May 4, 2011

Software WhiteSmoke 2011

With translations that are up to 95 percent accurate, WhiteSmoke 2011 offers quality translations for your home or business needs. This translation software has the ability to integrate with variety of common applications to enhance your translating experience. And it offers translation for nine different languages. WhiteSmoke 2011 is a user-friendly application that works with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 programs.

Effectiveness:

When searching for translation software, finding one that offers superb translation accuracy is necessary and can be difficult. WhiteSmoke offers very accurate translations, particularly when compared to several similar translation applications we tested. We entered a paragraph from a Spanish version of “Little Red Riding Hood” through the software’s translator. All of the words were translated correctly, with only a few errors in plural or singular forms of words. There were also several punctuation errors in the translated text that prevented WhiteSmoke from receiving 100 percent in our test. For more information on how we tested WhiteSmoke’s effectiveness, read our article, The Translation Test Format.

Features:

WhiteSmoke 2011 offers full-text translation. This makes it possible for you to translate documents longer than just a few single words or phrases. One of the standout features this translation software provides is a multilingual dictionary. This dictionary has eleven languages you can choose from, which is more than the number of languages available for full-text translation. The dictionary not only gives you your standard results, but also provides any results found within Wikipedia.

This software can add a WhiteSmoke Toolbar to your web browser. This toolbar gives you access to search engines, translating tools, grammar checks and WhiteSmoke’s dictionary while you're online. These tools don't provide as much detailed information as you would receive when entering text directly into the software, but it provides a quick and easy way to enter text and receive either a translation or the information you need.

WhiteSmoke does not include all the translation features of our top-rated products. For example, there is no option to receive instant translation of complete web pages, and it lacks a text-to-speech pronunciation guide for phrases or even specific words. To be fair, however, WhiteSmoke isn't strictly a translation application. this software specializes and excels in enhancing your writing. It offers grammar checks, style checks, and letter and document templates. But for an application that doesn’t specialize exclusively in language translation, it offers the features that will get the job done accurately and efficiently.

The spell-check feature in this translation software helps when you're translating text to or from the English language. The spell checker points out any mistakes you make with the wrong words – such as their or they’re – and offers you a list of suggestions on any written text entered in the software. Also, a template section contains generic documents to assist you with your writing needs. And if you need one of these documents in another language, it is simple to copy and paste the document into the translator and let the software produce your document in the language of your choice.

Ease of Use:

WhiteSmoke’s interface was simple to use and even easier to navigate. There are four tabs located on the top of the interface that let you access the writer, translator, dictionary or template sections of the software. Each portion is straightforward, and the software clearly shows you the steps you must take to receive your translation, definition or writing advice.

Even though this translation software has such a simple interface, we were disappointed with its shortcut feature. The software allows you to create a keyboard shortcut so that you can open the software from the desktop or while you're working in other applications. Once we had established what our shortcut keys were, it took several tries before WhiteSmoke would open. In fact, we had to change the shortcut keys several times before we found any key combination that worked on a consistent basis.

Available Languages:

This translation software offers nine languages for translating your text. These languages range from European to Asian, and the software can translate full text or just words and phrases. WhiteSmoke’s dictionary feature offers two additional languages, Korean and Turkish.

Supported Formats & Files:

WhiteSmoke has the ability to integrate with Microsoft Word as well as some instant messaging applications. Additionally it supports translation of several file types, including common email formats and PDF files. We found no difficulty integrating any of the programs and found this software worked well with word and RTF documents, HTML, email and PDF files.

Help & Support:

It's possible to access a representative quickly for technical support with this translation software. Telephone and email support are available, as are with live chat capabilities. The live chat support for WhiteSmoke is ideal, as it provides immediate assistance and makes it possible to receive timely responses to any inquiries you may have about the software. An FAQs section is available on WhiteSmoke’s website. It offers a few answers to common questions, but we were disappointed at the lack of in-depth information. A user guide is available to help assist you through the software and particularly through the installation process. One drawback to WhiteSmoke’s help and support services is they lack a user forum. Forums are useful because they provide a place to receive feedback, advice or additional support from other product users.

Summary:

WhiteSmoke 2011 offers several outstanding features. The software is compatible with a variety of formats and files, and most importantly, it provides outstanding translation accuracy. We do wish this product contained more translation features, but the features provided are adequate to fulfill the purposes of using this translation software

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