Communilator Pro: iPhone Written App Review
Travelers, business people and those of us with foreign friends are in luck, because communicating with people who speak other languages, or just making it through the Sunday paper while we’re out of the country, just got a lot easier. It’s all thanks to Communilator Pro, a multi-lingual translator app from RantNetwork.
A few weeks ago we took a look at the free, lite version of this app. While we dug the premise, we definitely lusted after the pro features. Communilator Pro gives you all the goods, so we were really glad to get a chance to take a second look at this awesome translation app.
Like its lite counterpart, Communilator Pro translates words in 54 languages. And, once you have your translation, it’s super easy to share your results via text, email or just about anywhere by copying it to the clip board. Translations are also stored in an editable history.
Communilator Pro is powered by Google Translate, but there’s a lot more to this app, including the option to hear spoken audio for translations in 20 different languages and dialects, translate images from your camera roll or even capture images of text you’d like translated right from the app. And, if you have an iPhone 4S, you can even input phrases you want translated audibly, as long as they’re in French, English or German. That is seriously awesome.
We especially enjoyed some of the app’s iPad-specific features, such as the Negotiate option that lets you have a conversation through the application. In Negotiate mode, Communilator swaps input and output languages after each translation, flips around on the screen automatically to facilitate easy sharing, and stores conversations in the app’s translation history. Communilator Pro on the iPad also supports landscape orientation.
Communilator Pro’s features are great, in theory, but some are slightly less reliable in reality. We love that the full version of this app can translate pictures, or capture images to translate right from the app. Unfortunately unless the words in the photo are extremely clear, straight and large, trying to translate an image just won’t work. Even clear images of straight text that’s too small won’t work.
In the same vein, if you take a photo with the app and try to use the move and scale feature, it does not work. The same move and scale editor works for photos from the camera roll, so if you need to zoom in try taking a photo outside of the app instead.
The app’s effectiveness is also limited by its entire dependence on Google Translate, which is an awesome service that’s constantly improving, but is occasionally flawed.
We definitely dig Communilator Pro’s set of easy to use features. This app is easier to use than a cumbersome dictionary, and supports a huge range of languages. At $2.99 Communiator Pro is an extremely good deal for global travelers, or anybody who needs an easy source of translations. We recommend adding this app to your arsenal and look forward to additional improvements.
Communilator Pro iPhone app requires iOS 4.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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