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Study and Translate Smarter with TranslateIt! [MakeUseOf Giveaway]

Jessica Cam Wong 29-11-2010

If you constantly need to translate words by copying and pasting them onto Google Translate or another translation service, you should check out TranslateIt!, available for Windows and Mac, which presents a smart (and faster!) solution for bilingual users wanting to learn new words on the fly.


This week, we’re giving away 10 one-year licenses for the Windows and Mac versions of TranslateIt! worth up to $350 in total. Find out how you can win one after the jump.

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With TranslateIt!, you can view the translation for any word on any document, including PDF files that you mouse over or highlight in conjunction with a hotkey.

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A small window will pop up with the translation to the language you chose in the program settings, where you can also adjust and customize how the popup looks like.


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There are currently 4 languages supported: English, Spanish, Russian, and German. However, you may download additional dictionaries of your choice easily within the app by opening the context menu and select: Service – Download additional dictionaries and follow the instructions.

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Since the program started as a German-English translation service, you can hear the pronunciation of the selected word in English and in German.


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When you hover over a word that TranslateIt! doesn’t have in its database, it will list similar but lexically modified words, which you might then be able to find the translation of. Another handy feature found in the Settings is reverse translation, which allows you to see a translation of the translation for more precise matching and definition.

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In addition to the instant translation features, you can also translate whole paragraphs of text with the built-in Google Translate-powered dialog box, which you can access by right-clicking the system tray icon, and selecting Translate Text.


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TranslateIt! also not only does translations, but it also carries dictionary features. You can search for definitions to words on Wiktionary, and add entries to your User dictionary which is separate from the Common Dictionary that contains standard translations.

If you rely on browser extensions to search for translations of words, TranslateIt! definitely is worth a try as it creates a most seamless experience, and works not only in browsers, but with other programs, as well as offline.

Coincidentally, a new version of TranslateIt! for Mac was just released today with loads of updates and a renewed text translation tool. Check it out on the TranslateIt! i3 for Mac homepage.


How do I win a copy?

It’s simple, just follow the instructions.

Here’s our giveaway form. Please fill it in accurately. Be sure to enter your real name and email address so that we can get in touch if you are chosen as a winner. Click here if you can’t view the form.

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You must be a fan of our Facebook page to enter;
Individuals who are over the age of 18. If you are under 18, get your parents to participate on your behalf;
Individuals who reside in a country embargoed by the United States; Belgium, Norway, Sweden, or India are not permitted to enter.

This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, Dec 3rd at 2100hrs PST. The winners will be selected at random and announced via email.

If you own a website with a decent number of followers, you can actually try getting a review license directly from the developers. Just head over to this page for more information.

Spread the word to your friends and have fun!

MakeUseOf would like to thank TranslateIt! for their generosity while participating in this giveaway. Interesting in sponsoring? We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with us via email.

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  1. leslie
    December 4, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Hello, I commented on this giveaway after entering, but my comment is gone. Does this mean I am not elegible for the giveaway. (I Live in UK)

    • Jessica Cam W.
      December 5, 2010 at 9:02 am

      Actually, you didn't have to comment here. Your participation is counted as long as you followed the 3 steps listed in the article.

  2. Velomac
    December 4, 2010 at 4:59 am

    Hi Jessica,

    I'm trying to enter the contest, but the "form is no longer accepting submissions. It's 20:55 PST. Please accept my entry.


    • Jessica Cam W.
      December 4, 2010 at 8:22 am

      Your entry was received!

  3. Velomac
    December 4, 2010 at 5:59 am

    Hi Jessica,

    I'm trying to enter the contest, but the "form is no longer accepting submissions. It's 20:55 PST. Please accept my entry.


  4. malkhaz
    December 1, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    awesome offer, thank you

  5. Ben Lang
    December 1, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Wow awesome giveaway

  6. Twidium
    December 1, 2010 at 7:11 am

    TranslateIt! is not translatoor, this is dictionary! Text translation is one of many features

  7. Anonymous
    November 30, 2010 at 11:27 am

    From Google Translate License:

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    Specifically on point 3. (License From Google)
    "You may not use the API or the Results for, as the basis of, or in connection with any commercial use, application, or development. You may not use, distribute or otherwise make available your Application for any commercial purpose."

    Intriguing application...

  8. BarrysCool
    November 30, 2010 at 3:23 am mean is that. Only a one year licence, if they are giving it away for all the publicity they get it should be lifetime giveaway.

  9. ænon1mus
    November 30, 2010 at 2:42 am

    We have to exclude certain countries from participating in order to comply with Facebook's promotion guidelines

  10. Shubham0075
    November 29, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    hey why is india not allowed ?