Custom machine translation engine presets

Machine translation is here for good, and custom-trained machine translation is a great way to improve the quality of its output. Can you use custom MT efficiently in Smartcat? With our most recent change, you can!

This release introduces support of two customizable MT providers - Google and Intento. First of all, navigate to Settings > Credentials in your corporate Smartcat account and provide the API key for your Google or Intento account. Then go to Settings > MT engine presets to set up a new Google NMT, Google Advanced Translation, or Intento preset that will use that key, and configure that preset as necessary.

Intento preset allows you to specify a custom routing name (refer to Intento documentation for details) to tune up the preset behavior.

Google Advanced Translation preset allows you to specify language pairs, map them to your own AutoML models and glossaries, and even specify a set of labels that will be passed on to Google with each MT request for tracking purposes.

Google NMT preset is a simpler version of that, in case you only want to use your Google API key and nothing else. Once you're done setting up your profiles, you can use them as regular MT providers in your translation project settings.

If you are a language service provider, you can enjoy having multiple client-specific or subject-based presets.

Manual segment lock

Project managers and administrators can now manually lock and unlock individual segments for editing. Multiple segments can be also locked in one go by selecting them in the editor and clicking the Lock button on the toolbar. A second click on this button will unlock all selected segments at once.

This functionality comes in handy when there are specific strings, such as postal addresses or emails, that you want your linguists to skip. Locked segments remain visible for context. Unless they were explicitly translated before being locked, these segments will be incorporated into the exported document as an implicit translation.

  • To assure performance stability, Smartcat will safely disregard segments that contain Unicode symbols only.

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