Free portable CAT or browser-based CAT?
Thread poster: Alessandro Ghio

Alessandro Ghio
Italy
Local time: 00:57
English to Italian
Jun 29, 2015

Hello translators at ProZ!
I was wondering if such a software exists. I'm looking for a free portable CAT (Computer Assisted Translation) Tool that does not have to be installed on your system and could be launched from an USB pendrive.

Even better would be a browser-based free CAT Tool that you would use from anywhere in the world provided you have a computer, a browser and internet connection. It might save your work progress on the cloud so it's all stored online.

Any help would be truly appreciated,
Alessandro


 

Michael Beijer  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 23:57
Member (2009)
Dutch to English
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Tip: run a local CAT tool from a USB stick Jun 29, 2015

Hi Alessandro,

Although there are many online CAT tools, I find they score pretty low on useful features and usability, and so do not recommend using them. However, some people seem to like them, so this may be just my personal preference. Here are a few of them:

– MateCat: https://www.matecat.com + https://www.matecat.com/features/
– Wordfast Anywhere: https://www.freetm.com + https://www.wordfast.net/wiki/Wordfast_Anywhere
– amigoCAT: http://www.amigocat.com
– Memsource Cloud: https://www.memsource.com/en/features
– transdraft: https://www.transdraft.com (from the guy who made TM-Town)
– TM-Town: https://www.tm-town.com (not a CAT tool, but has interesting online features)
– Google Translator Toolkit: https://translate.google.com/toolkit/
– Transifex: https://www.transifex.com/signup/
– XTM Cloud: http://xtm-intl.com
– wordbee: http://www.wordbee.com
– Lionbridge Translation Workspace: https://geoworkz.com/Products/AboutTranslationWorkspace.aspx
– SmartCAT (by ABBYY): http://www.smartcat.pro

Incidentally, several CAT tools can simply be run from a USB stick. I haven’t tested it yet, but my favourite, CafeTran (https://www.cafetran.com), should be able to be run from one, as it is a Java program.

Michael


[Edited at 2015-06-29 15:43 GMT]


 

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 00:57
Member (2006)
English to Afrikaans
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OmegaT Jun 29, 2015

phlame64 wrote:
I'm looking for a free portable CAT (Computer Assisted Translation) Tool that does not have to be installed on your system and could be launched from an USB pendrive.


Well, OmegaT has to be installed, but you can install it on the pendrive:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/omegat/files/OmegaT%20-%20Latest/OmegaT%203.5%20update%201/OmegaT_3.5_01_Beta_Windows.exe/download

Or, if you're very certain that the computer you're using will have Java on it, you can use the installer-free Java-free version:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/omegat/files/OmegaT%20-%20Latest/OmegaT%203.5%20update%201/OmegaT_3.5_01_Beta_Without_JRE.zip/download


 

Rita Varga-Tóth
Local time: 00:57
Hungarian to French
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Links Jun 29, 2015

Dear Alessandro,

here is a link with a few web-based CAT-tool and their description:
http://www.scoop.it/t/online-cat-tools

And maybe you can find some useful information on this forum also:
http://www.proz.com/forum/cat_tools_technical_help/100813-best_tool_for_web_based_translation.html

Sincerely,

Rita


 

Alessandro Ghio
Italy
Local time: 00:57
English to Italian
TOPIC STARTER
Thanks Jun 29, 2015

Your precious replies made me discover a few tools of which I had never heard before, so thank you really.

Speaking of ease of use which one would you recommend? I am not really interested in feature-packed software I will never ever have time to fully grasp, I'd rather just focus on translation. To make an example, I have been using Trados all along and found it to be not so immediate, it took me ages to figure out how to use it.


 

Michael J.H. Davies  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 00:57
Member (2009)
English to Danish
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browser-based free CAT Tool Jun 29, 2015

I have no hesitation in recommending Wordfast Anywhere. It is free to use and offers many of the functions, which are available from paid CAT's.

Review: http://www.proz.com/software-comparison-tool/tool/wordfast_anywhere/29

You can create an account and start using the CAT at: http://anywhere.wordfast.com/

Good luck!


 

esperantisto  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:57
Member (2006)
English to Russian
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SmartCat Jun 29, 2015

www.smartcat.pro

 

Dominique Pivard  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:57
Finnish to French
Wordfast Anywhere Jun 30, 2015

Alessandro Ghio wrote:
Even better would be a browser-based free CAT Tool that you would use from anywhere in the world provided you have a computer, a browser and internet connection. It might save your work progress on the cloud so it's all stored online.

This is exactly what Wordfast Anywhere does. Think of it as the Gmail of CAT tools (minus the ads).


 

Alessandro Ghio
Italy
Local time: 00:57
English to Italian
TOPIC STARTER
Wordfast wins! Jun 30, 2015

I have found Wordfast Anywhere to be exactly what I was looking for. It sports a user-friendly, lightweight interface that lets you concentrate on words and translation, progress is saved on the cloud as you type, it has basic but functional CAT features and a comprehensive Wiki for all your usage curiosities. Works anywhere anytime as long as you have a working internet connection. Seriosuly wondering why people would spend money over other expensive CAT suites when you have this.

 

brg (X)
Netherlands
Nice tool but it has its limits Jun 30, 2015

If not, it wouldn't be free. The builder/owner, although generous, didn't want to kill the market of his other products.

As far as I know, it is limited to 10 files at the same time. For the eleventh document, you'll have to delete one. And of course, you'll need an internet connexion.


 

Reed James
Chile
Local time: 19:57
Member (2005)
Spanish to English
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A thought… Jul 7, 2015

I think I had a portable version of Microsoft Word some time ago. Could it be that you could install Wordfast onto this portable version of Word? Or maybe you could use Thinstall and make Word portable with Wordfast already installed. This is really out of my league, but it seems it might work. 32 3232

 


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