Compare Competition

Compare Slate™ Desktop with competitive products and services

Baseline CharacteristicsSlate™ Desktop ProSlate™ Desktop StarterSystran Translator 8PROMT Professional 12KantanMTGoogle
SMT
Google
NMT
technology categorySMTSMTRbMTRbMTSMTSMTNMT
predictable (maybe awkward)
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fluid (maybe unpredictable)
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xslate tick small triple
tolerant of bad source grammar
xslate tick small double
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xslate tick question small
better with controlled source authoring
xslate tick small triple
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minority languages
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western European languages
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xslate tick small triple
xslate tick small
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xslate tick small double
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Asian languages (CJK)
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Content Use CasesSlate™ Desktop ProSlate™ Desktop StarterSystran Translator 8PROMT Professional 12KantanMTGoogle
SMT
Google
NMT
focused domain, e.g. clinical trials
xslate tick small triple
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xslate tick small double
xslate tick small double
xslate tick small triple
xslate tick small
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broad domain, e.g. patents
xslate tick small double
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xslate tick small
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documentation and software
xslate tick small triple
xslate tick small triple
xslate tick small double
xslate tick small double
xslate tick small triple
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on-the-fly, short-shelf-life
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xslate tick warn small
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xslate tick small double
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user-generated content
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User ExperienceSlate™ Desktop ProSlate™ Desktop StarterSystran Translator 8PROMT Professional 12KantanMTGoogle
SMT
Google
NMT
customized domain terminology
xslate tick small triple
xslate tick small triple
xslate tick warn small
xslate tick warn small
xslate tick small triple
xslate tick error small
xslate tick error small
on-the-fly terminology updates
xslate tick small double
xslate tick small double
xslate tick error small
xslate tick error small
xslate tick small
xslate tick error small
xslate tick error small
adapts to corrections for future use
xslate tick small double
xslate tick small double
xslate tick small
xslate tick small
xslate tick small double
xslate tick error small
xslate tick error small
protect tags
xslate tick small
xslate tick small
xslate tick error small
xslate tick error small
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xslate tick error small
xslate tick error small
place tags
xslate tick error small
xslate tick error small
xslate tick error small
xslate tick error small
xslate tick small
xslate tick error small
xslate tick error small
CAT integration
xslate tick small double
xslate tick small double
xslate tick error small
xslate tick error small
xslate tick small double
xslate tick small triple
xslate tick small triple
scripting support (API/power users)
xslate tick small triple
xslate tick error small
xslate tick small
xslate tick small
xslate tick small triple
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Licensing CostsSlate™ Desktop ProSlate™ Desktop StarterSystran Translator 8PROMT Professional 12KantanMTGoogle
SMT
Google
NMT
costs per language,
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= inexpensive
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perpetual
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xslate tick error small
xslate tick error small
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subscription
xslate tick error small
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price$549$269$279$290~$500/mo$20/mn chrs$20/mn chrs
activation limit2111N/AN/AN/A
language pairs per licenseAll1111AllAll
Available LanguagesSlate™ Desktop ProSlate™ Desktop StarterSystran Translator 8PROMT Professional 12KantanMTGoogle
SMT
Google
NMT
supported language pairs
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 all of 1,056 +1 of 1,056+306580 +< 10,500
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System RequirementsSlate™ Desktop ProSlate™ Desktop StarterSystran Translator 8PROMT Professional 12KantanMTGoogle
SMT
Google
NMT
Internet connection required
xslate tick error small
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xslate tick error small
xslate tick error small
xslate tick small
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required hardwarenotebooknotebookold PCold PCbrowserbrowserbrowser
engine runs on local computer
xslate tick small
xslate tick small
xslate tick small
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xslate tick error small
xslate tick error small
xslate tick error small
computer size to run engine
xslate tick small
xslate tick small
xslate tick small
xslate tick small
xslate tick small triple
xslate tick small triple
xslate tick small triple
requires TMs
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xslate tick small
xslate tick warn small
xslate tick warn small
xslate tick small
xslate tick error small
xslate tick error small
time to build new engine4-6 hours4-6 hours~1 hour~1 hourhours
xslate tick question small
xslate tick question small
update cycle (immediate, daily, yearly)
xslate tick small triple
xslate tick small triple
xslate tick small
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xslate tick error small
xslate tick error small

Legend

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– Not supported
xslate tick warn small
– Support requires additional purchase or extra configuration
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– Basic support
xslate tick small double
– Stronger support with special features
xslate tick small triple
– Strongest support with additional features
xslate tick question small
– Unknown
N/A– not applicable

The table above shows a representative comparison but it is not an exhaustive list of competitors to Slate™ Desktop Starter.

Special thanks to Lori Thicke at Lexworks because I adapted her scorecard from this 2012 blog, 13 Differences between SMT and RBMT that You Need to Know. I updated Lori’s list based on our experience and comments from Alon Lavie (senior manager of machine translation at Amazon) and Chris Wendt (machine translation program manager at Microsoft) during a podcast interview on Globally Speaking Radio.

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