“ Babylon is a single-click translator, dictionary, converter, and information tool that enables users to get definitions, translations, conversions, and relevant information. It lives on your desktop and retrieves information on topics that you choose. Babylon's content is made available through some of the Web's leading information providers, as well as by private user's glossaries. Babylon users receive instant access to definitions and translations from thousands of glossaries, and each user can choose his or her favorite glossaries and rely on them as primary information sources. „
Babylon is a great reference tool. The free software includes dictionaries in different languages with an added thesaurus, it can translate to around 90 percent of the world's languages, can convert all sorts of things from different currencies to measurements and can find encyclopedia articles with a click of one button. Also available are other references which you can download to use either while on the net or while offline. You can find out about Tennis quotes to Magic Trick words. Overall, a very useful freeware program.
First I will just get this out of my system. I love this programme! It is free but I would gladly have paid for it. OK, now I'll just explain quite why I got to that point! Babylon (both the Lite and the full version) is a translator programme, initially aimed at people whose first language is not English, and through the predominance of English in the Web, wish to translate from English into their own language. For this reason, it only translates one way, from English, into the 'target' language. This is, in my opinion, it's main fault, but this is the reason, historically, that it only translates one way round. It is a small programme that runs on your computer in the background. When you right-click on a word in English, it uses the on-line dictionaries (if you have the Lite version) or a downloadable dictionary (the full version, for use off-line, still free!) to give you a list of the equivalent words in the other language. You can also input your own words for translation. It does not just translate word for word like Babelfish, but offers the utility of a full dictionary, so you can use the word which best suits your purpose. This is not meant for people who have no knowledge of the other language, but for people who know which would be the best context for which particular word. Currently, it is available in the following languages: French Spanish Italian Dutch German Portugese Chinese (two kinds) Japanese Modern Hebrew and also English - English dictionary.. It replaces the need to constantly search through dictionaries if you are trying to translate into a foreign language from English. It also stores set phrases which are in common usage and some idiomatic phrases. You can also suggest words for addition to the dictionaries if you come across words which it does not have. Included in the most recent version is also a curr
ency convertor, a link to an encyclopedia but these are marginal to the main programme. This programme is free and downloadable from www.babylon.com It is by far, the most useful programme I've downloaded, but I need to do quite a lot of English - Italian translations, and it has saved me lots of time. I couldn't really recommend it highly enough.. it's free so try it!