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eTranslate GlobalLinkTM Is Designed to Help Fortune 500 Companies Better Compete in the Global Markets

San Francisco, California -- January 16, 2001 -- eTranslate, Inc. today launched its newest technology product, eTranslate GlobalLinkTM, that will enable companies to succeed under increasing pressure to globalize their digital communications.

GlobalLink is a Web-based localization management system that allows companies to tap into eTranslate's worldwide network of multilingual specialists, enabling them to "go global" at an accelerated speed.

GlobalLink streamlines the content localization process by automating tasks that otherwise would be time-consuming, costly and prone to human error. Along with eTranslate's existing suite of GlobalWeb solutions that includes professional services and localization services, GlobalLink is the best software tool for companies managing large amounts of digital content for multilingual Web sites.

"Too many companies are missing the international e-commerce explosion because they don't have the knowledge or resources to produce a multilingual Web site," said Janet Heppner, President and CEO of eTranslate. "Combined with our comprehensive professional services and industry leading localization resources, eTranslate now offers the tools necessary for Fortune 500 companies to compete in global markets."

According to the analyst firm IDC, companies that expand their sales into overseas markets will have a greater opportunity to increase their revenues compared to their competitors who focus exclusively on English-centric speaking audiences. With less than 10 percent of their eCommerce revenues drawn from overseas, the majority of U.S. companies doing business online (70 percent) are poised to miss out on the predicted Internet spending explosion outside the U.S. that will surge to $913 billion by 2003.

Once installed by eTranslate's team of experts on the site, GlobalLink's open globalization management system automates critical steps in the production process allowing content to be translated and updated in as little as two hours. Key features include:

Centralized Control. GlobalLink gives companies the ability to localize content in dozens of languages simultaneously through a single operation. Multiple users can access content at any time while performing their roles from anywhere within the company without the need to install a custom client, mount remote file systems, or configure database connections. Reduced Globalization Costs. GlobalLink automates content submission, translation, event notification, and tracking processes, which reduces project management resources needed to create and maintain a multilingual Web site, saving both time and money. Direct Access to Translation Specialists. GlobalLink provides access to eTranslate's global network of certified translators and localization specialists. These in-country experts can access projects through the Internet around the world. Streamlined Integration: GlobalLink supports a tight integration with database content while eliminating the reliance on technical database administrators to extract, preview, and deposit database content. Easy Installation and Operation: eTranslate's Professional Services group installs GlobalLink at a company's site and trains users on the intuitive user interface - non-technical employees can operate GlobalLink in less than a day.

GlobalLink is designed to enhance a company's business processes by working with a variety of platforms and configurations. It supports most major file formats, and can access content from file systems, databases, and content management systems. Because it is installed on a dedicated server behind a company's firewall and connects directly with eTranslate's language services, GlobalLink is protected against loss of data integrity.

About eTranslate eTranslate is an enterprise level solutions provider that helps companies build global communication infrastructure through professional services, technology, and localization services. eTranslate works closely with companies to translate their Internet business model into global markets. GlobalWeb solutions is a dynamically scalable system of technology, process, and knowledge that provides the most seamless, efficient and rapid means of globalizing your Web presence. eTranslate, Inc. is headquartered in San Francisco and has offices in Berlin, London, New York, Paris, Santiago, São Paulo, and Tokyo. More information can be found at

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