When a new version? Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I am using Firefox version 8 on MAC OS 10.6.8, after waiting for a long time to upgrade FF as this add-on was incompatible. Previously the add-on was great (never found any better) to view webpages in Chinese, translated into English. But lately it started failing to translate. So, I went for the latest FF. I hope the developers will come out with a new version. Another issue is to have translations for buttons in a webpage - often translation was not available (e.g. a button that says "print" of "download".

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

When this add-on works it gives good machine translation from German to English (my main usage) and offers the user the ability to send back better syntax etc. Unfortunately, it seems to be quite wayward as to whether it is going to work of not; a page that works one ay will not the next, which can be very frustrating. Also, it cannot translate web pages that use frames (easy to get round by selecting "This frame only" from the right click drop-down). However, I will give it 4 stars as it does work fine most of the time.
Thank you.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

The concept of this is great, but the execution needs some work. With translations active page loading is noticeably slower, even for pages which don't get translated. The vast majority of the translations will be machine translations, which by their nature are of poor quality. However, they claim the system learns, and it may be true in that the translations have improved in some instances over previous versions. One can enter translations manually, which get uploaded to a central server and displayed when other users load the same page. But the system only saves the last 100 blocks of text translated by a given user, and large blocks of text seem to stay on the server less well, so in the end it seems only useful to translate things like headlines.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.957). 

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Broken in Fx 3.5.3 - does not seem to translate anything, and the options dialog contains no text.

@Jon Ruthven: It's not a program, it's an extension to a program. To remove it, go to Extras|Add-ons in Firefox and hit the "Uninstall" button next to the extension name. (Which I did.)

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.957). 

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I think this program is closer to malware than a legitimate program. I am unable, after thorough investigation, to uninstall this program, since it seems to leave no trace of its existence in the MS directory of programs, the "Add/remove Programs" sections or in the MS search for files program. I have no idea what this program is doing to my sensitive information since there is no way to monitor it. The sidebar continuously appears and starts "translating" when I don't want that to happen. I simply can't get rid of this pest from any source of information, including this page. The "support section" also next to this box goes nowhere, while the "Review Guidelines" just below is a live link.

JMR, PhD

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.957). 

Easy to Unstall

Jon,

The problems you cite are easily solved.

1. Uncheck the Translate checkbox to disable the toolbar, you can hide it completely by clicking on the blue/green WWL logo in the lower right corner of the screen.

2. To uninstall, go to Tools >> Addons in Firefox to manage, update or uninstall addons.

The next build of the translator will be configured to disable automatic translation by default, so it will not get in your way except when you need it to be running. The tool is still experimental, so I would appreciate it if people would email bug reports first. We are still in beta, and are working to resolve issues as we identify them. Thanks.

Brian McConnell

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Usability: How can you make me have to choose the source language of a translation in THE ACTUAL LANGUAGE. How on earth should I know what "chinese" is in chinese - that's what I need a translator for.

It actually works quite well, much better than using google translate.Minus one star for the usability blunder.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.953). 

Add options and remove log-in Rated 3 out of 5 stars

I'm giving this 3 stars on the assumption that it works for translation (I haven't checked). I uninstalled it quickly because the first thing it did was ask me to log in, and I don't see why this would be needed for such an add-in. Also, a long bar extending beyond the window edge is added.

What I think is needed is a normal add-in options page, a shorter bar (or ability to control it via the options page), and no log-in. For the options, I'd like the ability to decide which languages not to translate (for those fluent in more than one language). A button on the bottom bar of Firefox will also be nice to control the plugin (such as momentarily disable translation), for those not wanting a full bar just for this plugin.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.935). 

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Nice thing, BUT: i just noticed accidentally (had the proxy running) that this add-on sends requests to their home page, including the domain i just visited and its assumed language, even if it does not translate and the toolbar is actually hidden.

Although i really appreciated this add-on for planning some trips, i deactivated it now because i don't want you to know all the web sites i go to. Because you did not make this transparent, i can only give this a 3* rating. Sorry.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.932). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I think the toolbar is a real change in the browsing experience, even
though there are other translation services. See my review here:

http://radar.oreilly.com/2009/08/world-wide-lexicon-toolbar-cha.html

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.66). 

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

A very important addon. With this addon, instead of the publisher adding support for various languages in their website, this addon provides the support in the browser itself. The user can choose any supported language to read the article

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.61). 

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

A very important addon. With this addon, instead of the publisher adding support for various languages in their website, this addon provides the support in the browser itself. The user can choose any supported language to read the article

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.61). 

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

What an awesome tool! For those of us who regularly or occasionally follow links to pages written in languages foreign to us, it is about as good as you can get. The performance is excellent so far.

One thing I would like to point out as a potential for improvement: The toolbar is rather wide making it uncomfortable to use on a netbook-type screen. Perhaps abbreviating (instead of 'Source langauge' and 'Target language' just 'Source' and 'Target'), and/or relegating some functionality (like 'Options', 'Account management', etc. to an addon pref screen.

This addon made my day! Thanks for such a useful tool.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.61). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I give it a 5 because it looks so promising! I like the combination of both manual, closed, and free/open source translators.

It's also fantastically easy to add translations :-) (But perhaps there should be some notice of/option for what licence the translation has? I'd like my own to be CC-BY-SA.)

One quibble: You list "Norwegian", but this is actually two written languages:
"Norwegian Bokmål" (what Google Translate calls "Norwegian")
"Norwegian Nynorsk". Apertium is able to translate between these two.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.61).