What are CAT tools?
Computer-assisted translation (CAT) tools help translators and linguists increase their productivity. The software organizes translatable text into smaller segments, which can be recalled later during the process to maximize re-use, thereby increasing consistency and efficiency. Originally desktop-only, recent CAT tools have been deployed via the cloud. The most modern take a hybrid approach that enables translators and translation project managers to work seamlessly online or offline, using desktop tools or browsers, or even work on the go using mobile apps.
A typical CAT Tool provides the following capabilities:
- Translation memory
- Terminology management
- Machine translation access
- Custom dictionaries
Example Use Cases
CAT tools have many use cases, including:
- Standardizing translation work
- Managing linguistic assets and data
- Repurposing previous translation effort
CAT tools benefit translators in a variety of ways, allowing them to:
- Translate more content
- Manage projects easily
- Increase consistency and quality