Babylon

Download Editors' Rating:
5
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Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 327 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    7
  • Total Downloads:
    5,865,483
  • Date Added:
    October 14, 2007
  • File Size:
    782.58KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    436
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista

Editors' Review

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Babylon-Pro is a very good multilingual dictionary and reference tool. Covering most major languages and offering a huge number of free glossary add-ons, the program has a bounty of features. Babylon-Pro initially tries to add itself to your start-up programs without asking, but it discreetly runs in the background once installed. Look up words or phrases from any Windows program by simply selecting the text and using a key shortcut or mouse click that is easily modified in the Configuration options.

Selecting single words or short phrases for definitions or translations works very well, but translating larger chunks of text directly from a browser is less successful. Longer text works better when pasted directly into the Babylon interface, and translations tend to be more sensible than free online services. You can listen to a computerized voice pronounce words in English, but you'll need to add more text-to-speech engines to hear words in other languages. Another helpful feature lets you quickly convert currency, measurements, or time zones. A vast number of additional dictionaries and glossaries, both free and for sale, are available from the Babylon Web site, and adding new dictionaries is simple and fast. You can even build your own personalized glossaries with links and embedded images. The full-featured 30-day trial offers plenty of time to decide whether Babylon is valuable to you. The wide array of features and impressive options for adding custom content help this reference tool earn a top rating.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.3

    out of 13 votes

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    • 4 star 1
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    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 3
  • All Versions

    3.1

    out of 327 votes

    • 5 star 135
    • 4 star 39
    • 3 star 10
    • 2 star 19
    • 1 star 124
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4 stars

"Nice free dictionary."

September 20, 2014  |  By int_revisor

 |  Version: Babylon 10.0

Pros

Excellent interface. Nice free dictionaries. For each English verb, displays a complete list of conjugations in all possible tenses and forms.

Cons

No human voice on the free dictionaries.
You can't disable automatic updates, although you see that option in the user interface, it does not save THAT particular change.
You can't uninstall the program offline.

Summary

I like it. The only think I didn't like is that you can't uninstall it offline. I installed it on my mother's computer. I may, or may not, install on my computer, where I already have the Oxford Dictionary.

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1 stars

"EULA says freeware. after 5 uses it blocks u for pay"

April 23, 2014  |  By htfdytur

 |  Version: Babylon 10.0

Pros

There are no pro's for such a deceitful program

Cons

The agreement or EULA says it is freeware but it only allows you to use it 5 times and then you can only chose one of 2 options. Either pay to upgrade or delete it. I chose to delete it. CNet needs to protect its integrity by flagging this program and either
delete it from CNets list or force them to honor the Freeware agreement. There is no warning that you are in a trial period when you install it.

Summary

CNet should ban Babylon until they own up to the truth and either label it free to try or make it truly free like they advertise!!!!
If Babylon is allowed to continue on CNet it will damage CNet's reputation!

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1 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 stars

"Does not do simultaneous translation of emails."

November 06, 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 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 stars

"A useful teaching and learning tool"

September 01, 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 stars

"Very helpful for students"

July 08, 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 stars

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

July 04, 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 stars

"Definitely the best translation software"

July 02, 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 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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 7
Babylon 7 offers text translation in 17 languages in addition to single word and phrase translations, spell check for IE, auto completion of words, smart dictionary, customization, and results from Wikipedia encyclopedia in 13 languages.
General
Publisher Babylon
Publisher web site http://www.babylon.com
Release Date October 14, 2007
Date Added October 14, 2007
Version 7
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Language Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Download Information
File Size 782.58KB
File Name Babylon10_setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 5,865,483
Downloads Last Week 436
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Some features disabled after 14 days
Price $29

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