Competing Translators Collaborate to Improve Translation Tool

Tomedes Translation Company recently launched a translation tool with help from the translation community

Sep 04, 2013, 07:00 ET from Tomedes Ltd

TEL AVIV, Israel, September 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Tomedes translation company, a leader in worldwide translation services, recently brought together competing translators to improve a translation tool. The word count ratio tool was launched by Tomedes about two months ago and was created to assist the entire translators' community with their everyday translation projects.  

In a recent poll conducted by Tomedes in a forum, roughly 45-50% of the translators responded that they believe there's fierce competition within the translation industry. Another 5-10% said they were unsure about competition or that there was competition between translation companies but not necessarily between individual translators. The rest of the respondents stated that they didn't feel there was much competition amongst highly skilled or specialized translators.

One of the translators who responded in the poll stated, "I think starting out can be a difficult time. Perhaps this is when translators may feel as if they really are in direct competition with everyone else in their language pair. A newcomer might start browsing, and feel inadequate when they see people with multiple language pairs claiming to specialize in everything from accounting to zoology."

Regardless, just like in any other industry these days, translators are trying to keep busy and make money and get as much business as possible. But instead of worrying about the competition, dozens of competing translators came together to improve the Tomedes word count ratio tool. The word count ratio tool is used to help translators predict how many translated words they will end up with for a given document, to make pricing calculations easier and guess free.

The launch of the tool was received with great interest from the translation community and since the tool was launched, a plethora of data has been collected from individual translators who have input data from their own professional experiences. Since the tool is crowd source based, the more data that is added, the more accurate the word count ratio tool will become. The more accurate the tool becomes, the more useful it will be in helping the entire translators' community.

About Tomedes:

Tomedes ( is a leading global translation company, with thousands of professional linguists and translators across the globe. It provides translation and localization services to major Fortune 500 companies, international enterprises and small businesses alike.

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