Transparent Language Broadens NT-based Translation Server
- By Scott Bekker
A company trying to solve the problems of multinational and
other corporations in need of real-time - or at least fast - translation is
extending the capabilities of its Windows NT/2000 server-based translation
Language previewed its Enterprise Translation Server 4.0 this week at
Internet World in New York. The software is set to ship in November.
With version 4.0, Transparent Language offers 23 different
language directions. Most of the new language efforts in the upgrade are in
Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian. While the majority of language directions
are to and from English, several non-English pairs are supported: Korean
to/from Japanese, Russian to/from French, and Russian to/from German.
“Up until this point, almost all translation available has
involved to or from English,” says Charles McGonagle, vice president of
marketing for Transparent Language.
Perhaps more important than the translations in this
version, according to McGonagle, is enhanced integration with Microsoft Office.
“What we discovered as we talked to users was that they
understood translations, but they didn’t quite understand how they could make
it work in their environment,” McGonagle says.
Version 4.0 comes more tightly integrated with Microsoft
Office 2000, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel and FrontPage, than the previous
version (3.1). New toolbars give users options such as translating highlighted
text in place, inserting translated text before highlighted text or inserting
it after highlighted text. The Office integration follows similar efforts by
Transparent Language within the Lotus Domino/Notes environment earlier this
The server product starts at $25,000. – Scott Bekker
Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.