Absolutely Terrible the WORST 1/5
By George Orr
The interface is impossible to figure out and use. And it has not ever worked for me. The support articles give you very little explanation nor instruction in how to use this. And if you can not use it, can not figure out how to use it, it is worthless. It also make me question WHY/HOW this got an App Review Editors Choice.
Will not open 1/5
I cannot get it to even open after I purchased it for my new MacBook Pro. How do I get help with this?
Used to work for me 2/5
Ever since upgrading my macos to mojave (Apple iMac 21.5) when I go to use the app it will take the info I put in and then gets caught up in a causality loop of some kind. It never does come out of it. Had to dump the app sadly. Before it worked great for translating short messages from friends in other countries.
?This is a relatiively unstrucrtured, alsomost random request for data entry.. What do we do, rave about a product we haven't begun to use?
Not worth paying $ for 1/5
By Stephen Perteet
Free services like Google Translate will give you better results.
This just uses Microsoft’s translation service, WHICH IS ALREADY FREE!!!
Basically, you’re paying for a wrapper on someone else’s free service.
It’s not worth paying for a worse translator, that will often misunderstand you, and give you results that won’t make sense to native speakers.
Don’t waste your money, like I did.
This often gave me the wrong translation, and eventually I stopped using it. All the development went towards subcription-only features in their iOS app, and thus it never improved over the time that I’ve owned it.
No Mac Support 1/5
By Marja E
I can't get it to work-- it snaps closed if I try to use it-- and I can't find a support page for the Mac version, only for the iOS and Android versions.
I downloaded this app from the appstore and it will not open. The icon is there but…nothing. $8.99 for an icon. Nice...
Unreliable junk. will not start most of the time. Uninstalling. Stay away!
Its good 4/5
Does an ok job. Still not quite on par with Google Translate though.
I can’t run translation frm German to English
Awful dictionary (perhaps only for Russian) 1/5
Dear developers, have you ever checked your dictionaries? Russian language support is very poor, many words are being translated incorrectly. For example, french word 'travailler' doesn't mean 'work' as a noun — it's a verb; 'dire' doesn't mean '[they] say' in Russian — it's just '[to] say'. English word 'work' can be noun and verb as the context may require, but it's impossible to choose a certain word class to get a translation of interest (in Russian work-noun and work-verb are different words). And so on, and so on… Good idea, bad implementation. Even for a free app. Trashed.
does what its made for. 3/5
From what I have got out of this app its a good free translator I didnt expect anything really spectacular given the fact that this app is literally just there to translate your sentances or words you insert into the application. Don’t expect anything that you would get out of a similar product that you have to pay for, this is a free app and since of the fact its free my standards arent that high when it comes to free apps and especially ones that only serve one function. In this case its so you can translate.
How ever I do find it annoying how its still at the top of the menu bar. I think it should be at the bottom of the menu bar it. I would also like to simply be able to move the interface of the application to different areas of my desktop. Instead all it has is this option to keep it stuck in this one specific location whitch makes no sense to me. but once I do find a better translater that is not expensive I do plan on ditching this one because like others have said the developers have had much time to improve apon this application.
So at the end of the day all that if you dont care that the application can not be moved around and will be stuck on the top of your screen then get it and it should work perfectly fine for you.
I’ve just about given up with this app 1/5
Yet another update and this app is STILL stuck in the menubar. As per my original review (see below), this has been a problem for more than two years and the developers clearly aren’t listening/don’t care. This app needs to leave the menubar and become a normal app with a normal window in order to be actually functional. Honestly, I’ve waited long enough…I’m gong to just find an alternative translator.
So I first reviewed this app about two years ago when it came out, and I can’t believe I’m still writing about the same glaring issue; it *only* lives in the menubar. This is a big issue for those of us with small screened Macs, as our menubars can get way too crowded. However, it also means that you can only paste so much text in its tiny pop-down window, making it a problem for power users who need to paste a lot of text. Even their iPad app lets you paste more text than this one. Plus, having it not in the dock is less convenient when switching between open windows (if using, say, Mission Control), and clearly confuses some users when they click the iTranslate app icon in Launchpad and seemingly nothing happens when they don’t notice a new icon being added to their menubar. This was my own classmate’s issue when she told me her translate app wasn’t working; she clicked on the icon in the Launchpad, and seemingly nothing happened. She had no idea that another tiny icon was added to the many occupying the menubar. Having it run as a mini Menubar app should be an option, but definitely not the default to avoid this type of obvious confusion and the other issues outlined above.
So yeah, this app absolutely needs to leave the Menubar for a number of reasons. I’ve written and tweeted to the developers several times these past two years and have gotten nothing in the way of a response, which is a shame, becaue their iOS apps translate very well. In fact, this app does translate well for the languages I use it for (Spanish, French, and Irish) but the awful usability problems outlined above take away so much from its overall utility. So, suffice to say I’m pretty disappointed that after two years of waiting for this basic improvement, all we got was a generic “bug fixes” update with no acknowledgment of this issue. I really hope these devs are listening but I don’t have a lot of faith they are...
Works for an author 5/5
By LW Hewitt
I write historical fiction and use iTranslate to create dialogue for supporting characters. It is easy to use and provides a range of word choices based on context - very important when doing dialogue. Having the icon in the menu bar makes accessing it very convenient.
Keep it Simple 3/5
My use is not sufficticated. If I were in business, this is not the product that I would be seeking. I am retired with friends across the globe. I find this tool very helpful for reading, writing and copy/paste of brief correspondence. My friends are grateful.
bad investment 1/5
Total let down. On iOS it works as you would believe it should and while not prefect it is very good. You can cut and paste text in the target language and listen to it
to get a proper way to say it. On the desk top you pay 9.99 and you have a little drop down tab and can not listen to the imported text you want the learn to say, only the translation. Larger screen, more powerful computer, less features, more money= bad investment. So it is a nice idea but when you do not like it your stuck with the payment and product of little value. Plus it is continues to charge you over and over again, wrong. I want a refund
ok for most languages 3/5
Still terrible at translating ‘tough’ languages like Thai to English…..
By Darnell's MAC
Horrible app if you are in need of vietnamese translation… Dont waste your money.
it does not work 1/5
It says "Could not connect to the server.” for about a year now. This app does not work folks. Do not waste money.
You Pay then Pay again! Unchecked Greed! 2/5
In December 2015 I paid $9.99 for this app which is rather pricey for a translation app, considering Google Translate is free and so is Microsoft translate. As soon as I opened this app I immediately noticed it still contained ads after paying the first $10. Next, when I tried to use the microphone feature, a box pops up—it requires the user to pay $6.99 MORE to use the voice feature and to get rid of the ads! This app is a web link that requires internet access, not software that stands alone. That is greed gone to seed! What is this developer thinking...
Can’t open app on iMac w/ Yosemite 10.10.2 1/5
Pretty frustrating to not be able to open a $10 app either from App folder or open box at purchase. Help!
By Mac and PC
I had tried several of the other free or cheap translate apps and found numerous errors on some basic words. I like having this app in the menu bar, typically just pop it open when I am doing rosetta stone lessons. I haven’t run across any mistranslations yet and it seems to find the word even if I don’t know the proper stem.
Superb translations but Yosemite -iMAC has issues 3/5
Translations work when typing directly into the source. Pasting an email message in Spanish did not work. Am I missing a menu bar-How To—the Website Support needs an FAQ.
I could not find the Save function. Each translation typed in copied and pasted into another app required deleting the source and target to translate another message.
I must be missing part of the software??? I must say what I do get translated is a comprehensive success.
Thai translation NEED improvement 2/5
By Gizmo Shane
I bought this translation app because it supports Thai translation. However, when I want to find defination from English to Thai. This app oftenly not translate word to Thai. It does not work well for Thai.
not support in iran 1/5
please address problem
Nice Translater 3/5
I like it on my desktop to easily translate and play it back for you. Keep improving. You should maintain a history of say the last 30 paragraphs translated.
I couldn’t translate this Hindi for some reason for my friends in India: Aditi Bhabi g aisi koi haseena mili hi nhi
Please fix and until then you only get 3 stars.
INTELLIGENT BUT MISSING A FEATURE 4/5
By JV Era
This app is very useful and I use it for everything, but isn’t it annoying that you have to always press the icon so that it can go away. In my opinion, when you press somewhere else on the screen, it should get out automatically. (Ex: Dropbox, Shazam, 1password 5, Boom)
I think it's brilliant! 5/5
Very fast, very available on my desktop for swift use, nice features and extensive languages.
It is very supportive for my writings.
Yosemite’s dark mode friendly. 5/5
It is a great app for quick lookup of terms between languages. It missed an icon for Yosemite’s dark theme mode but it is now fixed. Thanks for paying attention to such details. It makes the difference.
Very Helpful & Intelligent 5/5
Verfy helpful when I am online talking to my wife on the other side of the world the window stays open & does not get in my way.
I don’t have to switch webpage or anything like that for instance what I had to do with another I will not mention here.
Has a helpful icon for the top bar of the desk top.
Google Translate is better (at least for German) 3/5
A while back I wrote a positive review of this app but now, after using it for several weeks, I found that Google Translate often provides me with better translations between English and German. iTranslate is convienient for quickly looking up a word and finding its gender, but I can’t use if for translating sentences.
Note that this app only works with an internet connection.
Love the app! 5/5
By Jim J 67
Translating from English to Polish is fun and helps learn the language!
needs audio INPUT ... 3/5
Good program. Quickly and always available when you have a question. That’s great. Add voice input for translation and it’s five stars. I’m looking for the microphone icon :-)
Super slow, no options 1/5
With a required internet connection, you would expect this app to be blazing fast. Not so - it takes forever and a day to translate a simple word. While I could live with the speed issues, I cannot deal with the lack of translation options it gives. It gives only 1 translation even if several words are possible. More often than not, it’s not the word you need. For my money, it was a complete waste of $4.99
English to German 2/5
The translation results appear to be identical to Google Translate (word for word). Good for quickly translating single words. Results of translated paragraphs are mostly not usable.
No Internet connection 1/5
Suddenly app stop to work with message: No Internet connection. But all others apps working well and Internet exist! What the hell???!!!
It’s a machine 2/5
Pretty disappointing. I remember translation software 25 years ago and this is no improvement. For some it might work. It is better than nothing for people who know absolutely nothing about the target language. For me, I put in for an English translation of a sentence into Spanish. This software translated a 3rd person plural into 2nd person polite or 3rd person singular. But it's like, for $5 what do you expect? On detection, a skill that you would think is fairly simple, on two different attempts of 3 words statements, not idioms but logically written short phrases, I got “server error”. So that pretty much eliminates that potential plus for me. The verbal help the software gives I thought was decent, especially with a speed control setting, and without a robotic voice. However, I could not cut and paste longer samples, which I would think a translation software would have. With the image that Apple is trying to cultivate, putting an “i” in front of this name, I don’t think helps any. When I pay 2 to 3 times as much for a computer, I expect most everything to work noticably better, to be designed more thoughtfully with more expertise. This software was not! I know that language is extremely complicated as I teach it, but you would think the “best” computer in the world could produce a little more progress over attempts of this type that the industry made 25 years ago.
Marginal & mediocre 2/5
By Misha S
iTranslate requires an Internet connection, so the only advantage over Google Translate is being able to quickly access it from the menu bar. That’s about the only positive thing I can say in support of iTranslate. It’s cheap at $4.99, but still about $4 more than it should cost for what it does.
The biggest drawback is that you can’t select from various definitions of words. Enter “washer” in English, and in French it spits back “machine à laver.” Did you mean “washer” like the hardware part, and not a washing machine? Sorry, iTranslate doesn’t care. (Google Translate correctly offers both “rondelle” and “machine à laver” as translations.)
Many of the multi-word definitions are similarly really poor transliterations. If you used them in any kind of communication (formal or informal), you’ll at best get weird looks and at worst be completely misunderstood.
500 Character Limit 3/5
Seems to translate well, but it is a hassle to use because you have to copy and paste the text to be translate into a menu window. I could live with that if it was not such a small buffer. To read an email, I have to cut and paste over and over. So each paragraph has to be done separately. This makes for slow going. What I wish it would do is allow me to select a sentence or paragraph and translate it, then provide a button to press that would get the next sentence and translate it. This post is a bit over 640 characters, so I wuold have to translate it in 2 parts, and I would have to guess where the 500 character point is located.
Does not have speach recognition 3/5
By 8aint enuf
I have the iOS version and it includes speech recognition and it is excellent. I assumed this app would do the same, however, it doesn’t. So just be alert that it only translates what you type or paste into the comment box.
It will speak it to you if you click the triangle (for many languages.)
Convenient, easy, and very accurate! 5/5
This has proven to be very handy for me while learning french and german. One of my favorite things to do is to read articles and books in which ever language I’m practicing at the time; I use this app to help me understand (not just translate) the meaning of new words or strange sounding phrases. As far as translation services go, this one is by far one of the best (I dare say I prefer this to google’s translate page). It is convenient, very easy to use, and the most accurate one I’ve used thus far.
Awesome wiht some suggestions 4/5
I lvoe this app. It’s simple and works extremely well. I do wish there could be an option for offline mode for a language and also that you could create a command to open the app even when it’s closed. But this app is great and works like a champ!
Needs more work 2/5
The translations are not always accurate. I often have to refer to Google translate! What was the point of spending 5 dollars if it can’t get the job done! Also more options should be added such as offline mode.
Extremely Slow!! 1/5
This app translates a single word in 20 seconds. It is so slow that by time i wait for it to translate i can open safari type in the word on google and find the translation. 1star until they fix it.
Beautiful app. Just what I’ve been waiting for in a translator on OS X. No longer do I need to keep that Google Translate tab open. Though, one note to the developers: the language lists have “Chinese (Mandarin)” with a PRC flag, and “Chinese (Taiwan)” with an ROC flag. Both Taiwan and Mainland China speak Mandarin, so it would be better to list both as Mandarin with the distinction being (Simplified) and (Traditional) respectively. Great work!
Worked perfectly 5/5
I am a doctor and don’t have many opportunities to use the German I learned in high school. I used this app today to help me explain to a Spanish-speaking patient, to ask him questions and to give him instructions after the visit. It worked perfectly. It handled the medical terminology and medication names without any diffculty. My patient was very impressed and happy with what I did for him and with the translation. It made things much, much better.
Misunderstanding over launching: iTranslate DOES launch 5/5
I was at first put off by the -ve reviews - about iTranslate not launching.
In fact it’s a menu bar app. That’s where it runs from.
A single email from the responsive tech support at Sonico cleared that up within hours
I’m very happy with it. Thanks!
Great App 4/5
Please, highlight the last word used when I open the window, so I can write another word more quickly, otherwise I have to select last word and then delete it, always, or at least put this option in the settings, please.
Not opening! 1/5
I have purchased iTtranslate and it won’t open in my computer. If this problem contitnues I will demand a refund.