Yesterday we launched SmartMATE to the masses. SmartMATE is the first pay-as-you-go on-demand system that anyone can use to build a custom Google Translate/Microsoft Bing style translation engine.
SmartMATE is cheap for freelance linguists to use, and is generally a much higher quality than the public systems offered by Google and Microsoft. The quality of the engine is directly related to the quality of the data used to train it – most freelance linguists maintain high-quality translation memories, since this helps them get good leverage on there jobs and increase turn-arounds. Since SmartMATE builds the custom Machine Translation engines off this data, the translations being output are of high quality and in the style of the linguist.
It’s an very exciting and busy time for us, and the system is very much like other web-systems – it’s not finished, and it never will be. We’ve got a huge list of features to add to the system, and release over the coming months and years.