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Babylon

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The ancient city of Babylon was a crossroads of cultures and languages, and the program Babylon makes good on its linguistic heritage. It can translate 31 languages from your desktop, offers a huge gallery of glossary add-ons, and gives direct access to Wikipedia results in 20 languages. In addition to deeper language libraries, the latest version introduces a new, streamlined interface, single-click document and Web site translation, and a new language detection-feature that recognizes languages without user input.

Babylon translates individual words and phrases on the fly by highlighting and right-clicking or using a hot-key combination that can be adjusted in the Settings menu. Babylon 8 also introduces a "globe" option that keeps the program running in the background and available on your desktop. 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, and you can create your own personalized glossaries with links and embedded images.

If you regularly need translations across all your programs and Web surfing, Babylon's default setting to load at start-up will probably seem like a boon. If that's not what you're looking for, you can adjust it under the Miscellaneous tab in Settings. Resource usage spiked when translating full documents, but not overly so--it worked rapidly and didn't interfere with a simultaneously running media player. 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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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:

    1.9 stars

    out of 13 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 8
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Babylon 8 Upgrade only works from Babylon 7 - rip off"

    August 14, 2010  |   By jabenoit

    Version: Babylon 8.0 r20

    Pros

    I've paying Babylon for years (4+ licenses). After buying Babylon 8 upgrade for new Win7 machine (Babylon 6 doesn't work on Win7), found out the upgrade only works from version 7, not 6 or early. But they don't state that before they take your money.

    Cons

    Babylon 8 Upgrade doesn't work from Babylon 6.
    Doesn't grab words out of Google Chrome correctly.
    Babylon support offered to solve upgrade issue by paying full price, or by paying 2x full price (2nd support caller). Goodbye Babylon. Never again.

    Summary

    Gonna go try Lingoes instead.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Terrible customer support.sub-par translation."

    July 26, 2010  |   By hlemel

    Version: Babylon 8.0 r20

    Pros

    Sometimes helpful but text translation is awful and worse than google which is free.

    Cons

    Awful customer support...Have wasted hours trying to resolve an upgrade issue and have just been going around in circles. They respond, only robotically. Translations sub-par. Installed dictionaries not being drawn upon. Terrible licensing policy

    Summary

    Can be helpful, but offset by terrible time-wasting customer sevice and trying to squeeze every last cent... Customer is never right with this company....... and in most cases text translations are terrible

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Unrespectful, unreliable...the worst in customer comm."

    July 13, 2010  |   By ffernandez_abos

    Version: Babylon 8.0 r20

    Pros

    One clic translation.

    Cons

    The company, the sales people, the customer support...

    Summary

    Yesterday I bought the update from version 7 to version 8 (They almost make you pay the entire price and if you dont upgrade they keep bombing you with messages and popups.). Few minutes after buying the upgrade I got a call from a sales agressive and unrespectful sales representative asking me for the languages I use and asking me to pay 200$ for them. I was asking him why I had to pay for languages if with the version 6 and 7 I could translate to every language at no additional cost. I never got a clear answer. He kept insisting and I had to force the end of the call. He wanted me to believe that he was giving to me for free dictionaries I bought with version 7. The most impressive is that I had already installed the SW at the time he called me and both languages and dictionaries were accessible. He wanted me to charge me for no product or for dictionaries I had bought in the past and that were already licensed in my computer. Impressive....all lies. clearly lies.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Babylon is the leader in language translation"

    December 7, 2009  |   By gregasalter

    Version: Babylon 8.0 r20

    Pros

    I use it on my desktop for business and lately with my friends. It's the best for quick language translations!

    Cons

    I have not found any problems, and it is a lifetime software for me.

    Summary

    I use it in my emails, reading websites and writing business letters translating everything to everyone worldwide. It's simply the easiest and most accurate language translator in the market today!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Beyond comparison - Really good tool"

    October 1, 2009  |   By MichelePerrier

    Version: Babylon 8.0 r20

    Pros

    True there are many paid and free dictionaries out there, but none of them - IHMO - operates with such an ease as Babylon. I am using it since years, never had any problems.

    Cons

    Not suitable for visually impaired persons (which should be standard nowadays)

    Summary

    True there are many paid and free dictionaries out there, but none of them - IHMO - operates with such an ease as Babylon. I am using it since years, never had any problems.
    Once my hard disk crashed, I contacted the support and got a new license key within 1 day. So that's pretty good I have to say.
    Over the year I enjoyed a real great numbers of new features, and what people many times miss out a great number of new dictionaries and glossary you can add to the tool free of charge.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "You will have to pay a lot..."

    September 17, 2009  |   By iscordalia

    Version: Babylon 8.0 r20

    Pros

    It's very convenient.

    Cons

    Technical support... WHAT technical support? You're on your own, even if you have a license. And their sales people are rude.

    Summary

    The product is convenient, but there are many dictionaries out there for free. As soon as you switch computers, you are almost forced to pay for the product again, even if you have a valid license because their technical support is so horrible. I replied to a "one-time for life" offer for a license maybe two years ago. I paid for the service and paid for an additional dictionary. My old laptop died and now they are making it impossible for me to get the version that I had with all of the free dictionaries or even the one I paid for. They haven't replied to any customer support requests. Basically, they rip you off. You pay for it once and if you want it again, you have to pay for it again. Even if you have the license.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Unusable on OS X, ads in Windows, rude tech support"

    September 9, 2009  |   By Computerlinguist

    Version: Babylon 8.0 r20

    Pros

    I like having a separate icon in the dock for my dictionary, vs. opening another safari window.

    Cons

    But it is very inferior to wordreference.com for content, and terribly buggy in OSX. The windows version is even worse, and is technically adware.
    The technical support I received was incompetent.

    Summary

    Customer service may have set a record for absurd requests and delays. Being an IT pro, I deal with poor customer service and tech support on a daily basis, but I don't know if I've ever encountered worse than Babylon customer service.

    Bottom-line: poor product, poor support, high price. Avoid at all costs.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Bad technical support"

    September 1, 2009  |   By areen1

    Version: Babylon 8.0 r20

    Pros

    Nothing. Bad technical support. Once you purchased the product they are very hard to reach and they are not helpful nor available.

    Cons

    Their "support team" does not seem to respond via emails and there was no other way to reach them whether via chat or emails.

    Summary

    Their chat feature on their website is only for purchasing purposes. When I could not get any one to talk to me, I opened the chat feature and asked from the representative to guide me on how I may reach their technical support. The representative was first of all unprofessional and second of all did not show even minimum obligation to guide me or to direct my request to any technical support representative or how to reach them. I am until now with a product that I've purchased from Babylon and paid for it with out being able to install it on my computer. I have purchased this product only a short while ago and the program simply does not work. When finally and after so many repeated emails to them, I received a response that told me that he would call me and solve the installation problem with me over the phone. I never heard from them nor received any phone call or email. I had followed up again with them and requested to know what happen with my request for technical support, only then I received a phone call after waiting for more than 2 weeks for a response and without being able to use the product. When I finally got a hold of someone to speak with, I explained to him that the program does not work on my new laptop. He informed me that the program does not work on Vista. But that is not why he wanted to talk to me over the phone. He could said that over an email. The reaosn he wanted to talk to me is because the 'solution" is to make another purchase of another babylon from their company!. I could not believe that the representative is even serious about that. It was clearly a fraud and with no shame. What really made me suspecious though is when he asked me to send him via email my credit card number becuase that would help him to track the order!!. It is important to mention that I provided them in my first email the license number of the product and the username that is associated with it.
    All in all, not only that the technical support severely lack professionalism but on the top of that, I became seriously suspecios of the reliability of this company and the guys who run it. They seem to act more like gangesters rather than like professional technical support. Do not get stuck with them. This is my advise to you.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "SUCKED ON WINDOWS 7. I GO with "LINGOES" period!"

    August 25, 2009  |   By abrusil33

    Version: Babylon 8.0 r20

    Pros

    I used this one for several years and even paid for.
    Was helpfull for a while.

    Cons

    Useless with Windows 7
    TOOOOOO EXPENSIVE

    Summary

    It's latest version I can compare to Windows Me - he he.
    Hope I will not have to use it again.
    Just found LINGOES and breeeeeeaaaaaaaath !!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Very bad company"

    August 5, 2009  |   By Bj√∂rn Lundahl

    Version: Babylon 8.0 r20

    Pros

    Nothing at all. They are bad. I have paid for many different software but never experienced anything like this.

    Cons

    Very bad company on the edge to criminality.

    After a year or two they sneak through your firewall and punctuate your software. I have paid for a license but somehow they are mixed up.

    Summary

    Very bad company which is on the edge to criminality.
    After a year or two they sneak through your firewall and punctuate your software. I have paid for a license but somehow they are mixed up. The editor at download.com does not experience this as it can happen after a year or two. I got a mail from them that some other people are using my license. I got a new license code but after that they punctuated my software so it did not install.

    Bjorn Lundahl
    Gothenburg, Sweden

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