Localization Station, Coming Soon

We are updating and re-organizing this site, and will be relaunching as Localization Station, a one stop shop for information about translation and localization technology, with an focus on the needs of startups and growth companies. Watch this space, and stay tuned for updates.

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Highly Automated Translation : A Primer

What do you do when you have a continually changing stream of content that needs to be translated quickly, accurately and at a reasonable costs. Conventional LSPs aren’t really set up to handle this type of scenario, but fortunately there are highly automated services that can handle this type of process quite well. Continue reading

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What Does A Localization Manager Do?

As a localization professional, people often ask what a localization manager typically does. In addition to knowing what issues to be aware of, its also good to understand what an in house localization manager does.

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A Localization Cheat Sheet For Developers and Managers

As a software developer and localization professional, I am often asked what are the main things to be aware of when localizing an app or service. So I put together this primer / cheat sheet for people who are new to the area.

For Engineering Managers

Use A Translation/Localization Management System — Use a TMS (translation repository) that follows conventions familiar to developers. Transifex, which was built by and for software developers is a personal favorite, and has a minimal entry cost.

Use Mature Frameworks — While it’s fun to experiment with new tools, mature languages and frameworks have had more time to figure localization out.

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Text Master : Copyediting and Translation

Text Master, which recently integrated with the Transifex localization management system, offers an interesting combination of copyediting and translation services. They actually started out by offering copyediting, and have since expanded to offer web and API based translation.

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Transifex Adds Support For Translation Via Text Masters

Transifex, which makes a translation/localization management system that’s designed for software developers, has recently added support for professional translation via Text Master. Their system provides the option to have your application’s texts professionally translated via a simple checkbox operation. They had previously integrated with Gengo, and are now starting to add support for additional language service providers, to provide even broader language coverage.

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Plunet : End to End Translation Project Management

We’re at Localization World in Santa Clara this week, where we spotted several interesting products and companies. One company to look at is Plunet, which makes a translation project management tool that allows customers to have end to end control over translation and localization projects, from budgeting to production to QA.

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ZipDX : Multilingual Teleconferencing with Simultaneous Interpretation

ZipDX, a high end teleconferencing service provider, has developed a great multilingual teleconferencing solution. The service combines simultaneous interpretation with high quality teleconferencing to provide an experience similar to the United Nations.

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Deep Learning Will Revolutionize Machine Translation

Deep learning, a technique derived from neural networks (an early AI technology), is poised to revolutionize machine translation. Google recently open sourced its word2vec package, which analyzes English language texts to discover the meanings and relationships of words. The results are pretty impressive and point toward a significant advance in machine translation technology in the next few years.

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POEditor.com : Simplified Localization Workflow

poeditor PO Editor is a simple, easy to use localization tool that you can use to simplify your software localization workflow.

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