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Does anyone know of a CAT tool that actually works?
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Astrid Elke Witte  Identity Verified
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Jun 12, 2004

I am looking for a CAT tool that I can invest in that will be possible to open, operate and use to build up a terminology database. Alas, I cannot find one.

I have so far tried Metatexis (which cannot be incorporated into my Word programme) and Fusion (which will not open), as well as downloaded Wordfast, which cannot be installed due to some Macro problem. Finally, I wanted to participate in the Trados group buy, but did not dare to, because it seems a lot of money to risk if it chooses not to open or not to work.

Does anyone know of a solution, i.e. a CAT tool that will open and operate, and that can be tested on these two points prior to payment? Any tips gratefully received, as I desperately want to buy a CAT tool.

Astrid


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various Jun 12, 2004

Astrid Elke Johnson wrote:

I am looking for a CAT tool that I can invest in that will be possible to open, operate and use to build up a terminology database. Alas, I cannot find one.

I have so far tried Metatexis (which cannot be incorporated into my Word programme) and Fusion (which will not open), as well as downloaded Wordfast, which cannot be installed due to some Macro problem. Finally, I wanted to participate in the Trados group buy, but did not dare to, because it seems a lot of money to risk if it chooses not to open or not to work.

Does anyone know of a solution, i.e. a CAT tool that will open and operate, and that can be tested on these two points prior to payment? Any tips gratefully received, as I desperately want to buy a CAT tool.

Astrid
Hi! I work with various CAT-Tools, Trados, Fusion all are very good, fusion is very good especially in document translation area. Lately I have started with Transit Satellite PE version, also equally exciting. If you know what you want to do with a CAT-Tool, you´d choose accordingly, as all have their pro and contra supporting arguments. But may be you need a system upgradation!!
brandis

[Edited at 2004-06-12 13:47]


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Sarah Downing  Identity Verified
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I had the same problem with Wordfast Jun 12, 2004

Although I was able to install Wordfast, as soon as I pressed any of the button in Word, my Word crashed.

Has anyone got any idea why?

TIA
Sarah


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Geneviève von Levetzow  Identity Verified
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SDLX or DV Jun 12, 2004

Atrid,

You can test the both CATs 4 weeks - with support.

And both work not with Word's macros.

Geneviève:)


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Hermann Bruns  Identity Verified
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Rename the file "Normal.dot" and try again Jun 12, 2004

Hello Astrid,

that both Wordfast and MetaTexis do not run let's me conclude that something is wrong with the MS Word environment. Especially, in some cases the "Normal.dot" can be corrupt.

Please try the following to fix this:

1) Uninstall MetaTexis/Wordfast
2) Close all Word windows.
3) Look for the file "Normal.dot" (usuall on drive C:) and rename it to "Normal.dot OLD"
4) Re-install MetaTexis/Wordfast
5) Re-launch Word

This is also described in the MetaTexis FAQ available at www.metatexis.com/support.htm. In this file you als find more about installation problems.

Best regards
Hermann


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Astrid Elke Witte  Identity Verified
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Problem solved Jun 12, 2004

Thank you Hermann,

It was a problem with Microsoft Word. I have finally fixed it now, and Metatexis is installed in my Word programme and working.

Astrid


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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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Do not save your macros in Normal.dot Jun 13, 2004

One more advice: create another .dot-file for recording macros or defining shortcuts. Then you won't lose them every time Word does something stupid with Normal.dot.
Or keep a backup of a healthy Normal.dot somewhere else, so that you can replace the corrupted file and keep your settings.
Normal.dot is often corrupted when the system crashes for some reason.
Enjoy your new CAT-tools and remember to register with the corresponding mail-lists in order to get specific advice, which you will need, no matter what tool you use.


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