Is there software I can install on my Mac with OS X 10.6.8 which will automatically translate the words on a PDF/Word/Excel(/other) document as I pass the mouse cursor over them?

This sort of thing seems to exist for reading internet sites (for example Rikai-kun), but I would like to use it on documents such as PDF files. Ideally, it would work offline (while not connected to the internet).

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    As a workaround you can convert pdfs to html and then use rikai-kun/chan. I quickly tried that with a free online converter and ran into no problems. Aug 21 '14 at 11:49
  • Related: Word translation tool with mouse click?
    – Izzy
    Sep 25 '14 at 13:55
  • @Izzy: Thanks I'll check this but I want to find something that does use the internet.
    – Tim
    Sep 25 '14 at 14:23

You don't need any 3rd party software for it.

  1. Open Dictionary application.
  2. Press Command+, to open Dictionary preferences.
  3. Select Japanese dictionary.
  4. Congratulations, now you have system dictionary which will translate a word into either direction by simply doing "look up" gesture either by right-click menu or by three finger tap on a word or selected phrase.
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    This an excellent find thank you. (Actually I already use the dictionary but the wrong setting. Just for reference the Contextual menu has to be set to "Open dictionary application". Also my PC is two-finger click on the word.)
    – Tim
    Aug 27 '14 at 7:00
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    FYR: I am still hoping to find something that will provide the info when curser moves over a word so I shall hold off accepting for a while.
    – Tim
    Aug 27 '14 at 7:04
  • I think Babylon provides such feature, at least on Windows. Not sure about Mac.
    – Rilakkuma
    Aug 27 '14 at 7:51

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