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Translution Light

£60 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Translution

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Translution Light is one of those apps that feels as though it just has to be introduced into a future version of Outlook, offering an instant translation service for emails.

Translution Light is one of those apps that feels as though it just has to be introduced into a future version of Outlook, offering an instant translation service for emails.

Once you've downloaded the software from its website and gone through the somewhat laborious activation procedure, you're free to translate to and from English, German, French, Italian and Spanish, at the click of a mouse. The app adds itself demurely to your Outlook menu, sitting between 'Action' and 'Help'.

Suppose you wanted to use Outlook to send an email in English to colleagues in France, Germany, Spain or Italy. Before clicking 'Send' you can choose either 'Set language for recipient' from the 'Translution' menu to permanently assign a language, or 'Translate' if the email is a one-off. Not only will Translution automatically translate your message into your chosen language, it will also translate back into English when the recipient responds. What's more, unlike many popular translation tools out there, we found the responses were readable and actually made sense.

Now that's what we call clever.

Translution is available on two product levels. There is a free restricted version in the form of Translution Light, designed for Outlook users – it won't work on web pages or documents. There is also a Pro version, which allows you to translate web pages and Word documents, as well as Outlook email messages. Translution Pro is offered on a free trial basis for 30 days as a no-risk option.

Translution Light Expert Verdict »

350MHz Pentium III processor
Windows 2000/XP
256MB RAM
100MB hard disk space
Microsoft Outlook 2000/XP/2003
Microsoft Word 2000/XP/2003
  • Ease of Use: We give this item 8 of 10 for ease of use
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 10 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

For Outlook users, using Translution Light is a no-brainer. It's free, it's incredibly simple to use, it works and you should get it right now. Businesses with colleagues, contacts or suppliers in France, Spain, Germany or Italy may benefit from the addition of translatable Word documents and webpages that come with the Pro version.

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