Booth-friendly terminology management – Flashterm.eu

Flashterm Suchergebnis

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Wer – womöglich auch fürs Übersetzen – eigentlich lieber eine „richtige“ Terminologieverwaltung hätte, die obendrein aber noch kabinenfreundlich ist, der sollte einmal bei Flashterm von der Eisenrieth Dokumentations GmbH vorbeischauen. Flashterm basiert auf Filemaker und bietet die Klassiker der Eintragsmöglichkeiten wie Sachgebiete, Synonyme, Kontext usw. , aber auch das Anlegen von bis zu 10 persönlichen Merklisten, integrierte Wikipediaabfrage und vieles mehr. Die Abfrage ist sehr komfortabel (ignoriert natürlich Akzepte und dergleichen) und wird fürs Simultandolmetschen noch besser, wenn man das Interpreter-Modul dazukauft. Bei der Darstellung der Suchergebnisse werden (nebst Definition in der Ausgangssprache) die Benennungen in allen Zielsprachen angezeigt (zehn passen mindestens in die Anzeige). Insgesamt deutlich mehr als nur eine zweidimensionale Tabelle (auch „Glossar“ genannt). Funktioniert für 195 Sprachen – da müsste eigentlich für jeden was dabei sein!

– verfügbar für PC und Mac, ipad/iphone und browser-basiert
–  Solo-Edition derzeit kostenlos (Jubiläumsangebot)
– zusätzliches Interpreter-Modul für 299 EUR

Mehr zu dolmetschfreundlichen Terminologieprogrammen findet Ihr in den beiden Vorgängerbeiträgen:
Booth-friendly terminology management programs for interpreters – a market snapshot (LookUp, Interplex, InterpretBank)
Booth-friendly terminology management revisited – 2 newcomers (Interpreters‘ Help, Glossary Assistant)

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Über die Autorin:
Anja Rütten ist freiberufliche Konferenzdolmetscherin für Deutsch (A), Spanisch (B), Englisch (C) und Französisch (C) in Düsseldorf. Sie widment sich seit Mitte der 1990er dem Wissensmanagement.

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If what you are after is „real“ terminology management – e.g. because you double as a translator – but the program should still be booth-friendly, then you should definitely meet Flashterm by Eisenrieth Dokumentations GmbH. Flashterm is based on Filemaker and has the typical entry options like subject area, synonyms, context etc., but you can also create up to 10  personal memory lists, it has integrated Wikipedia query and much more. The query function is very handy (ignores accents and the like) and gets even better if you buy the supplementary „Interpreter“ module, wich offers an optimised search interface for the booth. Search results are displayed with the definition in the source language plus the equivalent terms in all your target languages (at least ten fit on the screen). All in all, this is much more than a two-dimensional table (aka „glossary“). It works with 195 languages, so I suppose it suits pretty much every taste.

– available for PC and Mac, ipad/iphone and browser-based
– Solo Edition free of charge at the moment (special anniversary promotion)
– supplementary „Interpreter“ module for 299 EUR

For more information about terminology management for interpreters, see previous articles on the subject:
Booth-friendly terminology management programs for interpreters – a market snapshot (LookUp, Interplex, InterpretBank)
Booth-friendly terminology management revisited – 2 newcomers (Interpreters‘ Help, Glossary Assistant)

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About the author:
Anja Rütten is a freelance conference interpreter for German (A), Spanish (B), English (C) and French (C) based in Düsseldorf, Germany. She has specialised in knowledge management since the mid-1990s.

Quick multi-site terminology search | Terminologiesuche in verschiedenen Online-Quellen

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Mal eben bei linguee.com, leo.org, IATE und anderen Nachschlageseiten prüfen, was ein „gillnet“ ist und wie man dazu auf Deutsch oder Spanisch sagt, ohne etlichen Webseiten aufrufen und das Wort jedes Mal neu eintippen zu müssen – davon träume ich schon lange. Seit vielen Jahren probiere ich immer wieder Tools dafür aus, aber bisher bin ich bei keinem hängen geblieben, weil mich Unmengen von aufpoppenden Fenstern, fehlerhaften Abfragen oder sonstige Unbequemlichkeiten doch wieder dazu gebracht haben, lieber einfach die erstbeste Seite zu öffnen und zu hoffen, dass man dort gleich fündig wird.

Aber nun endlich habe ich eine Lösung gefunden, die mich so sehr überzeugt, dass sie mir einen Blog-Beitrag wert ist: Die Qtrans-Search Bar vom Übersetzerkollegen Uwe Scholz.

sb.qtrans.de Multiglossarsuche

Die Leiste liegt im Browserfenster, man gibt den Suchbegriff ein und klickt sich über die verschiedenen Schaltflächen durch die verschiedenen Quellen, wobei dann das jeweilige Suchergebnis unterhalb der Suchleiste angezeigt wird (und sich nicht zig neue Fenster öffnen). Besonders gefällt mir, dass die Search Bar nicht unaufgefordert sofort in allen Quellen sucht, sondern mich entscheiden lässt, wo wann gesucht werden soll.

Ich empfehle, jeweils ein Lesezeichen für jede benötigte Sprachrichtung zu setzen (siehe oben gleich neben „Google Drive“), dann klickt man nur noch auf das Lesezeichen, tippt den Begriff ein und klickt sich durch die Ergebnisse. Sehr flott und zielführend!

Zur Verfügung stehen, jeweils in Kombination mit Deutsch,  die Sprachen Englisch, Französisch, Spanisch, Italienisch, Portugiesisch, Niederländisch, Polnisch, und dazu eine ganze Menge höchst relevanter Quellen: linguee.com, leo.org, IATE, Pons, Eurlex, Bing-Bildersuche, Definitionensuche, Acronymfinder und viele Seiten mehr, auf die ich im Eifer des Gefechts beim Dolmetschen niemals käme. Leider fehlen Sprachkombinationen ohne Deutsch (also bspw. Englisch-Spanisch). Ansonsten kann ich berichten, dass kleinere Fehlerchen durch den Besitzer schnell behoben werden.

In einer Konferenz zur Wasserrahmenrichtlinie konnte ich jüngst jedenfalls binnen einiger Sekunden nicht nur eine deutsche Entsprechung zum englischen „gillnet“ finden, sondern auch sehen, wie das Kiemennetz funktioniert und welche Rechtsakte es dazu gibt. Ich bin begeistert!

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Just quickly check on linguee.com, leo.org, IATE and the like what a „gillnet“ is and how to say it in German or Spanish without having to open endless websites and type in the word time and again – I have been waiting for this to happen for ages, testing many tools without ever staying with any of them. Zillions of windows popping up, queries not working and other oddities have always brought me back to the old-fashioned way of opening the website that first comes to my mind and see if I get lucky.

Now, at long last, I have come across a tool I did not find tiresome after a few days and which I really consider worth a blog article: the Qtrans-Search Bar developed by our translator colleague Uwe Scholz.

sb.qtrans.de Multiglossarsuche

This search bar just lies in your browser window. All you do is enter the search word(s) and click on the different buttons one by one, the search results of the different sites being displayed beneath the search bar (without a new window being opened for each site). I like the fact that it does not search all the sites at once, but lets me decide which result I want to see first.

I recommend saving a bookmark for each language pair you work with (see above just next to „Google Drive“), so you’ll just click on the bookmark, type in the term and click on the buttons one by one to see the respective results. That’s quick and efficient.

Languages available are German in combination with English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch and Polish. You can search many very interesting sites like linguee.com, leo.org, IATE, Pons, Eurlex, Bing image search, definition search, acronym finder and many other sites I wouldn’t possibly think of while interpreting. Unfortunately, combinations without German are not available (e.g. English-Spanish). However, Uwe Scholz has turned out to be quite quick in making slight adjustments or corrections if needed.

And, to come back to the gillnet, I recently looked this up in a conference about the Water Framework Directive and was happy not only to find out what it is called in German, but also to see what the Kiemennetz looks and works like and find a list of related EU legislation – everything within seconds.

 

Booth-friendly terminology management programs for interpreters – a market snapshot

– This one comes in English, as many non-German-speaking colleagues have asked for it. –

This article is meant to give you a very brief overview of the terminology management programs that I am aware of (in alphabetical order), made for simultaneous interpreters. I have tried to highlight the merits and downsides that in my experience are the most relevant when it comes to making a decision. For detailed descriptions of the respective systems, just follow the links, or post your questions here so that we can sort them out together, with the help of the respective proprietors.

Interplex (Peter Sand, Geneva)

Very much appreciated by those colleagues who have accumulated tons of valuable thematic glossaries in Word or Excel files. You can import them into Interplex and search them all at once (or in selected glossaries), and edit them as well. It has a great search function ignoring all the accents and special characters I tried. It is very straightforward so you can start working with it in no time. It does not, however, allow for classifying/filtering your terms by customers, subject fields, conferences, date etc.

Available for Windows, iPhone and iPad.
Cost: 75 $, free demo (I think there is a student discount, but it doesn’t say so on the website – just ask Peter).

InterpretBank (Claudio Fantinuoli, Germersheim)

Very user-friendly, many nice functions; organised by glossaries (which, technically speaking, are subject areas tagged to each entry), has all the essential data categories (customer, project etc.) and a very nice flashcard-like memorising function. Quick-search function which ignores accents. It is limited to five languages and you cannot add endless numbers of individual data fields.

Available for Windows, Mac and Android.
Free trial, full license: 59 €, student license: 39 €, free demo license for university teachers (and their students).

Also see my more recent review of InterpretBank 4.

LookUp (Christoph Stoll, Heidelberg)

Very sophisticated and has a great quick-search function which literally allows you to blind-type the first few letters of a word and the hit list appears without you even having to hit the enter button. It is limited to four languages, of which only three can be displayed at a time.  The search function does not ignore accents and other special characters. It has many data fields (customer, subject, project etc. and even semantic relations)  and corresponding filtering and sorting functions; to my knowledge, it is the interpreter-specific terminology management tool which comes closest to the „real“ terminology systems (SDL Trados and the like).

Available for Windows. Free download.

TERMINUS (Nils Wintringham, Zürich)

Quick-search function, classification by glossaries and „groups“ (customer, subject group etc.) using descriptors, a concept which I find quite enticing as it is both easy to use and allows for differentiated classification of your terms. Don’t use the default installation folder under Windows 8 or 10.

Available for Windows.
CHF 148 plus VAT, 50 % off for academia, free demo.

For those of you who still just can’t decide, I suggest you start with a plain table in MS-Excel, MS-Access (my favourite), Filemaker and the like. It enables you to keep all your terminology in one place and you have the basic sorting, filtering and searching functions. Those simple table structures can be imported into virtually any terminology management system once you have decided on one.

When working in a team and preparing for a very technical conference, I very much like to share a Google spreadsheet (i.e. share the terminology work). It can save huge amounts of time. But you must really make sure not to enter your customer’s confidential data there, so I would not recommend it as a general terminology management tool.

And last but not least: If there are any other terminology management systems for conference interpreters, please let me know. Also, if the proprietors of the above mentioned programs want to add or correct anything of the above, feel free to use the comments! And anyone who just wants to share their experience, please do so as well.

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Addendum: Immediately after publication of this blog, I was made aware of two more very recent (and indeed very modern) programs, GlossaryAssistant and InterpretersHelp. Here’s more about them: http://blog.sprachmanagement.net/?p=305.

In addition, there is a summary table which gives you an overview of all the terminology tools for interpreters I am aware of, which I try to keep up to date.