Linguarde is a Google powered language translator which works as a desktop client for Google Translate. It not only provides desktop functionality to translate text from multiple languages, but also integrates with browsers and applications to provide instant translation of highlighted words. Might not be useful for Chrome users but will come handy when using Firefox, IE, Opera, and other browsers. This makes it possible to get a translation utility for browsers which do not automatically translate foreign languages. Browser translation support also means that one does not have to install any third-part extensions which are likely to reduce browser performance. You can also save your translated text as a TXT file or copy it to clipboard.
Run Linguarde and enter text to translate it to or from selected languages (e.g. French to English or English to French). By default, the language is auto detected when you enter text in the text box and is translated to English. Once you have entered text in the above text box, click Translate to get a translation.
To change default language preferences go to Settings from the system tray.
From here, choose default translation, preferences, configure proxy settings (from Connection tab) and change the default hotkey (ALT+L) for popping up the translation window.
Linguarde can translate text from within applications. While programs like MS Word do provide translation utility, however, using Linguarde, you can get translations in several languages. To translate words in any language, highlight the text and click on the Linguarde icon that pops up. This will open a small window containing the translated text. The text translations will depend on your default preferences (e.g. translate to English).
Similarly, you can highlight text in any browser to get instant translations. You can click Copy option to copy the translated text to clipboard.
Linguarde comes with both a Free and Pro version (which costs $24.95). Linguarde works on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.