Quick Start Guide

Instructions to set up slate® desktop and create your first personalized translation engine.

This guide walks you through steps to set up slate® desktop and configure your CAT to use your first translation engine. Each section is a quick reference with high-level steps and a screen shot. Follow the section’s link(s) to the chapter with detailed information. This guide uses Dutch to English samples from the Documents\slate® desktop Samples\Corpus Docs folder.

1. Prepare Translation Memories

Use your CAT or another tool to convert your translation memories from the tool’s native translation memory format(s) to TMX files.

The Dos and Don’ts Preparing Translation Memories appendix guides you to convert TMs to TMX files for slate® desktop. You’ll need the TMX files in step 5 below.

Convert translation memories to TMX files

2. Download slate® desktop

Log-in to slate.rocks and download your installer.

You’ll find more information about your account and downloads in this chapter: Your Account Dashboard.

Account download links

3. Run the Installer

Double-click the installer and answer the wizard’s prompts. The installation process authenticates & activates your license key, downloads the components you select and places icons on your desktop and Start menu.

Confirm components to install

4. Run slate® desktop

Click the “slate® desktop” icon in the Start menu.

Windows Start menu
slate® desktop dashboard

The first time slate® desktop starts, the Engine Summary list will be empty. Click the small question mark icon in the upper-right. Then click a button or screen item to show tooltips with more information about the feature you clicked.

5. Import TMX Files

Click the Manage inventory button and import TMX files.

  • Add label details about the TMX
  • Click Add file(s) button
  • Browse the Windows folders to find and select the file(s).
  • The new files appear in the inventory.
  • Repeat to add more TMX files. Change the details as necessary for the files.
Training corpus inventory screen

6. Build the Engine

Click the Build an engine button.

  • Enter the 2-letter source language code.
  • Enter the 2-letter target language code.
  • The inventory list updates to display only items matching the language codes.
  • Enter a Build name to identify the engine.
  • Click, Ctrl-click and Shift-click inventory items to select multiple inventory items for the engine.
  • Click the Build now button.
  • Confirm to start the build process.
Build engine screen

7. Wait…

slate® desktop builds the engine in an 12-stage process. Green progress bars indicate the status.

It’s best to start the build process in the evening because a typical engine with 100,000 to 300,000 segments will process overnight.

Build progress

8. Review Engine Summary

Select an engine in the top list to display its Summary details with vital signs in the lower window.

The vital signs of a medical patience ‘s life-sustaining functions are body temperature, pulse rate, respiration rate and blood pressure.

Every slate® desktop engine has vital signs. They give us clues about its capacity to render translations that reduce the translator’s work. They include evaluation set, edit distance, quality quotient and two BLEU scores.

Vital signs

9. Configure and Use Your CAT

Use your engine in your CAT.

  • Open your computer-assisted translation tool.
  • Configure the project to use the slate® desktop machine translation connector.
  • Configure the connector to use your new engine
  • Automatically receive suggestions while you work.
Machine translation in your CAT