MadCap Lingo 9

Scott Bass
MultiLingual January/February 2015
Product Reviews

MT is being increasingly used as a productivity enhancer for translators. Lingo 9 gives users access to three publicly available MT sources: Google, Bing and MyMemory. These are public versions, so users must be aware that their content is being streamed over the internet, and thus security may be an issue. But for rapid translation and post-editing (review of the machine-translated content by a human translator), many users and companies will find Lingo a good option for kick-starting translation work. One added feature of the built-in MT functionality is the ability to do concordance searches on MT results. This is a nice feature to have to quickly check the accuracy of translations across contexts in your content....

The previous version of Lingo only supported TBX-lite import and export. Lingo 9’s termbase now supports importing of TBX, XLS, XLSX or CSV files, putting it on par with virtually any of the termbase tools on the market. As a matter of fact, Lingo now manages resources in a more standardized fashion by having incorporated a Resources ribbon for managing translation memories, termbases and machine translation providers. Also of note is the addition of a link to MadTranslations under the Resources ribbon, which leads to a translation services page on MadCap’s website. Yes, MadCap has joined the service side of the business. With the services division, MadSkills, technical writers have access to consultants who assist with setting up authoring projects in Flare. Now, for translation, the same individuals have a partner who understands the authoring environment and what it takes to support multilingual publishing.

In keeping with its goal of becoming an all-inclusive tool used throughout the translation process, MadCap has improved support for one of the more mundane steps in modern translation: counting words. Lingo always had the ability to count words, but now Lingo 9 makes that information more accessible by generating a log that can be exported to HTML or the XML format for use in third party systems....