IMPORTANT – READ:Second Life: Update on Metanomics Translator
A couple of years back Google decided to charge for its translator service. Many of the translators in use in Second Life were dependent on Google’s service. Those translators failed.
Do you remember the Bablefish translator? That was my translator until Google changed the API.
Soon other translation services followed Google’s lead. One must now have an account of some kind to use those services in a Second Life app… or any app.
To make it easier to use these paid services, Linden Lab built in support for the Bing ad Google translation services. You can find the settings in: Preferences->Chat->Translation… (button).
The cost is basically $20 per 1 million characters of text. The basic service is limited to 2 million characters/day.
To get an idea of what that means for a Second Life user, I looked at my chat logs. My chat log starting in 2013/07/15 and running to 2015/03/02 runs about 2,080 pages or 110,000 lines or 855,000 words or 4.9 million characters. If I subtract out all the characters used for time stamps (20char/line), that reduces the count by 2,216,840 characters. This means the viewer would have sent 2,747,612 characters to Google for translation, worst case if I left it on ALL the time. That would put my cost under US$30 and that is for 1 year and 8 months ±.
I suspect the actual cost would have been around $10 or less for a 20 month period. That is like $0.50 per month. Certainly not cost prohibitive.
But, this is Second Life and free is good. An advantage SL has over RL is free stuff in-world is often pretty damn good. In the case I would mark it excellent.
While I thought all the free translators were gone, there is a free translator out there. I met an Italian using it. Metanomics Translator v2.1 is the name. If you go to the Market Place you will find four different sellers of the translator. Price: L$50, L$25, L$15, and L$0. As best I can tell they are all 4 the same device. My in-world version, given to me by the cute Italian, shows the creator as: Discord Schism (2008). You may notice that Discord is not selling the translator in the Market Place. I have no idea why.