Is TWS free?
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XXXphxxx  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 17:29
Portuguese to English
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Oct 18, 2011

Why have I received an e-mail this morning from an address that I cannot reply to telling me I have a new account in Translation Workspace, giving me a username and password and thanking me for choosing it? Anyone know?

 

Michael J.H. Davies  Identity Verified
Denmark
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English to Danish
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Not free - after the expiry of 30 day trial period Oct 18, 2011

Translation Workspace is the on-line translation tool of GeoWorkz (www.geoworkz.com), used by Lionbridge - see https://www.geoworkz.com/Products/AboutTranslationWorkspace.aspx.

It would be surprising if a translation workspace account has been set up in your name without your knowing about it. Could it, perhaps, be one of your clients who has an agreement with Lionbridge / Geoworkz?

After the expiry of the 30 day trial period, TWS costs €10 per month and can be used for translation of up to 5,000 words - additional capacity can be purchased if required.
Regards,

Michael J.H. Davies,
MJD Translating,
Denmark


 

XXXphxxx  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 17:29
Portuguese to English
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Not from a client Oct 18, 2011

...as far as I know. The e-mail apears to come directly from them. I haven't clicked on the link as I'm not sure if it's phishing.

 

Attila Piróth  Identity Verified
France
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English to Hungarian
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Check out their cancellation policy Oct 18, 2011

You can read more in this thread.

Best,
Attila


 

XXXphxxx  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Portuguese to English
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Just a teensy-weensy bit disingenuous Oct 18, 2011

to try and lure people in like this. Oddly enough I've come across agencies (other than the owner of this software obviously) who say they can only give me work if I use TWS. What's in it for them?

 

Adam Łobatiuk  Identity Verified
Poland
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Member (2009)
English to Polish
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@Lisa Oct 18, 2011

Lisa Simpson wrote:

to try and lure people in like this. Oddly enough I've come across agencies (other than the owner of this software obviously) who say they can only give me work if I use TWS. What's in it for them?


They've probably invested in a TWS account and want a ROI. They might also believe in the benefits of simultaneous access to their TMs by multiple translators. Plus TWS gives translators less favourable analysis results.


 

Jørgen Madsen  Identity Verified
Local time: 18:29
English to Danish
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Some agencies work for Lionbridge Oct 18, 2011

Some agencies use TWS (and require their freelancers to do the same) simply because they are suppliers to Lionbridge. Does that influence rates "offered" to freelancers? You do the math!icon_wink.gif
However, the agencies may supply you with TWS account details so that you can avoid buying a licence yourself.


 

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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Member (2006)
English to Afrikaans
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Not having to worry about different CAT tools Oct 18, 2011

Lisa Simpson wrote:
Oddly enough I've come across agencies ... who say they can only give me work if I use TWS. What's in it for them?


The advantage for an agency if all his translators use the same tool is that workflow is a lot smoother -- no need to deal with translators who had thought that their tool was compatible but then turned out to be incompatible in some or other minor but essential way. The same applies to files delivered by translators using other tools -- a malformed file may not be detected until later in the workflow process, by which time the agency PM has to spend time trying to figure out why something broke.


 


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