MateCat

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MateCat is an enterprise-level, online CAT tool which makes post-editing and outsourcing easy.

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MateCat review by Mariela  P.
Mariela P.
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"Using Matecat to translate faster from Spanish into English"

What do you like best?

First of all, to use Matecat you only need to upload a document to the website and choose the source and target languages; once this is done, Matecat provides you with two general choices, either you work with the automatic translation for free or submit your document for paid professional translation. I've only used the automatic translation, I haven't paid anything and I've been able to work on the website using an internet connection, downloading the final draft (corrected by me), or downloading a preview and working without an internet connection.

As for the automatic translation, even though it generally presents grammar mistakes or too literal translation, Matecat provides you with three options with different levels of accuracy to translate separate sentences, paragraphs and even phrases; but if you don't like either or can think of a better way to translate them, you can write your own translation.

You can translate specific chunks of the text (separated by Matecat based on punctuation marks) instead of seeing the whole text on the screen all the time, which, I believe is fantastic because it keeps you focused on that particular paragraph, sentence or phrase.

The website is user friendly, it's organized; if you work directly on it, it keeps the format of the original text untouched (fonts, margins, style...), shows spelling mistakes and provides you with help to be able to translate without problems. And, a bonus, if your internet connection goes down, your work will be saved (only for you to see it) on the website, so you can come back later and keep working.

What do you dislike?

Since Matecat is a Computer Assisted Translation tool, in several cases, the translations provided are not quite accurate, based on the target language, or even have grammar mistakes. This means that, in order to have a good experience using this CAT tool, the person must have advanced knowledge of both the source and the target languages. Also, you must pay full attention to each phrase, sentence or paragraph you are translating so that you don't miss any mistake or a too-literal translation, which, even though it could be grammatically correct, it would not make much sense in the target language.

If, by any means, the source language has punctuation mistakes, the chunks of text Matecat separates can break the original ideas and thus, create problems in the final translation.

Finally, if you don't want to work on the website and you download the preview (without correcting it on Matecat first), it's highly probable that you'll end up with a less accurate translation (more work to do), with format problems, and in some cases, with untranslated sentences or paragraphs .

Recommendations to others considering the product

Matecat won't translate anything perfectly for you, you need to work, know both languages you're using and focus on getting the translation done properly, but it will definitely help you work faster.

Anyone who knows at least two languages can work as a general freelance translator as a main or extra source of income; using this website would make it easier for you.

Any document you upload to the website will be kept private and your progress will be saved until you go back. You won't need to worry much about fonts, style, margins, among others; only on correcting the automatic translation so that you can deliver a more accurate one. All of this for free.

Also, if you are not really interested on translating a document yourself, you can submit it and pay for a professional translator to do it for you.

The website provides the future and current users with support, frequently asked questions and a privacy policy. You just need an email account to log in.

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

Currently, my main source of income is being a Freelance Translator, since working as a Teacher (my Profession) in my country didn't result as expected.

Matecat allows me to translate faster and that means I get to earn money faster. Nevertheless, it still requires advanced level of both the Source and the Target Languages so the job gets done correctly; but, as part of it is being done by this Computer Assisted Translation tool, I can work with it and correct it, instead of starting from scratch.

I've also increased my vocabulary having the text as context without the need to check on a dictionary; this translates into being more proficient and able to know about several topics, which can mean bigger opportunities for me as both a Freelance Translator and an English Teacher.

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MateCat review by Jesus R.
Jesus R.
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"A Great Time In Matecat"

What do you like best?

One of the things that I like about Matecat is its user interface and the design of its website, both are very comfortable to look at and do not overload you with information. They have an organized system where you can easily find the information necessary to satisfy the doubts you have about them. Matecat offers you the free option to use its internal translation program which has a very broad database and it feds and it updates through the feedback of the users, which gives it an advantage over other software or websites of free translation. Although this only applies to those people with basic knowledge of the language to be translated.

The system of service plans offered is more directed towards companies or organizations than to the general public, and taking into account the cost of services is affordable compared to the care offered by them, especially for offering the services of professionals trained in the languages they have in their selection together with the option of reviewing the document.

What do you dislike?

In the aspect of translation it still has some flaws in grammar, even when its database provides a better service in terms of translation, It does not have many differences compared to other free translation applications, such as the google translator.

To use the free translation software it is possible that in the first instance you will not be able to locate the option that allows it, you must have information on how the page works to access it, it is unintuitive in that aspect.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend the use of the service that they provide, the facility when organizing the information of the document and translating in a simultaneous way allows a better handling of the information. Out of this, the page offers paid services that can also meet the needs of those who do not have knowledge in the language to be translated.

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

It has allowed me to find a new way to facilitate contact with potential clients and companies with which I could work, In addition to expanding my knowledge in other subjects and languages that I find useful in the future.

What Computer-Assisted Translation solution do you use?

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MateCat review by arsh d.
arsh d.
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"Best online translation software"

What do you like best?

Its easy to install and easy to understand user interface.

Words suggested by this translation software are of professional importance.

It retains original data format after translation

Language translation is faster than other sofyware available in the market.

It gives user meaningful translation with utmost accuracy.

What do you dislike?

Some times faced issue of consistency.

User interface themes like night mode should be available.

Sometimes big files translation causes lag.

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

We are diminishing communication barrier solving language problems for clients settled abroad

MateCat review by User in Translation and Localization
User in Translation and Localization
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"7 years+ experience. Have used matecat for 2 different clients"

What do you like best?

Translated words and how many words are still need to be translated are shown below, and in case of issue with tag it advises you immediately

What do you dislike?

A sentence is split sometimes in 4 or 5 segments and is very difficult to have a full view of the sentence making difficult to make the translation to have sense. Most of the time after translating those 4-5 segments need to go back and check consistency

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a good tool for translation that has a lot of numbers and simple sentences

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

I use MateCat for some agencies I work with and would still working with it to make clients happy

MateCat review by Luis S.
Luis S.
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"Neutral because i use this sometimes"

What do you like best?

IT IS VERY GOOD APPLICATION FOR ALL KINDS OF MATHEMATICAL OPERATIONS AND IT IS EASY TO USE THE GRAPHICS ALSO VERY GOOD

What do you dislike?

I THINK THE DATA ANALYSIS PART COULD IMPROVE THE ANALYSIS TO IMPROVE THE USER'S EXPERIENCE

Recommendations to others considering the product

THEY NEED TO IMPROVE THEIR USER INTERFACE FOR DATA ENTRY AND ANALYSIS

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

I HAVE RESOLVED PROBLEMS ANALYZING DATA FROM STATISTICAL CALCULATIONS RELATED TO THE PERFORMANCE OF SOME SECTORS OF THE COMPANY AND IN PERSONAL CASES ALSO AND HAS BEEN OF GREAT HELP

MateCat review by User
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"matecat : your versatile friend"

What do you like best?

Availability and compatibility: I can use Matecat with my favourite browsers, on a laptop or tablet; most file formats can be uploaded. I also like to be able to dictate the translation.

I also find the colour-coded corrections system very good to work with.

What do you dislike?

not being able to reorganise the segments

Recommendations to others considering the product

Matecat is a very good tool and allows to deliver very high-quality translations.

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

efficiency, consistency, flexibility

MateCat review by User in Translation and Localization
User in Translation and Localization
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"Good tool but needs to be improved"

What do you like best?

You can see how many words you have translated and how much time you will need to spend in order to conclude the translation. It is an easy to use tool

What do you dislike?

When you click on done in one segment it takes you to another part of the translation which does not relate to the previous segment making it difficult for the translation to have consistency unless you read the reference source file outside the tool

Recommendations to others considering the product

Always check the source file outside the tool so your translation can have consistency

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

Translation

MateCat review by User in Internet
User in Internet
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"It is a very good working tool"

What do you like best?

I can use my translations memories for the new translations and my glossary. I can assign a job to another translator when I have a team.

What do you dislike?

It's hard for me to split the translation unit.

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

I can translate faster. I can share my memories and i can work whitg my assistant. In addition, i can take the webinar.

MateCat review by User
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"Very usuful tool for translators"

What do you like best?

I really like the way it segments the parts along the texts. also, it keeps the same format you have previously about the document

What do you dislike?

I thinks they have to improve the use of references

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

When I have to make translations, it is really easy and quick

MateCat review by User in Primary/Secondary Education
User in Primary/Secondary Education
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"Great!"

What do you like best?

The ease to use and the service it provides thinking of it's users.

What do you dislike?

Nothing yet. I'm still relatively new to the platform.

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

I want to become a better translator and find the best solutions and opportunities

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