Following the recent launch of SDL Language Cloud, SDL’s translation platform that empowers organizations and individuals to easily communicate across languages, the first set of machine translation services are now available for translators using SDL Trados Studio 2014.
Translators and/or post editors now have access to high quality, industry specific machine translation engines that have been specifically trained for industries including automotive, consumer electronics, travel, IT, and life science. If you are particularly focused on translating content for any of these areas, these engines could be a real time saver for your translation activities. Having a tailored, better quality machine translation output with the right terminology can significantly reduce the time spent on post-editing.
Results can vary a little depending on the content or language pair you use, what works for some may not be so good for others. SDL internal productivity tests demonstrate that up to 80% of SDL client content performs better with an industry-specific MT solution compared to generic MT engine.
It’s best to try it for yourself. SDL Language Cloud offers a free trial which gives you the opportunity to test the engines with your content. You can see the current list of available specialized engines and languages right here.
In addition to the industry specific engines, translators can use their own lists of terms & brands to personalize and instantly improve the quality of the machine translation output. You simply upload your glossary to Language Cloud and it automatically applies your terms and displays them in the machine translation results. All of this happens directly from inside Studio 2014.
With the launch of these services a few weeks ago, one of the most pressing questions I get on webinars from translators is about data privacy. You can be assured that SDL won’t save or use your data or use your terms & brands in any way. All the source data stays confidential and the target is simply not going back to the machine translation engine.
This is just the beginning of a long-term release plan that at some point will include self-training with your own translation data on top of the industry engines. Many other services and products will be offered as part of the SDL Language Cloud Platform, which will provide a host of opportunities for translators and translation providers, so watch out for news in that space.