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If you happen to use more than one language when you work in Windows, and especially when they don’t share the same character set, chances are that you write one thing and the screen shows you another. You can then switch languages, go back, and write the text again or you can use LangOver. This tiny free tool offers you a set of hotkeys to switch between character sets and to fix common writing errors.
In a nutshell, and apart from changing from one character set to another quickly, LangOver lets you reverse text, convert between upper and lower cases, search for a word in Google, and translate text using Google Translator with a function key or a combination of keys of your choice. You can also define the pair of languages the program will switch between when you press F10 or the one you prefer. This flexibility is of great importance, as the program comes with some default hotkeys that may interfere with your normal work, such as Ctrl+T, which will most likely open a new tab on your browser instead of sending the selected text to Google for translation.
You can use LangOver nearly anywhere where you can type text, but this tool is not only available as a standalone software tool for your Windows – you can also check its functionality using the online version at the developer’s website, and you can download the free SDK and implement it on your website or desktop application.
LangOver can surely save you time, especially if you’re an avid writer, even though the accompanying documentation won’t help much. The interface looks a bit outdated as well, and everything seems to be designed for a user of Hebrew and English, though other pairs are possible. The forum has been inactive for the last two years (at the time of writing this review), and there doesn’t seem to be much movement around a new version. So the program is what it is – it won’t cost you anything to download and install it, so just give it a try, and if it works for you, then don’t forget to thank the developer.
- Converts between languages with one key
- Fixes text in various ways
- Can operate with hand claps
- Available also as an online app
- Poor GUI and documentation
- Suitable for two languages only