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Resultados del DRAE y del DPD mediante una sola letra, gracias a las Búsquedas rápidas/Palabras claves inteligentes de Firefox

Hace algunos meses, escribí un artículo sobre Firefox para traductores (Internet & Applications for Translators). En ese artículo mencioné que una de mis funciones favoritas de Firefox eran las ‘Búsquedas rápidas’. Firefox le cambió el nombre a Smart Keywords (Palabras claves inteligentes) pero la funcionalidad sigue siendo la misma.

En ese entonces esto es lo que dije (traducción):

Búsquedas rápidas

De lejos una de las mejores funciones de Firefox. Las ‘Búsquedas rápidas’ permiten que el usuario pueda asignar accesos directos con palabras claves [o letras] para que, en vez ir a la página, ingresar el término y hacer clic en Buscar, Ir, etc., la búsqueda se puede hacer directamente desde la barra de direcciones. Por ejemplo, en vez de ir a la página de los KudoZ, escribir el término que estoy buscando y hacer clic en Buscar, solamente tengo que ingresar ‘kz [el término para buscar]’ y la página con los resultados se abre automáticamente. Ahorra un montón de tiempo. Para crear una ‘Búsqueda rápida’, colocar el cursor en el campo de la búsqueda, hacer clic con el botón secundario y seleccionar ‘Agregar palabra clave para esta búsqueda’; así, la palabra clave queda guardada. Consejo: Las ‘Búsquedas rápidas’ se almacenan con los demás marcadores, pero yo prefiero organizarlas en una carpeta a la que le puse ‘Búsquedas rápidas’.

Algunas de mis ‘Búsquedas rápidas’ son: Blue Board – bb, KudoZ – kz, Word Reference inglés a español – ws, WordReference español a inglés – wd, Acronym Finder – a, DRAE – e, – t, etc. Lo importante es usar una palabra clave que sea fácil de recordar.

Me acordé de esta función cuando leí una entrada en Twitter sobre una página web que te permite obtener los resultados del DRAE (Diccionario de la Real Academia Española) y del DPD (Diccionario panhispánico de dudas) a través de una sola búsqueda, gracias a la Academia Costarricense de la Lengua. La entrada la publicó Elizabeth Sánchez originalmente y después lo hizo Pablo Muñoz Sánchez. La entrada original (y el enlace) aparecen aquí: Buscar palabras en el DRAE y en el DPD al mismo tiempo (gracias Elizabeth).

Además, el cursor puedo ir a la barra de direcciones automáticamente mediante un par de botones CTRL+L. En mi caso, mi ‘Palabra clave inteligente’ es ‘r’, así que solo tengo que presionar CTRL+L y ‘r’, más el término que estoy buscando; eso es todo.

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Subtitling: “You want to tell me that that wants to chase a plastic fist Put is a homosexuality into my fart eye?”

“You want to tell me that that
wants to chase a plastic fist
Put is a homosexuality into
my fart eye?”



Is it machine translation? Crowdsourcing? Back-translation? Maybe all of the above, but these subtitles are as funny (and intelligible) as they can get. Not even a professional translator could decipher that.

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Increased productivity and shortcuts for multiple and single-monitor set-ups

Most people with more than one monitor will agree that a multiple-monitor set-up can improve productivity. In fact, a study commissioned by Fujitsu showed that having two monitors increases productivity by 8.4% and having three monitors increases productivity by 35.5%; a study by Jon Peddie Research showed a productivity increase of 42%!

Another study by NEC concluded about text editing tasks: “… both the 24-inch widescreen and 20-inch dual screens were significantly more productive than the 20-inch single monitor configuration in completing these text tasks.” And: “With the costs of larger LCD displays falling, the smaller, (less than 19-inch) monitor is no longer justified in terms of productivity returns and worker well-being… Based on performance and preference from this study, large widescreen or multiple monitor configurations are recommended for use in any situation where multiple documents of information are an ordinary part of the work.” The same report showed a Return of Investment of 600% in certain work environments.

It is also important to note that many studies show that the increase in productivity decreases with monitors that are 26 inches or larger.

Having multiple monitors also has its disadvantages; mainly, space problems. But if you have the space, I say go for it. The only thing needed is a video card that allows the use of multiple monitors or one display adapter (like the ones made by EVGA) per monitor.

Once the multiple monitors are installed, navigating throughout the extended display can be tricky. A simple way to manage all the monitors and windows (even for a single monitor set-up) is through a simple but very useful utility called  reSizer. It enables keyboard shortcuts to switch, focus, move, resize and change other window properties in a fast and intuitive way without even touching the mouse. Some of my favorite reSizer shortcuts are: Read the rest of this entry »


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28% discount for all AIT products (including Translation Office 3000 and Projetex)

AIT has announced a new-year campaign with a 28% discount on all products, including Translation Office 3000 and Projetex.

I’ve been using Translation Office 3000 for several years and it’s one of the best investments I made. It not only creates invoices and handles payments, but it’s a great and easy-to-use project management tool for translators. It literally saves me hours every month on administrative tasks.



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SDL Trados Studio: Importing Multiterm 2007 termbases into Multiterm 2009 (Video Tutorial)

Multiterm Termbase

Multiterm Termbase

Unlike previous versions, the new Multiterm 2009 allows the user to select where to store the termbases. In my opinion’, working directly with Multiterm 2009 termbases is much better and allows more flexibility over the termbases.

Converting a Multiterm 2007 termbase (mdb file) into a Multiterm 2009 termbase (sdltb file) is very easy to do. But since the new termbases create additional files (just like Trados TM’s), the best approach is to place each termbase into a single folder. Here’s how to do it:

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Free 1-year subscription to Multilingual (Localization Magazine)

MultiLingual offered a one-year subscription at the ProZ Virtual conference last month. I just received an email from them offering the same one-year subscription for the magazine.

It’s not too late to sign up for a free one-year digital subscription. With focuses on such topics as quality assurance, project management, and e-learning, plus such regional focuses as China, Central and Eastern Europe, Japan and Latin America, MultiLingual offers more information than ever. We hope it’s information you won’t want to miss. To subscribe, simply go to and click on “Subscribe here.” Select MultiLingual Digital and enter promotion code D99PRZ in the box.

Multilingual is a Magazine that focuses on Globalization, Internationalization, Localization and Translation. I highly recommend it to anyone that works in the Localization industry. The articles and permanent sections are very useful. They also have a printed edition of the magazine. Additionally, the website has plenty of resources and guides on industry and region-focused localization.


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First chapter of José Saramago’s new novel: Cain

Cain (Caín in Spanish, Caim in Portuguese), the highly anticipated new book by Nobel-laureate José Saramago will hit the shelves on October 15th. With this book, Saramago takes up the topic of “god”, 18 years after The Gospel According to Jesus Christ.

The book starts with: “”Cuando el señor, también conocido como dios, se dio cuenta de que a adán y eva, perfectos en todo lo que se mostraba a la vista, no les salía ni una palabra de la boca ni emitían un simple sonido, por primario que fuera, no tuvo otro remedio que irritarse consigo mismo, ya que no había nadie más en el jardín del edén a quien responsabilizar de la gravísima falta…”

The first chapter in Spanish has been made public (officially), it can be read at

Link: Saramago pide cuentas a Dios.



09/09/09 (no need to localize) and today’s Google Doodle

I love days like this one (08/08/08 last year), when there’s no need to worry about localizing the dates. I’m also a sucker for the Google logo, also known as Google Doodles. Today’s Google Doodle:

Google Doodle: 09/09/09

These are some of my favorite Google Doodles:
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SDL Trados Studio 2009 Demo

SDL has released a Demo version of SDL Trados Studio 2009. Those who wanted to know what the big fuzz (good and bad) is about can finally see it for themselves. Also, the Service Pack 1 for SDL Trados Studio 2009 will be released soon; I’ve been using the SP1 Beta for a couple of days, and it seems pretty stable… so far. I did get an error due to my custom Language Resource settings. But resetting the TM’s Language Resource fixed the problem.

From SDL:

NEW! SDL Trados Studio 2009 Demo

Download the new SDL Trados Studio 2009 interactive demo to discover the host of new features, including:

  • How to use the new features in SDL Trados Studio 2009, such as, AutoSuggestTM, Real-time preview, QuickPlaceTM and Context Match.
  • How to customize your new editing environment and set up your short cuts.
  • How to use the project management and SDL package technology
  • How to upgrade your translation memories and use the enhanced concordance search
  • Specific topics for our power users such as, advanced translation memory creation and maintenance.

Request the demo at:


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‘Acentos perdidos’: Gran iniciativa a favor del uso correcto de las tildes ha publicado un artículo muy interesante sobre un grupo de jóvenes que, cansados de ver cómo los carteles publicitarios destrozan la ortografía, han decidido corregir el desinterés de los publicistas y autoridades, y agregar ellos mismos las tildes que faltan.

La iniciativa es colocar papelitos en forma de tildes sobre donde realmente estas deberían ir. Además, ‘Acentos perdidos’ tiene un blog a donde los defensores del idioma pueden enviar las fotos con las palabras corregidas. El objetivo es hacer que las personas vean dónde está el error y, al mismo tiempo, llamar la atención de la gente, ya que lo hacen con muy buen humor.

El blog se llama ‘acentos perdidos‘. La página no solo tiene fotos, también tiene enlaces a las reglas y herramientas para colocar los acentos perdidos.

Una de mis fotos favoritas es sobre Telefónica, o mejor dicho “Telefonica”.
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