What is Translation Service?
Translation Service allows you to replace the selected text with a translation in any of several languages—in just one click. It works in any Mac OS X program, so you don’t have to copy and paste text back and forth.
What’s a Service?
A Service is a Mac OS X feature that allows programs to exchange data with one another. Services are available in the Services submenu of the application menu. For example, Translation Service replaces the selected text with a translation.
How do I install Translation Service?
1. Download Translation Service and copy the icon to your Applications folder.
2. Open the Translation Service icon in your Applications folder.
3. Choose “Update Services Menu” from the application menu. Translation Service will be available in programs launched afterwards.
How do I use Translation Service?
Select the text you would like to translate. From the application menu in the current application, choose:
Services ▶ Translate ▶ [language] → [language]
The text will be translated in place. That’s it!
To quickly translate text again in the same direction, choose:
Services ▶ Translate ▶ Again (⇧⌘>)
To quickly translate text again in the opposite direction, choose:
Services ▶ Translate ▶ Back (⇧⌘<)
Note: Sometimes it may be necessary to choose a command from the menu before the keyboard shortcuts will work.
Which languages can be translated?
You can translate text back and forth between the following languages:
English ↔ Deutsch
English ↔ Español
English ↔ Français
English ↔ Italiano
English ↔ Nederlands
English ↔ Português
English ↔ Ελληνικά
English ↔ Ру�?�?кий
English ↔ 한국어
English ↔ 日本語
English ↔ 汉语(简化)
English ↔ 漢語(傳統)
Français ↔ Deutsch
Français ↔ Español
Français ↔ Italiano
Français ↔ Nederlands
Français ↔ Português
Français ↔ Ελληνικά
In the Preferences, you can choose which languages appear in the Translate menu, and assign your own keyboard shortcuts.
Which applications does Translation Service work in?
Services work in applications that were designed for Mac OS X ("Cocoa" applications), such as TextEdit, Mail 1.x, Stickies, OmniWeb, Safari, Keynote, and Xcode.
Services do not work in most applications that were ported from Mac OS 9 ("Carbon" applications), such as Microsoft Office, AppleWorks, or America Online. However, services do work in some updated Carbon applications, most notably BBEdit and the Finder.
Further, the selected text must be editable, since Translation Service replaces the selected text with a translation. For example, you can't translate the text in a web page, an incoming mail message, or a PDF. In these cases, you should copy the text to a compatible program, or use the translation window. To translate an incoming message in Mail, just hit reply and translate the quoted message.
Can I translate text directly using Translation Service?
If you prefer, you can translate text directly in the Translation Service application. Choose File ▶ Translate (⌘T) and the translation window will appear.
Enter your text in the top field, choose languages to translate from and to, and click the Translate button. The translated text will be displayed in the bottom field.
How reliable are the translations?
In general, machine translation should be regarded as an aid, but it is up to you to double-check anything that you translate. KavaSoft is not responsible for the accuracy of the translations.
What does the icon mean?
The icon for Translation Service is 譯, the Traditional Chinese character for "translate."
Oh, and they’ll be no application tommorow, as we switch to a better server