Best translation software for Mac
Thread poster: Arshingul Akylbekova

Arshingul Akylbekova  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 21:50
English to Russian
Apr 17, 2018

Hello

I am a newbie in the translation world and I am just getting to grips with translation software. Can anyone recommend the best software to use on a Mac? If there is more than one, which one is the best in terms of value for money?

I thought I can work with MemoQ but apparently my computer doesn't support Microsoft Windows applications

Also, does anyone offer online classes/workshops on
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Hello

I am a newbie in the translation world and I am just getting to grips with translation software. Can anyone recommend the best software to use on a Mac? If there is more than one, which one is the best in terms of value for money?

I thought I can work with MemoQ but apparently my computer doesn't support Microsoft Windows applications

Also, does anyone offer online classes/workshops on "how to complete your first professional translation" ?

I got my first translation order (although on a pro-bono basis) which consists of two scanned documents. My understanding is that I need to:

- convert them into word documents;
- upload them into MemoQ or other translation software;
- run checks to make sure they have converted correctly (no idea as to how this is done);
- start translating (and creating translation lists and translation memories - again no idea what this is or how it works)
- complete translation; check for spelling mistakes;
- send to client.

Thanks in advance for your help!
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Dylan Jan Hartmann  Identity Verified
Australia
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Wordfast Pro Apr 17, 2018

I've only ever worked on a Mac and Wordfast hasn't let me down yet!

They give you a one-month trial, give it a try!


 

ttp_doza (X)  Identity Verified
Germany
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Best translation software for Mac Apr 17, 2018

Hi Arshingul,
there are apparently several programs (CAT tools) that you can use on a Mac:
Wordfast with different editions: www.wordfast.com
OmegaT: www.omegat.org
CafeTran Espresso: www.cafetran.com
Trados Studio: ... See more
Hi Arshingul,
there are apparently several programs (CAT tools) that you can use on a Mac:
Wordfast with different editions: www.wordfast.com
OmegaT: www.omegat.org
CafeTran Espresso: www.cafetran.com
Trados Studio: www.sdl.com
So far I haven't worked with a Mac, but nevertheless I would recommend Trados Studio - no I'm not paid by them
Studio can handle quite a lot of different file formats, and you need not have them installed on your computer. You can open them directly in Studio, and start the translation straight-away. Having completed the translation, you can then convert the translation into a target text. The file type depends on the file type of your source text.
For the translation process you have to create a so-called "translation memory" (TM), where all your current (and future) translations of that language pair are saved. In addition you can create a bilingual term database (translation list?) from you translation, also to be used for future projects. You can run a spell check on your translation in Studio or in the original program (if it is installed on your Mac).
Depending on what your client requires, you can either send a bilingual file or the target text. Some customers also require the TM and your term base to be submitted to them. Bear in mind, though, that this is your work, your intellectual property! Therefore they should pay for it.
The process described above is very similar in all CAT tools, and in most cases require some "teaching-in", i.e. some time to get familiar with them.

Hope this helps.
Dorita
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Arshingul Akylbekova  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 21:50
English to Russian
TOPIC STARTER
Cheers Apr 17, 2018

Thank you very much for your help guys!

 

Nona Stanciu Dell'Acqua  Identity Verified
Italy
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CafeTran Espresso Apr 17, 2018

Hello Arshingul,

I'm a MAC user and my choice is for: CafeTran Espresso: www.cafetran.com
I've tried other CAT but I defintely prefer CafeTran Espresso!
If your are a PROZ Pro member you don't have even to pay for it since it is included in the membership fee (with all features).
You can give it a try!

best,


 

Arshingul Akylbekova  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 21:50
English to Russian
TOPIC STARTER
CafeTran Espresso Apr 17, 2018

Nona Stanciu Dell'Acqua wrote:

Hello Arshingul,

I'm a MAC user and my choice is for: CafeTran Espresso: www.cafetran.com
I've tried other CAT but I defintely prefer CafeTran Espresso!
If your are a PROZ Pro member you don't have even to pay for it since it is included in the membership fee (with all features).
You can give it a try!

best,



Dear Nona

Thank you for your advice! I purchased a standard membership package on Proz. Am I still entitled to download CafeTran Espresso for free, or would I need to upgrade to the plus package? Or should simply purchase it separately?

Thanks a lot

Arshingul


 

Eleonora_P  Identity Verified
Italy
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English to Italian
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CaféTran only for plus package Apr 17, 2018

Hi Arshingul!

As far as I know (and I recently read it somewhere here on the fora) CaféTran is free to download only if you purchased the plus package.

Eleonora


 

Hans Lenting  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Member (2006)
German to Dutch
Nice deal Apr 17, 2018

Arshingul Akylbekova wrote:

I purchased a standard membership package on Proz. Am I still entitled to download CafeTran Espresso for free, or would I need to upgrade to the plus package?


You have to upgrade (it's 120€/year, you can upgrade by paying the difference between your regular Proz membership and the Plus package).

I have been using CafeTran Espresso on my Mac for many years now and I'm very happy with it.

I also have a license for Swordfish (running on Mac too), but I don't use it. I used to have a license for Wordfast Pro but I found CafeTran Espresso to suit my needs as a technical translator better.

See also: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/WF_PRO/conversations/topics/14417

[Edited at 2018-04-17 17:12 GMT]


 

mc1529
United States
Best translation software for Mac -- try web-based? Jul 30

Hi Arshingul,

It sounds like scanned document translation is particularly important to you. Depending on how robust the OCR engine is that the software uses (this is what reads the characters in scanned documents so they can be translated), your experience can differ from software system to software system.

Have you considered trying a web-based system that you can access from a browser? This way Mac compatibility doesn't matter, and you can even access it from mobile
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Hi Arshingul,

It sounds like scanned document translation is particularly important to you. Depending on how robust the OCR engine is that the software uses (this is what reads the characters in scanned documents so they can be translated), your experience can differ from software system to software system.

Have you considered trying a web-based system that you can access from a browser? This way Mac compatibility doesn't matter, and you can even access it from mobile and have your clients access their projects. This might work better for you, as long as the app you choose still has all the power you need in translation software and ticks all the boxes for features you need to serve your clients. You'll want to make sure the web-based app has adequate security measures too.

Many systems out there will allow you to upload documents and create Translation Memories, but sounds like you're looking for an alternative to the ones more popularly known on the market.

Have you seen Pairaphrase? It seems to meets all of the requirements of what you need in your list below. They have a page where you can sign up to get a live demo: www.pairaphrase.com/request-demo

- Convert them into word documents;
- upload them
- run checks to make sure they have converted correctly (no idea as to how this is done);
- start translating (and creating translation lists and translation memories - again no idea what this is or how it works)
- complete translation; check for spelling mistakes;
- send to client.

Hope this helps.
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Shouguang Cao
China
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English to Chinese
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One more to the list Sep 15

GT4T has a Mac version too. https://gt4t.net/

 


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