Austria’s Sonico has had a rich history of creating slick mobile productivity apps since the dawn of the App Store, but has steered clear of the desktop until now. iTranslate for Mac takes everything users love about the classic iOS version and drops it onto the OS X menu bar. Featuring more than 80 different languages, the Mac App Store edition can open automatically at boot-up, ready to be summoned via a mouse click or a user-defined keyboard shortcut.
Sonico’s iTranslate is great for quickly converting text to other languages while on the go, but it’s less handy for actually holding a conversation with someone speaking a different tongue. Thankfully, the developer has just refreshed its companion app, which harnesses the power of voice as well. The all-new iTranslate Voice 2 has been updated stem to stern for iOS 7, headlined by universal support that allows it to run natively on the iPad for the first time. Unlike other apps touting so-called iOS 7 improvements, this major update actually delivers them on at least two fronts.