LEC creates powerful, efficient and accurate translation software. Power Translator Premium is an LEC product that offers program integration, file translation and text-to-speech pronunciation. This translation software is our TopTenREVIEWS Silver Award winner because it offers 90 percent accuracy, a simple interface and a variety of features. Power Translator comes with premium services and includes a 12-month subscription to Translate DotNet and Translate ToGo. The online subscription service allows you to access more languages and translation tools and once your initial subscription is expired, you can re-subscribe for a discounted price.
Accuracy is essential for translation software and we tested Power Translator’s accuracy by entering a small paragraph from the Spanish version “Little Red Riding Hood.” This software had a 90 percent accuracy rate and translated most words correctly with a few errors scattered throughout the sentences. One of the more distinguishable errors was Little Red Riding Hood’s name was translated incorrectly to Red cap. However, this software did an excellent job with punctuation throughout the sentences. For more information on how we tested each product and for a look at the results, look at the articles The Translation Test Format and Translation Software: Which Are the Most Accurate?
Power Translator Premium is divided into seven different interfaces: LEC MirrorTrans, LEC TransIt, LEC ClipTrans, LEC LogoTrans, FileTrans and 1WorldChat and you can access any of the modules through the LEC Power Translator interface. Each interface has tools that are effective for different applications.
LogoTrans specializes in translating small amounts of text. ClipTrans automatically translates anything copied to Microsoft’s clipboard. This works well for translating emails and other documents. MirrorTrans translates as you work in another window. You could type a letter in Word and the translated version appears in the MirrorTrans window as you type. And TransIt specializes in translating instant messages and chats. The suite also includes one–year subscriptions to Translate DotNet and TranslateToGo. This LEC web-based translation engine will give you the ability to translate to and from many languages.
FileTrans includes OCR, a technology that can recognize and translate digital camera images, PDFs and scanned documents in one-step. It can also translate text only document types, such as XML, ODF, RTF, HTML and Microsoft Word. PowerTranslatorChat gives users the ability to chat with people around the world without having to worry about any sort of language barrier.
One of our favorite features was a program that gives you the option to convert speech-to-text, or text-to-speech. Where some text-to-speech programs had pronunciation only for English, Power Translator uses correct pronunciation for all tested languages (German, Italian, Russian, English, Portuguese, French and Spanish). The voice used for the text to speech feature is computer animated, but is understandable and offers high quality. This feature is ideal for individuals who are trying to learn another language. This feature also comes with the ability to integrate with Microsoft's Speech-To-Text.
Hover translation is another high quality feature provided by this translation software. When you have any text open, either in Microsoft Word or on the internet, you can place you cursor over a word or sentence and get an immediate translation. There are three different ways to use the hover translation feature. You can hover over a word translation, sentence translation or a selected block translation. You can determine the hover type by right clicking on the hover icon and selecting your desired operation.
The software is simple to use and any user can navigate throughout the program. Icons throughout this translation software symbolize each feature and can be activated by simply clicking on one of them. If you do have problems getting one of the features working, the software comes with a booklet, which explains the features and how to operate them.
This translation software comes with a wide variety of language pairs, including languages such as French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese. Unfortunately, not all of these languages come on the disk. The only languages on the disk are German, French, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish and, of course, English. This is not a big deal if you know you will only need to translate from one specific language, but it doesn’t offer as much for your money as some other translation programs. To get more languages you can download them using one of the subscriptions that come with your product.
Power Translator works well with Microsoft Word’s clipboard program as well as with web browsers and email. For any programs that Power Translator does not directly integrate with, you still have the option of copy and pasting text directly into the software’s translation engine and receiving results.
Power Translator comes with a support manual where you will be able to find most answers to any questions you may have regarding this translation software. If, however, you can’t find the answers you need in the booklet, LEC provides a support page where you can look at an extensive list of FAQs, view help files, receive general technical support and even watch a Flash demonstration of your product.
There is also a contact page where you can send an email to LEC, who claims they will respond within a 24-hour period. There is also a phone number to call with sales inquiries, but it can’t be used for technical support, which we found to be an inconvenience.
This translation software is a high-end product with an accuracy to please even the most advanced language users. Whether you are using it for business or personal use, Power Translator Premium is one of the top products on the market when it comes to translation software.
This software's translations have a 90 percent accuracy rate.
Only seven languages are available on the CD-ROM.
Power Translation Premium is one of the most versatile programs and will not leave you disappointed.