One LanguageTool Plugin. Three scenarios.

As you know, the LanguageTool Plugin connects SDL Trados Studio with LanguageTool. Until now, the LanguageTool Plugin has only worked with the local installation of the LanguageTool server and possibly with the public LanguageTool server. The latest version also supports the premium server LanguageTool Plus. In addition, the support for the public LanguageTool server has been greatly simplified.

New versions 2.5.0.2017 and 2.5.0.2019 will be available soon.

Here you can download the Quick Start Guide for LanguageTool Plugin for SDL Trados Studio 2017 and 2019.


Here is a comparison of all three scenarios:

 

LanguageTool Plus

Detects more than 500 additional errors in English and German. Statistical detection of typos for English and German. No local server setup required. Data are sent externally, but not saved on an external server. Requires a paid subscription.

 

LanguageTool Public

Performance limited (40 segments per 60 seconds). Free service. No local server setup required. Data are sent externally, but not saved on an external server. No subscription required.

An excellent way to familiarize with the capabilities of the LanguageTool without having to set up a local server.

 

LanguageTool Local

Best performance. Free service. Local server setup required (it does not take more than a few minutes). Data are not sent to an external server. Allows you to add and use custom rules for error detection.


LanguageTool is an open-source proof-reading software, which detects a lot of grammatical, stylistic, spelling, typographical or punctuation errors in more than 25 languages. On the example of Polish, we can safely say this tool can also be useful for professionals, proofreaders, editors or translators due to the range of detected errors.

LanguageTool Plugin is an application for SDL Trados Studio. This is a global verifier that is used to check for grammatical and linguistic errors in the translated files. LanguageTool Plugin connects to LanguageTool server via RestAPI and generates a list of all errors detected by LanguageTool server.

LanguageTool is a free open-source project that can be downloaded also for offline use. However, it is also offered as a freemium service. You can use the LanguageTool service through your web browser or through special plug-ins or add-ons. Plug-ins are available for Microsoft Office, Firefox, Google Chrome, SDL Trados Studio, and more.

The plug-in for SDL Trados Studio allows you to use the LanguageTool in every possible way, i.e. with a local server without sending data outside, with the LanguageTool Plus server after purchasing a subscription or with a free public server. Data sent to external servers are not saved and are deleted immediately after processing the query. The plug-in for SDL Trados Studio can also be configured to work with on-premise LanguageTool server.


LanguageToolPlugin Plus Upgrade
LanguageToolPlugin Plus Upgrade

 

LanguageToolPlugin Plus Help
LanguageToolPlugin Plus Help

 

LanguageToolPlugin Plus Settings
LanguageToolPlugin Plus Settings

 

LanguageToolPlugin Personal Dictionary
LanguageToolPlugin Personal Dictionary

 

LanguageToolPlugin Credentials
LanguageToolPlugin Credentials

Most common errors of LanguageTool Plugin for SDL Trados Studio

Most common errors related to the installation and use of the LanguageTool Plugin

I’m aware that the LanguageTool Plugin setup can be a bit tricky for some users. I’m working on this and I hope that future versions will have a dedicated installer that will guide you through the setup process.

However, at this point I would like to remind you that Java 8 and LanguageTool for offline use are required for the correct operation of the LanguageTool Plugin.

Detailed description of setup process you can find here:

If you have any problems with the LanguageTool Plugin I kindly encourage you to contact me by e-mail or report problems on SDL Community forum. I will be happy to answer all the questions and try to solve the problems.


Symptom: The system cannot find the file specified

When Server Only is selected on the LanguageTool Server Settings tab.

Cause: Java is not installed on your computer. The LanguageTool Plugin requires Java 8 and LanguageTool for offline use to work properly. See plug-in technical requirements section in SDL App Store.

Solution: Please install Java. Go to the https://www.java.com/pl/download/. Download and install Java 8. Detailed description of installation you can find here:


Symptom: LanguageTool server is not available.

When other option than Server Only is selected on the LanguageTool Server Settings tab.

Cause 1: Java is not installed on your computer. The LanguageTool Plugin requires Java 8 and LanguageTool for offline use to work properly. See plug-in technical requirements section in SDL App Store.

Solution: Please install Java. Go to the https://www.java.com/pl/download/. Download and install Java 8. Detailed description of installation you can find here:

OR

Cause 2: There is no LanguageTool for offline use or path in the LanguageTool Path is incorrect. The LanguageTool Plugin requires Java 8 and LanguageTool for offline use to work properly. See plug-in technical requirements section in SDL App Store.

Solution: Please go to the https://www.languagetool.org. Download and unzip Desktop version for offline use. Then make sure the correct path to the languagetool_server.jar has been entered in the LanguageTool Path field.