The Tablet Interpreter (EU edition)


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The Tablet Interpreter (EU edition)

How interpreters can use tablets for their work

About the Book

This manual is intended for interpreters working at European institutions who want to use tablets for their work. It contains many useful tips, tricks, workflows and app recommendations to help them get the most out of their device.

If you do not work for a European Institution (SCIC, DG INTE), there is a manual for you, too:!

The book is available free of charge, but you can also give an amount of your choice - 100% of that money will go to a good cause, the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Learn more here.

About the Author

Alexander Drechsel
Alexander Drechsel

Alexander has been a staff interpreter with the European Commission's Directorate-General for Interpretation since 2007. He has studied at universities in Germany, Romania and Russia and his working languages are German (A), English (B), French and Romanian (C). Alexander is also a bit of a ‘technology geek’ with a special interest in tablets and other mobile devices, regularly sharing his passion and knowledge with fellow interpreters during internal training sessions and on the web at

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    • Which tablet is the best?
  • Tablet habits
    • Always on
    • Embrace the cloud
    • Lock it down
    • Keep the charge
    • Less is more
    • Frustration resistance
  • Using SCIC IT
    • λίθος
  • Using INTE IT
  • The iPad Interpreter
    • Handling files and documents
    • Terminology and glossaries
    • Using the iPad as a digital notepad
    • Scanning
    • Tips and tricks
    • App recommendations
    • Mac/PC companion apps
  • The Android Interpreter
    • Handling files and documents
    • Terminology and glossaries
    • Reference apps
    • Handwriting and digital note-taking
    • Scanning
    • Companion apps/backup
    • More app recommendations
  • Bits and pieces
    • Security
    • Accessories
    • Stay tuned
    • Fine print
  • Annex: A Twitter primer for interpreters

Causes Supported

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Defending your civil liberties in a digital world.

Based in San Francisco, EFF is a donor-supported membership organization working to protect fundamental rights regardless of technology.

From the Internet to the iPod, technologies are transforming our society and empowering us as speakers, citizens, creators, and consumers. When our freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense. EFF broke new ground when it was founded in 1990—well before the Internet was on most people's radar—and continues to confront cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights today. From the beginning, EFF has championed the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights.

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