The Tablet Interpreter (Public edition)


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The Tablet Interpreter (Public edition)

How interpreters can use tablets for their work

About the Book

This manual is intended for free-lance interpreters on the private market 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 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 Drechsel is a conference interpreter and member of the VKD association. He has worked for the European Commission's Interpretation service since 2007. Alexander regularly shares his experience in using tablets for interpreting on Twitter as @tabterp and on

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
  • Online resources
  • The iPad Interpreter
    • Handling files and documents
    • Terminology and glossaries
      • Tap Forms
      • Interplex
        • Importing your terminology
    • Using the iPad as a digital notepad
      • Lessons learned
    • Scanning
    • Tips and tricks
    • More app recommendations
    • Mac/PC companion apps
  • The Android Interpreter
    • Handling files and documents
    • Terminology and glossaries
    • Handwriting and digital note-taking
    • Scanning
    • Companion apps
    • More app recommendations
  • Bits and pieces
    • Security
    • Accessories
      • Protection
      • Keyboard
      • Stylus
      • Miscellaneous
    • Stay tuned
    • Fine print
      • Image credits
  • Bonus: A Twitter primer for interpreters

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