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I am learning Spanish. And I read texts in Spanish on my computer (normally PDFs) where I want to translate words I don't understand with a click of my mouse.

It takes way too much time to copy the unknown word into the clipboard, switch contexts, paste it in a translator and switch back.

What tool can I use to translate Spanish into English or German that offers an acceptable vocabulary?

  • So, are you asking for a tool that can work with PDFs? That seems to be an extra step, pdf->text then translate the text. – demongolem Feb 5 '14 at 2:12
  • I am asking for a tool that can handle any textual input, not just a text editor, but PDFs, Word documents, ... Of course translating texts in images is not my requirement. – juergen d Feb 5 '14 at 9:04
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There is Lingoes for on-screen translation with lots of free dictionaries:

Lingoes popup window

It comes along with text capture plugins for Firefox, Chrome and Acrobat / Acrobat Reader.

HINT: You should run Lingoes as Administrator for the first time to be able to install the Acrobat plugin.

You can configure which action triggers the translation popup:

Lingoes Configuration Window

  • Not bad but it does not detect the language automatically, right? So I have to switch every time when translating from different languages. I am used to automatic detection in DeepL, QTranslate suggested by Саша Черных does this better. – Michael S. Jan 7 '18 at 14:41
  • @MichaelS. Thanks for bringing this up again. Lingoes can search multiple dictionaries at once. The advantage of QTranslate is, that it does not require all these additional text capture plugins. – Jens Piegsa Jan 10 '18 at 11:30
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1. Choice

QTranslate QTranslate — is my choice.


2. Demonstration

Demo


3. Some features

  1. Free;
  2. Active development;
  3. Auto-detect languages for translation support;
  4. Support 9 translation services. User may select translation via any of these services.
  5. XDXF offline dictionaries support;
  6. Spellchecking. Multi-lingual spellchecking for Google Translate.
  7. Translating in QTranslate window (see GIF). User open QTranslate window → print or paste text for translation → user get real-time output.
  8. Translating in tooltip (see GIF). User select text → press hotkey for translation in tooltip → user get output in tooltip.
  9. Replace selection text for translation (see GIF). User select text → press hotkey → selection text replace for translation.

For more features see QTranslate official site.

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