SDLX vs Translator's Workbench
Thread poster: Rod Brookes

Rod Brookes  Identity Verified
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Jun 17, 2008


I've just participated in the group buy of the Trados SDLX 2007 suite and at an earlier stage than I was expecting I'm being asked to make a choice between the SDLX and Translator's Workbench versions. Now I know that it's not a life and death decision because:

- the same software comes with both, it's just the exam you purchase that is different;
- you can always go back and buy the other exam later if you want.

However I'd still prefer to be going in the right direction to start with and so I'd love others' opinions, particularly on:

1. which of these is more user-friendly for the TM newbie;
2. whether one is more likely than the other to be used by agencies, clients, etc;

Thanks in advance,


Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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Wait and see Jun 17, 2008

Do not buy yet anything else than the software. Later you can decide which fits you better. These "exams" are for very experienced users who want to specialise even more.


Rod Brookes  Identity Verified
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I'd love to, but Jun 17, 2008

Hello Heinrich,

Thanks for your quick response, I can see that the exams are very advanced and so would love to make the choice after gaining a lot of hands-on experience. I'd prefer to wait and see if I could. The issue is that I'm being required to make the choice at the point of purchase - hence why I'm hoping to solicit whatever opinions I can from experienced users now.

best wishes, Rod


Claudia Alvis  Identity Verified
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Trados Jun 17, 2008

I'd select the Trados Certification Exam, since Trados is required by agencies more often than SDLX.

Regarding which one is better or more user-friendly, Heinrich is absolutely right, you have to see for yourself.


Annelise Meyer  Identity Verified
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A matter of celebrity... Jun 17, 2008

Hi Roderick,

Unfortunately the answers to your questions are different: SDLX, once you get to know it, is much more user-friendly than Trados. But unfortunately Trados is older and more famous and thus it is widely used, while SDLX is rarely used by other agencies than SDL itself or then in its Lite version, which is quite limited.
Moreover, the Freelancer SDL Trados pack does not contain all of SDLX features, while you can use Trados Transaltor's workbench analyse and management features, so I guess this situation is not about to change.
My conclusion: if you are to choose between 2 trainings: pick the one on Trados...

Good luck,


Astrid Elke Witte  Identity Verified
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Just say Trados Jun 17, 2008

It is my opinion that SDLX is in some way being gradually phased out. I may be wrong, but ... if you have to make a simple choice right now, just choose Trados Translator's Workbench.



Rod Brookes  Identity Verified
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Thanks :) Jun 18, 2008

Thanks very much Claudia, Annalise and Astrid, that's very useful advice, and very helpfully, all pointing in the same direction!



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