The Translator's Tool Box:
A Computer Primer for Translators

Version 11

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As any good craftsman can tell you, it's not enough to simply have the right tool for the job—you've also got to know just how to use it. The Translator's Tool Box, written by working translator Jost Zetzsche, is filled with expert advice on which software tools you'll need to save time (and make more money), the best way to use these tools, and which popular tools you can do without. You'll find:

  • Specific instructions for fine-tuning your operating system so it works best for you.
  • A library of freeware and shareware programs that allow you to operate more efficiently—and advice on which applications to avoid at any price.
  • An insider's guide to computer-assisted translation tools—what they are and how they can work for you.
  • How to translate complex file formats, including XML, help systems, desktop publishing formats, database content, PDFs and software development formats.
  • Detailed assessments of quality assurance procedures and translation environment tools.
  • All you need to know to guard yourself against spam, viruses, phishing, and the many other Internet threats.
  • Information on standalone terminology tools, alignment, translation memory maintenance, and dealing with graphics.
  • Using machine translation in translation environments.
  • New in 11th Edition of the Tool Box!The latest generation of translation environment tools: Trados Studio 2014, memoQ 6.8 and many more.
  • New in 11th Edition of the Tool Box!What translators need to know about Windows 8 and 8.1.
  • New in 11th Edition of the Tool Box!How to make a decision for which translation environment/CAT tool.
  • And much more.

The original Translator's Tool Box garnered an enthusiastic response from the translation community, and this expanded 400+-page edition provides you with a wide array of additional practical tips on how to make your computer the productivity tool it ought to be. To see for yourself, please click here to view the table of contents and the comprehensive index.

The Translator's Tool Box is published by International Writers' Group and is available exclusively as a PDF file. Its cost of $50 will be quickly offset by the savings you'll begin experiencing immediately as you put its suggestions to use in streamlining your translation work. If you've already purchased earlier editions of Translator's Tool Box, you may upgrade to the new edition for only $25.

Every owner of the Translator's Tool Box will automatically receive a free annual subscription to the Premium edition of the Tool Box Journal (a $25 value)  

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Exclusive offer for ATA members: If you are a member of the American Translators Association, you can purchase the book for only $30 (just enter the correct amount in the field below and let me know that you are a fellow ATA member)!

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