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Monday, September 23, 2013

Google Translate Updates Includes Handwriting Translation and Seven New Languages

From time to time, I find a need for Google Translate. I know there are some genealogical researchers that use it continually because they are doing research in a language that they do not know how to read. This week, Google posted an update of the Translate app on iOS devices to to include handwriting input, seven new languages, and a modern redesign of the user interface. The app description includes the following:
  • Translate text between more than 70 languages
  • Listen to your translations spoken aloud
  • Directly translate speech and handwriting
  • Star your favorite translations for quick access even when you’re offline
  • View dictionary results for single words or phrases
The app is available in the App Store. I was trying out the app and found it did a good job of recognizing my bad handwriting and translating all the Spanish words I entered into English. The dictation part of the app is nothing less than amazing. You can also use it to instantly translate your English or whatever into all of the different languages. 

You can still use the Translate application on your desktop computer but without the fancy handwriting and voice recognition.

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