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Tablet Interpreting
Tips, tools and applications to make
the most of your tablet while
interpreting
#tab1nt
Alexander Drec...
#tab1nt
Ask questions and share
your experience on social media:
Introductions
Josh Goldsmith
● EU-accredited conference
interpreter based in Geneva
● PhD candidate focusing on
interpreti...
What we’ll cover
● Overview of tablet market: hardware/software
● Styluses and accessories
● What to look for when buying ...
Learning objectives
● Gain an overview of tablet hardware, software and accessories
● Learn strategies for tablet use duri...
Market overview
Apple iPad
● Introduced in 2010
● Pros & cons of “Apple-only”
● 7.9” - Mini
● 9.7” - Air 2 / Pro
● 12.9” - Pro
● Wifi / 4G...
Android
● Google operating system
● Open source
● Manufacturers: Samsung, Asus,
Lenovo, HTC, Dell
● Promising: Lenovo Yoga...
Windows
● Windows 10
● "The tablet that can replace your
laptop"
● Microsoft Surface, 3rd-party
manufacturers (sizes/form ...
Styluses and accessories
for tablet interpreting
Styluses
Active:
● Battery-powered
● Usually connect via Bluetooth
● Device can differentiate between stylus
and finger; i...
Other accessories for tablet interpreting
External battery
Charger and charging cables
External keyboard
Devices to integr...
What to look for when buying
a tablet, application or stylus
Features to consider when buying a tablet
Features to consider when buying an app (consec)
Features to consider when buying a stylus
File management and preparation
Readdle Documents
Infolio
Scanbot, Scanner Plus
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote - ...
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Clean File Manager
Scanbot, CamScanner
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint - free for basic use...
Using tablets for consecutive
Note-taking recommendations (based on Gillies 2005)
Notepad should:
● Be large enough for clear notes, yet
small enough to...
Demo:
Consecutive tablet interpreting
Recommended note-taking apps
iPad:
Noteshelf
Notability
Android:
Bamboo Paper
Squid (formerly Papyrus)
Pros and cons of tablet interpreting (1)
Technical advantages Technical disadvantages
Access to reference materials Batter...
Pros and cons of tablet interpreting (2)
Visual advantages Visual disadvantages
Custom paper Difficult to find place when ...
Pros and cons of tablet interpreting (3)
Client relations - advantages Client relations - disadvantages
Impresses clients ...
Using tablets in the booth
Terminology and glossaries
Excel/Word
Google Sheets for collaborative glossary-building
Interplex
Interpreters’ Help
Dictionaries and reference materials
Linguee
WordReference
IATE
WikiLinks
Further reading and other resources
Further reading
The Tablet Interpreter manual: http://www.tabletinterpreter.eu
Consecutive 2.0: How to use your tablet for...
Other resources for productivity, freelancing and
security
Tunnelbear and Cloak - use public WiFi safely with VPN technolo...
Your feedback on this webinar:
http://bit.ly/ProzTabTerpWebinar
Thank you!
Josh Goldsmith
Joshua.Goldsmith@unige.ch
jg@joshgoldsmith.com
@Goldsmith_Josh
Alex Drechsel
alex@adrechsel.de
@...
Questions & Answers
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Webinar presented as part of the Proz International Translation Day Conference, September 28-30, 2016

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Tablet Interpreting: Tips, tools and applications to make the most of your tablet while interpreting

  1. 1. Tablet Interpreting Tips, tools and applications to make the most of your tablet while interpreting #tab1nt Alexander Drechsel Josh Goldsmith alex@adrechsel.de jg@joshgoldsmith.com @tabterp @Goldsmith_Josh
  2. 2. #tab1nt Ask questions and share your experience on social media:
  3. 3. Introductions Josh Goldsmith ● EU-accredited conference interpreter based in Geneva ● PhD candidate focusing on interpreting, technology and education ● Lover of all things tech Alexander Drechsel ● Staff interpreter at European Commission in Brussels ● Tablet nerd ● Writes about interpreting ● Podcaster (LangFM, The Troublesome Terps)
  4. 4. What we’ll cover ● Overview of tablet market: hardware/software ● Styluses and accessories ● What to look for when buying an application / tablet / stylus ● Preparation and file management ● Using tablets for consecutive ● Using tablets in the booth ● Further reading and other resources ● Q&A
  5. 5. Learning objectives ● Gain an overview of tablet hardware, software and accessories ● Learn strategies for tablet use during preparation, consecutive and simultaneous ● Learn about leading applications for tablet interpreting ● See a demonstration of how to use a tablet for consecutive ● Walk away with additional resources to learn more
  6. 6. Market overview
  7. 7. Apple iPad ● Introduced in 2010 ● Pros & cons of “Apple-only” ● 7.9” - Mini ● 9.7” - Air 2 / Pro ● 12.9” - Pro ● Wifi / 4G ● ~ 1 million tablet apps ● Multitasking ● Security
  8. 8. Android ● Google operating system ● Open source ● Manufacturers: Samsung, Asus, Lenovo, HTC, Dell ● Promising: Lenovo Yoga Book ● Variety of sizes and form factors ● Weak on tablet-specific apps ● Issue of (security) updates (“Nexus”) ● Chromebooks with Android support
  9. 9. Windows ● Windows 10 ● "The tablet that can replace your laptop" ● Microsoft Surface, 3rd-party manufacturers (sizes/form factors) ● Full desktop OS, few touch-optimised apps ● Full multitasking ● Privacy issues
  10. 10. Styluses and accessories for tablet interpreting
  11. 11. Styluses Active: ● Battery-powered ● Usually connect via Bluetooth ● Device can differentiate between stylus and finger; interpreter can rest palm on screen ● Device manufacturers provide tightest integration: Apple Pencil (iPad Pro), Samsung S-Pen (Note devices) ● Examples: Pencil by FiftyThree, Wacom Intuos Creative, Adonit JotScript 2 Passive: ● Simulates a finger ● No battery required ● Sometimes combined with applications that offer palm rejection ● Sometimes offer a programmable button (undo, redo, erase, change ink color, etc.) ● Examples: Bamboo CS series, Cosmonaut by Studio Neat, Maglus
  12. 12. Other accessories for tablet interpreting External battery Charger and charging cables External keyboard Devices to integrate USB/SD card storage (RavPower)
  13. 13. What to look for when buying a tablet, application or stylus
  14. 14. Features to consider when buying a tablet
  15. 15. Features to consider when buying an app (consec)
  16. 16. Features to consider when buying a stylus
  17. 17. File management and preparation
  18. 18. Readdle Documents Infolio Scanbot, Scanner Plus Adobe Acrobat Reader Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote - free for basic use) iPad
  19. 19. Adobe Acrobat Reader Clean File Manager Scanbot, CamScanner Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint - free for basic use) Google Docs/Sheets/Slides WPS Office (file management + office) Android
  20. 20. Using tablets for consecutive
  21. 21. Note-taking recommendations (based on Gillies 2005) Notepad should: ● Be large enough for clear notes, yet small enough to carry around ● Have plain pages, faint grid lines, or margin line ● Be bound, so pages turn easily and never get lost ● Have a firm back, so you can take notes while standing up This is all possible with tablets! Notes should be: ● Taken vertically ● Organized into chunks; completed chunks should be marked ● Written on only one side of the paper Writing utensil should: ● Write quickly ● Not smudge
  22. 22. Demo: Consecutive tablet interpreting
  23. 23. Recommended note-taking apps iPad: Noteshelf Notability Android: Bamboo Paper Squid (formerly Papyrus)
  24. 24. Pros and cons of tablet interpreting (1) Technical advantages Technical disadvantages Access to reference materials Battery life Button with extra features in stylus Crashes Cloud backup and accessibility Inadvertently hit menu buttons? Cut and paste Multiple cables needed Email, print and embed notes Need to prepare equipment Eraser Internet connectivity Password protection Split screen Unlimited ink and paper Excerpted from Goldsmith & Holley (2015)
  25. 25. Pros and cons of tablet interpreting (2) Visual advantages Visual disadvantages Custom paper Difficult to find place when scrolling Multiple ink colors + pen styles Hard to see in some conditions Variety of paper types Inaccurate / imprecise writing Vertical scrolling Stray marks Zoom (increase writing size) Zoom (see multiple pages at once) Physical advantages Physical disadvantages Less cumbersome Cumbersome when standing, moving Lightweight and small Different writing positions Excerpted from Goldsmith & Holley (2015)
  26. 26. Pros and cons of tablet interpreting (3) Client relations - advantages Client relations - disadvantages Impresses clients Confidentiality concerns Sets interpreter aside as memorable Clients mistrust/unfamiliar with technology Looks more professional Clients fear interpreter unfocused/cheating Less noticeable page turns Quieter than paper Other advantages Other disadvantages Environmentally friendly Additional stress (fear of crashing/breaking) Facilitates preparation Cost + learning curve Store + organize notes Possible distraction Excerpted from Goldsmith & Holley (2015)
  27. 27. Using tablets in the booth
  28. 28. Terminology and glossaries Excel/Word Google Sheets for collaborative glossary-building Interplex Interpreters’ Help
  29. 29. Dictionaries and reference materials Linguee WordReference IATE WikiLinks
  30. 30. Further reading and other resources
  31. 31. Further reading The Tablet Interpreter manual: http://www.tabletinterpreter.eu Consecutive 2.0: How to use your tablet for consecutive interpreting Goldsmith, J. & Holley, J. (2015). “Consecutive interpreting 2.0: The tablet interpreting experience.” Unpublished MA thesis, University of Geneva. Drechsel, A. & Goldsmith, J. (forthcoming). Tablet Interpreting: The evolution and uses of mobile devices in interpreting. In H. Lee-Jahnke (Ed.), CIUTI-Forum 2016. Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang. Wagener, L. (2014). “Conference Preparation 2.0” aiic.net. Retrieved from http://aiic.net/page/6650/conference-preparation-2-0/lang/1 Costa, Hernani, Corpas Pastor, Gloria & Durán Muñoz, Isabel (2014): “A Comparative User Evaluation of Terminology Management Tools for Interpreters”, in: Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Computational Terminology, pp. 68–76. Retrieved from http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/W14-4809.
  32. 32. Other resources for productivity, freelancing and security Tunnelbear and Cloak - use public WiFi safely with VPN technology Freshbooks - online client management and invoicing Toggl + Hours - time-tracking apps
  33. 33. Your feedback on this webinar: http://bit.ly/ProzTabTerpWebinar
  34. 34. Thank you! Josh Goldsmith Joshua.Goldsmith@unige.ch jg@joshgoldsmith.com @Goldsmith_Josh Alex Drechsel alex@adrechsel.de @tabterp
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