The CAT Tool

Machine Translation in the CAT Tool

Machine Translation (MT) is the translation of source content to a target language, by AI rather than by human translation resources. Machine Translation can be configured as a translation provider in a workflow, or as a language resource for linguists in the CAT Tool. This article covers the latter.

MT appears in the CAT Tool in the Language Resources panel. If a linguist avails of this resource and saves a machine translation in the CAT Tool, the action is technically executed by a human and therefore, the translations are stored in the Translation Memory, and are counted as Processed Words.

Enabling MT in the CAT Tool

MT must be enabled for use in the CAT Tool.

To enable MT in the CAT Tool:

  • Go to Account Settings > Integrations.
  • Click CAT Tool Settings.
  • Click the toggle ON to enable MT in the CAT Tool.

Default Profile

The default profile is the MT provider that you want used in the CAT Tool. Choose from the dropdown list of profiles configured on the account. For more information on how to configure MT Profiles on an account, see Creating an MT Profile.

Optionally, you can define language-specific rules to use different MT Profiles for different languages in the CAT Tool. For example, you can define "Google MT" as your default MT Profile and "Microsoft MT" for French and Spanish. 

Using MT in the CAT Tool

MT can be found in the CAT Tool under Language Resources panel.

In this panel, a user in the CAT Tool will find the following insertable resources:

  • Translations Memory9
  • Glossary terms
  • Machine Translations (if enabled)

Click or use a shortcut to insert the resource, and use as a translation of the string. The insertable can be modified once inserted as a translation.


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