Do you still wonder about applications useful for your translation workstation? You need to find free simple tools that can enhance your work and make your life as a translator easier, and you do not like installing too many programs on your machine. PortableCAT is a 100% free/open-source application suite for translators.
PortableCAT is a package of portable tools created by Silvia Flórez, who taught a course in open source for translation at Universitat Jaume I. In addition to general-purpose tools, text alignment, term extraction, file conversion, computer-aided translation, and project management programs among others are included. PortableCAT allows you to run applications with just a mouse click to run on Windows without needing to be installed.
PortableCAT 2013b includes the following open-source tools:
- Ditto: clipboard manager and extender
- Texter: text substitution utility
- TES: terminology extraction suite
- GoldenDict: dictionary lookup
- LanguageTool: language checker
- LF Aligner: text alignment
- Notepad++: advanced text editor
- LibreOffice: office suite (documents, spreadsheets, presentations…)
- Okapi Rainbow: for various localization-related tasks
- Okapi Ratel: segmentation rules (SRX) editor
- Okapi CheckMate: quality assurance
- Okapi Tikal: command-line tool for various localization-related tasks
- OmegaT: translation environment
- TextSTAT: text analysis and concordancer
- TMXValidator: TMX validation
- XLIFFChecker: XLIFF validation
- DiffPdf: compare PDFs textually and visually
- TaskCoach: project management
- VietOCR: optical character recognition
- Aegisub: subtitle editor
- grepWin: regex-based search and replace
- IniTranslator: translation editor for .ini files
To use PortableCAT on Windows-based machines:
- Download the zip file (PortableCAT2013b.zip 490.7 MB; decompressed: 1 GB).
- Unzip the downloaded zip archive to the desired location.
- Open the main folder and run PortableCat.exe.
- The application launcher will start, displaying a menu and placing a black-cat icon in the system tray. This menu can then be accessed at any time by pressing Alt+C.