I noticed we have a new panel in the Second Life Viewer 3.2.2 (244260) Oct 31 2011. You probably know, if you follow this blog, that Google’s free translation service used by many games is changing to a paid service. That means our translator in the viewer will stop working about the end of this month.
The new panel provides an option to switch to Bing’s free service. It also provides a place to add your Google API key, which you get from Google Translate API. In my article Language Translation in Second Life I estimated my cost of translation services if I had everything I chat translated. I think I could easily get by for US$20 per year. Since I don’t translate everything, it would probably be way less.
To use Microsoft’s free Bing service you need a Windows Live ID. If you have one, you can just put it in. Otherwise, the link in the new panel sends you to the Windows Live ID signup. You can signup and get the ID key you need.
Third Party Translators
There are various free and paid translators in Second Life. Each of those may handle translation differently. Some may use the new Google Paid API. Some will use the free Bing API. Some may use something else. The point here is to pay attention to what translation service any third party translator devices use. If you don’t you could find yourself buying a translator HUD or attachment and also paying to use a translation service.