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Translator Tools Newsletter #40: Major updates in Spacing, Punctuation and Symbol Correction Tool

February 02, 2021

Welcome to Translator Tools Newsletter #40.

Early last year, a new tool called Spacing, Punctuation and Symbol Correction Tool was added to TransTools+ (read the initial announcement here and watch a video about this tool). This tool improves readability and visual appeal of Word documents by fixing excessive spaces, enforcing correct spacing near punctuation, inserting non-breaking spaces where required, and replacing certain symbols with their typographically correct equivalents. Overall, the tool includes over 30 different configurable rules that allow you to create perfect Word documents which will be a pleasure to read.

Various issues found by Spacing, Punctuation and Symbol Correction Tool
List of issues found by Spacing, Punctuation and Symbol Correction Tool before correction

Now, I would like to announce several major updates to Spacing, Punctuation and Symbol Correction Tool which will be very useful for many of you, especially those working with French, some other European languages, and Japanese.

What's new in Spacing, Punctuation and Symbol Correction Tool

Spacing, Punctuation and Symbol Correction Tool includes the following new capabilities:

  1. Enforce a non-breaking space before two-part punctuation (?!:;) and inside guillemets («»). This feature is intended for documents written in French where a non-breaking space is required with certain punctuation marks. In Canadian French, this feature will insert a non-breaking space before colon (:) only.

    Checking for non-breaking space usage in French

  2. Enforce a non-breaking space as a thousand separator in appropriate languages. This feature is intended for languages that use a non-breaking space as a thousand separator in numbers, such as French, Swedish, Russian, Portuguese, etc. By activating this new rule, you will make sure that a common space between thousands is always replaced with a non-breaking space, improving readability and avoiding ambiguity.

    Fixing common spaces used as a thousand separator

  3. Change full-width Japanese characters to half-width characters. This feature is intended for documents written in Japanese. By changing full-width characters (e.g. 560¥) to half-width equivalents (560¥), translators can prepare documents for better translation memory leverage in CAT tools, improve searching, etc.

  4. Enforce consistent spacing around slash character (/). This feature allows you to use consistent type of spacing around the slash character. You can choose between no spaces around slash (e.g. “AC/DC”), no spaces with a possibility to wrap the text after the slash to a new line (the slash character will be followed by a zero-width space which is invisible, but guarantees text wrapping), and spaces on each side (“AC / DC”).

Several other enhancements have been made:

  • Language-specific rules are no longer applied unless an appropriate document language has been selected.
  • You can now restore the settings of the default profile to the initial state

For a more detailed description of the latest changes, go here.

Latest updates in TransTools

The latest version of TransTools, version 3.26 released on December 29, 2020, has a few minor enhancements to Document Cleaner tool. If you do frequent conversions of PDFs to Word documents and make use of Document Cleaner tool, check out the new features here.

What’s coming in future releases of TransTools+?

The next versions of TransTools+ will include new tools for those of you who need to make formatting changes to Word documents before or after translation. As usual, other powerful features are in the works so watch future issues of this newsletter closely. Click here to subscribe to the newsletter.

Evaluating and buying TransTools+

TransTools+ does not require TransTools suite to be installed and can be installed side by side with it.

You can use any tool that is part of TransTools+ without limitations for 30 days. To continue using it after that, you will need to buy a license at a very affordable price.

TransTools+ is not distributed under the annual subscription model which has become so common these days. Your license will be valid for the current major version of TransTools+, and new major versions will be released approximately every 2 years. All updates within the current major version will be free of charge, and you will also get technical support. You may activate TransTools+ licenses on up to 3 computers simultaneously provided that these computers belong to the same individual or employee.

Download TransTools+ today and enjoy this software which will make you even more productive!

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