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Thread poster: Debora Villa
Debora Villa
United Kingdom
Local time: 03:51
English to Italian
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Sep 14, 2005

Hi there,
I am thinking of investing in a translation memory tool. I have always done all my translations manually and I don't know much about these tools. I have briefly tried Wordfast but found it rather difficult to operate. Can anyone advise?
Thanks


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jmadsen  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:51
The first step is the hardest... Sep 14, 2005

I think it's safe to say that CAT tools generally take time getting used to. In that respect, it is my impression that they're more or less the same. But patience is rewarded in the end. I'm sure you'll agree some day.

Another aspect is chosing a CAT tool. This is a very hot topic here at Proz.com and is likely to trigger yet another fierce cat fight between passionate supporters of the respective tools.

In my opinion, we as translators are not always in the position of chosing the most user-friendly tool but must take into consideration which CAT tools is the most widely used by your clients.

At the moment, Trados seems to be the most widely used translation tool in the business. But special conditions may apply in your case.

Jørgen


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Debora Villa
United Kingdom
Local time: 03:51
English to Italian
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Thanks Sep 14, 2005

Dear Jorge,

Thank you for your comments, I appreciate them.
You are right in what you said about the tools used by our customers, that I had not considered!

Thanks

Jørgen Madsen wrote:

I think it's safe to say that CAT tools generally take time getting used to. In that respect, it is my impression that they're more or less the same. But patience is rewarded in the end. I'm sure you'll agree some day.

Another aspect is chosing a CAT tool. This is a very hot topic here at Proz.com and is likely to trigger yet another fierce cat fight between passionate supporters of the respective tools.

In my opinion, we as translators are not always in the position of chosing the most user-friendly tool but must take into consideration which CAT tools is the most widely used by your clients.

At the moment, Trados seems to be the most widely used translation tool in the business. But special conditions may apply in your case.

Jørgen


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Joris Bogaert  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 04:51
Italian to Dutch
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Why not start with a free CAT-tool? Sep 14, 2005

Hello,

Why don't you start using a free CAT-tool. Wordfast is fine and free for small projects, it's completely Trados-compatible and you can download additional info. for free. Just check:

http://www.wordfast.net/

About Trados vs. Wordfast:

http://www.your-translations.com/why_wordfast.htm

And why not pay attention to a new CAT-tool: OmegaT
It's Open-source (free!):

http://www.omegat.org/omegat/omegat.html
In order to work with this tool, you will need to download some stuff (for free):
Java: http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4.2/download.html
Openoffice: http://www.openoffice.org/

Some comments on OmegaT: http://www.your-translations.com/translation-tools-for-translators/computer-aided-translation/omegat.htm

Trados cannot be used on Mac OS, neither Linux. Wordfast and OmegaT are completely compatible...

As Jorge says; it's up to each of us to choose what we like...

Hope this helps.

Joris




dv1 wrote:

Dear Jorge,

Thank you for your comments, I appreciate them.
You are right in what you said about the tools used by our customers, that I had not considered!

Thanks

Jørgen Madsen wrote:

I think it's safe to say that CAT tools generally take time getting used to. In that respect, it is my impression that they're more or less the same. But patience is rewarded in the end. I'm sure you'll agree some day.

Another aspect is chosing a CAT tool. This is a very hot topic here at Proz.com and is likely to trigger yet another fierce cat fight between passionate supporters of the respective tools.

In my opinion, we as translators are not always in the position of chosing the most user-friendly tool but must take into consideration which CAT tools is the most widely used by your clients.

At the moment, Trados seems to be the most widely used translation tool in the business. But special conditions may apply in your case.

Jørgen


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Simon Gregory
Russian to English
Immeasurable thanks to Joris Bogaert, he deserves a diamond star Sep 14, 2005

I looked for a free CAT software entire month unsuccessfully.
I do not have appropriate words to express my thanks to Mr.Joris Bogaert from Belgium. If I were a boss in this site administration, I awarded him a diamond star to his platinum diploma. Let's consider seriously to correct, develop, and, finally to implement this rough idea. Probably, it is not new so I am not patenting it. There, in proz, are plenty of good personalities helping all community who deserve some way or another to be especially honored. With the best wishes of permanent good luck to Mr.Bogaert and others. Simon


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 04:51
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English to Afrikaans
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If WF is too difficult, then everything will be, unless... Sep 15, 2005

dv1 wrote:
I have briefly tried Wordfast but found it rather difficult to operate.


Try again. Wordfast is one of the simplest CAT tools that I have every tried, and if you can't get the hang of WF, you'll probably struggle with others too.

But here's a thought: the first few hours are always difficult. Give it another try.


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Olaf Reibedanz  Identity Verified
Colombia
Local time: 21:51
Member (2003)
English to German
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Download the free trial version of Deja Vu X Sep 20, 2005

You might want to try the 30 days trial version of Deja Vu X, which you can download for free. Go to www.atril.com, click on "Downloads" and then on "Deja Vu X evaluation". Happy choosing! Olaf

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