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Poll: The main reason why I do not purchase new software is:
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dasein_wm  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 12:52
Member (2009)
Italian to English
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Other Jun 29, 2013

1. I don't need it
2. I don't know about it
3. It will be surpassed by something else before I even install it
4. They will release a newer version before I even install it
5. The grass is green enough on this side of the fence
etc....


 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Spanish to English
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Several of the above Jun 29, 2013

A few of the options apply to me:

- I'm pretty satisfied with my current software, warts and all....
- Price is almost always an obstacle - I think many SW suites are overpriced and often do more than I need or want them to.
- I try new software occasionally, but not "regularly"
- And I don't usually have time (or the inclination) to learn too many new things that may or may not be useful, especially when the learning involves a lot of complicated stuff I don't "need to know" (like Trados)...


 

Suzan Hamer  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 12:52
English
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Hear, hear. Jun 29, 2013

dasein_wm wrote:

1. I don't need it

5. The grass is green enough on this side of the fence
....


Exactly.


 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 11:52
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Other Jun 29, 2013

My fellow-ProZians have already said it all and there isn't much to add!

 

wonita (X)
China
Local time: 07:52
Other Jun 29, 2013

They normally bring more trouble than benefit.

 

Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 11:52
Member (2000)
Russian to English
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Another choice needed Jun 29, 2013

Though I agree with others in this thread and never buy new software until absolutely forced to do so, I think there should be another option: "I do purchase new software". In its present form, this poll virtually excludes the other side of the argument.

 

Łukasz Gos-Furmankiewicz  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 12:52
English to Polish
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A handful of reasons Jun 29, 2013

1. I don't care.
2. It costs money without necessarily being useful.
3. I want to translate, not to learn to operate what is essentially office software.
4. I like a hands-on feel. I've coded since age 13. I still do HTML by hand. CATs have their uses, but there's a limit to software hype I can take. I just want to translate.


 

Nikki Scott-Despaigne  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:52
French to English
The poll's audience Jun 29, 2013

Jack Doughty wrote:

Though I agree with others in this thread and never buy new software until absolutely forced to do so, I think there should be another option: "I do purchase new software". In its present form, this poll virtually excludes the other side of the argument.


This is what I thought was missing, until I said, well, the poll addresses those who don't. I am among those who don't unless... Those who do are not concerned by this poll.

[Edited at 2013-06-29 14:47 GMT]


 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 19:52
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Yes, I do Jun 29, 2013

buy new software and upgrades when I know it will help me become more productive and make more money. Sorry, I'm not translating for charity; I'm trying to make a living.

If a customer says that they're switching over to a new version of software and there will be a marked increase in work from next month, then yours truly will be off to the local computer shop and making a valuable investment ahead of the other translators. icon_biggrin.gif


 

esperantisto  Identity Verified
Local time: 13:52
Member (2006)
English to Russian
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Free software Jun 29, 2013

I haven’t purchased anything for a couple of years because I use mostly free software. Obviously, the poll misses this quite important option.

 

Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 04:52
English to Spanish
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Everyone Jun 29, 2013

Polls should address everyone. Furthermore, when mention is made of "software", the kind of software involved should also be mentioned. Let's make these polls useful.

 

Onidia (X)
United States
Local time: 06:52
English to Spanish
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Cost. Jun 29, 2013

They are too expensive, and I don't need them.

 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 19:52
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Ditto Jun 30, 2013

Henry Hinds wrote:

Polls should address everyone. Furthermore, when mention is made of "software", the kind of software involved should also be mentioned. Let's make these polls useful.


Can't help agreeing with Henry here.

I'm a little perplexed. I really can't imagine translators not using Word and upgrading to recent versions since this is the preferred word processing software used by companies around the world. icon_confused.gif

If you are aren't using software, are you using pen and paper? icon_biggrin.gif


 

Clarisa Moraña  Identity Verified
Argentina
Local time: 07:52
Member (2002)
English to Spanish
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It does not apply to me! Jun 30, 2013

I try and test new software. If it applies to my job, and I'm satisfied with its results, I analyze the cost-benefit for me, and if I consider it good, I just purchase it.

 
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