Smartling vs.

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SDL WorldServer

While SDL offers an on-premise TMS, Smartling centralizes all teams’ translation work in the cloud, allowing project managers and translators to access the most up-to-date translation memories, visual context, and product updates anytime, anywhere in the world.


Smartling offers comprehensive visual context and customizable workflows to streamline the localization process, as well as a truly seamless flow of content between content sources and the platform. Lingotek offers a more pared down TMS for a less flexible translation process. (TDC)

While TDC remains a Language Services Provider (LSP) first, and a tech company second, Smartling has been a tech-first company from the start. Smartling utilizes AI, ML, and analytics throughout the product to create the most robust and streamlined user experience. In addition, Smartling incorporates user feedback and feature requests into daily product updates.

XTM Cloud

While XTM is built for LSPs, Smartling is built with powerful features to streamline the work for any number of project managers and translators. Smartling provides the most robust and flexible content integrations, including APIs and a web proxy, as well as a powerful CAT Tool equipped with visual context, TM leverage, and quality checks.


Smartling provides the most robust and flexible content integrations, including APIs and a web proxy, as well as a powerful CAT Tool equipped with visual context, TM leverage, and quality checks. Memsource is good for users looking for a TMS with basic integration and management options.


While memoQ was developed originally as a tool for translators, Smartling was built for both translators and customer-side project managers. Smartling’s TMS provides project managers with full visibility into their translators’ work. With a full suite of tools to communicate with translators and report on translation progress, Smartling centralizes work in a single platform.


While Transifex mainly supports app and software translation, Smartling supports enterprise-wide translation needs, making it the most scalable TMS on the market. In addition to offering a variety of integration options, including a web proxy, Smartling provides highly customizable workflows and reporting capabilities to help teams build exceptionally streamlined translation processes.


While Crowdin is best for translating small amounts of app content, Smartling easily scales for content types beyond apps: websites, marketing automation, PIM systems, and more. Smartling’s cloud-based TMS centralizes all source and translated content for easy management and delegation to translators.


While Cloudwords integrates mainly with marketing platforms, Smartling centralizes various types of source content, including websites, PIM systems, apps, and more. Smartling’s reliable integrations and management features create exceptionally streamlined translation processes for teams.


Smartling is the most scalable solution for translating enterprise-wide content. PhraseApp is best for users requiring only app translation.


While MotionPoint offers only a web proxy, Smartling offers full visibility into the translation process with robust project management features, such as reporting and workflows. Smartling’s web proxy solution is also the best in the market, with a 99.999% uptime and localized websites that load within milliseconds.


Lionbridge offers only language services, while Smartling offers both language services and a TMS to centralize translation work. Smartling offers the best fee structure for language services with no word minimums for translation jobs, and you can directly communicate with translators in the platform.

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