Why should iPhone and iPad users have all the fun? The App Store must have twenty gazillion apps that translate phrases and convert units.
What about us poor Mac users, who lug our 27-inch* MacBook Pros all over kingdom come? We need a little translation love, too. We have conversion needs. We have an extra dollar to spend on a Mac app that would do what countless iPhone apps already do.
Translate. Convert. Thank You.
The way I look at it, some poor Mac developer had the same idea. Why should the iPhone get all the headlines. Mac users have needs, too. So, enter the not-quite-as-creatively-named-as-we’d-like Translate Convert.
What does it do? Hey, if you can’t tell from the title, then move along. There’s nothing to see here.
Translate Convert, well, it translates to and from (and from to to) a few dozen different languages.
Enter some text, click the button, and a sometimes-but-not-always usable translation appears. Wait. What’s this convert to? The convert part of Translate Convert has to do with units and money.
Specifically, it converts exchange rates from one to the other. And it converts various units from one to the other. Think miles to millimeters, or whatever they use everywhere else in the world.
Here’s the translation at work:
Easy enough, right?
Enter the text you want translated and select the language to translate to, then click Translate. Supported languages are rather extensive.
العربية, Български, català, 简体中文, 繁體中文, Čeština, dansk, Nederlands, English, Eesti, suomi, Français, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Haitian Creole, עברית, magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Latviešu, Lietuvių, Norsk, Polski, Português, Română, русский, slovenčina, slovenščina, Español, Svenska, ไทย, Türkçe, українська, Tiếng Việt
Unit conversions work in a similar manner.
Select the Category from the pull down menu on top. Then enter the unit measurement.
Values are converted automatically, while you watch.
The translation component uses the Bing Translator. You can even drag and drop text into the Translate Convert Dock icon to begin the translation. Over 400 units can be converted from this to that.
There are only two negatives. The first? You need an internet connection for your Mac for all this stuff to work. The second? At 99-cents, Translate Convert is throwaway money and there’s no try-before-you-buy option. But it’s a bargain anyway.
*27-inch MacBook Pro is really only 17-inches, but the more you lug it around (as in a foreign country, hence the need to translate and convert), the more it feels like a 27-inch iMac, which weighs 20 pounds.