Computer-assisted Translation (CAT) Tool – is any software that assists a linguist or LSPs to effectively execute their activities with higher productivity and time-cost savings.
CAT Tools are broadly classified into two types: Online CAT TOOLs and Offline/Desktop CAT Tools.
Online CAT TOOLS:
These CAT TOOLS mainly provide Machine translation, terminology and shared TMs/Termbases to the translators/linguists through a browser.
They may work in various platforms, since only the browser is the only need for working on them.
They may also have project management, invoicing and other functions.
Examples: Smartcat, Matecat and XTM.
Desktop based CAT TOOLS:
These are more powerful and a better companion to a translator. They provide various functions such as TM, Termbases (TB), MT, search past translations etc.
I would always recommend these categories for Translators and/or Linguists.
SDL Trados Studio 2021, MemoQ and Wordfast.
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