Translator Software Tools: An Analysis – A Program that enables people to translate content from one language to another on a computer is translation software. Specialized software for translation is being increasingly used by translators to speed up and increase quality levels of translation procedure.
A CAT tool or “Computer Aided Translation” is a computer program that helps to translate text documents more efficiently.
It executes through four stages as following:
- A CAT tool segments the text to be translated in segments (sentences) and presents the segments in a convenient way, to make translating easier and faster.
- The translation of each segment is saved together with the source text. Source text and translation will always be treated and presented as a translation unit (TU).
- The main function of a CAT tool is to save the translation units in a database, called translation memory (TM), so that they can be re-used for any other text, or even in the same text.
- The fourth basic function of a CAT tool is the automatic look-up in terminology databases, and the automatic display and insertion of the search results.
There are different types of translation software available on the marketplace out of which the following are worth mentioning:
Translator Software Tools
1. SDL Trados Studio 2017
Complete computer assisted translation (CAT) tool for language professionals opting to edit and view projects, use agreed terminology to get the maximum out of a single application.
This tool has multiple innovative features such as predictive typing, self-learning machine translation (MT), quality checking which contributes in increased productivity in less time. It supports all file formats from Microsoft Word, Google Docs to advance formats like Adobe InDesign.
SDL Trados Studio is available in two editions:
- SDL Trados Studio Freelance– It provides all the tools to translate and review work. It is specially designed for individual translators.
- SDL Trados Studio Professional– It allows to work with unlimited languages and on a network.
It is a computer-assisted translation tool which runs on Microsoft Windows and on Mac using Parallels or VMWareFusion. It supports a wide range of languages, file formats and is compatible with most other translation tools.
The translation products by memoQ include:
- memoQ translator pro– designed for individual translators and reviewers who work independently or with other translators.
- memoQ project manager– designed to allow project managers at translation companies and other companies to create, assign, and manage projects for translation and review.
- memoQ cloud server– a software that offers cutting edge cloud-based translation management.
- Language Terminal– free project management tool which can be used by freelance translators to manage their translation work. [ Translator Software Tools ]
3. Wordfast Classic
Wordfast Classic (WFC) integrates with Microsoft Word to create a powerful translation memory tool that is quick to learn and easy to use thus making it the BEST TRANSLATION MEMORY SOLUTION FOR MICROSOFT WORD.
4. CafeTran Espresso
CafeTran Espresso is a feature-rich CAT tool which is easy to use. It supports multiple file formats, including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, LibreOffice, InDesign, Framemaker, AutoCAD and cross-platform translation environment (Mac-Windows-Linux).
Some of its features include:
- Very fast using RAM for translation memories
- Spell checker and thesaurus (requires free OpenOffice/LibreOffice)
- Autowriter completes and suggests words on-the-fly based on activated memories
- Segments and terms management in a preferred SQL database
- Network memory server for remote or team work
MateCat is an enterprise-level, online CAT tool designed to make post-editing and outsourcing easy. It provides a complete set of features to manage and monitor translation projects. The tool comes absolutely free of cost. Supports 90 languages in multiple operating systems.
6. Déjà Vu X3
The important features of this software include:
- Dynamic AutoWrite
- Machine translation direct integration
- Multi-File preview
- Inline formatting and spell-checker
- Quality Assurance module with defined and customizable rules
- Multilingual, multi-format and multi-file projects
- Alignment of previously translated files
- Multi-file and Multi-format alignment project
- Translation Memory and Termbase administration
7. Fluency Translation Suite 2013
This tool conveniently and intuitively gathers many helpful resources and tools into its interface thus helping in a faster and accurate translation.
The varied products include:
- Fluency Now™
Specially designed for freelancer or a multi-person organization
- Fluency TM & Term Server
Improves quality and accuracy thereby lowering costs and increasing revenue
- Fluency Collaboration Server
- Fluency Flow Project Management
It is an easy-to-use browser based solution that empowers clients, project managers, and service vendors to all work together
- Fluency Transcription Tool
A tool used to help transcribe text from any audio, visual or document file
- Fluency Backup
8. Transit NXT Professional+
In contrast to other translation memory systems, Transit boasts of a database which is exclusively sentence based. It offers an optimized solution to make your translation teams even more productive. Operating systems supported are Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP. Translator Software Tools
9. XTM Cloud
It is a fully featured TMS, Providing a complete Translation Workflow solution including a CAT tool Module on a single, unified platform. All common file types are supported. It delivers a complete range of tools for the translator, reviewer and project manager via the web.
10. Smartling Translation Management System
It is a powerful cloud-based, software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution for managing localization. With a focus on speed, quality, cost, and choice, Smartling’s translation software gives customers the tools, visibility, and flexibility needed to optimize localization. Translator Software Tools
It is a translation ecosystem in the cloud that makes it easy for companies and talents to connect and collaborate.
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In what format, files should be given for translation?
We prefer documents those are provided in electronic format like MS Word because it can reduce cost and delivery time both.
Can you guarantee my project will be kept confidential?
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Apart from this all our translators and editors are bonded with Confidentiality Agreement that prevents them from disclosing any such confidential agreement to people other than those specified.
Can you provide any further insight into the use of manual translators versus CAT tools?
Regarding CAT tools vs manual translators, please note our observations below:
- When it comes to technical manuals, which are likely to have a number of terms repeated throughout, CAT tools may be very useful. However, when it comes to translating patents, where variation of meaning behind each word and sentence may be different in different patents, this technology is unsuitable and ineffective.
- Also, especially when quality of translation is to be done keeping specific jurisdictional laws in mind, CAT tools may not be as useful.
Hence, we believe to use CAT effectively, one must know both languages really well. Else, one will not be able to detect the shortcomings of the software and, won’t be able to produce unambiguous high-quality translations.
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