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Old 05-14-2017, 11:06 PM   #1
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Google paid translation service question.

Google has a paid translation service, has anyone any experience with that?

My main question is: if I want to translate text in all their available languages, is there an option to do so, entering text only, only once and getting the result in all languages?
The quality of the results with the free service is regularly atrocious even with simple sentences, is it any better with the paid service?

Their site claims that one does not need to remove HTML tags of a website to translate but when I tried that for curiosity on their free service a few years ago, the tags were badly mangled and so was text within quotation marks if my recollection is correct. It seemed at the time that they did not want one to translate one's own site for free.

It also seems that the cost per MB of translated text with the paid service is reasonable.

Any other comment or hint most welcome.

Thank you for your help.
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I have no experience with it, but I'm not surprised they have an option for pay.

I'm not sure I see how much better it would be. The overview of the product seems to indicate that it is a software product where you can try it for free, which is the free translate we already can access on their web. What this seems more to be selling is a set of APIs or library functions where you can integrate their translate engine formally into some software you have and then you pay per month for the engine to translate, up to xx million or more characters.

I've seen good and bad results with the free translate. One thought is that you could try this for a month, pay the $20 and see if you feel it is any better. However I'd search a bit to find out just exactly what they're giving you for $20/mo since my read on it is that you are only getting the capability to use their APIs and not really any expert translation support. I only read the product overview, but that seemed enough to convince me that it wasn't anything more than this and it seemed to point me towards google's cloud a lot so I'm wondering also if you have to sign up for the cloud first and then translate is an add on. I didn't go too far evaluating that because I was only curious. But my opinion seems to not be optimistic here.
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