CAT (COMPUTER-ASSISTED TRANSLATION) TOOLS
An open-source computer-assisted translation (CAT) tool that allows us to record our progress into a database called "Translation Memory" (TM), which can be used time and time again in order to avoid double work. In other words, once we translate a sentence, we will never have to translate it again, because Swordfish will recall and present it for us to use it in the new material. This allows us to provide a more accurate quote to our clients, giving discounts for matches to our TM and repetitions within the source material.
We use this free open-source cross-platform document-creation solution to create/edit text files (Writer), spreadsheets (Calc) and presentations (Impress). These documents are fully compatible with Microsoft Office products, so clients can open them without any problem. It can be used by those doing an online course (www.elearners.com), in the workplace or in any situation where a document needs to be created.
This glossary and information software allows us to quickly check terminology and research content online. It provides access to premium publications such as the world-renowned Oxford dictionaries, as well as popular contents like Wikipedia and specialized glossaries created by experts who work in different fields. By using this centralized information tool, we minimize our research time and maximize our productivity.
The popular Portable Document Format (PDF) is commonly used in the translation industry, especially when dealing with scanned documents or professional communications (e.g. flyers, brochures, magazines, etc.) With Foxit, we can view, create, and edit PDF documents to better accommodate our clients needs.
DTP (DESKTOP PUBLISHING)
For Desktop Publishing (DTP) assignments, we use Adobe Pagemaker to create pages with a professional look and that are ready for publication, including flyers, brochures, letters, magazines, and other communications.
When the task requires some image creation/editing, especially during DTP assignments, we use the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), which is compatible with several popular image formats (jpg, gif, png, etc.)