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Across Systems Releases Language Server v5 SP1
Across continues to focus on controlled processes in translation management
The new capabilities in Across v5 SP1 address current trends in language technology without giving up the central concept of controlled processes and open interfaces. With this clear focus in its solutions, Across has also landed many prominent new customers in recent months, in particular, those from the finance and pharma/medical technology sectors.
Optional Webbased Translation Workflows
In hardly any other area is there as much decentralized work as in the localization of product and company communication. A multitude of various inhouse and external parties are involved in the process, including project managers, inhouse translators, language service providers, freelancers, and proofreaders. With the new Across version, it is now possible for all parties to work entirely via the Web to perform all functions, from translating and proofreading, to project and workflow management. The worker does not need to have an individual installation of the Across software; instead, he can work using a Web browser as client on the respective Language Server. Despite distributed locations, this simplifies continuous processes and client/serverbased work across all workflow steps and delegation levels.
Recently, crowdsourcing has been one of the mostdiscussed buzzwords in the localization industry. In localization crowdsourcing, translation orders are offered to a "crowd" of people instead of being assigned directly to individual people.
The new Language Server version takes this approach, but does not conceive of a "crowd" as an anonymous group of people. Instead, managers of translation projects can define groups of registered users and assign a translation or proofreading task to the person within the group who confirms the order first. Thus there is no need to engage in timeconsuming inquiry into whether translators are currently available; at the same time, the client maintains full data and process control.
Optional Integration of Machine Translation
Machine translation (MT) is currently experiencing a renaissance, even if it cannot yet be used to produce publishing quality results. However, as an integrated process step within a translation workflow, MT can - depending on the type of text, language direction, and quality requirements - increase productivity in the professional environment.
Therefore, in its new product version, Across has implemented a generic interface for the incorporation of nearly any external MT solution. Using MT, text segments not found in the translation memory can, for example, be pretranslated automatically and postedited by a professional translator.
Across users can thereby take advantage of all available technologies and are not bound to individual MT suppliers. For many MT systems, including the products of Asia Online, integration with Across v5 SP1 is already prepared.
Optional Authoring Assistance
Inconsistent wording, grammatical errors, spelling mistakes, and deviations from defined style rules not only reduce the quality of the source text, but also drastically increase the workload and cost of subsequent translation. Therefore, the authoring assistance component crossAuthor has been further optimized in the new version v5 SP1 as an optional module.
crossAuthor is available for all common text editors. It compares the source text with the Across translation memory and terminology system on the one hand and with the grammar and style rules of the Controlled Language Authoring Tool (CLAT) of the IAI Saarbrücken on the other. The editor receives an extensive data and decisionmaking basis for controlled language and translationoriented authoring in real time. The unique integration of database- and rulebased approach optimizes the quality of the source text - and prevents inconsistencies that otherwise multiply with the number of target languages.
"The new version of our Language Server makes the current trends in language technology truly usable for professional users," says Daniel Nackovski, president of Across Systems, Inc. "For example, for the incorporation of machine translation, we are the only supplier to make an easytouse test environment available. And our solutions for authoring assistance offer a degree of integration like no other product in the market."
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