBooks doesn't support dictionary lookup in PDFs.
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Old 10-20-2012, 03:27 PM   #6
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I have been using iTranslate Reader Pro, which can use the built in dictionary for your native language and also look up foreign words with online dictionaries, all through a single finger tap.
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:09 AM   #7
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I recently found a quite good app named PDF Max & now stick with it. It does provide you dictionary look up function for PDFs, but the feature I like most is iCloud sync in Free Version. The Pro Version has some advanced features, but it is $9.99 though, not a good price for me.

Edit: Wow I'm sorry. It seems like this thread has been existed for quite a long time (since 2010). Hope you guys has found your own solution at the moment.

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Old 10-24-2012, 11:20 AM   #8
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GoodReader offers dictionary lookup, as well as Google and Wikipedia. Select a word, then touch the magnifying glass icon.

With no word selected, the magnifying glass performs a search in the current document.

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The iBook software has now released dictionary look up.

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