User’s Manual

Quick-start, illustrated instructions and technical details. Some content restricted to slate® desktop customers.


System requirements, activation options, licensing options, features, technical summary & more.


The Introduction includes product information for customers and guests.

Quick Start Guide

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

Install, Update & Uninstall

Details about installing, updating and uninstalling slate® desktop.

Requesting Technical Support

Instructions for requesting technical support, an important part of your slate® desktop experience.


The Lessons are illustrated instructions how to use the application.

1. The Training Corpus

What is a training corpus and how does it differ from translation memories? Learn to select the best resources and use best practices to convert them to a training corpus.

2. The Engine

What is an “engine?” How do you make one? What’s the difference between build, train and tune? Everything you need to know about engines, building and maintaining them.

3. The Evaluation

How do you know if a new engine has the capacity to render translations that reduce your workload? Learn to quickly and accurately evaluate the engine’s capacity.

4. The Deployment

Translate on the build PC or deploy engines to other PCs to work while traveling or share with colleagues.

5. Translate & Automate

Work with slate® desktop engines in your CAT tools or integrate your engines into your applications.

6. Learn & Adapt

slate® desktop runs advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies on your computer.


Information that spans several Chapters and Lessons.

Appendix 1 – Language Details

List of languages, language codes and other language-specific information.

Appendix 2 – Glossaries

Terminology use in this manual and technical support correspondence.

Appendix 3 – Miscellaneous

Instructions for various techniques that span multiple Chapters and Lessions.

Appendix 4 – Moses Core

The Moses Decoder is one of many open source components in slate® desktop.

Appendix 5 – Command-Line

Instructions for the slate® toolkit command-line tool that automates complex tasks. Customers: login for illustrated instructions. Log into Your Account Username or Email Password Remember Me Lost Password?

Appendix 6 – Product Specifications

Features, requirements, licensing and change logs for slate® products.