Generally, Workbench and MultiTerm are two separate pieces of software. They are, of course, closely related and can connect to each other, but they aren't mutually dependent.
I am new to the wonderful world of Trados. I installed a demo version of 6.5 at the weekend, but if I understand the tutorial right, I should also have installed Multi-term or I will not be able to create and manage TMs. Is that right? Or have I misunderstood some basic concept here?
'Fraid so - MultiTerm is for terminology; TMs are managed in Workbench.
I am NOT installing 6.5 on top of 5.5, but 5.5 is the only option I am given when attempting to set up the Terminology Recognition Options in "Options" on Workbench. (as per instructions on the tutorial).
You cannot set up terminology recognition unless a version of MultiTerm is installed. If MultiTerm iX (MT 6.x) is missing, Workbench will look for MT5.5 as a default - hence the selection option.
When I attempt to "Browse" to "Termbase recognition location", I cannot seem to find any directory that has an appropriate file.
Have you installed any version of MultiTerm, and created a termbase?
So I don't know whether I can proceed to the next stage and just ignore this, or whether it simply won't work if I don't have the missing component.
You don't need MT to work with Workbench, but if you don't have it, you should deactivate term recognition. (If you fail to do it, Workbench will issue an error message, and will deactivate it automatically...)