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I felt very honoured recently to be asked to contribute to a great new initiative by Alina Cincan, of Inbox Translations. She’d had the brainwave of asking 72 well-regarded translators to describe two or three inexpensive tools or apps that really made their professional life easier. CAT tools were excluded, along with obvious modern-day essentials like Skype, but for the rest it was left to the contributors. The idea being that by sharing our own favourites, we can help others to discover new tools or shortcuts to streamline their working practices too.

My own offerings were Dragon (naturally!), Solid Pdf to Word (a brilliant and very economical pdf conversion facility for editable pdfs and perfect formatting results) and Microsoft Money. I’ve written about all of these in my own blog already, but it’s great to see them in a collection of other productivity-boosting, time and money-saving tools by other professionals too.

Having glanced through the list, I’m now looking forward to experimenting with Text to Speech, a Word feature that reads your translation back to you, thus ensuring a natural and fluent end product, Toggl, for time tracking when you’re charging by the hour and TeamViewer for accessing your desktop remotely from a mobile or laptop when you’re out and about. There are so many more, but the beauty is that they are all tried and tested by colleagues in our field – perfect!

Huge thanks to Alina for coming up with the original idea and here’s looking forward to a very efficient and streamlined summer!

And here’s the all-important link to the article:

Learn from the Experts! 72 Professional Translators, 139 FREE* Tools to Help You Stay on Top of Your Game