CAT stands for computer-assisted translation. CAT tools are software that translators use to facilitate and support the translation process, they do not automatically translate texts for you. Instead, they include features such as:
- Translation memories, these remind you how you have translated certain segments previously.
- Glossaries, these can be added before starting a project to ensure certain terms are translated in a certain way.
- Formatting tools, these allow the translator to work with many different file formats.
- Quality control tools, these ensure a perfectly polished final product.
To sum up, CAT tools help translators to produce high-quality, accurate, consistent translations efficiently.
I use the CAT tool MemoQ in order to provide the best possible translations that I can.