Termbase migration from MetaTexis
Thread poster: David Greenberg

David Greenberg  Identity Verified
Local time: 00:14
Member (2014)
Hebrew to English
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Sep 30, 2015

I am trying to export my MetaTexis (3.205) termbase to memoQ (7.8.54) in order to give memoQ a try. However, I have run into a number of issues:

  • MemoQ imports the synonyms in any given entry as a single term.

  • If a synonym other than the first begins with a capital letter, MemoQ changes that letter to lowercase.

  • MemoQ does not import the Source, Context, Examples, and Notes fields.

Can anyone offer advice for exporting the termbase relatively easily?

Many thanks in advance.


Stepan Konev  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 01:14
English to Russian
Tabbed text or excel Sep 30, 2015

I am not sure about MetaTexis glossary - never used it, but I guess you can create a simple file with just two columns or tab-separated lines:
as *.txt
or 2-column file as *.csv
Then choose you termbase in memoQ (or create new one).
Then 'Import terminology' -> add your *.txt/csv

Here goes the most importand part - assign fields.

Choose F0 and check 'Import as term' -> select source language
Choose F1 and check 'Import as term' -> select target language

In this example I used csv. If you use txt, delimiter will be 'Tab' (not 'Semicolon') by default.

If you have synonyms in source, check 'Split alternatives in field by' and add ; or , or whatever you use to separate them.

[Edited at 2015-09-30 13:50 GMT]


David Greenberg  Identity Verified
Local time: 00:14
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Hebrew to English
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Conclusion Sep 30, 2015

Thanks very much for your post, Stepan!

I am posting the following information about how I migrated the termbase in hopes that it will help someone in future.

- I found it necessary to export to a text file rather than to TMX format, because in the case of TMX, memoQ does not provide options for synonym delimiters or for assigning fields in the old file to those in the new database. I did not experiment with the database format export options, because I do not have the tools to edit such files.

- MemoQ does not allow mapping multiple old fields to a new field. Since memoQ also does not permit custom fields in termbases and does not offer several of those used by MetaTexis, it is necessary to go through the old database and move text between fields, so that it will not be lost.

- Specifying a synonym delimiter prevents memoQ from turning the first letter of a synonym other than the first into lowercase.

As a side note, I did not experience issues in importing old translation memories to memoQ.


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