Trans­la­tor Key­board

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Mac Format - - RATED | IOS APPS - £1.49 De­vel­oper Steve Barnegren, Works with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch Ver­sion 1.0.1 Age 4+

Trans­la­tor Key­board is one of the newly avail­able third­party key­boards for iOS 8 (see p104 for more), and will ap­peal to any­one who reg­u­larly con­tacts speak­ers of other lan­guages. To use it, sim­ply swipe left to se­lect your ‘from’ and ‘to’ lan­guages, then type your mes­sage. Hit the but­ton and let it work its magic, us­ing the Mi­crosoft Trans­late API.

As a key­board, Trans­la­tor Key­board is slightly on the un­re­spon­sive side, fail­ing to reg­is­ter some key taps, which can mean frus­trat­ing er­rors. As with any ma­chine trans­la­tion sys­tem, the trans­la­tions them­selves can be a bit wob­bly – es­pe­cially be­tween lan­guages with sig­nif­i­cantly dif­fer­ing word or­ders. It’s prob­a­bly wise to have a smat­ter­ing of knowl­edge of the lan­guage you’re trans­lat­ing into so you can avoid ob­vi­ous gaffes. For £1.49, though, we don’t ex­pect mir­a­cles, and this handy tool will hope­fully im­prove in tan­dem with the trans­la­tion data­base. Lise Smith

A sim­ple tool that’s use­ful if you send a lot of for­eign lan­guage texts, but be­ware the lan­guage lim­i­ta­tions.

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