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Thread poster: Dmitry Dotsenko
Dmitry Dotsenko
Local time: 15:21
English to Russian
May 13, 2008

I need a tutorial (textbook, manual) on computer-aided translation: what software to choose, how to use it... I know about Translator's Tool Box. Maybe there are free resources?

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ghislandi  Identity Verified
Local time: 10:21
English to Italian
Info from SDL Trados May 13, 2008


I am SDL Trados staff.

You might find some useful information on this page

We also have quite a lot of training recordings here

And documentation / tutorials here:

I hope this might help.


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Selcuk Akyuz  Identity Verified
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Deja Vu X Documentation May 13, 2008

Deja Vu X has four versions: Editor, Standard, Professional and Workgroup.

Getting Started Guide for the Standard Version is here:

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xxxMarc P  Identity Verified
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OmegaT May 13, 2008

OmegaT has plenty of free documentation. You might be particularly interested in the OmegaT training course, updated just last week:


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Boyan Brezinsky  Identity Verified
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Wordfast tutorials May 13, 2008

Although I don't use Wordfast, I found the tutorials on the Wordfast site pretty useful. As long as you don't get into the details of which keyboard combination you have to press, the basic principles of various CAT-tools are the same. Therefore tutorials for one tool are useful for most others, when it comes to grasping the whole idea of the software.
As for the choice of software - many of the CAT products have free trial versions or free limited edition versions. Although I have not tried a lot of different products, I think maybe the easiest way to get acquainted with the whole concept is to start with Wordfast tutorials as a source of information and either with Wordfast or with MetaTexis to play with. They both have free limited versions, the limits being slightly different - Wordfast is free with a translation memory (TM) limit, where MetaTexis has a free fully functional demo, which expires in 2 months and changes into the free Lite version, which is somewhat limited, but with no TM limits. I think that MetaTexis is a little bit easier to use.
And do read the forums around here. There are plenty of useful discussions on these topics, both now and from some time ago.

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iLen  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:21
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Heartsome CAT tool May 23, 2008

Heartsome's CAT tool comes with a fairly easy to understand Quick Start Guide.

And they often provide special tutorials on specific processes on demand. Their support team responds fast, this is important! What I like most is that, their TMX validation tool helped me a lot in clearing problems in TMX files generated by other tools. When you need to share TM among different CAT tools, this is a must have feature.

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