|Online translation service|
The DeepL translator is an online service for machine translation provided by DeepL GmbH in Cologne, Germany, which went online on August 28, 2017. At the time of its release, the service claims to have performed blind studies of competitor offerings, which include. Google Translate, Microsoft Translator and Facebook, among others.
The service uses Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN) trained with Linguee’s database. The translation is generated using a supercomputer that reaches 5.1 petaFLOPS and is powered by cheap hydroelectricity in Iceland. CNNs are, in principle, slightly better suited for long contiguous word sequences, but have not been used by competitors in favor of recurrent neural networks (RNNs) due to their weaknesses. The weaknesses are compensated at DeepL with partly publicly known additional artifices.
Word documents in .docx format and PowerPoint presentations (.pptx) are also translated. Footnotes, formatting and embedded images are retained.
Translations to date are between English (separate for British or American), French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, ChineseBulgarian, Czech, Danish, Estonian, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian and Swedish, in both directions. For translations into Chinese, the standard variety of Chinese (High Chinese) and thus the official language of the People’s Republic of China and in Taiwan is output in simplified Chinese script.
The use is free of charge up to a text length of 5,000 characters. Commercial customers can use a paid programming interface to embed DeepL in their own software. In addition, DeepL finances itself by displaying advertisements on its sister website linguee.com.
The paid subscription service DeepL Pro for professional translators, companies and developers, available since March 2018, has a programming interface and a software plug-in for CAT tools, including SDL Trados Studio. In contrast to the free version, translated texts are not saved, and the 5,000-character limit on text length in the input field is omitted. The pricing model provides for a monthly basic fee, which includes a fixed amount of text. Texts exceeding this amount are charged according to the number of characters.
In October 2018, the pricing model was revised so that instead of just one payment model, there are several options to choose from.
Under the name Linguee GmbH, the company was founded in 2008 by Gereon Frahling and Leonard Fink in Cologne, Germany. They built a dictionary for 25 languages that can be used for translations via an online service. With the release of DeepL in 2017, the company name was changed to DeepL GmbH. In March 2020, Deepl announced that they had achieved a significant performance improvement over competitors by modifying their AI system.
More translation websites in German language:
- Google translator
- Microsoft Translator
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