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Moving house (part 3)

Regular visitors might have noticed that I’ve been in the process of moving house most of this year. Having spent the entire summer and most of the autumn living at temporary addresses, we have — finally!! — moved into the place we wanted. Here’s the new address: 6 Herbert Road, Exeter EX1 2UQ Tel: +44 (0)1392 202673

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OmegaT + Google Translate v2 + Mac OS X

OmegaT is a free, open-source, cross-platform computer-assisted translation tool. One of its useful features is an interface to the Google Translate API that enables it to provide a (somewhat helpful) machine translation of each chunk of text as it is being translated. Earlier this year, Google announced that its free translation API is to be replaced with a paid service, and will stop altogether on 1st December 2011. Providing an API key Recent versions of OmegaT are compatible with the paid service (Google Translate v2), but before you can use it you have to set up an account with Google and give them your credit card details. In return, you’ll get an identification code called an API key that OmegaT will need when interacting with Google. However, the OmegaT developers haven’t yet made it very easy to enter this key. Windows users can provide this information by adding the following line to the OmegaT.l4J.ini configuration file (replacing “xxxx” with your actual API key): -Dgoogle.api.key=xxxx On other operating systems, the API key has to be provided as a command line argument when the OmegaT Java application [More…]

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Header image: Basin and dipper at Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社) in Miyajima, Japan. Photo: Frank Gualtieri.

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