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SDL Language Cloud Machine Translation

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is SDL Language Cloud?

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SDL Language Cloud is the industry's first complete cloud translation solution, offering both machine and human translation for efficient, simplified global content creation. Starting with SDL Language Cloud Machine Translation, you can expect new capabilities and services to be released regularly and rest assured that we will keep you informed along the way.

Who can use SDL Language Cloud Machine Translation?

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SDL Trados Studio users can use SDL Language Cloud Machine Translation as part of their translation process, to pre-translate and/or post-edit machine translation content.

Software developers or organizations can use the SDL Language Cloud API to integrate human and machine translation directly into their existing applications.

What is the difference between SDL BeGlobal Community and SDL Language Cloud Machine Translation?

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SDL Language Cloud Machine Translation is the new offering from SDL that replaces SDL BeGlobal Community. SDL Language Cloud is a great way to access free machine translation and other valuable subscription-based services that now include:

  • Access to a generic (baseline) machine translation.
  • Access to AdaptiveMT engines for SDL Trados Studio 2017 users which learn cumulatively and in real-time.
  • Access to SDL trained industry specific machine translation for improved quality when translating for a particular industry.
  • Management and usage of dictionaries to generate personalized, higher quality machine translation output.

Which languages are supported by SDL Language Cloud Machine Translation?

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Click here for a detailed list of all languages supported by SDL Language Cloud Machine Translation.

How can I use SDL Language Cloud Machine Translation in SDL Trados Studio 2017?

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SDL Language Cloud machine translation can be accessed directly within the SDL Trados Studio 2017 user interface. Connect in 3 simple steps:

  • You will be prompted to create an account for SDL Language Cloud. Please use your SDL My Account credentials to create an account (also known as oos.sdl.com account).
  • If you haven't used SDL Language Cloud before you will automatically be signed up to the free package. This is a great opportunity for you to test the value of SDL's unique AdaptiveMT engines.
  • Once you have signed up, you can add the new SDL Language Cloud Machine Translation provider to your SDL Trados Studio projects via the Project Settings (Project Settings -> Language Pairs -> Translation Memory and Automated Translation).

How good is the quality of the machine translation engines?

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Quality of the machine translation (MT) output varies depending on your content type and the languages you are using. The best way to check the quality is to test our various engine types with your own content. Take advantage of the free package which, for SDL Trados Studio 2017 users, includes an AdaptiveMT engine allowing you to build up your own unique MT engine that learns from your edits.

Can I continue to use SDL BeGlobal Community instead of SDL Language Cloud?

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For users of SDL Trados Studio 2014 and above, the SDL BeGlobal Community service is replaced by SDL Language Cloud Machine Translation and will no longer be accessible.

Do I get free machine translation usage?

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You receive 400,000 characters per month free of charge as part of the free package for users of SDL Trados Studio 2014 or above, or SDL BeGlobal Community for users of SDL Trados Studio 2011 or below.

What happens when I run out of free characters?

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You will have the option to purchase a package including additional characters and services. Packages start from $10 per month. For more information visit our pricing page.

Users of SDL Trados Studio 2011 or below: You will be able to purchase additional characters as part of our SDL BeGlobal Classic offering.

What content is used to train the SDL baseline engines?

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SDL uses data available in the public domain and the data used is never reproduced in its original form. The MT vertical engine is created from a derivative of the original parallel segments data. As this is a derivative of the original data, it does not infringe on any Intellectual Property. The data is neutralized before the vertical is created to remove product names and other client-specific references, thereby maintaining neutrality.

Is my content safe with Language Cloud Machine Translation?

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With SDL Language Cloud Machine Translation you can rest assured that your content is safe. SDL guarantees that your data is not saved or used outside of the scope or timeframe that is necessary to provide you with the service.

For more information, please refer to the SDL Language Cloud Terms & Conditions.

Are my term dictionaries shared with other SDL Language Cloud users?

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With SDL Language Cloud Machine Translation you can rest assured that your content is safe. Your term dictionaries are for your personal use only and are not shared with other users using SDL Language Cloud.

For more information, please refer to the SDL Language Cloud Terms & Conditions.

For AdaptiveMT FAQs click here.