Memsource users can now purchase machine translation characters and track machine translation character usage directly in Memsource.
Purchasing Machine Translation Characters
Currently, it is only possible to purchase characters for Microsoft Translator, Microsoft Translator Hub, and Microsoft Custom Translator. When you manage Microsoft Translator, Microsoft Translator Hub or Microsoft Custom Translator in Memsource, you receive 2 million free characters per month.
If you select Microsoft Translator (+free characters) or Microsoft Translator Hub (+free characters) from the list of supported MT engines, you will automatically create an MT engine that is managed via Memsource. This means you can purchase MT characters for this engine in Memsource without creating an account in Microsoft.
If you have an existing Microsoft Translator or Microsoft Translator Hub account that you want to manage via Memsource, complete the following steps:
1) On the Machine Translation Settings page, select the MT engine and click Edit.
2) Select the Get free characters check box
3) Click Save.
To opt out of managing a MT engine via Memsource, see the main Machine Translation article.
To buy more characters, select Buy Characters next to the appropriate MT engine on the Machine Translation Settings page.
There are three bundles available:
2 million characters - $20 (€17)
5 million characters - $50 (€43)
10 million characters - $100 (€86)
Select a bundle and then follow the instructions on the payment pages.
Once you have bought the characters, you will see the that the characters have been added to the Remaining characters column on the Machine Translation Settings page.
An invoice will have been automatically generated. A link to the invoice will be available in the green banner that appears when the payment has been successful. It can also be viewed by going to Setup>Subscription>Details. The invoice will be called Machine Translation.
There is no time limit when it comes to using up these characters. Once they are purchased they will remain in your account.
How Free and Paid Characters Are Used
Each month, Memsource adds free characters to your account to create a balance of 2 million characters. Unused free characters are not moved to the next month. If you get paid characters on top of your free characters, free characters are always consumed first.
Example: You set up an MT engine and get 2 million free characters. Then you buy another 5 million characters. During the month you only consume 1,5 million characters. This means that next month we will give you another 1,5 million free characters and none of your 5 million characters will be consumed.
Monitoring Character Usage
On the Machine Translation Settings page you will see a usage chart for the different MT engines in your account. Currently the chart can only display data from the past 30 days. You can view data for a specific engine by deselecting the names of the other engines at the bottom of the chart.
Please note: By default, Project Managers will only be able to see data related to projects they have created. For PMs to see all data for all projects in an organization, an Admin user for the organization will need to adjust the User settings by going to Setup>User, finding the user and selecting View all data next to the option Home page Dashboards.
Also on the Machine Translation Settings page, you will see the usual list of engines associated with the account, but there is one extra column: Remaining Characters.
With the supported MT engines, Microsoft Translator and Microsoft Translator Hub, you will see the number of remaining characters available for each of the engines. As you use the characters, this number will decrease. For other MT engines, the remaining characters will be unknown.