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What business management software do you use?
Thread poster: sylvie malich

sylvie malich
Germany
Local time: 13:13
German to English
Nov 29, 2002

Dear ProZians,



I am in desperate need of some sort of management software for my growing business.



Recently I downloaded, upon recommendation from a colleage, the TOM4 demo from their website (http://www.jovo-soft.de/)and was initially impressed. However, in use, or should I say in trying to learn to use it, I found their documentation difficult to follow (was it in the translation?) or plain wrong (in how to customize invoices). The software unstable (freezing up where only a soft restart would close it) and the platform not suitable for a 15 inch screen, having to scroll down and to the right to press \"okay/done\".



Then I found Translation3000 (www.translation3000.com) on a different forum, downloaded that demo and found to my dismay that it was designed for translators who work for agencies all over the world only.



What management software do you use? Is there anything else out there I can try out?
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b2win  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 13:13
Spanish to Portuguese
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try SDL desktop products Nov 29, 2002

As far as I know SDL International has a kind of product to manage all your projects.



Their website is www.sdlintl.com





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sylvie malich
Germany
Local time: 13:13
German to English
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I took a look at the sdlintl "suite", Dec 3, 2002

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On 2002-11-29 17:53, b2win wrote:

As far as I know SDL International has a kind of product to manage all your projects.







... and found that it has a lot of bells and whistles I don\'t need (another CAD tool, for instance). I just need an easy-to-use project management software. What is everybody else using? Or maybe everybody is more organized than I am without it? You may answer me by email personally.




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Carla Zwanenberg  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 13:13
Member (2002)
English to Dutch
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TOM Dec 3, 2002

Hello Sylvie,



I have been using TOM for some months now and am quite happy with it. Sometimes it may look like the screen is frozen (for some reason the minimalize and close buttons don\'t seem to work on all windows) but the navigation bar on the left is still available in these cases, and allows you to continue working. It has never been necessary to restart the program on my computer, and I think it is worth a second try By the way, the developer, Joachim Voigt, is always ready to answer your questions.



Regards,

Carla


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Herbert Fipke  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 13:13
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Business Software? Not for me! Dec 3, 2002

Hi Folks!

I tried some financial software (I don\'t even remember the name now), but found out very quickly that I will never be able to use it. I cannot get my brain work in figures (That\'s why I studied languages rather than economics...)



Anyway, I turned back to my very very simple table I once set up in Excel which calculates all I need (VAT, discounts, year\'s totals, etc.)



The rest is done by my tax adviser.



From a translation content point of view, I just set up several sub directories where I put the relevant files. This is a kind of a question of discipline but even for me it works quite well. And - just in case - I use the Windows file search to undig antique stuff.


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Daina Jauntirans  Identity Verified
Local time: 06:13
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Excel Dec 4, 2002

I have to admit I do the same as Herbert. I don\'t outsource stuff, so it works for me.

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Riccardo Schiaffino  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 05:13
Member (2003)
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Microsoft Excel Dec 6, 2002

I created my own project management system using Excel: I can track projects, customers, suppliers, invoices, payments, cash-flow, etc.

I find that the additional flexibility permitted by developing one\'s own system using a spreadsheet (such as Excel) or a database (such as Access) far outweights the additional time spent in developing it.


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sylvie malich
Germany
Local time: 13:13
German to English
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... maybe I should take a serious look at Excel ... Dec 6, 2002

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On 2002-12-06 18:28, RiccardoS wrote:

I created my own project management system using Excel: I can track projects, customers, suppliers, invoices, payments, cash-flow, etc.

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