Comparison of machine translation applications

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A machine translation application is a program that attempts to translate text or speech from one natural language to another. Machine translation applications have become relevant to the modern language industry. Please see the individual products' articles for further information.

General information[edit]

Basic general information for popular Machine translation applications.

Name Platform License Price Latest stable release Source availability Notes
Asia Online

Language Studio

Windows, Linux, Web Proprietary software Depends on configuration. 2.1 No Language Studio is a server platform for mass scale translation designed as well as a set of desktop tools to aid in translation. Language Studio is a hybrid rules-based and statistical machine translation (SMT) platform.
Apertium Unix compatible
Precompiled packages available for Debian
GPL No Fee Required 3.1.1 Yes Rule-based, shallow transfer; all programs and language data are free and open source
Anusaaraka Unix compatible GPL No Fee Required 0.50 Yes Rule-based, deep parser based, paninian framework based; all programs and language data are free and open-source
IBM Cross-platform
Proprietary software Commercial ? No Both rule-based and statistical models developed by IBM Research. Only the rule-based engine is available as a product, WebSphere Translation Server.
lingenio translate Windows
Web-Application
iOS, Android]
Commercial single users from 39,99€

network from 549,00€

12.1 No Rule-based
OpenLogos Windows, Linux GPL or Paid

initiative taker

No Fee Required 1.0.3 Yes Rule-based, deep transfer
Moses (machine translation) Cross-platform LGPL No Fee Required 2008-07-11 Yes Drop-in replacement for Pharaoh, features factored translation models and decoding of confusion networks.
NiuTrans Cross-platform GPL No fee required 1.1.0 Yes Competitive performance for Chinese translation tasks; statistical machine translation. Supports phrase-based, hierarchical phrase-based, and syntax-based (string-to-tree, tree-to-string, and tree-to-tree) models for research purposes.
Google Translate Cross-platform
(Web application)
SaaS No fee required Beta No Statistical
Bing Translator Cross-platform
(Web application)
SaaS No fee required Final No Microsoft's linguistically informed statistical MT system
SAIC Omnifluent Windows, Linux, Web, i0S Commercial License, Server, SaaS Depends on configuration 3.0 No Hybrid machine translation combines rule-based machine translation and statistical machine translation, integrated with automatic speech recognition on a single platform that translates text and audio files. [1]
SYSTRAN Cross-platform
(Web application)
Proprietary software $200 (desktop) – $15,000 and up (enterprise server) Version 7 No Hybrid rules-based and SMT
GramTrans Cross-platform
(Web application)
Freeware No Required Fee ? No Rule-based, using constraint grammar
Promt Cross-platform
(Web application)
Proprietary software Commercial 9.5 No Hybrid rules-based and SMT
SDL Language Weaver Cross-platform
(Web application)
Commercial Commercial ? No
Babylon Windows, Mac Proprietary software Depend on license ($34–$89 for one license) 9.0 No Prompts to install the Babylon Toolbar, a browser hijacker which is difficult to remove.[1][2]
IdiomaX Windows, Symbian S60, Windows Mobile Proprietary software Depends on configuration 6.0 No Rule-based
Transsoftware Windows Proprietary software Commercial 1.0 No

Languages features comparison[edit]

The following table compares the number of languages which the following machine translation programs can translate between. (Moses allows you to train translation models for any language pair, though collections of translated texts (parallel corpus) need to be provided.)

This is not an all-encompassing list. For example, Google and Asia Online have many more language pairs than those listed below. This is a general comparison of key languages only. A full and accurate list of language pairs supported by each product should be found on each of the products websites.

Language Asia Online Apertium OpenLogos Google Translate Babel Fish Bing Translator GramTrans SYSTRAN 1-800-translate PROMT WorldLingo IdiomaX SAIC Omnifluent lingenio translate
To English Arabic to English Yes No No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No
Catalan to English No Yes No Yes No No No No No No No No No No
Chinese (Simplified) to English Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
Chinese (Traditional) to English Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No
Czech to English Yes No No Yes No Yes No Yes No No Yes No No No
Danish to English Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No No
Dutch to English Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No No No
Esperanto to English No Yes No Yes No No No No No No No No No No
Estonian to English Yes No No Yes No Yes No Yes No No No No No No
Finnish to English Yes No No Yes No Yes No Yes No No Yes No No No
French to English Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Galician language to English No Yes No Yes No No No No No No No No No
German to English Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Greek to English Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes No Yes No
Haitian Creole to English Yes No No Yes No Yes No No No No No No No No
Hebrew to English No No No Yes No Yes No No Yes No Yes No Yes No
Hindi to English Yes No No Yes No Yes No Yes ? No Yes No No No
Hungarian to English Yes No No Yes No Yes No Yes No No Yes No No No
Indonesian to English Yes No No Yes No Yes No No No No No No Yes No
Irish to English Yes No No Yes No No No No No No No No No No
Italian to English Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Japanese to English Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No
Korean to English Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No
Latvian to English Yes No No Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes No No No No
Lithuanian to English Yes No No Yes No Yes No Yes No No No No No No
Macedonian to English No Yes No Yes No No No No No No No No No No
Malay to English Yes No No Yes No Yes No No No No No No No No
Maltese to English Yes No No Yes No No No No No No No No No No
Norwegian to English Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No No
Persian to English No No No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No
Polish to English Yes No No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
Portuguese to English Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
Portuguese (Brazilian) to English Yes No No No No No No No No No No No Yes No
Romanian to English Yes No No Yes No Yes No Yes No No Yes No No No
Russian to English Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
Serbo-Croatian to English No No No No No No No No ? No No No No No
Slovak to English Yes No No Yes No Yes No Yes No No No No No No
Slovene to English Yes No No Yes No No No Yes No No No No No No
Spanish to English Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Swedish to English Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No
Tagalog to English No No No Yes No No No No No No No No Yes No
Thai to English Yes No No Yes No Yes No No No No No No Yes No
Turkish to English Yes No No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No
Ukrainian to English Yes No No Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes No No Yes No
Welsh to English Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No No No No No No No No
Language Asia Online Apertium OpenLogos Google Translate Babel Fish Bing Translator GramTrans SYSTRAN 1-800-translate PROMT WorldLingo IdiomaX SAIC Omnifluent
Chinese (Simplified) English to Chinese (Simplified) Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
German to Chinese (Simplified) Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No
To Chinese (Traditional) English to Chinese (Traditional) Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No
German to Chinese (Traditional) Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No
To Dutch English to Dutch Yes No ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No
French to Dutch Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes ? No Yes No Yes No
To French English to French Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
German to French Yes No ? Yes Yes Yes No Yes ? Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Spanish to French Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Catalan to French No Yes No Yes No Yes No No No No No No No No
Russian to French No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
Dutch to French Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes ? No Yes No Yes No
Italian to French Yes ? ? Yes ? Yes ? Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Breton to French No Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No
To Galician English to Galician No Yes ? Yes No No No No No No No No No No
Portuguese to Galician No Yes No Yes No No No No No No No No No No
Spanish to Galician No Yes No Yes No No No No No No No No No No
To German Chinese (Simplified) to German Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Chinese (Traditional) to German Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No
English to German Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
French to German Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes ? Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Spanish to German Yes No No Yes No Yes No Yes ? Yes Yes No Yes No
Russian to German Yes No No Yes No Yes No No ? Yes Yes No Yes No
Italian to German Yes ? ? Yes ? Yes ? Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
To Italian English to Italian Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Spanish to Italian Yes No ? Yes ? Yes ? Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
French to Italian Yes No ? Yes ? Yes ? Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
German to Italian Yes No ? Yes ? Yes ? Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
To Japanese English to Japanese Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
German to Japanese Yes No No Yes No Yes No No No No No No Yes No
To Korean English to Korean Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No
To Portuguese English to Portuguese Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
To Russian English to Russian Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
French to Russian No No No Yes No Yes No No ? Yes Yes No Yes No
Spanish to Russian No No No Yes No Yes No No ? Yes Yes No Yes No
German to Russian Yes No No Yes No Yes No No ? Yes Yes No Yes No
Italian to Russian No No No Yes No Yes No No ? Yes Yes No Yes No
To Spanish English to Spanish Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Russian to Spanish No No No Yes No Yes No No ? Yes Yes No Yes No
French to Spanish Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
German to Spanish Yes No ? Yes No Yes No Yes ? Yes Yes No Yes No
Italian to Spanish Yes ? ? Yes ? Yes ? No ? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
To Welsh English to Welsh Yes No No Yes No Yes No No No No No No No
Language Asia Online Apertium OpenLogos Google Translate Babel Fish Bing Translator GramTrans SYSTRAN 1-800-translate PROMT WorldLingo IdiomaX SAIC Omnifluent
To Arabic English to Arabic Yes No No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No Yes
To Catalan English to Catalan No Yes ? Yes No Yes No No No No No No No
French to Catalan No Yes No Yes No Yes No No No No No No No
Italian to Catalan No Yes No Yes No Yes No No No No No No No
Occitan to Catalan No Yes No Yes No No No No No No No No No
Spanish to Catalan No Yes No Yes No Yes No No No No No No No
To Czech English to Czech Yes No ? Yes No Yes No Yes No No Yes No No
German to Czech Yes No No Yes No Yes No No No No No No No
To Danish English to Danish Yes No ? Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No No
To Esperanto Catalan to Esperanto No Yes No Yes No No No No No No No No No
Danish to Esperanto No No No Yes No No Yes No No No No No No
English to Esperanto No Yes No Yes No No Yes No No No No No No
French to Esperanto No Yes No Yes No No No No No No No No No
Spanish to Esperanto No Yes No Yes No No No No No No No No No
To Finnish English to Finnish Yes No ? Yes No Yes No Yes No No Yes No No
To Greek English to Greek Yes No ? Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes No Yes
To Haitian Creole English to Haitian Creole No No No Yes No Yes No No ? ? ? No No
To Hebrew English to Hebrew No No No Yes No Yes No No Yes No Yes No Yes
To Hindi English to Hindi Yes No No Yes No Yes No No ? No Yes No No
To Hungarian English to Hungarian Yes No ? Yes No Yes No Yes No No Yes No No
To Norwegian Bokmål English to Norwegian Bokmål Yes No ? Yes No No Yes No No Yes Yes No No
Norwegian Nynorsk to Norwegian Bokmål No Yes No No No No No No No No No No No
To Norwegian Nynorsk Norwegian Bokmål to Norwegian Nynorsk No Yes No No No No No No No No No No No
To Occitan Catalan to Occitan No Yes No No No No No No No No No No No
Spanish to Occitan No Yes No No No No No No No No No No No
To Persian English to Persian No No No Yes No Yes No No Yes No Yes No Yes
To Polish English to Polish Yes No ? Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
German to Polish Yes No No Yes No Yes No No No No No No No
To Romanian English to Romanian Yes No ? Yes No Yes No Yes No No Yes No No
To Serbo-Croatian English to Serbo-Croatian Yes No ? Yes No No Yes No No No Yes No No
To Slovenian English to Slovenian Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No
German to Slovenian Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No
To Swedish English to Swedish Yes No ? Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No No
To Turkish English to Turkish Yes No No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No Yes
To Ukrainian English to Ukrainian Yes No ? Yes No Yes No Yes ? Yes No No Yes
Total (confirmed) 85 27 7 110 31 89 10 64 33 43 71 15 59

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Remove FBI & Babylon Zombie Virus PCPitstop.com, author Steve Hogan, October 11, 2012
  2. ^ How To Uninstall The Babylon Toolbar Completely Martin Brinkmann, ghacks.net, August 17, 2011