Polyglot 3000 is a small program that can recognize the language of any text, phrase, or word that you provide to it. It can recognize over 400 different languages. Let’s say you’re surfing the web and come upon a website or article that interests you, except its in some foreign language you can’t identify.
You know you can use a resource such as Google translator (or gTrans) or Babelfish to get a quick (if rudimentary) on-the-fly translation; only problem is, you don’t know what language you’re dealing with to translate from. Polyglot can quickly provide you with this information simply by pasting a phrase or two of the unrecognized text into its interface. Here are some notes about this program:
- It’s blisteringly fast: language identification is instant. I tested it with Italian, Arabic, and Spanish.
- Can display Unicode and ANSI encoded fonts. I am guessing that this means that the font for the language you paste in will be displayed correctly. I found that with Arabic script, although the characters displayed correctly (after I manually changed the font), the text was garbled and unreadable. No matter, since the language was identified correctly anyway.
- You can set Polyglot 3000 to check for the 100 most popular language instead of its entire range of known languages. Not sure why you would want to do that, though.
Overall a great little free tool that is delivers exactly what it promises.
Version tested: 2.3
Go to the program home page to download the latest version (approx 2.8 megs) .