Signs for translators: love quotes

Sings for translators: love your CAT tool

Signs for translators: love your CAT tool #lovequotes

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How do translators pull an all-nighter?

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Productivity for translators — CAT

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Translator’s lifestyle — “sleep on it!”

 

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Productivity for translators: work environment and set up

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Translator’s productivity (part 3) — “TEnTs”

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“You may have never heard before of the term “Translation Environment tool”. It is a fairly new term, coined as the result of frustration over other names. In the past, the tools we are talking about have been called “Translation Memory” software and “Computer Aided Translation” tools (CAT). But while the first name only paid tribute to one of the many functions in the package, the second one seems a bit bulky and makes it sound like the tool is doing all the work. As we will see, the term “Translation Environment tool” is spot on.

What it does

A good Translation Environment tool supports every role and stage in the translation process. Typically there are seven stages:

  • file preparation
  • content segmentation and indexing
  • database retrieval and translation
  • editing
  • quality assurance
  • database update
  • generation of the translated file.”

Source: Lingo 24 > Translation Resources 

According to a ProZ.com quick poll featured on 22 March 2010, over 50 % of  the translators who responded the poll had not heard the term “TEnT” before.

What about you? Are you familiar with this term? Do you use it?

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Translator’s productivity (part 2) — shortcuts

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“In computing, a keyboard shortcut is a sequence or combination of keystrokes on a computer keyboard which invokes commands in software. Some keyboard shortcuts require the user to press a single key or a sequence of keys one after the other. Other keyboard shortcuts require pressing and holding several keys simultaneously.” Wikipedia

Using shortcuts in your work will undoubtedly help you become more productive. At first it requires a conscious effort to start using them and remember them but with time their use becomes a reflex.

I have adopted a few which I use on a daily basis. However, I’d like to start using some more as they help me optimize my time and increase my productivity.

Below there is a list of links to useful articles with detailed examples of existing keyboard shortcuts that you can easily start using in your daily computing tasks:

What about you? Which shortcuts do you use?

Translator’s productivity (part 1): voice recognition tools

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Backups

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On backups: According to Wikipedia, the primary purpose of backups is “to recover data as a reaction to data loss, be it by data deletion or corrupted data. Data loss is a very common experience of computer users. 67% of internet users have suffered serious data loss.”

Translators are among those computer users whose work may be lost in a matter of seconds. Some translators often forget to make a backup of their files and this may harm their productivity and put them in an unpleasant situation when it comes to meeting the deadline. Making periodic backups should be considered a best practice for translators.

When was the last time you made a backup of your files?

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Note: I originally created this comic for the ProZ.com Translator Playground (this is an improved version).

Some colleagues have come up with nice suggestions (some are even better than mine!) ProZ.com is now running a competition to choose the best among the suggestions. If you would like to vote you can do so here.