All in TabletInterpreter

The international association of translators and interpreters holds an international congress every three years. This time, the German BDÜ hosted the conference in Berlin. And what a conference it was! More than 1600 participants from over 70 countries, over 6000 tweets from several hundred twitterers. I met so many great people and learned so much. If you missed the congress, here are two Storify collections for the sessions I (co)organized - one on the interface between interpreters and technology, and one workshop on iPads for interpreters.

People keep asking me if I have ever used an iPad as a digital notepad for consecutive. My response so far has always been that no, I didn't have the courage to do that. Just imagine what could go wrong: empty battery, software issues (with the app in question or the entire operating system), hardware issues (water and coffee are dangerous goods, after all), distracting notifications... You get the idea.

In April 2014, I went to Utrecht to attend the First OCPE Conference at the Nieuwegein Business Center. OCPE (Opleidingscentrum Permanente Educatie) offers continuous training for translators and interpreters in the Netherlands. The event in Utrecht was the first ever conference organised by Danuta Jong, the mastermind behind OCPE, and Iulianna van der Lek, who runs the TradFlow language consultancy. Intitled "Translation technology - opportunity or threat?" it was certainly one of the most interesting and best organised conferences I have been to. You can consult the programme here.

It was about time I did this. But so far, I have always been reluctant to go "cold turkey". Last week, however, I was on a mission (that's what business trips are called here in the EU institutions) to Switzerland and it seemed like the ideal opportunity to put my 7-inch Asus MemoPad through its paces during an actual interpreting job. The first thing I already noticed at home, and it delighted me: The MemoPad is actually small enough to fit right in the pocket of my favourite travel jacket. And the portability continued to delight me throughout the whole journey, from bus to plane. The MemoPad is much lighter than my (9.7-inch) iPad 2 and feels more like an e-reader. It certainly doesn't have the great finish of an Apple tablet, but it's solid and good enough. The MemoPad actually belongs to my wife, so I only use it occasionally - mainly for browsing the web or reading the articles I have saved to Pocket. Using it for work is a completely different game. I tried to prepare as best as possible by installing a bunch of apps before I leave. But let's go through this step by step.