The Menu Says for iOS Offers Easy Translation of French Menus to English

June 8, 2016 in Travel (E)

[] Berkeley, California - Creekcats LLC is today pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of The Menu Says 2.52, their easy-to-use French to English menu translator for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The app makes it easy English speaking diners to order from any menu written in French. Anyone can simply snap a photo of the menu, crop the photo, and tap a button to translate. The translation results are then displayed in an easy-to-read typeface, with each line of the original menu immediately followed by its proper translation, making it easy to simply point to the item they wish to order.

The Menu Says uses the same innovative translation technology that's used in Creekcats' other popular menu translation apps, "Le Menu Dit," which performs English to French menu translations; "Il Menu Dice," their popular English to Italian menu translator; and Caidanshuo, their English to Chinese menu translation tool. All three apps have proven extremely popular with iOS users, and now the developers are offering that same easy-to-use technology to make it easy for English speaking travelers to translate French menus into English. The Menu Says will ensure English speaking vacationers will never again order snails, unless that's what they actually have a taste for.

The idea that became The Menu Says had its origins during a vacation trip to Germany by developer Phil Price and his family. The group's limited German vocabulary knowledge, along with no truly convenient way to translate the German menus, led to a number of less than satisfactory dining experiences for the group. The lack of any simple way to quickly and accurately translate menus written in another language planted a seed in Phil's mind, which led to his idea for a menu translation app. Immediately upon returning from vacation, Phil began working with his two friends, Nathan Addy and Yixing (Ethan) Chen, to begin work on developing an app. The group has been working to improve and expand their menu translation app lineup ever since.

* Translates French menus to English, using a photo of the menu
* Works without an Internet connection
* Includes over 38,000 menu-related words and phrases
* Displays translated words in a bold font, perfect for travelers 55 and older
* Shows each line of the menu with its translation immediately below, so it's easy to match each item to its translation.
* Saves results, so users can easily go back and forth through pages of a menu
* Includes a built-in flashlight function for use in low-light conditions
* Shares translation results via email or Facebook with an available Internet connection

While most "jack-of-all-trades" type translators use machine-based translation engines, The Menu Says uses translations that were made by Mr. Robert Sachs, who is both a State Department-certified translator, and a lover of fine French cuisine. Robert and his French-born wife have worked and resided in both France and the United States, giving them a unique knowledge of both languages and fine dining. The app makes use of their expertise to do one thing very well, provide an accurate French to English translation of menu items.

Why Choose The Menu Says?
* The app is designed specifically to make it easy to order from a translated menu: Each line of the menu is followed by its translation, making it easy to simply point at items to order a meal.
* Reliability. The app works very well on most menus, and gives an acceptable translation on most other menus. The translation is in bold, easy-to-read type.
* No Internet connection is required. Many apps of this type require an Internet connection. The Menu Says' translation dictionary completely stored on the device, yet uses only a small amount of storage.
* The app's user interface is designed to be quickly understood, so users can easily use it the first time, every time.

"We have had a great reception from users with our first menu translation apps, and we can't wait to introduce travelers to our new French to English translation app," says Phil Price, developer of The Menu Says. "As we develop our lineup of apps, we learn more every time we develop a new one. The Menu Says is the culmination of all our efforts to date, and we're very proud of the result."

The Menu Says was developed for one task, and one task only, to makes translation of French menus to English a painless process, allowing diners to concentrate on the one thing they should be concentrating on, enjoying their dining experience. Translation consists of point the iPhone's camera at the menu, take a photo, crop the photo a bit, and wait a moment for the translation. The final step? Enjoy the meal.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 7.1 or higher
* Universal Application
* 12.1 MB

Pricing and Availability:
The Menu Says 2.52 is free, and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Travel category. It can be launched three times for free, and several menu pages can be processed with a single launch of the app, so a user can use the app for several meals for free. They will then need to unlock the app via a convenient in-app purchase. Options for premium features include one week's usage for $0.99, or unlimited usage for $2.99.

Headquartered in Berkeley, California, Creekcats LLC was founded in 2013 by Phil Price, Juliet Lamont, Mary Price, and John Price. The company was born from a desire to create apps that would make user's lives easier, by supplying tools to aid them in their everyday lives. Copyright (C) 2016 Creekcats LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.



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