Buying Wordfast Pro: 400EUR?
Thread poster: boris_bern

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English to German
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Feb 12

Dear all,

yes, "getting established" would be the right term. I intend to buy my first CAT Tool. Having worked with several applications, I need something basic i.o. to:
- translate a book
- translate a minor website
- keep Translation Memories

Now on I see: 400. No matter whether I buy V3 or V5.
I like wordfast and its support for several platforms (MAC, Linux), but is it the right application for me?
What would you recommend, plz? Are there other Programmes matching my needs?

Thanks a lot so far..

Best regards,


[Edited at 2019-02-12 09:32 GMT]


Alejandro Cavalitto
Local time: 21:47
Check the Software comparison tool for reviews by the community Feb 12

Hello Boris,

I am not a translator, so I cannot give a personal opinion on which tool is best for you. I just wanted to show you the Software comparison tool at , where the community has been uploading reviews of their preferred tools.

By the way, Group buy sales are regularly organized by, where you can purchase tools at a steep discount: . For example, you can purchase a Wordfast PRO 5 license + membership from

Welcome to! Please let me know if you have any question or need help with anything.

Best regards,


Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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@Boris Feb 12

boris_bern wrote:
I like Wordfast and its support for several platforms (Mac, Linux), but is it the right application for me?

Do you work on multiple platforms, or do you work on only one platform? If you work on only one platform, then the fact that Wordfast runs on multiple platforms is irrelevant.

Have you tried Trados and MemoQ, and if so, what is it about Wordfast that makes it stand out for you?

Are there other Programmes matching my needs?
I need something basic i.o. to:
- translate a book
- translate a minor website
- keep translation memories

I think all of the all-purpose CAT tools can do these things. This ranges from the expensive tools like Wordfast Classic/Pro, Trados or MemoQ to the medium-priced tools like CafeTran to the cheap/free tools like OmegaT and Wordfast Anywhere. It seems a shame to spend EUR 400 if you're just starting out, and you could have the same benefits from a free solution. If you're not specifically targeting translations agencies as your main source of income, there is no need to "invest" in an expensive CAT tool. Have you tried to translate your web site in OmegaT yet?

Some CAT tools' demo restrictions are so generous that you can continue to use the tools for small to medium jobs even after the evaluation period ran out, e.g. Wordfast Classic, Wordfast Pro and CafeTran. (MemoQ's demo restrictions are too restrictive to use it for professional work after the trial period is over, and Trados' demo version stops working after the trial period is up.)

Alejandro Cavalitto wrote:
By the way, Group Buy sales are regularly organized by, where you can purchase tools at a steep discount: .

True, although sometimes the benefit is oversold. For example, right now there is a "two for the price of one" offer on Trados, so for anyone who is not familiar with Trados' licensing scheme, it looks like a 50% discount, but in reality it is an 11% discount.

The current Wordfast offer looks much better: WFP 5 (which includes WFP3) for a 35% discount. But don't rush to buy, if you're still uncertain about which tool you want to use, because these types of offers occur regularly.

[Edited at 2019-02-12 16:51 GMT]


Dylan Jan Hartmann  Identity Verified
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My experience Feb 12

I have only used Wordfast since becoming pro, never having switched from Mac OS.

I took the leap and paid the fee, after the 1 month trial.

My first paid job using WF was worth $1000, so it made its cost back immediately.


Christel Zipfel  Identity Verified
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I think Wordfast has been overpriced since many years Feb 12

And if you want to buy (at a regular price) Wf Classic and Wf Pro, it costs you even 500 Euro. Take in mind that with some formats, like Excel or Powerpoint, working with Wf Classic is rather cumbersome, so you need the two even if you want to use mainly Wf Classic.
Don't get me wrong: Wf Classic has been my first CAT ever, many years ago, and I am still using it and I like it. It is absolutely reliable, no crashes, no bugs. It is fast to learn (as well as Wf Pro - but I only know Pro 3) and easy to use.
But if I were to buy today a CAT, I'd go for Cafetran or MemoQ. Both offer interesting features and a lifelong licence, a good support just as Wf, but cost less (and Wf needs relicencing every 3 years).


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Why not try trial versions FiRST? Feb 12

- translate a book
- translate a minor website
- keep Translation Memories
1) Books in what file format--DOCX, RTF, ODC, CHM, PDF, DJVU, AZW3, EPUB, TIFF, EXE, and so on?

2) Websites as static HTML, dynamic PHP, compiled Flash/HTML5, mixed and with scripts/applets?

3) All the CATs do create and keep local or remote TMs/glossaries; sometimes they are in a proprietary format to protect the vendors' interests, but it's no question.

Besides free tools or just a trial go (preferably in a free virtual machine), if the internet connection is stable and broad enough, and it's not about NDA, then free* web-based/online apps like FW Anywhere ( should do.

As for pricing, a modern CAT consists of:
1) a text editor;
2) a fuzzy matching;
3) a database;
4) a file converter/filter.

Considering free groundworks, .NET/Java and SQL-based solutions, any CAT tool should be under $100, indeed.


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* thanks * Feb 15

Dear all,
soo... for all this info: thanks a lot.
Now I have enough Info to decide.

I personally just like wordfast, when I used the trial version. Plus: I have linux mint and Windows 7 running - so as a linux user I cherish the company for supporting this platform.

Since I am not professionally active, a trial version appears to be the smartest solution.

I'll keep you posted.



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