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<firstimage=”//static.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/translateit.jpg” />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.
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.
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.
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.
Since the program started as a German-English translation service, you can hear the pronunciation of the selected word in English and in German.
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.
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.
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.
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