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TAC-3 and TAC-4:  Translation Support Tools Forum  - Toronto ATA Conference -  2004 October 15

This year nine tool vendors are presenting at the forum.  Each vendor will have six minutes to highlight new features, sketch a vision of the future of translation, and explain how to find out more about their product line. The following chart is based on input from the vendors. It is intended to help translators better understand which tool functions each vendor offers and what they are called in each product line.  If there are any errors in the chart, blame them on the TAC Committee chair, Alan Melby.

The eight functions are: (1) infrastructure (such as termbase maintenance), (2-4) term processing (before, during, and after translation), (5-7) segment processing (before, during, and after translation), and (8) workflow management (including billing tools).  In recent years, the distinction between term processing and segment processing has become a bit blurred. It can no longer be assumed that segments are sentence-length. In the eight functions, the basic distinction between terms and segments is not length but whether the unit has been standardized and annotated or simply occurs in running text. Several recently developed tools emphasize full-text search of user-specified segments rather than automatic lookup of all translation memory segments identified during the alignment process (and automatic replacement of matched segments).

Eight Types of Translation Technology

                                                                     

Function Atril     Beetext Multicorpora  SDL  Terminotix Trados    LTC ORCA WordFinder

Infrastructure

Termbase maintenance

Termbase maintenance

Termbase maintenance

Termbase maintenance

Termbase maintenance

Termbase mainteance

 

Termbase maintenance

Dictionary maintenance

Term (before)

DVX lexicon

 

Term Extraction

Term Finder

Term Extraction

Term Extract

 

Fusion Terminology

 

Term (during)

DVX lookup

Beetext Find

Termbase Editor

SDL Edit + Termbase

manual lookup

Workbench + Multiterm

 

Fusion Dictionary

Lookup

Term (after)

DVX terminology validation

   

Terminology QA

 

Term Extract QA

     

Segment (before)

DVX alignment

 

Transcorpora Builder

SDL Align

LogiTerm Aligner

WinAlign

 

Fusion Alignment

 

Segment (during)

DVX search & scan (+ EBMT)

Beetext Find

Transcorpora Process

SLD Apply (+ Autotrans MT)

LogiTrans

Workbench

 

Fusion TM

 

Segment (after)

Missing Segment Check

   

SDL Compare

 

Workbench

     

Workflow and Billing

Word and character counts

Beetext Flow

 

SDL Analyse + Worflow

(under development)

TeamWorks

LTC Organizer