Dict.cc Plugin for OS X discontinued

Apple finally decided to include an english-german dictionary with the newest version of Mac OS X 10.11 “El capitan”. I cannot yet judge whether Apple’s dataset can compete with the collective power of the active dict.cc community, but as maintaining my plugin for the same purpose got increasingly difficult through the exponential growth of the database, I decided to discontinue the dict.cc plugin. You can still download the plugin via this site or directly at dict.cc, but new versions will not be released.

Life Pro Tips: Three-Finger Dictionary Lookup

Probably every reader of this little blog has the dict.cc plugin for OS X’s dictionary app installed. I just realized that you could do a dictionary lookup for words in nearly every OS X application with your fingertips.

Move your mouse cursor to the respective word you would like to look up and touch your track pad with three fingers (like you would do a right click with two fingers). Bam. A small overlay window with the translation and a link to Wikipedia flashes up.

Updated: dict.cc german-english plugin for Dictionary.App

I just finished a new -- the second public -- version of the dict.cc german-english translation plug-in for Dictionary.App

Besides a recent snapshot of dict.cc's database I incorporated a number of smaller and bigger changes. Updating is advised, although the space requirements went up to 300MB.

Go ahead and download the current version.
Have fun.

Get the install package

Check out the list of changes after the break...

dict.cc Dictionary Plugin: Stay informed

Several people have asked me if the dict.cc Dictionary.App Plugin will update itself and how often new releases will be published.

Answering the first question is easy: The plugin does not and probably will not contain an automatic update mechanism. In contrast to applications, that can actively look out for updates, this plugin is basically a bunch of static HTML files without any own intelligence. That's the downside of fitting perfectly into many OS X services (Have you tried Ctrl+Command+"D" on a selected word yet?) .

However, I've set up a newsletter that you can subscribe* to. I will sporadically update the plugin and post a quick note to all subscribers.

*I hate Spam as much as you do. Therefore I will not distribute your email addresses and I will not spam you. I promise.


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