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Written by Norma Juárez

Norma is a professional translator who likes to keep learning new things, especially everything related to languages. Rookie baker and chocolate lover.

April 16, 2021

What are API Connections and How Can you Use Them?

When you need professional translation services, you normally contact a translation agency and exchange a couple of emails to discuss the details. However, this process takes its time, as you won’t always be online at the same time as the translation agency you chose. But what would you say if I told you that it’s possible to speed this up? What if there’s a technology that allows you to let your translation agency know that you require its services by simply sharing the document through an application? Sounds like magic, doesn’t it?

Well, actually this is possible due to API connections and, in this article, learn a little bit about them and how you can use them to grow your business. After all, in today’s globalized world, there are great benefits for those who offer their contact sites in different languages. If you want to know them, I recommend you to check this other article that mentions them in detail.

 

What are APIs?

Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are interfaces that streamline communication between applications and servers by means of rules understood by them. They are not software but use many of the functions of one to efficiently establish this communication channel. You can think of these interfaces as messengers that take information from the server and send it quickly to the application so that it can work. This process will be much more complicated and exhausting without them.

Many people use APIs because they are directly related to speed and safety, as the data they handle is kept hidden from anyone who doesn’t have access rights. In addition, they are technologically independent as they’re not a program and they can adapt to any software, server, or database. They are excellent connectivity and communication tools that are always under constant development.

 

The Importance of API Connections in Professional Translation Services

Imagine that you are in charge of a big company. Now, imagine that you need to send some documents to a professional translation agency twice a week for translation. How long do you think it would take you to send an email with the information if you’re busy with corporate meetings all day? How long do you think it would take before your translation agency replies that they have received the project? What would you do if you can’t find the email with the translated document that you need to present in the meeting?

This can happen millions of times, and not only in one company. How many times have you experienced receiving an important email that goes straight to the spam folder and you don’t realize it until a few days later? Or that it gets lost among the many emails you receive daily from your clients?

Using an API, it’s possible to link the platform where you usually upload your documents to the system of your professional translation agency. So, you just need to share it so that your professional translation agency has access to the text you need to be translated and can start working on it. It’s safe, direct and, especially, fast.

 

In Traduality, we offer the translation service through API connectors. You can request this modality when hiring our translation services and we will gladly create the connection. We know that there’s no more valuable resource than time, and we want you to use it well for your projects. See our section describing this service for more information. Contact us if you want to receive more details about this great technology!

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