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WHAT ARE TRANSLATION-SPECIFIC TOOL PROVIDERS AND
DEVELOPERS DOING TO ASSIST TRANSLATORS DURING COVID-19? continued
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Increased the allocation of free machine
translation characters to SDL Trados
Studio users. There may be a greater
need for urgent translations at this time.
Some businesses may also be suffering
from staff reductions. Therefore, for
SDL Trados Studio customers who are
currently on a neural machine translation
package provided by SDL Machine
Translation, we're doubling the number
of free characters per month until the end
of May-and we might extend further
depending on the global situation. This
change shall be automatically applied to
customer accounts and should help them
cope with any surge in demand.
Provided new virtual events and
additional educational activities.
To ensure that we continue to
deliver content, virtual networking
opportunities, and educational activities
that contribute to our customers'
continued professional development, we
have digitized a number of our in-person
events. Check: xl8.link/SDLWebinars.

SMARTCAT
www.smartcat.ai
Smartcat has always provided its
core technology stack at no charge to
freelancers, so this will not change. We
also provide free access to getting work
through our marketplace.
We've found that the issue that most
concerns our freelance users during this
economic downturn is confidence in timely
payments, so here's what we have to offer:
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Payment insurance by Smartcat for
projects contracted through and carried
out on the Smartcat platform.

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Prioritized Payment: Guaranteed
payment within 30 days of project
completion, regardless of the standard
payment schedule of an end buyer.

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Enhanced support to provide answers to
user request within 12 business hours.

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We'll also cover those who have issues
working with customers because of AB 5.

For language services providers,
Smartcat is eliminating per-user licenses,
while offering reduced payment fees and
enhanced vendor-sourcing options. You
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can find more information here:
smartcat.ai/freelancer-offer.

TEXT UNITED
www.textunited.com
Some of our clients are from industries that
have suffered a major hit due to COVID-19
(e.g., hospitality, travel, and automotive).
We're trying to ease the financial impact
for them by delaying their subscription
payments by two to three months. Also,
we're offering these clients free use of our
translation management system until the
end of June of 2020.
To those outside our client base, we'll
provide media channels support in the
translation of articles and video subtitles.
This will help them reach a wider and
international audience to ensure that as
many people as possible understand the
situation and the precautions they need
to take.

TRANSLATED (MATECAT AND MODERN MT)

will offer free online training to help kickstart your translation efforts.
These exceptional conditions will apply
for those working in hospitals, scientific or
diagnostic laboratories, pathology clinics,
residential health facilities, nursing homes,
companies that produce biotechnology,
pharmaceuticals, and other scientific
services. Also eligible are medical device
manufacturers and non-governmental
organizations that help support the delivery
and financing of health care services among
large segments of the population.

WORDFAST
www.wordfast.net
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We implemented, early in the pandemic,
a measure for employed translators who
must comply with containment measures
and work from home. We amended
the terms of our end-user license
agreement to move in-company licenses
to translators' personal computers for free.

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We remain committed to granting
free technology to humanitarian and
relief efforts. During the COVID-19
emergency, our offer is extended to
government-backed efforts, not just nongovernmental organizations.

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We're working on a project management
extension for our online translation
environment, Wordfast Anywhere, that
would greatly help translation workforces
get up and running overnight.

www.matecat.com, www.modernmt.com
To help our community of customers
and translators, we've decided to offer
our best adaptive machine translation
service, ModernMT, for free until May 30.
We will not limit usage. The only limit
will be the capacity of our infrastructure
(hundreds of graphics processing units).
Visit www.modernmt.com to see the range
of application programming interface plans
we have for enterprises and professional
translators. Pick the plan that best fits
your needs and add a credit card (to avoid
spam-you will not be charged).

WORDBEE
www.wordbee.com 	
Now more than ever, it's important that
health-related information be available
to all in as many languages as necessary.
To assist the health care industry in its
efforts, Wordbee is launching a support
initiative by offering Wordbee Translator,
our cloud-based translation management
system, for free for two months. Wordbee
Translator includes everything needed
to translate, revise, and manage projects.
Five users can work simultaneously,
and these users can include in-house
managers, editors, and external freelance
translators. In addition, the Wordbee team

Our offer is valid for the duration of the
crisis worldwide. We'll extend that by three
months after the crisis ends. Of course, no
one can put a specific date on that, but we'll
count the economic aftermath as part of the
crisis. Which means, as far as things go, it's
until Dec 31, 2020.
The Wordfast team appeals to machine
translation providers, such as Google,
Microsoft, and DeepL, to grant free access
during the COVID-19 crisis for translators
working from home.
Jost Zetzsche is chair of
ATA's Translation and
Interpreting Resources
Committee. He is the author
of Translation Matters, a
collection of 81 essays about
translators and translation technology.
Contact: jzetzsche@internationalwriters.com.
www.atanet.org


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