WALTHAM, Mass., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- In a move that will revolutionize
traditional translation memory technology,
Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: LIOX), a provider of solutions for
worldwide deployment of technology and content, today announced that the
ForeignDesk suite of translation memory tools is available as open-source
software. Lionbridge also announced that ForeignDesk will be the first
publicly available Computer Aided Translation (CAT) technology to natively
support the translation of software designed for the Microsoft .NET Framework.
Lionbridge decided to open-source the ForeignDesk suite in order to
rapidly create a free, publicly available desktop-based Translation Memory
(TM) technology. The source code and binary software for ForeignDesk will be
provided under the BSD license.
"It is our belief that TM technology has evolved to a point where it is
ready to be featurized into larger systems, such as content management
systems," said Jonathan Clark, Chief Technology Officer, Lionbridge.
"ForeignDesk is a mature product with a number of unique, industry-first
patented and patent pending components that will be of great benefit to end
users as well as to developers who elect to integrate or modify the
ForeignDesk embraces industry standards such as XML and TMX (Translation
Memory Exchange), providing users true interoperability with off-the-shelf
products. By publishing complete source-code, ForeignDesk is also an ideal
environment to field-test and integrate support for evolving standards such as
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"Lionbridge's decision to support the .NET Framework and make the
ForeignDesk software available to users at no cost, demonstrates the company's
vision for globalization technology," said Alain Gentilhomme, director of
evangelism, Developer Division at Microsoft Corp. "We have enjoyed working
with Lionbridge and will continue to work together to extend the .NET
Framework support within ForeignDesk."
"Lionbridge's strategic decision to open-source ForeignDesk is important
for the industry, as it provides a platform to support the translation of
embedded systems, such as the Visor line of handheld computers and Treo
communicators," said Mohamed Shoukry product localization Manager at
Handspring, Inc. "Lionbridge and Handspring have worked together to support
the localization of PalmOS software designed for Handspring devices, using
ForeignDesk. We look forward to continuing this effort, in the open-source
"ForeignDesk is the most versatile and powerful translation memory tool
available for the processing of UI and HTML files. Supporting standard and
non-standard file formats is a breeze," said Scott Cahoon Localization Project
Manager, Ariba. "While other TM tools require you to meet their rigid format
requirements, ForeignDesk is able to adjust to accommodate almost any format."
"Opensourcing a powerful tool like ForeignDesk opens opportunities for
clients who otherwise consider translation memory tools cost prohibitive,"
said Carrie Livermore, senior localization manager, Hyperion. "It will also
allow them to get a handle on content management and ultimately save their
Open-Source ForeignDesk Benefits End-User and Developer Communities
By releasing ForeignDesk free of charge, Lionbridge is providing end users
with access to a fully functional TM product they can use to produce
translations in a wide variety of file formats.
This will also benefit the development community in the globalization
sector, and in related industries such as content management who can integrate
translation memory into their own applications. Lionbridge engineers have the
technical support expertise necessary to assist in these integration efforts.
"We anticipate that open-source and the Microsoft .NET Framework will have
tremendous impact on all industries, including our own," said Rory Cowan, CEO
of Lionbridge. "By making ForeignDesk available as open-source software, we
are enabling the end-user technology to evolve, while we focus on developing
the next generation globalization applications aimed at supporting core
The complete suite, source code and supporting documentation will be
distributed through the Web, free of charge at http://www.foreigndesk.net/
hosted as part of the SourceForge project.
Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. provides solutions for worldwide deployment
of technology and content to global 2000 companies in the technology, life
sciences and financial services industries. Lionbridge testing and
compatibility services, globalization solutions, and multilingual content
management technologies help clients reduce cost, speed time to market, and
ensure the integrity of global brands. Based in Waltham, Mass., Lionbridge
maintains facilities in England, Ireland, The Netherlands, France, Germany,
China, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, and the United States. ForeignDesk
is a trademark of Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. To learn more, visit
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