XTM International

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XTM International
Private
IndustryTranslation
Founded2002 in England
Headquarters,
BrandsXTM Suite & XTM Cloud
Websitextm.cloud

XTM International is a software development company that specializes in translation software and technology. The company is the parent operator of the software package known as XTM Suite and also XTM Cloud. The company is based in the United Kingdom, with other offices based in mainland Europe and a sales office in the United States.[1]

In 2010, XTM International was one of the first companies to deliver a translation solution via cloud computing.

History[edit]

XTM International was founded in 2002 after a need for high quality translation using technology was spotted by the founders. The company established software development offices in Poznań, Poland.[citation needed]

The first version of the software was used in DocZone[2] as an additional plug-in to their SaaS solution. In 2007, the program expanded to include features that allowed the processing of general purpose electronic documents.[3] XTM International launched XTM Cloud in 2010, one of the first major developments to take translation management systems into cloud technology.[4]

In 2012, it was announced that the company had won the LT-Innovate Award for its translation technology, XTM.[5] At the event, Andrzej Zydron spoke about the potential of language translation and translation memory.[6] During the interview, he stated that XTM International was not only working on more sophisticated translation memory systems, but also the development of TIPP (Translation Interchange Protocol Packages) to facilitate exchanging data with other systems.[7] The company also went on to produce a number of training videos for the Globalization and Localization Association, GALA onDemand.[8][9]

XTM International released a new version of XTM in 2013, which it called Version 8.0. It was announced that the system would come with an upgraded computer aided translation (CAT) tool and translation management system (TMS).[10] During the same year, it was announced that XTM International would be part of a pan-European consortium, Falcon. The group of European language technology developers and their academic partners, secured a grant of €1.5 million from the European Commission.[11] The consortium was created in order to form closer ties, make Europe a more multilingual society and make business easier between neighboring nations.[12] In late 2014, MultiLingual magazine reported on the developments of translating XML the recommended approach by XTM International which involves the use of the open standard xtm:tm.[13]

Safaba and XTM International announced that from 2015 onwards, their translation systems would work in conjunction with each other. Safaba announced that they would be using the XTM Cloud system as part of their EMT Global 4.0 platform.[14] XTM's common use within the translation industry, means that it is often taught within many educational institutes, such as the University College London.[15] XTM International has also become a key player in 2015 in the field of machine translation and the development of the translation technology.[16]

Mechanics[edit]

XTM facilitates the translation of documents by aiding project management, and utilizing translation memory, terminology and machine translation. It is able to process most common file formats by converting them into XML before applying the translation memory and terminology and then reforming the target file once the translation is complete.[17] The translation and review is performed online or offline in an environment with an array of tools to speed processing and ensure high quality. XTM is available as two different licensing models - a traditional software licence, known as XTM Suite or as a SaaS solution via an online subscription called XTM Cloud.[18]

In November 2013, the company announced that Version 8.0 of the system would be released. The additional features of the new version included improved project management tools, offline translation and cost approval, along with customized workflows. The accuracy of cost estimates improved in Version 8.0, with the introduction of vendor rate cards. The rate cards automatically calculate the cost and margins of the project taking into account the translation memory matches.[10]

Version 9.0 was released in September 2015 and introduced XTM Visual Editor, the first WYSIWYG editor designed for correction & review of translated html and xml files in their visual context. XTM Visual Editor displays source and target files the way they would are rendered for viewing by the end users while providing text editing and translation memory tools. In June 2015, Andrzej Zydroń, CTO of XTM International, announced plans to support XLIFF 2.0 during the LocWorld conference in Berlin. The XLIFF 2.0 support was implemented in Version 9.6 together with the rewritten Concordance search function, the continuous project capability for game developers and other improvements.

A year after the release of XTM v9.0, version 10 of the software introduced XTM Messenger, a Project Manager app for Android and iOS devices, an integration with the TAUS Dynamic Quality Framework, and the Anonymization feature developed in person by Andrzej Zydroń. XTM was the first translation management platform in the industry to develop an internal communication system for localization teams, a project management app for mobile devices, and a feature that masks private data while obtaining machine translation to prevent data leaks.

The next major release of the software, XTM Cloud v11, was announced March 4, 2018. XTM Cloud v11 was extended with a choice of new log in methods: Single sign-on (SSO) implemented on OAuth2/Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2 standards and 2-step verification (2SV). Translation of digital and print publications was due to the visual context of the files provided in the enhanced XTM Visual Editor integrated with Adobe InDesign. By integrating XTM with RIGI, translators could preview software strings as though they were rendered by the application subject to translation.

Machine translation engines supported in XTM:

  1. Google Translate
  2. Microsoft Translator
  3. Lionbridge GeoFluent
  4. Systran
  5. Crosslang
  6. Amplexor
  7. Kantan
  8. Safaba
  9. Omniscien Technologies
  10. Tauyou
  11. SmartMATE
  12. Oneliner
  13. Lingo24

XTM Connect for:

  1. Adobe Experience Manager
  2. Sitecore
  3. Drupal
  4. WordPress
  5. Ovitas
  6. Rsuite
  7. SDL LiveContent
  8. Zendesk
  9. Mindtouch
  10. Marketo
  11. JIRA
  12. Adobe InDesign
  13. Microsoft Team Foundation Server
  14. Git
  15. Salesforce Service Cloud
  16. Oracle Service Cloud
  17. easyDITA
  18. DITAworks
  19. IXIASOFT
  20. ClayTablet
  21. Easyling
  22. Muldrato
  23. XTRF
  24. Plunet

The software received a rating of 4.1/5 on ProZ.com.[19]

Architecture[edit]

The XTM software is available as a cloud based SaaS offering, as well as a private managed Cloud solution or an on premises solution known as XTM Suite. There is only one version of the software which is available in the guises mentioned.

XTM is implemented in Java and Javascript. It uses an abstraction layer for the database and supports the following database systems:

  1. PostgreSQL
  2. Oracle
  3. Microsoft SQL Server

It can run on Linux, HP UX, Solaris and Windows Server 2008+

Open Standard support is a key component of the design of XTM. The Web Services-based SOA architecture allows for infinite scalability with no size restrictions on input data, size of project or database records.

Open Standards[edit]

XTM implements the following Localization Industry Open Standards:

  1. ETSI/LIS GMX-V
  2. LISA OSCAR xml:tm
  3. LISA OSCAR TBX
  4. LISA OSCAR SRX
  5. W3C Internationalization Tag Set
  6. OASIS XLIFF
  7. OASIS OAXAL
  8. Unicode TR29
  9. Interoperability Now! TIPP and XLIFF:doc
  10. OASIS XLIFF 2.0

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Overview of XTM International Ltd". Bloomberg.
  2. ^ Orbis Technologies: Enterprise Technical Publishing System
  3. ^ "DocZone hosted XML solution to be used for research that will benefit the One Laptop Per Child project, among others". DITA. March 30, 2007.
  4. ^ Sargent, Benjamin B. (March 15, 2011). "XTM International Pushes the Promise of TMS in the Cloud". CSA Research.
  5. ^ "Translation Technologies - XTM International". LT Innovate.
  6. ^ "LT-Innovate Interview with Andrzej Zydron". LT Innovate.
  7. ^ "Common Sense Advisory releases report to help organizations optimize translation management". TCWorld. December 2014.
  8. ^ Williams, Bob. "Bringing Cloud Translation Technology to the Turkish Market". GALA. Archived from the original on October 17, 2015.
  9. ^ "How to Localize XML Documents: A Workshop on the Do's and Don'ts of XML Localization". GALA. March 26, 2013.
  10. ^ a b "XTM International Announces XTM Version 8.0". EContent Magazine. November 19, 2013.
  11. ^ DePalma, Donald A. (December 5, 2013). "Building the Localization Web". Common Sense Advisory.
  12. ^ "The Flying Falcon". MultiLingual. April 2015. pp. 50–51.
  13. ^ "xml:tm - a new approach to translating XML". MultiLingual. September 2014. p. 49.
  14. ^ "Safaba and XTM International Announce Integration". Safaba.
  15. ^ "Online Course in Cloud-based Translation Tools". University College London.
  16. ^ Zydron, A. (April 2015). "Advances in Machine Translation". MultiLingual magazine. pp. 48–49.
  17. ^ Muegge, Uwe (August 2012). "The silent revolution: Cloud-based translation memory systems". TC World.
  18. ^ Boxma, Henk (June 2013). "XTM Cloud is a well-designed, easy-to-learn CAT tool and one of the best offerings online". MultiLingual. pp. 14–15.
  19. ^ "XTM Cloud user reviews and details". ProZ.com.