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The Translator 3.0 is Here!

In 2007 I created a small Translator gadget for the Windows Vista sidebar. It was a pretty simple mix of HTML and javascript that would invoke some Babelfish Web page in order to get the translations. A year later I totally rebuild the gadget in order to use the official Google Language API and Microsoft Silverlight 2.0, which would allow me to present a much friendly user experience and add more features without the complexities of staying in a javascript world. I didn’t expect it but the Translator became the most popular gadget in the Spanish version of Windows Live Gallery (you can still get it here).

Today I’m pleased to announce version 3 of the Translator, which finally includes several of the features and fixes that lots of people have been asking for. You can get the new Translator here:


Here a screenshot of the new Translator:


And here some of its features, from the development point of view:

  • It’s build on top of the just released Silverlight 4.0 and deployed as an out of browser application, which removes most of the limitations of running inside the Windows sidebar.
  • It is now appropriately localized for English and Spanish so it will display an Spanish UI if your machine uses the Spanish version of Windows, and English otherwise.
  • It no longer uses Windows Azure for storing the Silverlight xap file and the Translation Web Service. This is not because Azure is not good (it’s actually pretty cool) but because the trial ended and I just don’t have money to pay for it.
  • It can be maximized as much as you like in order to allow you to translate big amounts of texts.
  • It does not require you to have your Internet connection as soon as you login to Windows as it is now installed in your machine and only requires Internet when you fire the Translate button.
  • It will detect when your Internet connection goes down or comes back and give an appropriate friendly error message if no Internet is available.
  • It will allow you to listen to the translated text in English, French, German, Haitian Creole, Italian and Spanish. This uses an unofficial API from Google, but seems to work pretty well. Only small texts supported for text to speech in this version (up to 100 chars aprox).
  • It now includes mouse Copy/Paste functionality (thanks Silverlight 4!).
  • It now works in both Windows 32 bits and 64 bits. The 64 bits scenario was just not possible while running inside the Windows sidebar.
  • It includes a nice auto update model so it will detect when a new version of the Translator is available and prompt you to just restart the app to apply the update.

I really hope this new release will fulfill people’s expectations and be a very useful utility to keep in your desktop. If you got any feedback you’d like to share with me please go ahead and leave me a comment below.

I already have some ideas for the next version, so if you know of something you’d like to see in there just let me know!


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  1. jose
    April 20, 2010 at 12:30 pm


  2. jose
    April 30, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    podrias suministrar codigo para embeber o para compartir por facebook?

  3. May 1, 2010 at 1:10 am

    No por el momento José

  4. Oscar
    May 1, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Necesito instalar un traductor y no me funciona el de escritorio mi sistema operativo es windows 7

  5. May 1, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Qué problema te da? Algún error?

  6. carlos andre salazar romero
    May 14, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    me gusta.
    como lo puedo descargar

  7. May 15, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Muchas gracias! Funciona perfectamente…!
    Good work you have made. Works perfectly!

  8. rudy fernando
    May 31, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    hola solo nececito ayuda con el traductor 3.0 nececito saver si se puede instalar en el windows xp y donde lo descargo gracias

  9. June 1, 2010 at 2:33 am

    Sí es posible instalarlo en Windows XP. Lo puedes instalar desde aquí:



  10. June 12, 2010 at 1:44 am

    espero q este bien

  11. Erick
    July 10, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Esta buenazo…gracias por la aportacion…

  12. July 10, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    instale el traductor para el escritorio, descargue el silverligh q pide, y aun asi m dice error de script… como puedo hacer para instalarlo sin tener problemas, podriasmandar informacion a mi correo,, (r_alexsanchez@yahoo.com) de antemano,, gracias

  13. July 15, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Julio, mismo problema (pero no vi soluciones): me dice que no soporta 64 bits. Tengo W7. ¿Cómo consigo otro (el 3.0, por ejemplo) si no logrto instalarlo?) Gracias

  14. July 15, 2010 at 11:19 pm


    Instala por favor el Translator 3.0 desde http://juliocasal.com/translator. Debe funcionar en 64 bits.


  15. magaly
    August 15, 2010 at 7:01 pm


  16. August 15, 2010 at 7:03 pm


  17. blaze
    August 19, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    hola JULIOC eh descarcago el 3.0 i ahora no me funciona dice que ya esta instalado pero luego me dice tienes que actualizar pero no me deja haser nada gracias

  18. August 20, 2010 at 4:22 am


    En dónde obtienes el mensaje de Actualizar? Es un botón en el mismo Traductor?

  19. Magaly
    August 26, 2010 at 8:38 pm


    UN BESO,

  20. October 27, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    ya pude instalarlo gracias

  21. juan
    November 3, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    muy bueno el traductor

  22. killertapia
    December 4, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Hola Julio, es muy bueno tu traductor, de maravilla, hay alguna forma de usarlo para narrar libros en pdf? esque copio el texto y lo pego, pero no me acepta más de 370 caracteres al momento de activar el narrador. gracias

  23. Brayan
    May 24, 2013 at 1:37 am

    exelentemente bueno

  24. August 7, 2013 at 2:02 pm


  25. bill scragg
    November 30, 2013 at 6:01 am

    how can i translate a factura from my computer?

  26. cristo gutierrez
    June 4, 2014 at 2:06 pm


  27. Eduardo Ortega
    December 21, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Hola Julio. Y he puesto las exclusiones en el antivirus pero aun dice que el texto no se pudo traducir, no se que pase antes me funcionaba bien.

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