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Systran Home 6 integrates seamlessly into other applications, like Word, Internet Explorer and Firefox to provide multi-language translations at your fingertips. You can also translate from other languages into English. These features and more make this translation software one of the best available.
Some aspects of Systran’s ease of use and feature set surpass those of higher ranking translation software products. However, Systran is third in the review because its accuracy is lower than the No. 1 and No. 2 products.
Though Systran didn’t score as well in the Effectiveness category as the top two products in this review, Power Translator and Promt, the results were still accurate enough that the user could usually get the gist of the content. The most prominent error that occurred with Systran was complications with word order. At times a sentence would get mixed up and at times resulted in misunderstanding the content of the sentence. Systran didn’t have problems with un-translated words like some other programs. You can see how Systran performed in our tests by looking at the articles 'Test Format' and 'Translation Software Test Results'.
Systran had some great features which set it above the competition and made the program fun and easy to use. This program allows you to translate text from Word, Firefox and Internet Explorer, e-mails and from chat messages.
One of Systran’s standout aspects is the way the program seamlessly integrates with Word and web browsers. The Systran toolbar made it easy to translate selected text from English to 12 different languages. Or, you can simply right click on selected text and Systran gives you four options; Translate, Translate and Replace, Translate and Insert, and Lookup. This makes it very easy to translate text while in Word.
While translating Word files, some programs loose the format of the document, but Systran helps you keep your original formatting intact. It can translate up to 2,000 words at a time from Word documents.
When you are translating text from a web browser, Systran has a side-by-side- display function that allows you to see the source text and target text next to one another. You can also immediately translate your text by a Ctrl+T shortcut on your keyboard.
Another keyboard function is the Crtl+L shortcut which enables you to look up a selected text or word using the Systran system.
You can easily change the language pairs for any text by a simple drop down menu where you can select language pairs. The program will remember the latest language pair you used so you don’t have to input it each time you use the system. Systran also has an automatic source language detection feature which will automatically input whatever language you are trying to translate from.
The dictionaries and ability to auto-identify the source language in Systran are very useful, but we were disappointed that Systran didn’t have integrated spell check or text-to-speech options.
We found Systran to be easy to install and even easier to use. We were especially impressed with Systran’s user–friendliness. This is a program that anyone can use without spending a lot of time stumbling around the system and without extensive time reading through the instructions. Regardless of which application you’re using, the Systran toolbar has the same interface, making it easy to translate text no matter what format the text is in.
Systran provides packages for multiple languages or individual language pairs. They have a variety of languages, including French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian. The price varies depending on the languages you choose and if you decide to purchase a multilingual pack or a language pair. The single language pairs can make Systran less cost-effective, but it’s still a great choice if you know you’ll only need to translate from one specific language.
Systran does an excellent job of integrating to and translating from other programs. Systran can translate text from almost any program you’ll use, like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and web browsers. Systran can also translate PDF and RTF files as well as emails and instant messages.
Systran comes with a user manual and the toolbar has a button to access a categorized help database. There is also a contact tab on the Systran website which can direct you a page with phone numbers and e-mail addresses for sales, technical support and other areas of the company such as press and investor relations.
For anyone looking for quality translation software Systran would be a great choice. Systran Home 6 has a simple interface, effective language engine, great compatibility and includes features that make translating a breeze.
Systran has a unique side-by-side window which allows you to look at both the translation and source text at the same time.
There are not as many language options as other software programs have.
Systran is a quality program which will give you results with little or no errors.