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What is Translation Software?

Programs that enable people to translate content from one language to another on a computer

Increasing translation productivity and efficiency through translation software

Specialized software for translation is being increasingly used by translators to help speed up the translation process and increase quality levels.

There are various different types of translation software available on the marketplace, and many corporations and translation agencies now require that their freelance translators also use these tools when working on their projects.

What are the different types of translation software available?

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There are many different types of software for translation on the marketplace. Here is a description of some of the most common translation technologies available. You will find that many translation tools, such as SDL Trados Studio, will contain all the types of technology listed below:

Translation memory

A linguistic database that captures your translations (as source and target sentences called 'translation units') as you work for future re-use.

Benefits include: Faster translations - never translate the same sentence twice.

Terminology management

A searchable database that stores terms (e.g. product specific terminology) and rules regarding their usage (e.g. gender or description).

Benefits include: Higher translation quality - always use the right word.

Machine translation (also known as automated translation)

Translation carried out by a machine, with no human involvement. These systems can be rules-based or statistical.

Benefits include: Can be integrated into your translation environment (e.g. in SDL Trados Studio) - deliver new content faster.

Software localization

Tools, such as SDL Passolo, help to localize all elements contained in the software, including strings, menus dialogs and icons.

Benefits include: Speeds up many of the technical aspects of software localization - translate new types of content.

Why do I need to invest in translation software?

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There are many reasons why more and more translators are investing in the latest software for translation. Here are just a few of the key reasons why:

  • Complete translation projects more quickly and easily
  • Be able to accept more work and earn more money
  • Increase translation consistency and quality
  • Make yourself more attractive to potential employers.