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Firas Allouzi  Identity Verified
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I can't decide between Wordfast Classic, Pro, Or Anywhere software and course Jan 26, 2012

I am willing to take one of the Wordfast courses offered by proz.com I think they are brilliant and the timing is perfect since I have just started working on bigger projects and need a CAT Tool. However, I am confused with all the different names of Wordfast and can't decide which is best for me. I do not want to take a course or even download the Wordfast software into my laptop before I know what is the difference between: Classic, Pro and Anywhere. Can someone kindly provide a simple and systematic answer for a proffesional translator (ArabicEnglis). Many Thanks in advance

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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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@Firas Jan 26, 2012

Firas Allouzi wrote:
However, I am confused with all the different names of Wordfast and can't decide which is best for me. What is the difference between: Classic, Pro and Anywhere.


WFC: Classic -- it is a macro that runs inside MS Word, so you need MS Word installed, and you can basically translate only MS Word files (there are ways to translate Excel, PowerPoint and HTML files also but you need to be highly skilled to do it). What you see in the MS Word file is what you see while you translate it. The way you apply formatting is the same as in MS Word -- simply select text and click a button to format it.

WFP: Pro -- it is a program that runs on any of Windows, Mac and Linux. You can translate many more file types with it. However, in WFP you see only the translatable text, in two columns, and not the MS Word file as it would normally look like in MS Word. The way formatting is applied is through complex codes that you have to copy and paste.

WFA: Anywhere -- it is a web site where you can translate online. The way you translate in WFA looks similar to what it would look like in WFC, but you can translate WFP files as well (as well as any files that WFP can translate). It is free but it is slower.


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Paolo Sebastiani  Identity Verified
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Here is a simple expanation Jan 26, 2012

The main difference between Wordfast -Pro and Wordfast Classic is that the former is a stand-alone program ( stand-alone ) and the latter is composed of a batch of macros which apply to MS - ​​Word. To use the CLASSIC version you need to run MS-WORD on your PC.
Wordfast Classic was founded over 15 years ago while Wordfast - Pro was released for the first time in June 2009.
Therefore, this program represents the most advanced evolution of the Wordfast technology.
Obviously Wordfast - Pro has many more features than its predecessor - Wordfast Classic.
However, even the Classic version can still be interesting in some respects.
The third version, so called wordfast-anywhere is part of a cloud-computing technology, you do not need to download and install anything on your PC, but everything is done ONLINE –it goes without saying that to use this solution you must always be connected online with a good DSL connection.
The first 2 softwares are not free and currently they cost 350.00 euros each, if purchased together (Wordfast-Studio) the total cost is € 500.00.
However, after attending one of our courses, you may have the opportunity to purchase these programs with a 20% off the current price.
Finally, the third software ( Wordfast -Anywhere ) is totally free.
The basic functioning among the three versions is very much alike but each one has got different features to reach more or less the same objective: this means that all of the tree versions are based on a TM (a txt file which contains all your translated sentences) and a GLOSSARY, (a txt file which contains all your terminologies).
I hope this explanation is helping you to understand the basic differences among the 3 different versions.
Do not hesitate to contact me for further help or explanation.


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Firas Allouzi  Identity Verified
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Wordfast Classic must be Jan 26, 2012

Sam - Thank you it is as if you were reading my mind when I said simple and systematic this is how I imagined the answer to be. Very Helpful!

Paolo - thank you for the useful information. And it's good to know about the discount. I think that I'll go for Wordfast Classic since I mainly translate Word documents.


But I also get a lot of dead PDFs and JPG documents (scanned obviously). Is there a way to convert those to Word doc. And if there's a way is it worth taken or do you think it's a long route and it's just better retyping the text on a word doc?


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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JPGs and PDFs Jan 27, 2012

Firas Allouzi wrote:
But I also get a lot of dead PDFs and JPG documents (scanned obviously). Is there a way to convert those to Word doc. And if there's a way is it worth taken or do you think it's a long route and it's just better retyping the text on a word doc?


1. OCR, e.g. ABBYY FineReader.
2. WFA can convert dead PDFs but the conversion is not always good.
3. Hire a typist (much cheaper than typing it yourself).


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Maria Hoskins  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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WFA: Will this be of help to me? Feb 28, 2012

Started using WFA about a year ago. Self taught. Think I've got to grips with most of it though there might still be some aspects I'm missing... Will this course be of help to me? Why?

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Isabell Scherg  Identity Verified
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Need a course fast Apr 11, 2012

Hello, I have just started a cooperation with a client which only uses Wordfast Pro. I have a free demo version of Wordfast Pro but need a training fast. As the next Pro course is in June, I thought about taking part in the Wordfast Anywhere course. Will this course help me to work with Wordfast Pro to fufill my clients needs?

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Helen Shepelenko
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Need a course fast Apr 11, 2012

Isabell Scherg wrote:

Hello, I have just started a cooperation with a client which only uses Wordfast Pro. I have a free demo version of Wordfast Pro but need a training fast. As the next Pro course is in June, I thought about taking part in the Wordfast Anywhere course. Will this course help me to work with Wordfast Pro to fufill my clients needs?


Hello Isabell,

Thank you in your interest in the training. To learn more about Wordfast PRO you might wish to purchase videos available at the website:

Wordfast-PRO – Level 1;
Wordfast-PRO – Level 2.

Also, it is possible to organize a one-on-one session on Wordfast. If you are interested in taking an individual session please report this to support at http://www.proz.com/support/ . Thank you!

My bests,
Helen


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