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John Fossey  Identity Verified
Canada
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Member (2008)
French to English
Feb 3, 2015

I have been asked by an agency to consider using their Wordbee CAT portal. As a rule, I prefer to work on my own computer in memoQ, where I have all my TMs, TBs, Muses, settings, etc. Can anyone with experience using the Wordbee CAT platform relate how you found it? Is it possible to work together with CAT software such as memoQ by downloading/uploading a Xliff file?

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Chunyi Chen
United States
Local time: 13:39
English to Chinese
Wordbee has limited capabilities Feb 3, 2015

Hi John,

I have a client who uses the Wordbee system and asked me to complete the translation assignments in Wordbee. I found this CAT tool very primitive, with only a few basic features. Fortunately you can download the file/package and use your own CAT tool to complete the task.
It's been a while since I worked with Wordbee, so I can't remember the steps to do this. Another thing I do remember is Wordbee files are very taggy, which makes a job more difficult.

Chunyi

John Fossey wrote:

I have been asked by an agency to consider using their Wordbee CAT portal. As a rule, I prefer to work on my own computer in memoQ, where I have all my TMs, TBs, Muses, settings, etc. Can anyone with experience using the Wordbee CAT platform relate how you found it? Is it possible to work together with CAT software such as memoQ by downloading/uploading a Xliff file?


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Member (2006)
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@John Feb 4, 2015

John Fossey wrote:
Is it possible to work together with CAT software such as memoQ by downloading/uploading a Xliff file?


Yes, you can download and upload the translation files as XLIFF (depending on how your client set up your permissions). You may have to spend some time in the online system, however, doing e.g. the QA checks. Also, while you can download all files at once, you can only upload one file at a time. AFAIK you can't download TMs and glossaries.


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dennise

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The worst modern CAT tool Oct 17

In fact I don't need any assitance. It's the tool that needs it A LOT.

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Angela Rimmer  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Meh, it's compatible with other software and gets the job done Oct 17

Samuel Murray wrote:

John Fossey wrote:
Is it possible to work together with CAT software such as memoQ by downloading/uploading a Xliff file?


Yes, you can download and upload the translation files as XLIFF (depending on how your client set up your permissions). You may have to spend some time in the online system, however, doing e.g. the QA checks. Also, while you can download all files at once, you can only upload one file at a time. AFAIK you can't download TMs and glossaries.



You CAN download TMs and glossaries but only if the client or whoever it was that created the project sets it up this way. In the past I have asked clients to send me TMs in TMX format and they have been able to do this from Wordbee, so there is compatibility there, too.

I don't personally find Wordbee that much of a chore. You can customise the keyboard shortcuts so that makes it a little more user friendly. I don't like using it for large jobs or urgent jobs but in those cases I simply download the XLIFF and work in my own CAT software. The QA checks do not take a long time and are easy to navigate, so again, I wouldn't consider that to be a huge chore. Although speed and performance, I imagine, will also depend on the client's server and not necessarily Wordbee on its own.

Simply put, it's not the perfect tool but you can work with it or use the compatibility features without too many headaches. At least that has been my experience.


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