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DeepL, the best alternative to Google Translate, already has an application for Windows and macOS: this is how it works

23 mayo, 2021

DeepL is one of the best translators (if not the best) that we can find on the net. The main reason is that it is one of the few able to analyze text using convolutional neural networks, instead of the concurrent neural networks used, for example, by Google Translator. Thanks to this technology and the use of its own multi-language dictionary, Linguee, DeepL offers quite good results, analyzing the context of the text to be translated accurately.

To date, it was necessary to use the DeepL website to achieve our translation purpose, but since yesterday the company has had program for Windows and macOS, completely free of charge although, yes, still in beta. However, we have been able to test it, and we already anticipate that the operation is as expected, everything’s fine.

This is how the DeepL program works

DeepL The operation in Windows is identical. We copy text twice and the translator does his job.

In our case, we have tested DeepL on a Macbook, but the Windows version is identical at the functional level. The first thing is to download it from the DeepL page, and install it on our computer. At the interface level it is a meager program, but that does its job.


We find a first box in which we must enter the text to be translated, and a box just below where this translation will be shown. So far, you might think that the DeepL program is nothing more than a quick access to the service, but the good news comes at the level of integration with the system.

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DeepL is configured so that, by pressing Ctrl + C (or ⌘C on macOS), the text is pasted and automatically translated into the program, so it is not necessary to copy the text, open the interface and copy it, it is done automatically. In fact, you can have the program closed, and it will open on its own when you do this.

Like the web, the main limitation that we find with DeepL is that it only has support for eight languages, specifically, they are the ones we list below.

  • Spanish
  • English
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Italian
  • Dutch
  • Polish
  • Russian

Nevertheless, translation accuracy remains excellent, and like our colleagues at Engadget, we noticed that it is of a higher quality than that made by Google Translator.

As we anticipated, the program is still in beta, but its operation is more than correct, and we recommend having it installed for quick translations. Like any translator, it is subject to errors, but it is still one of the most accurate tools when it comes to achieving this task.

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