Transitioning MultiTerm data into MT 2009 via XML
Thread poster: Jonathan von Zelowitz

Jonathan von Zelowitz  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 03:42
French to English
Oct 4, 2009

I have been making the transition from Trados & SDLX 2006 (MultiTerm 7) to Trados Studio 2009 (MultiTerm 2009).

Theoretically, MultiTerm 2009 can "automatically" reopen MultiTerm termbases that were "packaged" by a previous version.

In my experience, this worked correctly for SOME of my termbases, but not all of them. (Some caused MT 2009 to crash under Vista – but not under XP, strangely. This may be a UAC problem, but not the same one cited in a recent thread.)

My solution was to EXPORT the termbases, rather than PACKAGING them. This creates XML files. Then, in MultiTerm 2009, I created new termbases and IMPORTED the XML (I used "slow" import).

This worked perfectly for all of my termbases. Additionally, I noticed that the new termbases are thereby created with the .sdltb file extension, rather than .mdb. This may represent a new file format. I don't know what advantages it has over .mdb, but the icon is prettier!

In brief, my advice is:
1. Export your MT termbases (to XML files) before moving to a new version of MultiTerm. At worst, this is an unnecessary precaution. Better safe than sorry!
2. Optionally, import them rather than transitioning the old files automatically.

Good luck!


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Vito Smolej
Germany
Local time: 03:42
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why sdltb extension? Oct 4, 2009

The files are still pure-bred Microsoft Access data Bases. I would assume, changing the extension was meant as a side step away from mtb, so that customers do not accidentally (with a double click for instance) call up Access. Now, that sdltb extension is associated with MultiTerm (no way to do that with mtb) there's one conflict less to handle.

Regards

Vito


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