Essential Software: Text Translation Software

From time to time, I get foreign language posts to my blog, and being the courteous person I am, I like to at least put the effort into understanding what they are saying, rather than just curb their posts to the spam section of site admin, or leave them there because auto-spam says so!

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Efficient Text Translation in over 75 Languages

The Babylon 7 translation software makes the process very easy by dint of a nifty key (and customisable) combination (by default; crtl + right-mouse button) for clicking on the words or passages in question and the fact that you don’t need to select the source language to convert from, as this is automatically recognised.Β  The software also predicts words and phrases you want, as you type them in the provided input box and automatically suggests choices to let you complete the word more quickly – good if you are unsure of how to end the word’s spelling. There is even instant spell check for checking and correcting text when typing on the Internet – in chatboxes, email, blogs, comment boxes, and forms.Β  The Babylon 7 software works offline, too!

This software is available in trial version – but a bargain to purchase.

Free Alternative Note: If you are going to be less frequently translating text, and your requirements lighter, you might want to check out the free online Babylon translation service offered on the site (see below, under Babylon Online Translation Service).

Babylon 7 Software Features include:

  • Full text translator service that can handle sentences and passages up to about 50 words.
  • Conversion utility that recognizes different types of numbers and units and converts these values into different currencies, units of measure or time zones.
  • Audio pronunciations and phonetic symbols to help users hear and pronounce terms correctly.
  • Writing aids are included
  • Translation of results from Wikipedia
  • LingoZ:

    Access LingoZ, the online language community, in a single click. LingoZ offers users around the world a range of language services, including user-generated multilingual dictionaries and a Q&A service. Join other users on LingoZ to look up content, contribute your own, collaborate, and offer or receive language consulting services.

Version at the time of writing supports: Windows 2000/XP/Vista

Note: Mac translation software is also available.

Here is the URL:
http://babylon.com/

Babylon Online Translation Service

For a simple text translation service for main languages, this one should suffice..

  • Supports over 1400 dictionaries for over 75 languages
  • More than 800 language pairs to choose from
  • Full text translation or translations of words and phrases
  • Covers slang, jargon and technical terms

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Here is the URL:
http://translation.babylon.com/

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