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Free Software for Translators

The world of free and open source software FLOSS has made considerable progress in recent years. So, a translator's desktop on the basis of FLOSS is really possible today. We compiled a collection of software for the purpose of translation, and propose a two steps approach either in the form of a collection of software applications or an entire operating system complete with applications for translators.

Phase 1: FOSS collection - USB-Trans

On a pc with a preinstalled Windows operating system you can find a lot of free applications to use for your translation work (FOSS = free and open source software). We propose a collection of the following applications (please download USBTrans):

  • Office (text processing, presentation, spreadsheet, database): LibreOffice
  • PDF: Sumatra PDF-Reader
  • WWW-Browser: Mozilla Firefox
  • HTML Editor: Kompozer
  • Website-Download: WinHTTrack
  • Translation Memory: OmegaT
  • Translation Editor (TMX, XLIFF): Virtaal
  • TM Alignment: BiText2TMX, AlignAssist, LF-Aligner
  • Translation File Management: Max Utilities, Okapi Tools
  • Concordancer: TextStat, AntConc
  • Terminology Management: Foreign-Desk TermBase
  • Mindmaps and Hierarchies: Freemind
  • Video Subtiling: Gaupol
  • Project Management: ProjectLibre
  • File Management: DoubleCommander
  • Reference Management: JabRef
  • Password Management: KeePass
  • AntiVirus ClamWin
  • Unit Conversion: ConvertAll
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Please download the USBTrans compressed file, extract and copy it to a USB stick of at least 2 GB and you can use the applications without installation of any kind.

Phase 2: Open Source Platform - tuxtrans

If you want to work completely without commercial software of any kind, you should make use exclusively of Open Source Software (see FSF GPL V3, OSI)).

For an operating system we can recommend Linux and all its varieties (see Distrowatch). Our proposal is tuxtrans, a linux distribution with a lot of software applications relevant for translation. Get  a complete preconfigured pc system and start working, i.e. translating! tuxtrans desktop

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