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10.4: Find and use all large Dictionary illustrations Apps
Tiger only hintTiger's Dictionary lets you look up all kind of stuff like "bandicoots." When you click on a small illustration that accompanies that entry, a separate window comes up with a larger version of the picture. However, there is no copy and paste available for this window. So here comes the trick...

If you don't want to make a screenshot, in the Finder, simply navigate to /Library -> Dictionaries, control-click on New Oxford American Dictionary.dict and select Show Package Contents, then navigate to Contents -> Images.

Every illustration in the Dictionary sits there and has a proper name. So you can easily find the bandicoot in that folder by just typing the first few letters of its name (not with the Spotlight search field active!). A total of 1,194 images are available -- the maps in there are particularly useful for me.

[robg adds: If you find yourself going to the images folder a lot, consider placing the folder in your toolbar or sidebar for easy access. To save a Google search for those of you not yet on 10.4, I included the bandicoots image above.]
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Copyright?
Authored by: Tulse on Jun 09, '05 10:07:42AM

Just a caution: I'd guess these images are copyrighted, so you probably can't use them for anything other than personal, non-commercial projects.



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Drag and Drop
Authored by: bog on Jun 09, '05 10:11:49AM

You can also just drag the small image to somewhere lik the desktop. The full image is then available without having to dig in the application package.



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10.4: Find and use all large Dictionary illustrations
Authored by: derPlau on Jun 09, '05 10:13:44AM

You can also drag the images from the Dictionary window (e.g., to the Finder or Safari).



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10.4: Find and use all large Dictionary illustrations
Authored by: atFault on Jun 09, '05 10:48:11AM

You can also triple-click to highlight the image in the Dictionary.app definition and then command-C to copy it to the clipboard to be included everywhere. Just be aware that it seems that these images are of different resolutions. Bandicoot is at 72 DPI, while Italy is at 300 DPI. You may have to resize them depending on your use and wether you intend to print the final product.


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10.4: Find and use all large Dictionary illustrations
Authored by: macaddict68 on Jun 09, '05 11:02:41AM

You can also control click on the image and copy it to the clipboard.



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10.4: Find and use all large Dictionary illustrations
Authored by: kahless on Jun 09, '05 11:27:47AM
Or what about this hint about dragging an app onto iPhoto and having the images imported?

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10.4: Find and use all large Dictionary illustrations
Authored by: genericuser on Jun 09, '05 12:34:16PM

That thing looks absolutely NOTHING like Crash (the videogame character). I didn't realize bandicoots were real but that thing just looks like a rat... :D



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10.4: Find and use all large Dictionary illustrations
Authored by: JimMueller on Jun 10, '05 10:11:40AM

Bandicoots are actually much cuter than the illustration and their face is not very rat-like:

http://www.papl.tas.gov.au/bandicoot.jpg



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10.4: Find and use all large Dictionary illustrations
Authored by: zebra451 on Jun 10, '05 10:51:35AM

Dictionary illustrations!??!! I don't have illustrations in my widget dictionary!
How do I get illustrations to show up?

TIA,
zebra451



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10.4: Find and use all large Dictionary illustrations
Authored by: elmimmo on Jun 09, '05 02:25:43PM

This thread in the forums revolves (partially) around guessing out how to build custom dictionaries. The OS does seem like it has everything in place to add more, and there's even some documentation online about its inner structure (partly being plain xml). However each dictionary bundle in /Library/Dictionaries also contains a binary file which I have not been able to find how to recreate for a custom one.

Any help would be appreciated.



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10.4: Find and use all large Dictionary illustrations
Authored by: thebimbo on Jun 10, '05 06:05:02PM

Must be getting old... can remember similar workarounds back with the NeXT's Webster.app ;-)

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