This program provides some useful language-translation tools, yet suffers from a few problems that are tough to overlook. The logically organized main window displays large icons for the translator, the text reader, the text editor, and the dictionary. The program will translate up to 200 words to and from a few languages, including English, French, Spanish, German, and Italian. Strangely enough, there's no dedicated Speak button on the Translator window; you have to check the Auto-read box to get the program to read back its text translations. In some tests, we couldn't get the dictionary to work at all, and in others, the application hung when translating words. On the plus side, written translations were on the mark, and it's nice that the text reader allows you to import documents or Web pages. You can choose among 10 male and female voices, then alter the speaking speed and pitch, but all voices are unfortunately based on the Microsoft Speech Engine, which can be very difficult to understand. Talking Translator Pro looks as if it's on the right track, but we advise language lovers to proceed with caution.
What's new in version 1.9.4
Version 1.9.4 is now Windows 8 compatible, updated setup program.
ReleaseFebruary 7, 2013
Date AddedFebruary 7, 2013
Operating SystemsWindows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows XP
Talking Translator Pro is an easy to use 4 in 1 language utility which can translate text between 8 languages with 23 language sets, Find meanings of words, Read the contents of files and clipboard. It can also read the translations in its native language with proper accent using the in-built text-to-speech feature. You can easily edit and saves your translations and meanings in multiple formats. Also, text-to-speech engines in 12 languages are provided free. The English Dictionary provides quick access to meanings of any English words. A built-in Word Processor-like editor is included to edit your translation and meanings without having to launch another separate application. The Built-in Clipboard and File Reader make it easy to listen to a text file, Rich Text File, web page content or just content on the clipboard. You can save your work in many formats, including Acrobat PDF, Rich Text, Text File and HTML.