Tag: CAT Tools

memoQ 9.0—Discover the New Features!

memoQ 9.0—Discover the New Features!

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memoQ is evolving along with the ever-changing translation industry. We focus on developing solutions for emerging, real-world challenges in every segment of the translation industry. Two recent examples are Hey memoQ, introduced in memoQ 8.7, which allows users to use iOS devices to dictate their translations in more than 30 languages, and the memoQ Video Preview tool, which supports real-time subtitle translation. memoQ 9.0 continues this effort with new and improved features to make memoQ better.

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Corporates Going All in on Neural Machine Translation Research

Corporates Going All in on Neural Machine Translation Research

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A number of research directions have been a staple since NMT began to appear on arXiv. Research on improving NMT output and the processes used by NMT systems, for example, are almost always present. Some research directions only recently gained steam, such as low-resource languages or languages where little training data is available “in the wild.”

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HIGH-QUALITY TRANSLATION IN THE LIFE SCIENCES INDUSTRY IS PARAMOUNT!

HIGH-QUALITY TRANSLATION IN THE LIFE SCIENCES INDUSTRY IS PARAMOUNT!

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Life science is one of the most heavily regulated industries in the world, therefore, translations are ideally executed by linguists who are subject matter experts and translation companies that follow proven processes to reduce and eliminate errors. memoQ’s innovative translation software can efficiently combine the capabilities of medical translators with a wide variety of functionalities to ensure impeccable life science translations backed up by the latest translation tools.

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SHOULD YOUR BUSINESS RELY ON OPEN SOURCE LOCALIZATION TOOLS?

SHOULD YOUR BUSINESS RELY ON OPEN SOURCE LOCALIZATION TOOLS?

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There exists an assumption that if a translator doesn’t have a paid CAT tool license, he or she cannot be trusted as a professional. Who thinks that? Why, fellow translators.

But can we really judge a professional by their toolkit or by the money they spend on special software licenses?

More importantly, what are the alternative technology solutions available in the localization industry?

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HIGH-QUALITY TRANSLATION IN THE LIFE SCIENCES INDUSTRY IS PARAMOUNT!

HIGH-QUALITY TRANSLATION IN THE LIFE SCIENCES INDUSTRY IS PARAMOUNT!

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Do You Want to Make Sure Your Life Sciences Translation is Accurate?

Life science translation may cover technical documentations, packaging, patient information, and any related marketing content. Healthcare, medical device and pharmaceutical companies require the highest level of translation and localization quality, as even the slightest error can have serious consequences.

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Did you lose hope in your past translations? Try again!

Did you lose hope in your past translations? Try again!

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Written by : Eman Ebehiry

After knowing more about the Translation memory, our assiduous translator starts lamenting his luck for not knowing it earlier. He looks at his work with pity for the loss of those past years of hard work, and his coming years of re-making what he already did.

But for one more time, technology saves the translator’s world, and offers him the solution: “The Alignment”.  What is translation alignment? How does it work? When would I use it? And why? What types of translation alignment are available? Are all question will be answered in the article.

First, translation alignment is the matching that we do between the source and its translation in the target in order to make a translation memory out of it. Simply it works through pairing the segments in its language pair; thus, it will be stored as units just like any translation memory. There are actually many ways of doing this. Furthermore, there are many tools that can get the job done, such as

A translator aligns his previously-translated material to build a database, instead of building one from scratch. It saves his time, and his previous work experience that might be repeated. But only the initial step of alignment that might take some time; as it may happen that the tool align some segments you have merged, or even split. So it’s closer to be giving probabilities. Hence, the human factor will be needed in reviewing and editing.

Now, what about trying to make your own alignment translation memory, and tell us about your experience?

You can learn to align your previous work from here via Trados.

Or if you have tried it already, share some of the benefits with us.

How can it be that the word count for the same file differs from (translation) tool to (translation) tool?

How can it be that the word count for the same file differs from (translation) tool to (translation) tool?

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The way a translation tool counts words can differ from any other translation tool as well as the word count you can do in Word. The reason is the way words and word boundaries are defined in the tools. Some specify that a word with a hyphen (like “tool-related”) should be counted as one word, others see it as two words. The same is true for other delimiting characters, like slashes (/) or apostrophes (‘). It can even happen that a character like a slash, if it is surrounded by spaces (like in “in / out) could be counted as a word on its own in one tool, but not at all in another.

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memoQ Ranked as the Fastest Growing TMS on SaaS 1000

memoQ Ranked as the Fastest Growing TMS on SaaS 1000

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The memoQ Server was introduced 15 years ago to provide a comprehensive platform that significantly facilitates translation and related management tasks. Acquiring a perpetual license with an on-premise deployment was our main option until 2014, when we introduced memoQ Cloud, a new deployment method that brought a new licensing model – subscription (or SaaS). memoQ Cloud became our fastest selling product, growing over 80% in 2018 alone. We believe strongly in memoQ Cloud and have a very ambitious roadmap to make it even better. That is why we were delighted to see that memoQ has been named the fastest growing SaaS company in the global translation technology sector.

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Translation Memory and Survival

Translation Memory and Survival

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Written by:  Eman Elbehiry

Homer and Langley Collyer, two brothers, were killed by “hoarding”, and storing things in their house. That led psychology scientists to categorizing this “hoarding” under “psychological disease” umbrella. But when it comes to Translation, sorry psychology! You’re wrong this time. Why? Because “Hoarding” is a big sign of perfectionism, and adulthood.

How many times did you looked at your outstanding translation and wished you could use it again? How many times have you came across a sentence that you bet your life that you have translated it before, but unfortunately you can’t remember in which file, or which project exactly? How many times have you translated similar texts, and wished for something that could help you get the job done in half of its time?
Though you are stuck in only “wishing”, hoarding and storing this translation has found its way to you through translation memories, TM.

While the CAT tool divides the whole text into segments, the translation memory becomes where all your translation is stored in units; exactly as it was saved either in sentences, paragraphs, headlines, or titles. Which means that it stores the segment with its language pair. Consequently, you can get back to it in the time of need. According to SDL description of the translation memory “When a translator’s jobs regularly contain the same kinds of phrases and sentences, a translation memory will drastically increase the speed of translation.” This makes it one essential component of any CAT tool par excellence.

Later, when you summon this translation memory to re-use this “stored” translation; it starts suggesting for you a translation. You can add and enhance this translation, you can modify it, or replace it with a better one. For the translation memory being so smart; it updates itself all through. It has whatever you added, and enhanced. If the translator accepted the exact suggested translation, the tool will choose to call this an exact match; which is percented as 100%.  We can see this crystal clear especially in the texts that include a lot of repeated patterns. Furthermore the minimum similarity between a new segment and a saved segment in TM varies from 99% to 50% depending on the similarity match is called “Fuzzy match”.

According to what we mentioned above, the translation memory is best fit for texts including repetitions, or similarities. Which means that it is most suitable for technical, and legal translations, for having specialized and repeated expressions and vocabularies. Moreover, if you are working on one project in a team, it is very possible that each translator have his own distinctive expressions, and vocabulary in his mind, but if you are working with one translation memory, your documents will be more coherent and cohesive, and you are always on the same track.
As a result to this, translation memory saves time and efforts, which results in reducing the cost of the long-termed projects. Therefore, by now, we agree that it provides the best quality possible, and it’s definitely unlimited.

            Genius ha! Wondering how it works? Here is a hint:
The mechanism is called “Edit Distance”. This mechanism’s role is to identify how dissimilar two entities (e.g words, segments, units) are. Thus, in the case of the fuzzy match, it tries to measure approximately how close these two patterns are, and consequently, suggests to the translators who have the power to accept or modify, so that it could improve itself.

            The translation memory allows you to use it hundreds of times, to include it in whatever project and keep updating it. But the question here is “What if I didn’t use it before, will my past treasure go in vain?” The answer is NO!
Actually you are allowed to “Align” the segments of your past work to make a translation memory out of it, we will explain that the alignment in another article. It will also be your own made-dictionary to search in your previous work for any terms, sentences. In addition to this, you will be able to share your translation memory, and use the shared-with you, so that you have a solid, and saving base. The reviewer can have a part of the share with you so you have everything updated, and flawless. This is seen usually in the online tools. And yes it happens to have a movement of exchanging translation memories. “Sharing is caring” right?!

            And here emerges another question, which is: What if I am using a specific tool, while my peers, or my reviewers are using another? How can I share with them my TM? Or how do they share theirs?
Now, there is an extension for sharing which is “TMx” (Translation Memory Exchange). This allows you to import and export the translation memory among many different tools. Never easier!

According to Martín-Mor (2011), the use of TM systems does have an effect on the quality of the translated texts, especially on novices, but experienced translators are able to avoid it.” And here we say to all translators, experienced or beginners, “hoarding” is not killing, and there is nothing better than hoarding and storing years of hard work embracing experience. This storing and hoarding is exactly “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”.

Share with us a story in which you used a TM and it was super beneficial!

CAT tool use by translators: what are they using?

CAT tool use by translators: what are they using?

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Overall, most CAT tool users agreed that the use of a CAT tool was a benefit in terms of maintaining consistency, quality control, in terminology management, and in project management. Most also agree that the size and organization of the translation memory (TM) being used is a key factor.

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