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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.1 stars

    out of 324 votes

    • 5 star: 135
    • 4 star: 38
    • 3 star: 10
    • 2 star: 19
    • 1 star: 122
  • Current version:

    3.2 stars

    out of 18 votes

    • 5 star: 6
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 5
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  • 1.0 stars

    "NOT FREE!!!! SO DISAPPOINTED"

    December 30, 2013  |   By GinnyLee8

    Version: Babylon 10.0

    Pros

    I didn't get a chance to use it long enough to say if there are any pros

    Cons

    After I translated 15 words it told me I had to upgrade.

    Summary

    It's not really free software. It would be more accurate to label it as "FREE TO TRY" or "Trial Software". I don't appreciate wasting my time reading about the software, downloading it, learning how to use it, subjecting my computer to unnecessary tracking cookies, potential malware or browser hijackers only to find out 15 trial words later that I've been scammed.
    I understand that Babylon software is in business to make money, but labeling it as free software to trick people into downloading it is bad business practices. I can understand requiring a user to upgrade if someone is looking for more intermediate or advanced translations or product usage like grammar instruction or heavy verb conjugation. I actually did like it, for 10 minutes. Now it's useless software on my desktop.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Does not do simultaneous translation of emails."

    November 6, 2013  |   By ldt43

    Version: Babylon 10.0

    Pros

    Seems to do good quality translations

    Cons

    The Babylon website suggests that the software has a special feature for translating emails. Not so. You still have to cut and paste text between your email page and Babylon's translation page.

    Summary

    Why pay over $125 for this software, when Google Translate does just as good a job for FREE.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "WARNING: Babylon is a Trojan Virus !"

    October 21, 2013  |   By StopBabylon

    Version: Babylon 10.0

    Pros

    does tranlate

    Cons

    WARNING: Babylon's translation software in a Trojan Virus
    It will attempt to hijack the user's system by adding the Babylon Toolbar, which modifies your search results and feeds pop-up adds. It can be very difficult to get rid of this virus because it modifies many different programs! (Particularly all your browsers and Microsoft office programs). YOU WILL BE VIOLATED EVEN WHEN YOU LOAD THE PAID VERSION FROM THEIR SITE! The free versions only allow 8 translations...but continue to feed nonstop ads until you figure out how to remove all the crap they installed with their program (took me hours to clean up the mess). Babylon also only translates common words...Google translate is much better with any type technical documents.
    See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babylon_(software)

    Summary

    Use Google translate for simple text translations...better results. Look elsewhere is you want file translation

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A useful teaching and learning tool"

    September 1, 2013  |   By chapasebastia

    Version: Babylon 10.0

    Pros

    Easy to use interface that allows in text translation and included dictionary results

    Cons

    The occasional bad translation

    Summary

    I have been working as a private language tutor for a number of years. While I prefer my students to not "translate" the language, I do find times when it can be useful. I try to engage students by using content that they find interesting (e.g. ebooks, online magazines, news, websites, etc.). Babylon's interface allows them to translate as they go, rather than having to stop and flip through a dictionary or go to an online translation site, making the learning process smoother and more enjoyable. I have been using Babylon since the previous version and really have no complaints, other than the obvious occasional bad translation.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very helpful for students"

    July 8, 2013  |   By donnyholmen

    Version: Babylon 10.0

    Pros

    Accurate translations, dictionary and Wikipedia results, works with everything

    Cons

    None so far

    Summary

    I know that Babylon is known for translation, but what I really like about the software is the single click dictionary and Wikipedia results.
    Many of the papers I read for class are online or in pdf and the Babylon software has been really helpful because I can just click on the terms I don't know without having to switch windows - it just makes things easier.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A Quick Way to Kill a Good Product: False Advertising"

    July 4, 2013  |   By lascellesclarke

    Version: Babylon 10.0

    Pros

    Very good product. The best I've seen... so far.

    Cons

    Advertised as "Free" but really isn't.
    This product offers only 8 instances of translation, then, without forewarning, stops translating and prompts you to upgrade. Upgrade here means being held at ransom by Babylon, as the only 2 options available tie you to monthly payments with no end in sight-so anyone expecting to be given the choice of single-purchase will receive a rude awakening.
    In my case, after recovering from the disappointment of the 8-trial use, I decided to overlook the misleading 'FREE" ad as well as the non-disclosure, only to find out I would never finish paying for this product.
    I took my grouse to their Live Chat and as soon as the chat operator saw my complaint, the response was, "Chat session has ended. You are not currently in a chat session."
    Now, people don't mind paying a few dollars (or more)for the products of others' hard work-as long as they know upfront exactly the truth of what they are getting into; and as long as they are not held at ransom thereafter.

    Summary

    High ethical standards will always make the difference between success and failure in any business.
    For their chat operator to have gone silent while in active session only corroborated my analysis of Babylon and its marketers: they need to go back to the drawing board.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Definitely the best translation software"

    July 2, 2013  |   By jamee_21au90

    Version: Babylon 10.0

    Pros

    Nice interface, one click translation, integrates well with other programs

    Cons

    Not every feature is free

    Summary

    I started with Babylon version 8 and recently upgraded to 10. The free version is really good considering it's free. The translations are fast and accurate and the interface is easy to use. You do have to pay if you want some of the "advanced" features, which I decided to do since I translate a lot of documents for work. It has definitely been worth it - the Office document feature that translates things without needing reformatting is incredibly useful. Overall, I would absolutely recommend Babylon for anyone who needs translation.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Good program but horrible support"

    June 23, 2013  |   By FM1030

    Version: Babylon 10.0

    Pros

    Its simple, has really good options

    Cons

    The worst support team in the world. If you order for help, they start to sell you more thing without any regards to your problem. Some stuff does not work and you never know what you have bought until its installed and even invoice wont tell you what you bought and if you mail, they start sending you private emails

    Summary

    Not worth the money at all with the low life product support team

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Solid translation software"

    June 17, 2013  |   By collinschilke1

    Version: Babylon 10.0

    Pros

    Easy to use, doesn't interrupt work flow, good translations

    Cons

    Computers aren't human

    Summary

    Babylon software is really good, and always works well. I have used a few different versions over the years and the most recent is really quite good. I would say that Babylon is the best company out there in terms of translation, but they face the same problem as anyone else when it come to context, culture etc., computers aren't human.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Very good product; Not free!"

    June 9, 2013  |   By Raubhautz88

    Version: Babylon 10.0

    Pros

    I found Babylon to be excellent with translating words, and fairly good with translating sentences(+). Giving them a break on this one because of the way German (and other languages) handle sentence structure and use of pronouns (among other things) than the English language. The ability to translate web pages was okay, but effective enough to work with, and the document translator is unknown as this is not a free service, and no trials were provided for.

    Cons

    Customer service does not respond. Period. I originally installed the program in January, and after a couple of uses, I made some support requests. Never returned the messages. So I would have to rate their support as low. I am not sure what support CNET used for their rating, but maybe if I put CNET as my business they would have replied? The worst thing is that with all the hype about being a free program (technically, I see now that they say FREE DOWNLOAD) but then after I started to actually use it (probably the last 4 translations I used in the last week as I was in need) it suddenly stopped and informed me that I exceeded my 8 free translations and I could now pay about $10/mo. for the product. If for no other reason, I refuse to use a product who uses skullduggery as a platform for sales. The last thing on this con list is the programs that it wants to parasite onto your computer (tool-bars etc.) Fortunately, I did not accept that option, and to its credit, the program worked.

    Summary

    A translation program that works well; wants to install a bunch of ancillary programs that are not necessary to operate.

    Single word translations are excellent; sentence structure/grammar is acceptable, but would not be used in formal documents (I was testing in German). To obtain documents, you can use their support services, at an additional cost. I did not even go there after failing to get a response from their 'support team'.

    As I was starting to say, Babylon's support is not existent. I thought that companies were interested in making customers happy... I suppose those were the OLD days.

    My real beef with this software is the false-advertising. Though it claims to be free, and I note that we have all the 'happy users' being 5-star raters on this site seem to qualify that point; it is NOT free! Use it 8 times and you will get a friendly message that you can pay, '...starting @ $9.20/Mo. ...' That is not free in my book, and works out to around $110.00/yr. USD. I do not find it even worth that price.

    It is too bad that the overall rating is getting killed in my review, as the core product is very good. Improve on the marketing, the support and the pricing - you would have a 4-5 star product.

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