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Computer tools for translators: user needs poll

by Anna Zaretskaya and Manuel Herranz We have often said in our blog and publications that translation stopped being a craft a long time ago. Translation companies are becoming solution providers in terms of tools and technology – particularly solutions that help companies publish more, faster and in more languages. It is no wonder then that more and more translation tools are flooding the market and translation professionals choose one or other as their “life tool”. Anna Zaretskaya is a  researcher at the University of Malaga within the EU EXPERT project. Anna is researching on computer tools for translators, the use of certain tools, their popularity and how and why translators make a choice between one tool and another. Also, Anna is interested on how machine translation is affecting and is being adopted by professional translators in their daily life. Anna says: “The invasion of technology in the translation industry […]

Will there be CAT tools in 2020?

by Manuel Herranz The speed at which computers and computing have evolved over the last 30 years has brought massive changes to many professions –and change for translation companies has not been an exception. However, the speed at which automation has hit and awaken our industry has often been “slow”. I mean automation not just in the general sense of machine translation, but most kinds of automations, including project management.  Adoption and progress have been painful, if we measure how clients often measure us: per capita productivity or how fast can you turn your translations around. The revolution brought about by the surge and increasing acceptance of machine translation in the last 5 years can only find a comparison in the “revolution” brought about by CAT tools in the 90’s. So, the question soon arises: Will there be CAT tools in 2020? Is a higher level of automation going to […]

Are Quality Translation Services More Expensive than Creating Content?

by Manuel Herranz Content writing and quality translation services from translation companies are rapidly growing fields. In fact, they have gained sufficient importance to play elemental roles in product and service marketing and aiding business communication. However, translation buyers find it difficult to understand than translating content may cost the same as writing the content. Sometimes they don’t know how to best use a translation company. They assume “research” has been done in the original, so no further research is required when translating. Translation should be no more than transferring. Effective content creation and publishing is now a critical tool in online marketing. So are translation services. In fact quality content publishing is one of the major marketing tools adopted by many companies today. They carefully design and strategize their website and blog content to attract more readers who can prove to be their potential consumers. Quality translation services, on […]

Reflections on Gala Istanbul 2014 – The perspective of a translation company language specialist

The GALA 2014 conference was being held in Istanbul, Turkey from 24rd till 26th of March, bringing together experts and key figures of the global translation and interpretation industry. Here’s our summary from the perspective of a translation company language specialist, A. Thömel. On Monday 24th of April, the conference “kicked off” with a presentation by Fikret Orman, president of Beşiktaş, a Turkish football club from Istanbul with a history spanning over more than 100 years. In his keynote address, Mr Orman shared some interesting insights into the management of his team and, in a side remark, made clear what type of player he is himself, mentioning his work schedule of 16h/7 days a week. As a welcomed gesture, he had brought with him one of the black and white striped shirts of the club for each of the over 300 GALA attendees. They didn’t hesitate to slip the shirts […]

All About Partnership – The needs of Translation Companies at JABA-Translations Partner Summit 2014

by Manuel Herranz As a leading translation company and developer of translation technologies, Pangeanic was a sponsor in this gathering where heads of several translation companies, translation technology vendors, organizations such as ELIA and GALA and academia met to review the needs of the European translation industry. In a number of surveys carried out amongst translation companies in the past years, CAT tool training has been identified as a major gap at academic institutions training future language industry professionals. A collaboration program has been set up to improve this under the aegis of ELIA, headed by Anu Carnegie-Brown from STP Nordic, and the plan is for LSPs and language technology providers to go to academia together to demonstrate how translation is done today. Françoise Bajon, president of ELIA, provided interesting figures from general polls in Europe showing the dramatically different perceptions from employers, students and universities as to how ready graduates are for […]

Pangeanic translation technology in the press

Pangeanic’s translation technology developments have often been the focus of international media and think tanks, like TAUS or Localization World, where we have showcased our technologies and Use Cases. Now, Pangeanic’s efficient translation workflows using Moses-based machine translation customized developments have also attracted local media attention. The prestigious Spanish newspaper ElMundo.es printed a 3-page report with a full description of the company’s history, star use cases and applications, renown machine translation applications and developments. Click here to obtain a free PDF of the article inno14oct.pdf. Days ago, Valencia’s regional Finance Minister was interviewed by the online newspaper 20minutos. He quoted Pangeanic’s taking part in the Valencian Global program and machine translation technologies as key to create an “innovation ecosystem” that can create “highly qualified jobs” due to its significant technological component. Pangeanic expects to grow its services as a result of taking part in the program and expand its global sales network. Pangeanic has also appeared in […]

Human Translation or Machine Translation – What’s Best for Me?

For some people, using a translation software program to translate a piece of text from one language to the next is enough. They believe the current state-of-the-art is good enough to provide Human Translation or Machine Translation. It would be naive to believe this always works. We have proven at Pangeanic that this works in applied contexts, when we are dealing with a particular domain, enough clean data and when certain conditions apply. Please refer to many of our presentations since 2009 on the use of applied machine translation to speed translation of documentation in particular. But as we all know, it takes a lot more than just software. The application of unrestricted, universal machine translation will take some time. In fact, it would not be fair to talk about “machine translation” in general but language combinations (English/Spanish/French/Portuguese/Scandinavian) in which it is undoubtedly successful -whilst in other languages certain nuances make […]

Translation Technologies at LocWorld (Part 2: Practitioners)

by Manuel Herranz I will describe the rest of the very interesting Pre-conference Day and presentations by the organizers (TAUS) as well as other 3 companies which are either machine translation developers or practitioners of automated translation solutions. Presentations brought different perspectives to the machine translation landscape, with efforts and advancements by several companies, including Pangeanic. Maxim Khalilov from TAUS summarized the good work being done by the organization within the MosesCore project. His presentation was an invitation to visit and find out more about tools, data and resources. Amongst the tools, he mentioned other alternatives to Moses (Thot, for instance), as well as a collection of TAUS features on quality evaluation. Important for new entrants or those with an interest in MT is the collection of data at TAUS: Europarl (1,8 million sentences), JRC-Acquis (270 paragraphs), Hansards, UN, OPUS, LDC Linguistic Data Consortium, ELRA, as well as TAUS’ own repositories, […]

Cheaper & cheaper… how much does a translation cost? (1/2)

by Manuel Herranz If you are looking for general price estimations, please visit “How much does a translation cost” in our Knowledge Center. It has only been a couple of weeks since the EU-funded study “The size of the language industry in the EU” was published. It attracted a lot of immediate attention by the translation industry’s gurus, it was twittered all around the world within less than 24 hrs. Amazing how fast people can read, work, see to their daily tasks and commitments and still comment on a downloadable PDF that is 426 pages long within hours. But perhaps immediacy and “breaking news reporting” is more important than analysis in digital times… Well, it took us almost 2 weeks to go through it without neglecting our day-to-day commitments. According to the drafting parties, the report is “the first to analyze the size of the language industry EU-wide, covers translation, […]

Crowdsourcing according to Jost

Excellent article on CrowdSourcing by Jost Zetzsche (Issue 9-10-152)  and no less about the use of Twitter in our industry (Pangeanic was present in TAUS  Portland when the “no twitter allowed” message was issued – and we understand both sides of the argument). http://www.internationalwriters.com/toolkit/current.html which I reproduce below (skipping the ads). It is likely the “current” in the html will be updated next month, so the link will be old. A computer newsletter for translation professionals Busted!  Did you ever realize how much truth-telling there can be in machine translation? I just found out when I tested the great hyperbolic promise “you never have to translate the same sentence twice” in Translation Party. I have rarely chortled such deep belly laughs.Other great computer-related news this week? Not really. Oh, yes, a new operating system! More on that and what it means to language professionals in the coming weeks.     […]