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including the option of
selecting one of 16 domains
and up to one million
characters per month. (All
fees that are payable to the
original MT providers are
paid by Intento.)
y Localization Expert for
$75/month: This will
provide access to all
non-customizable and
customizable engines with
your own credentials,
including the option
of selecting one of 16
domains and up to one
million characters per
month with the possibility
of incremental payments
for overage use. (All fees
that are payable to the
original MT providers are
paid by Intento.)
You can find the different
options and offerings listed at
inten.to/localization-teams.
While the second option is
attractive, my sense is that
the first will be the most
popular with translators.
Why? Because the main
differentiator is access to
customizable MT engines,
including AutoML, DeepL
(with its terminology
training component),
Google, Microsoft's Custom
Translator, ModernMT, and
many others. I have a hard
time imagining a single
translator building and
maintaining several different
MT engines that they would
like to access through a tool
like Intento. Although, for a
small or mid-sized language
services provider, the
latter option might very well
be interesting.
By the way, before you
apply your preferred MT
engine to your text, you can
run a test that compares
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several outputs in the Intento
Console. Or you can just
select the engine you might
know is likely to produce
the best results right in your
translation environment.
The first time I wrote
about Intento in my Tool
Box Journal newsletter, I
stated: " I very strongly
encouraged Konstantin
Savenkov [Intento's chief
executive officer] to look
into developing ready-made
access plugins for tools like
Memsource, memoQ, and
Trados. " Well, Konstantin
has done that and much
more, and I'm glad they
did. I'm thankful every
time an interesting piece
of translation technology
becomes available not only
to enterprise customers or
language services providers
but to freelancers as well.
And there's no doubt that
Intento's technology is here
to stay. Pavel Doronin, the
product lead at Intento with
whom I talked to for this
article, told me that there are
57 (!) full-time employees
working for Intento around
the world at this point. Also,
the reports on the state of
MT that Intento publishes
annually on its website are
required reading if you're
interested in how the
landscape of MT is morphing
in front of our eyes.
Let me add one thing
that I think is important to
consider when using Intento,
and then a few things I would
like to see in the future.
First, it's really
important to know about
the confidentiality settings
of the different engines.
I've mentioned many
times before that Google,
Microsoft, and DeepL all
assure us that they treat
our data confidentially if
we use their API to access
them (which Intento does),
but my sense is that these
are the exceptions rather
than the rule. Depending
on your clients and their
privacy needs, this is very
important to keep in mind.
In fact, it would be a very
helpful service for Intento
to provide clarity about the
privacy considerations of
their various partners.
Two other options that I
would welcome are:
y The proposal of more than
one engine per segment so
the translator can mix and
match the suggestions.
y A " smart " routing to the
best-suited engine on a
segment and not just on a
document level.
Since I was successful with
my last suggestions (though
it admittedly took three
years), maybe I'll be
successful again.
Jost Zetzsche is chair of ATA's Translation
and Interpreting Resources Committee. He is the
author of Characters with Character: 50 Ways
to Rekindle Your Love Affair with Language.
jzetzsche@internationalwriters.com
This column has two goals: to inform the community about
technological advances and encourage the use and
appreciation of technology among translation professionals.
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It's really important
to know about the
confidentiality settings
of the different engines.
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