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OpenOffice templates/tools for freelance translation business management
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KSL Berlin  Identity Verified
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Jul 10, 2009

Just curious - is anyone aware of publicly available tools for managing a freelance translation business based on OpenOffice?

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Anaphraseus Jul 10, 2009

A Wordfast clone
http://anaphraseus.sourceforge.net/

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Misunderstood Jul 10, 2009

Sasa Jovanovic wrote:
A Wordfast clone
http://anaphraseus.sourceforge.net/


I had heard of this, but I'm not looking for translation tools. I'm looking for databases, templates, etc. done with OO for keeping track of customers, invoicing, etc. I have a number of commercial (and OpenSource) tools for my personal use to cover this, but I'm curious whether anyone has tackled these tasks using OpenOffice.


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Robert Tucker
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Invoicing Jul 11, 2009

Invoicing does not seem to be particularly strongly supported on OpenOffice in general, let alone for translators in particular. A couple of links to invoice discussion on the OpenOffice forums:

http://www.oooforum.org/forum/viewtopic.phtml?t=53864
http://user.services.openoffice.org/en/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=13293

In general, I think, discussion tends to lead towards using a server-based CRM solution which may well output an invoice as .odt, though more probably as HTML or PDF. These do not necessarily mean that you need your computer connected to the Internet for them to work, of course. The only one specifically intended for translators is the Translation Module of ]project open[, which is probably rather "heavy" for the single freelance worker.

http://www.project-open.org/product/modules/translation/

Not OpenOffice based, but I don't if you have come across TransProCalc before:

http://www.linguasos.org/downloads/lostpcalc.html

created by ProZ.com member Anthony Baldwin.


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Antoní­n Otáhal
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What exactly do you mean? Jul 11, 2009

I use MS Access for these purposes and from what I have learned by experimenting with OO, all my processes can, in principle, be transformed to OO. I am a bit dubious about the level of automatic steps within such a transformation (meaning that many things would have to be done by me rather than the MS Office > OO conversion tools), so I am not going into it without a good reason, though.

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