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14.12.2004

Partnership between Lingua Technologies and PROMT on Translation

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Saint-Petersburg, Russia – Dec.14, 2004 - PROMT, the leading provider of machine translation technologies, and Lingua Technologies, Montreal-based developer of linguistic technologies, has announced the signing of distribution agreement for the territory covering Québec and French-speaking Canada.

Lingua Technologies will distribute @promt 2004 translation software on one of the world most competitive markets. @promt 2004 translation software consists of a wide range of sophisticated software products and solutions to meet different translation needs. @promt 2004 Standard, @promt 2004 Office, @promt 2004 Professional and @promt 2004 Expert are fully functional desktop translation systems that offer advanced customization options and intellectual self-training capabilities. PROMT products consistently receive top grades in industry tests: "Best Product Tested"(c't magazine), "The ideal program"(CHIP/RE), "Easy to use, with plenty of useful features"(PC Welt).

PROMT customers can benefit from translation excellence directly from their working environment - with PROMT integration option into MS Office applications (MS Word, Excel, Outlook, FrontPage and PowerPoint) the users can translate the documents preserving the original layout. PROMT products also offer online translation of Web sites that preserves the source formatting and the translation of queries for search engines with sending them to the specified server.

Distribution and promotion of PROMT products by Lingua Technologies will enable PROMT to secure the company's successful operations on the markets of Québec and French-speaking territories of Canada and to position itself as the premier provider of translation services and software solutions for the new audience.

Commenting on the distribution agreement with Lingua Technologies Ilia Klimakov, PROMT's Director for Overseas Markets, said: “ PROMT is making a strategic move to increase our distribution offerings across the key segments of the software market in Canada . We are delighted to start working with Lingua Technologies, one of the most experienced Canadian companies in the field of linguistic technologies. We hope that this distribution agreement will strengthen PROMT's positions on the new market. We wish to develop a strong relationship with Lingua Technologies in the coming years and feel that both our companies and our customers will benefit from this partnership”.

"We're very pleased to be adding PROMT, translation software that has made a name for itself in Europe, to Lingua Technologies' current product line. We have literally fallen in love with the technology of PROMT. As developers of linguistic software ourselves, we are well placed to appreciate the technology of PROMT, which is a spinoff of the famous Russian school of computational linguistics. Russian linguists were the first to use a rigorous formalism for natural language processing by the computer. In fact, part of our own technologies is based on Text-Meaning theory and the research on dependency grammar by Russian linguist Igor Mel'cuk, a machine-translation pioneer who is the head of the laboratory at the Université de Montréal. Russians are very similar to people from Québec, they are well adapted to cold weather, excellent hockey players, deeply attached to their language and culture. Since the end of 80s, Russians have been opening themselves to the world and want to communicate with the rest of the world. PROMT has stated its mission: to break language barriers! And it's a goal we share!" said Mr. Claude Coulombe , President of Lingua Technologies.

About Lingua Technologies

Montreal-based Lingua Technologies Inc.( http://www.linguatechnologies.com/ ) is one of Canada 's leading developers of customized linguistic technologies. Lingua Technologies specializes in the custom development services of linguistic engineering applications for the technology-based enterprises, research centers and universities. Lingua Technologies team is highly experienced in linguistic engineering, object-oriented programming, advanced person/machine interfaces and natural language processing.

 

About PROMT

PROMT ( www.promt.ru ) is a world leading provider of translation technologies. Combining the innovation and technological perfection, PROMT developed the revolutionary machine translation (MT) technology and became the technological leader in MT industry. Nowadays PROMT provides the full range of translation solutions: machine translation systems and services, dictionaries, translation memory systems, data mining systems for all kinds of business, professionals and Internet/Intranet.

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