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February 3, 2007

Always-Available Google Translate

gTrans is an interface for Google Translate. The free Windows application doesn't require installation, so you can use it from your USB drive.

gTrans sits in the system tray and lets you enter a text and a pair of languages. My favorite feature is "translate from clipboard": if you select this option, every time you copy text in the clipboard, gTrans translates the text for you.

Update. There's also a very nice Google Desktop plug-in that translates a text while you type it:


  1. Pretty good translation ;) Except for "panel" that you can translate to "plateau" or... "panel" :)

  2. c'est pas mal ça ;-)

  3. It runs nice on wine
    "Funciona agradable en el vino"

    Awesome, isn't it?

  4. Is it available offline.... or does it only work when connected to the internet?

  5. No, it is an online tool. I came to this stupid page while searching for an offline translator.

  6. You'll never find a decent translator that doesn't require an internet connection. Statistical translators use a huge amount of data and they need a lot of processing power, so you'd need hundreds of computers to obtain a good performance.

    If you're looking for a bilingual dictionary, there are many that work offline.