There are some great programmes, apps and tools out there to help with various aspects of the workflow of Translators and Interpreters. From e-mail clients that stop email trackers or turn your e-mail into a virtual CRM. Others improve writing and blogging, self-development and productivity.
Here I have chosen 3-4 programmes / apps to help with each of these aspects. If you are interested in any of these, I highly recommend spend a little time on the Net researching them, there others out there that did not make it onto this list.
Document Signing Apps
Have you ever arrived at an assignment and realised you’ve left the printed job sheet that your client needs to sign on the kitchen table? That is no longer a problem, in this increasingly digital world, that document can now be signed digitally! Many of these send the document to all signatories separately in sequence, with it being returned back to the sender once finished, providing tracking information along the way so you know how far along the process is. Some have a charge on download with no additional cost, while others are free but charge a usage fee. As with the translation industry ‘you get what you pay for’, there is always a catch – if it is completely free it is probably not worth it. It is worth investigating the pros and cons of each and being aware of what the charges are for and find the one that suits your uses the best.
This app seems to be simple and easy to use, as well as popular, however it is designed for PDF documents. It is possible to amend the document (did your booking run longer than expected?), sign or initial in multiple places and have another signatory sign on your device. It is only available on Apple devices at this time.
SIGNificant Sign on …, like many others, charges depending on usage. It is free for up to 3 documents a month, after that the charges vary depending on the number of uses per month. However, the advantage of this one over many of the others is that you can ask the client to sign on your device at the end of the job, rather than hoping they get round to doing it on their device later.
This is free to download and you receive 3 free documents with the download, so you can ‘try before you buy’. If you like it there is an annual fee of $39.99 but it’s unlimited documents and they say you can either use it for customers to sign on your device or ask for signatures remotely. One of the hidden extra costs is the chance to secure your app with Touch ID or Passcode so be aware of this if you choose it.