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Frequently asked questions for SDL Language Cloud

What is SDL Language Cloud?

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SDL Language Cloud is the industry's first complete cloud translation solution offering both machine and human translation for radically simplified global translation. Starting with SDL Language Cloud Machine Translation, you can expect new capabilities and services to be released regularly and rest assured that we will keep you informed along the way.

Who can use SDL Language Cloud Machine Translation?

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  • Translators and project managers using SDL Trados Studio to pre-translate and/or post-edit machine translation content
  • Software developers or organizations who wish to use the SDL Language Cloud API to integrate human and machine translation directly into their existing applications.

What is the difference between SDL BeGlobal Community and SDL Language Cloud Machine Translation?

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SDL Language Cloud Machine Translation is the new offering from SDL that replaces SDL BeGlobal Community. SDL Language Cloud is a great way to access free machine translation and other valuable subscription-based services that now include:

  • Access to AdaptiveMT engines - for SDL Trados Studio 2017 users - which learn cumulatively and in real-time.
  • Access to a generic (baseline) machine translation
  • Access to SDL trained industry specific machine translation for improved quality when translating for a particular industry
  • Management and usage of dictionaries to enhance the quality and generate a more personalized machine translation output.

Which languages are supported by SDL Language Cloud Machine Translation?

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Click here for a detailed list of all languages supported by Language Cloud Machine Translation.

How can I use SDL Language Cloud Machine Translation in SDL Trados Studio?

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SDL Language Cloud machine translation can be accessed directly within the SDL Trados Studio 2017 user interface. Connect in 3 simple steps.

  • Create an account for SDL Language Cloud using your SDL ID email and password
  • If you have never used SDL Language Cloud before, a free 30 day trial will be automatically started. This is a great opportunity for you to test the value of SDL's unique AdaptiveMT engines
  • Once your trial is active, you can add the new SDL Language Cloud machine translation provider in SDL Trados Studio to your projects via the project settings (Project Settings -> Language Pairs -> Translation Memory and Automated Translation).

How good is the quality of the industry specific machine translation engines?

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Quality of the machine translation output varies depending on your content type and the languages you are using. The best way to check the quality is to test the industry specific engines with your own content. Take advantage of the free package which, for SDL Trados Studio 2017 users, includes an AdaptiveMT engine allowing you to build up your own unique MT engine that learns from your edits.

Can I continue to use SDL BeGlobal Community after the launch of SDL Language Cloud?

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For users of SDL Trados Studio 2014 and above, the SDL BeGlobal Community service is replaced by SDL Language Cloud Machine Translation and will no longer be accessible.

Studio 2011 does not integrate with SDL Language Cloud Machine Translation; therefore you are able to access free machine translation via your SDL BeGlobal Community account, which is the same amount of characters per month as the SDL Language Cloud Option.

Do I get free machine translation usage?

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You receive 400,000 characters per month free of charge as part of the free package for users of SDL Trados Studio 2014 or above, or SDL BeGlobal Community for users of SDL Trados Studio 2011 or below.

What happens when I run out of free characters?

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You will have the option to purchase a package including additional characters and services. Packages start from $10 per month. For more information, visit our pricing page.

Studio 2011 users: you will be able to purchase additional characters as part of our SDL BeGlobal Classic offering. Pricing starts from $2,000 per year. For more information, contact us today.

What content is used to train the SDL engines?

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SDL uses data available in the public domain and the data used is never reproduced in its original form. The MT vertical engine is created from a derivative of the original parallel segments data. As this is a derivative of the original data, it does not infringe on any Intellectual Property. The data is neutralized before the vertical is created to remove product names and other client-specific references, thereby maintaining neutrality.

Is my content safe with Language Cloud Machine Translation?

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With SDL Language Cloud Machine Translation you can rest assured that your content is safe. SDL guarantees that your data is not saved or used outside of the scope or timeframe that is necessary to provide you with the service. 

For more information, please refer to the Language Cloud Terms & Conditions.

Are my term dictionaries shared with other SDL Language Cloud users?

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With SDL Language Cloud Machine Translation you can rest assured that your content is safe. Your term dictionaries are for your personal use only and are not shared with other users using SDL Language Cloud. For more details please refer to the Language Cloud Terms & Conditions.

For AdaptiveMT FAQs click here.

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