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 technology." 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 XLIFF. Partners Show Support for ForeignDesk OpenSource "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 community." "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 company money." 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 enterprise functions." 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. About Lionbridge 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 www.lionbridge.com MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X48978788
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