Choosing a CAT tool for Japanese translator
Thread poster: Jo-Hanna Goettsche

Jo-Hanna Goettsche  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 05:17
English to Spanish
Jul 21, 2005


My boss has just informed that we are going to be hiring somebody to do English-Japanese translation. He brought up the idea of getting this person a CAT tool and was asking for my recommendations.

For the record:
1) As you can see from my language pairs, I am not familiar with translation to/from Japanese or any other non-Western language.

2) I have experimented with several trial versions of CAT tools. I ended up using (and loving) Deja Vu X at work, and buying TRADOS for my freelance work (before it got bought by SDLX, of courseicon_razz.gif).

3) Cost-effectiveness (and to a certain degree, price) is an issue.

Any recommendations from those who use CAT tools for Japanese? Thanks.

[Edited at 2005-07-21 16:14]


Momoka (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:17
Japanese to Spanish
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Ask that person first Jul 22, 2005

Hi, Jo-Hanna.
Well, I don't do translations into Japanese, so I can't make any recommendation on CATs for that language pair. Anyway, a CAT is something the user should feel comfortable with so, why doesn't your boss ask the person first? He/she might have his/her own preferences, as you do.
Good luck!


Hermann Bruns  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:17
English to German
MetaTexis Jul 22, 2005

Hello Jo-Hanna,

MetaTexis offers very good value for money and is easy to use.

You can download a trial version here:

Best regards


Brandis (X)
Local time: 12:17
English to German
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Since Trados 7.0 supports Unicode Jul 22, 2005

Hello J-Hanna
it should be able to realize this with Trados 7.0 as it supports Unicode.Did you try that.! Best Brandis


Jo-Hanna Goettsche  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 05:17
English to Spanish
Thanks to all! Jul 22, 2005

Thanks to all for taking the time to write your suggestions. I e-mailed a list of popular CAT tools to my boss and suggested to him that the new translator download the trial versions and experiment with them.

[Edited at 2005-07-22 15:36]


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