Babylon

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Babylon review by Robert R.
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"A trusted workhorse"

What do you like best?

This review is for the standalone version 7.x I use: It's always there when you need it, it's quite pleasingly customisable (app and background colors, font size for readibility, window size and placement on your screen, and even transparency, if you must...), plus you can search and add free specific dictionaries that people have put together online. It has a small footprint and remains as you installed it. It can even be reinstalled over the years with no fuss as all software used to be, amazing! It also shows defitinions from wikipedia (when they exist), which is quite handy, too. If you're a translator that does not care for the new stuff and if you can still find it, purchase version 7.x so you can keep it and forget newer versions with the online integration options, etc. I have not checked its new versions, but it seems to translate up to 13 languages and works with all major OSs. You can use its default shortcut key (F10) to call it up, say within Microsoft Word, though this does not always work if other apps you have conflict with it. As a real plus it can also convert any currency, measurement or time values to your local. It's a handy swiss-army tool for a translator for quick searches. For technical translations you can add to its power with the free area-specific dictionaries and glossaries you can plug-in to it, as I mentioned above. It also has word-to-speech that you use to pronounce a given word, though it is, of course, computer speech.

What do you dislike?

As an old workhorse it has some bugs... especially if you stay with the older version 9 (as I have) and have not allowed any of the updates that "integrate" you online and so on (and spoil what was good, IMHO) that I really dislike and, for my use as a translator, is an annoying way to use such a tool. I like to have it siting in my tray to be called up when needed and that's all! That said, these are the bugs which were never corrected since way back the app moved on to other more modern versions of itself: It often insists on showing dictionary definitions you never chose and can't disable, such as translations vietnamese and hebrew, you get the picture....! So, in this sense, for some reason it does not stick to the language pair you've chosen upon installation or later. The search field is bugged when it comes to hitting the back key to retype a word, say to change spelling etc., it just does not work. After a while you'll get used to not trying to and just select and retype the entire word again. When searching for a word or expression, it sometimes does not turn up any results even for a rather common term or expression used in the corporate world, for instance.. If one could count on updates for version 7.x that did not spoil or change the app, that would be wonderful, however I do not risk that. Integration with the likes of Linguee and Google Translate in its results panel and with style/grammar apps such as Whitesmoke would also be great. Tools for translators who work 'in the cloud' or with teamwork or machine translation at a distance are probably available in newer versions, though thse are not necessary if you work in your own way or just want a handy tool for such. Some anti-virus and tuneup software (like system mechanic and avg) don´t like babylon for some reason and though they do not interfere with its workings, they do always offer to uninstall it or rate its as a 'poor' (2 star) app, drawing from their user base, but these notions are arguable and don't apply to everyone's use of it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're a "normal" user, go for the standalone 7.x version which is old but handy. If not, google the new versions and see if they fit your bill.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Translation equivalents on the fly, working alongside my word processor.

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Babylon review by Kielse N.
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"Paid version doesn't work on Mac and their support just ignore you"

What do you like best?

In the past I used this software on windows and it was great. It worked well and it helped me when I was learning a new language. That was many years ago and looks like the company has changed a lot, because my experience today isn't good at all.

What do you dislike?

Nowadays the software doesn't work on Mac, despite they sell that it works. Their support doesn't reply my messages and worst: their customer service sent their tech support messages that also were ignored :/

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't buy it. It doesn't work on Mac and they wont give any support. We asked refund and they ignore it as well.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Unfortunately none. I was expecting to use this software to help me learn a new language (French), but the app doesn't work on many different macbooks Pro that I tried with different Mac OS versions.

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Babylon review by User in Non-Profit Organization Management
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" An average translation software"

What do you like best?

Good quality of translations, doesn't change the context, auto-detection of language, has a free version and most importantly has a big range of languages.

What do you dislike?

Price is somewhat high, unresponsive customer service. It gets detected by anti-malware software as a threat also its toolbar is considered adware.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's an average translation software so in case you want a good one you could give it a try but I recommend you first check if they handled and fixed their customer service issues

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I personally use it to translate words and phrases for various articles and proposals either for work or free reading and having it always in my desktop saved me a lot of time instead of having to open a translator using the browser

Babylon review by User in Civil Engineering
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"All the translation I need in one place"

What do you like best?

It has a very accurate translation as it doesn't change the context as much as some of its counterparts. has a variety of languages to translate from and to. it gets very well integrated with the browser so that I can just translate any word I want with one click.

What do you dislike?

Despite how amazing the software is, its support is not that great though.

Recommendations to others considering the product

babylon will save you a lot of time and effort if you use language translation on daily basis or frequently

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Translating from one language to another has always required using the default software which was no longer efficient but after using babylon, the translation process became much more efficient and saved us a lot of time.

Babylon review by User in Education Management
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"Babylon works"

What do you like best?

The use of babylon is crucial in my interpreting and translation jobs.

What do you dislike?

The cost of babylon is higher than i expected.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to translate quicker and more effectively.

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