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ProZ.com Newsletter: August 2010

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(1) New changes to job posting system: improved quoting feature
(2) ProZ.com virtual conference registration is open
(3) ProZ.com virtual conference for LSP and agency employees
(4) ProZ.com 7th international conference in Prague
(5) Congratulations, winners of the last campaign drawing
(6) Continued growth in the Certified PRO Network
(7) ProZ.com Chile conference , Santiago, October 1 - 2
(8) ProZ.com Argentina conference, Buenos Aires, October 29 - 31
(9) ProZ.com Spain conference, Barcelona, November 13 - 14
(10) Webinar, training and video offers for September
(11) Local payment is now available in Brazil
(12) Local payment is now available in Egypt
(13) Upcoming powwows


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(1) New changes to job posting system: improved quoting feature
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June and July were strong months for job flow, with overall job activity so far this year well above that of 2009.

As part of the ongoing changes to the job posting system, the "quote" feature has been updated to make it easier to submit a quote for posted jobs, and the presentation of quotes has been improved to better showcase translator qualifications. New quote improvements include:

* Quote templates let you easily reuse information from past quotes.
* Include a CV/resume from your profile with one click.
* Upload a file from your computer such as an alternate CV/resume, sample translation, letter of recommendation, etc.
* WWA feedback and Certified PRO status have been added to quotes to showcase qualifications.

http://www.proz.com/topic/177046

Stay tuned for further improvements to the job posting system. Beta testers are also being sought to provide feedback on new job system features before they are publicly released.

Summary of changes to the job posting system: http://www.proz.com/about/ipetition/

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(2) ProZ.com virtual conference registration is open-- don't forget to mark your calendar
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Registration is open for ProZ.com's 2010 virtual conferences, and the date for the freelancer event approaches: be sure to mark your calendar for September 30th, and do not miss this incredible event.

- Chat live with peers, vendors and presenters
- Take part in prize giveaways and special discounts on software
- Watch video webcasts and participate in Q & A sessions

Also featured will be live panel discussions, including "Rates in the translation industry", a discussion moderated by Renato Beninatto, with the participation of freelance translator, agency, and end client representatives, and Henry Dotterer, founder of ProZ.com.

Virtual conferences are conducted entirely online, making it possible for any industry professional to attend, for free, from anywhere with Internet access.

Register today: http://www.proz.com/translation3

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(3) ProZ.com virtual conference for LSP and agency employees
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Registration is now open for ProZ.com's 2010 virtual conferences. ProZ.com is also conducting a virtual conference entirely for LSP/agency owners and their employees.

- Translation agency event: October 13
- Global translation consumer event: November 10

Chat live with peers, vendors and presenters, take part in prize giveaways and special discounts on software, watch video webcasts and participate in Q & A sessions. Also featured will be live panel discussions, among them "Rates in the translation industry", a discussion moderated by Renato Beninatto, with the participation of freelance translator, agency and end client representatives, and Henry Dotterer, founder of ProZ.com.

Virtual conferences are conducted entirely online, making it possible for any industry professional to attend, for free, from anywhere with Internet access.

Register today: http://www.proz.com/translation3

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Information and registration: http://www.ausitconference.org/index.php
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(4) 7th international conference in Prague: announcing SDL and DNS training sessions
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Attend the real-world counterpart of ProZ.com's virtual conferences: the international conference in Prague on October 2nd and 3rd, approved by the ATA for 10 CE credit points.

Two training sessions will frame the conference:
- "SDL Trados Studio 2009" on Friday, October 1st
- "First steps with Dragon Naturally Speaking" on Monday, October 4th

http://www.proz.com/conference/157#training

During this event, attendees and speakers from all over the world will try to find an answer to the question, "What can translators do on their own to achieve recognition for their work and the high standing that they deserve?"

http://www.proz.com/conference/157

The Prague conference is sponsored by:

* Platinum sponsor: SDL Language Technologies - http://www.translationzone.com
* Gold sponsor: LSP.net - http://www.LSP.net
* Exhibiting sponsor: Advanced International Translations - AIT - http://www.TranslationManagementSystem.com
* Contributing sponsor: ELIA (European Language Industry Association) - http://www.elia-association.org/
* Contributing sponsor: Nuance - http://www.nuance.co.uk/

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(5) Congratulations to the winners of the mid-year membership campaign prize drawing
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Congratulations to the winners of the prize drawing held among those who purchased membership during ProZ.com's mid-year campaign (17 May - 17 June):

* Angelika Altmann-Duschlbauer -- http://www.proz.com/profile/724252 -- won the expenses-paid trip to a ProZ.com event.

* Brigitta Laura Szabo -- http://www.proz.com/translator/911872 -- won a free laptop.

* Gabriella Bertelmann -- http://www.proz.com/profile/822866 --, Michael Xynos -- http://www.proz.com/profile/16330 --, and Nancy Brady -- http://www.proz.com/translator/871075 -- all won a free license for SDL TRADOS Studio 2009 SP2.

Thank you to all who purchased and renewed membership during the campaign. Your membership is what makes ProZ.com possible.

http://www.proz.com/membership/

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(6) Continued growth in the Certified PRO Network
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The Certified PRO Network (CPN) continues to grow, and applications are coming in daily. Thanks to a recent job system update, Certified PRO status is now displayed on job quotes to showcase participants' qualifications to potential clients.

A session on the CPN will be held during this year's virtual conferences (see http://www.proz.com/translation3 ).

The ProZ.com Certified PRO Network is an initiative of the ProZ.com community, the purpose of which is to identify qualified translators in various language pairs, and provide them with the option of networking and collaborating in an environment consisting entirely of screened professionals.

If you are interested in applying to the Certified PRO Network, please visit the link below.

http://www.proz.com/cpn

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(7) ProZ.com Chile conference , Santiago, October 1 - 2
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This year's ProZ.com conference in Chile will take place on October 1st and 2nd at the hotel Panamericano in Santiago. Organized by Claudia Iglesias -- http://www.proz.com/profile/17379 -- and Carla Mendoza -- http://www.proz.com/profile/34015 -- the event has been approved for 10 ATA CE points.

Sessions will include:
- "Calidad en los servicios de traducción"
- "Introducción a la localización"
- "Ética"
- "Introducción a Wordfast"
- Medical translation issues

Hurry! Early-bird expires on September 3rd.
Registration and complete information under http://www.proz.com/conference/136

The Chile conference is sponsored by:
- BeTranslated Chile - http://www.betranslated.cl/es
- ContactChile Communicaciones - http://www.contactchilecomunicaciones.cl
- Milega S.L. - http://www.milegasl.com
- COTICH - http://www.cotich.cl/

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(8) ProZ.com 2010 Argentina conference in Buenos Aires on October 29 to 31
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The 2010 Argentina conference will take place in Buenos Aires from October 29 to 31. Organized by Fabrice Michon -- http://www.proz.com/translator/82350 -- the event has been approved by the ATA for 10 CE credits and will feature great networking opportunities and top national and international speakers, including an FAO representative who speak about translating for the United Nations.

Registration is open and the early-bird expires September 15th.

Complete program, speakers and information at http://www.proz.com/conference/115

The Buenos Aires conference is sponsored by:

- Cultures Connection - http://www.culturesconnection.com/
- Milega S.L. - http://www.milegasl.com
- Soyculto.com - http://www.soyculto.com
- Axios Business Consultants - http://www.axios.com.ar

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(9) ProZ.com Spain conference, Barcelona, November 13 - 14
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This year's ProZ.com Spain conference will take place in Barcelona on November 13 and 14.

Approved by the ATA for 10 CE points, the event's theme is "Aspectos Prácticos de la Traducción". Sessions include:

- Ser traductor en un mundo globalizado (y en crisis)
- Nuevas estrategias profesionales para traductores
- Las redes sociales y el traductor: el networking al servicio de los negocios
- Herramientas FOSS para traductores
- and more!

The Barcelona conference is organized by Patricia de Gispert -- http://www.proz.com/profile/672616 -- from Milega S.L (http://www.milegasl.com/ )

Registration and complete information: http://www.proz.com/conference/128

Sponsors:
- Qabiria - http://www.qabiria.com
- Ta with you - http://www.tauyou.com
- Wordbonds - http://www.wordbonds.es

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(10) Webinar, training and video offers for September
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Business development webinars in September:

Sept. 3 - Diversification for freelancers: more money and new skills
http://www.proz.com/training/3781

Sept. 16 - 20 tips and templates to write that killer marketing email
http://www.proz.com/training/3782

Sept. 23 - Design your CV for the translation industry
http://www.proz.com/training/3790

Purchase all 3 webinars for just $36 USD! http://www.proz.com/store/7333

Localization project management webinar + videos:

A series of six 75-minute instructor-led modules to give Localization professionals an overview of a simple, effective process for managing projects successfully so that schedule, quality and cost goals are achieved.

Videos:
Mission - http://www.proz.com/training/3776
Process and Tools - http://www.proz.com/training/3796
Planning - http://www.proz.com/training/3844
Team - http://www.proz.com/training/3851

Webinars:
September 2 - Communication
http://www.proz.com/training/3697
September 9 - Project execution
http://www.proz.com/training/3700

Buy access to the 6 presentations to save! To purchase access to for only $80 USD go to: http://www.proz.com/store/6943

Wordfast Pro online course:

Learn how to set up and use the general features of Wordfast Pro with a workflow approach going from translation quoting to delivery, and practical exercises to focus on creating and using glossaries and translation memories.

Participation fee is just 99USD. Includes a self-paced eLearning module and two online meetings of two hours each one conducted in real time by Wordfast certified trainer John di Rico. Attendees have unlimited free access to the session recordings. No software purchase is needed. Register now: http://www.proz.com/training/3835

SDL Trados Online Training and Certification:

3 hours of SDL Trados online training for $99 USD. Includes 3 hours of online instruction led by a certified SDL Trados instructor, approved SDL Trados training manuals and sample files, and an opportunity to take the SDL Trados Certification exam. Courses are offered in multiple languages and time zones, and range from Getting started to Advanced. See courses for September and October at http://www.proz.com/translator-training/topic/sdl-trados-certified .

New feedback features have been added to the ProZ.com training platform:

* Request new courses you'd like to see, and vote on requests made by others. Click "Make a suggestion" on the main training page http://www.proz.com/translator-training/
* When looking at a course in the catalog, you can now see feedback from others who have taken that course in the past, or taken another course from the same trainer.
* After you take a training course at ProZ.com, you will be invited to leave feedback about the course content, the trainer, and the ProZ.com training platform. You can leave feedback for courses you have already taken at http://www.proz.com/translator-training/my-courses

Additionally, a survey is being conducted about the ProZ.com training platform in general. You are invited to take a few moments to complete a survey in order to help improve the system. http://www.proz.com/phpQ/fillsurvey.php?sid=394

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(11) Local payment is now available in Brazil
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Local payment methods for purchase or renewal of ProZ.com membership are now available for residents of Brazil. Visit the link below for details (note that you must be logged into your ProZ.com account).

http://www.proz.com/join-local/professional

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(12) Local payment is now available in Egypt
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Local payment methods for purchase or renewal of ProZ.com membership are now available for residents of Egypt. Visit the link below for details (note that you must be logged into your ProZ.com account).

http://www.proz.com/join-local/professional

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(13) Upcoming powwows: Argentina, UK, Peru, Albania, Hong Kong, etc.
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September
3: Cordoba, Argentina (39 members) http://proz.com/powwow/3256
4: Birmingham, UK (2) http://proz.com/powwow/3382
4: Lima, Peru (5) http://proz.com/powwow/3350
5: Cardiff, UK (5) http://proz.com/powwow/3379
7: Lyon, France (24) http://proz.com/powwow/3377
7: Munich, Germany (7) http://proz.com/powwow/3352
8: Barcelona, Spain (6) http://proz.com/powwow/3364
11: Vlora, Albania (2) http://proz.com/powwow/3341
14: Zwolle, Netherlands (22) http://proz.com/powwow/3196
17: Verona, Italy (8) http://proz.com/powwow/3386
18: Padborg/Fle..., Denmark (36) http://proz.com/powwow/2897
18: Bucharest, Romania (38) http://proz.com/powwow/3370
18: London, UK (52) http://proz.com/powwow/3374
22: Edinburgh, UK (24) http://proz.com/powwow/3380
24: Ekaterinburg, Russian Federation (10) http://proz.com/powwow/3299
25: Montevideo, Uruguay (35) http://proz.com/powwow/3311
30: Hong Kong, Hong Kong (1) http://proz.com/powwow/3358
30: Skopje, Macedonia (FYROM) (17) http://proz.com/powwow/3355

October
1: Prague, Czech Republic (19) http://proz.com/powwow/3346
9: Rome, Italy (70) http://proz.com/powwow/3334
17: Innsbruck, Austria (2) http://proz.com/powwow/3368
23: London, UK (4) http://proz.com/powwow/3388
30: Dusseldorf, Germany (10) http://proz.com/powwow/3385


Thank you for reading this month's newsletter. Best wishes for the coming month, and I hope to see you at the virtual conference on September 30th.

Regards,

Jared
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