I wonder if I should't have bought Trados 6 (previously I worked with Trados 3 or Transit XV), because now I only can send my translations to those agencies which use Trados 3 or 5.5 by exporting my TM (in fact, I think many of them have decided not to buy the latest versions, due to their prices and the "short life" of Trados 5.5).
Exporting is the proper way of exchanging data anyway, unless you send them pre-cleanup files, in which case the version used to work on the file is irrelevant.
And now Trados 6.5! I bought Trados 6 in Juni! And I'd have to pay again for it, if I wanted to buy!
Bear in mind that 6.5 offers some new functions, particularly the ability to use TagEditor on Excel and PowerPoint. But then, nobody forces you to upgrade, right?
I'd like to ask you two questions:
Do you think I could install again Trados 3 and work with both without having troubles? (Perhaps Trados sellers do have a trick to avoid this, once you have bought Trados 6, since I had to actualize it)
Why would they even want to avoid it? You can only use one license at a time - AFAIK there's no problem in using T3, T5/5.5 and T6 on the same machine. The only thing you must observe is that you need to register each application before using (in this context, registering means adapting your system registry because certain components need to be registered there for the software to work properly. T6 has an item in the program group; for T3, search for the 'self_register.bat' file in the installation directory.
Do you think I could receive less jobs because of this issue?
Can't imagine why you should - I use T6 LSP and will upgrade to 6.5 as soon as I get the CD & dongle upgrade. At the same time, I work with a number of freelancers who use T5.5. That's no problem whatsoever, since they deliver pre-cleanup Word files or .ttx files.