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Translation software: Get Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 for free or $20 (Premium) with rebates

One of the pieces of software I find most useful when I translate is Dragon NaturallySpeaking. I’ve been using it for years since version 9 or 10. It allows me to dictate with a high accuracy and flexibility, avoiding potential typos and misspellings. It also helps me proofread long texts without having to print out hundreds of pages. The text-to-speech feature dictates everything which I can just check against the translation on the computer (or a Kindle, if you have one). Overall, Dragon allows me to translate and proofread between 20% and 40% faster, in my opinion, more accurately.

Now Newegg is having a sale on the Home and Premium versions of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 (English). I assume it’s because Dragon 12 has just been released. As far as I know, this offer is available only in the US using rebates. I recommend you get the Premium version so you can use extra features like:

  • Import and export of custom word lists (if you’re working with a particular terminology or glossary, you can just import it)
  • Text-to-speech recognition (so you can use it to proofread documents)
  • User profiles (so you can import and backup your settings)
  • Support for Bluetooth devices

The Premium version has more features but these are the ones that I consider the most helpful when I translate. One thing you have to keep in mind is that you need a quality microphone to get good results, a $20 mic or the included one is not going to do it–it’ll work but you will spend more time correcting than translating.

NUANCE Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 11.5

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July discount: SDL Trados Studio online training starting at $53.00 each

I’m happy to announce that beginning in July, I’m going to start with the online training courses of SDL Studio 2009/2011 for translators. Each session lasts 3 hours and was designed by SDL for users of each level: Getting Started, Intermediate and Advanced.

Only in July, I will offer the introductory price of $59.00 for each course and $159 for the three courses ($53 each). Beginning in August the prices will go back to normal.

There are three days scheduled with the offer, if they are paid before July 20th:

Saturday July 14th, Saturday July 21st and Saturday August 4th. Click on each course for more details, as well as for what is included:

  1. SDL Trados 2011 – Getting started – 08:00 am (Peruvian time) / 01:00 pm (GMT)
  2. SDL Trados 2011 – Intermediate – 12:00 pm (Peruvian time) / 05:00 pm (GMT)
  3. SDL Trados 2011 –Advanced – 04:00 pm (Peruvian time) / 09:00 pm (GMT)

For more information, you can contact me here.

Note about Studio 2009: The courses include all the features of Studio 2009 plus the new features of Studio 2011.

Initially, the online courses will be in English but upon request, I can also add:

  • Online courses in Spanish
  • Online courses on Multiterm
  • Online courses for Project Managers and Companies.
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25% off AIT software – Including Translation Office 3000

Translation Office 3000 is the best accounting tool for freelancer in the market. But TO3000 is not only good to keep the books and to create invoices, the software can also manage clients, projects and so much more. I personally have been using TO3000 for years and it has been a great investment; it saves me a lot of time every montsh and now managing my projects is a breeze.

AIT has is running a sale on all programs including Translation Office 3000.

The announced prices are:

Translation Office 3000, Version 9.0 €189.00 €141.75
Translation Office 3000: Upgrade from Version 7.0 to Version 9.0 €59.00 €44.25
Translation Office 3000: Upgrade from Version 8.0 to Version 9.0 €29.00 €21.75

You can download a 30-day evaluation copy and also find more information at:

Advanced International Translations

AIT has is running a sale on all programs including Translation Office 3000.

The announced prices are:

Translation Office 3000, Version 9.0 €189.00 €141.75
Translation Office 3000: Upgrade from Version 7.0 to Version 9.0 €59.00 €44.25
Translation Office 3000: Upgrade from Version 8.0 to Version 9.0 €29.00 €21.75
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25% de descuento en los programas de AIT, incluyendo Translation Office 3000

Translation Office 3000 es el mejor programa de administración para traductores. TO3000 no sólo sirve para llevar la contabilidad y crear facturas; el programa también puede adminstrar los clientes, los proyectos y mucho más. Yo personalmente llevo usando TO3000 por años y definitivamente ha valido la pena por el tiempo que me ahorra y además, llevar la cuenta de mis proyectos es ahora súper fácil.

AIT está dando un descuento del 25% a varios de sus programas, incluyendo Translation Office 3000.

Los precios publicados son:

Translation Office 3000, versión 9.0 €189.00 €141.75
Translation Office 3000: Actualización de la versión 7.0 a la versión 9.0 €59.00 €44.25
Translation Office 3000: Actualización de la versión 8.0 a la versión 9.0 €29.00 €21.75

En el siguiente enlace se puede encontrar más información y también se puede descargar un programa de evaluación de 30 días:

Advanced International Translations

AIT has is running a sale on all programs including Translation Office 3000.

The announced prices are:

Translation Office 3000, Version 9.0 €189.00 €141.75
Translation Office 3000: Upgrade from Version 7.0 to Version 9.0 €59.00 €44.25
Translation Office 3000: Upgrade from Version 8.0 to Version 9.0 €29.00 €21.75
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Cambios ortográficos de la Real Academia Española: ‘solo’, ‘este’, ‘ye’, ‘guion’

La Real Academia Española ha anunciado la incorporación de nuevas reglas en la próxima edición de la Ortografía de la Real Academia Española, a publicarse a fines de este año. El objetivo de estos cambios es hacer la ortografía española “razonada y exhaustiva pero simple y legible”, así como “coherente”.

Algunos de los cambios anunciados más importantes incluyen:

  • La nueva Ortografía propone un solo nombre para cada letra: be para b; uve para v; doble uve para w; ye para y (en lugar de i griega)
  • Ch y ll ya no son letras del alfabeto
  • La eliminación de la tilde en ‘guion’
  • La eliminación del acento en la preposición ‘o’ cuando está separando cifras
  • Palabras como Qatar o Iraq pasarán a ser Catar e Irak

Y de lejos mi cambio favorito:

  • “se acuerda que se puede no tildar el adverbio solo y los pronombres demostrativos” (este, esta, ese, esa, etc.) “incluso en casos de posible ambigüedad

Pueden leer más en el diario El País: La “i griega” se llamará “ye”

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Copa Mundial: transmisión en vivo y calendario para Google Calendar

Esto no tiene nada que ver con la traducción ni con el español, pero igual lo pongo porque me encanta el Mundial. He cargado un calendario con las fechas y las horas de los partidos. El calendario se puede importar a Google Calendar fácilmente.

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World cup: live stream and schedule for Google Calendar

This has nothing to do with translation or Spanish but I love the World Cup so here it goes anyway. I uploaded a calendar with the dates and times of each match. The calendar can be easily imported to Google calendar.

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Time Zone Converter

As translators and freelancers, we have the great opportunity to work with people from all over the world. However, this could be problematic when it comes to setting a deadline or, even worse, scheduling a conference call with several people in different parts of the world: which time? yours, mine, GMT?.

There is a handy, little tool that can easily solve this. Some of you might be aware of it, but for those who have never heard of it: I heartily recommend Time and Date’s Time Zone Converter. This tool works pretty straightforward: enter a time/date and a city, and Time Zone Converter will calculate the time/date for a different city.

For instance, my client in Prague wants me to deliver a translation on April 24 at 8:00. I’m in Chicago. So I enter:

And the result is:

It’s very easy to use and extremely helpful. Time and Date’s Time Zone Converter can be found at this link.

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Video tutorial: QA check on SDL Trados unclean Word files

This video tutorial shows how easy it is to perform a Quality Assurance check and a Terminology QA Check on a SDL Trados unclean Word file. The QA Check will analyze SDLX compatible files (like SDL Trados unclean Word files) against a Termbase to make sure the terms in the termbase were used in the translation. The QA Check can find potential errors and issues like missing or partially missing translations, inconsistent translations, multiple dots or spaces, etc. The tool will produce an report with a list of all the issues found. The list is interactive so clicking on the report item will jump to the respective segment where the issue was found. The files can be corrected directly from SDL Edit (included in the Trados Suite) and saved as an unclean file.

Click for the video tutorial and a simple list of 10 steps.
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DRAE and RAE’s DPD results just one letter away with Firefox’s Quicksearches/Smart Keywords

A few months ago, I wrote an article about Firefox for translators (Internet & Applications for Translators). In the article, I mentioned that one of my favorite Firefox features was Quick Searches. Firefox renamed this feature to Smart Keywords but the functionality remains the same.

Here’s what I wrote then:

QuickSearches

By far one of the best Firefox features. Quicksearches allows the user to assign keywords shortcuts in order to perform searches, so instead of opening a web site, type the term and click on Search, Go, etc, the query can be done directly from the address Toolbar. For instance, instead of going to the KudoZ page, entering the term I’m looking for and hit search, I just type ‘kz [whatever term I'm looking for]‘ and the page is automatically directed to the results. It saves a lot of time. In order to create a Quick Search entry, place the cursor on the search field, right-click and select ‘Add keyword for this search’, the keyword is bookmarked. Tip: By default, the Quicksearch Bookmark is stored with the rest of the Bookmark, but I prefer to store it in a folder named Quicksearches to keep them organized.

Some of my Quicksearches are: the Blue Board – bb, KudoZ – kz, Word Reference English to Spanish – ws, WordReference Spanish to English – wd, Acronym Finder – a, DRAE – e, hesaurus – t, etc. The key is to use a keyword that is going to be easier to remember.

I thought of this feature when I read a post on Twitter about a website where the results from both the DRAE (Diccionario de la Real Academia Española) and RAE’s DPD (Diccionario panhispánico de dudas) can be brought up using one single search via the Academia Costarricense de la Lengua. The post was originally twittered by Elizabeth Sánchez and later by Pablo Muñoz Sánchez. The original post (and link) can be found here: Buscar palabras en el DRAE y en el DPD al mismo tiempo (thanks Elizabeth).

Additionally, the cursor can be positioned automatically in the URL bar using a simple shortcut: CTRL+L. In my case, my Smart Keyword is ‘r’, so now I only have to press CTRL+L and r plus the term I’m looking for and that’s it.

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