Is it possible to create a bilingual Trados file from a translation done in SDLX?
Thread poster: Katrin Lueke

Katrin Lueke  Identity Verified
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English to German
Oct 11, 2009


a new client asked me to send a translation as a bilingual Trados file for proofreading purposes.

I own SDL Trados 2007 Freelance, however, I only use the SDLX component of it. Everytime I tried to use Trados, I gave up frustrated and returned to SDLX.

So I would like to ask you all, is there a function which allows me to create a bilingual Trados file from a translation done in SDLX? For example some kind of alignment with my source and target text?

Or could I do something with the Translation memory, like importing it in Trados and doing some kind of automatch function which hopefully puts out a bilingual Trados file? Although there might be some problems with our German letters like ä, ö, ü - because when I recently did it the other way round, i.e. imported a Trados TM to use with my SDLX for another project, I noticed these letters were garbled.

Or is there something else I could do I cannot even think of yet?

Your help is very much appreciated!


Anne Lee  Identity Verified
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Dutch to English
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Export to Trados tag ttx format Oct 11, 2009

It may depend on which version of SDLX you have, Katrin. I have SDL 2007 SP3. When you are in SDLX edit mode, make sure that the itd file with your translation is open. Then go to File, Trados, export to Trados tag ttx format, and specify where the file should be saved. The resulting file is then saved as an itd.ttx file. You can then rename the file, deleting the itd. bit and leaving the .ttx file. Renaming the file is not essential.

Maximum compatibility is achieved by first presegmenting the file in Trados, after which you can export the itd translation by 'harvesting' it (see File, Trados, harvest exported Tradostag file), but like you, I don't get on with Trados, nor with the way Trados presegments files, so I use the first option.


Giuliana Buscaglione  Identity Verified
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Alternative: pre-segment in TWB, import in SDLX setting Trados style default Oct 11, 2009

Hello Katrin,

an alternative, especially if the original is a MSWord document and your client prefers an uncleaned file, you can pre-segment (Tools -> Translate check Segment unknown sentences) in TWB, set Trados style default in SDLX and import the file in SDLX Edit. Once you are done, create the file and you'll have an uncleaned Trados file.

It's a little bit more time-consuming than translating directly in Trados, but not that much.


PS I also get garbled letters from time to time, but only when importing a Trados *txt export into SLDX Maintain. If you have to deliver a Trados TM export, simply create a TM in TWB and do the cleanup of a copy of your uncleaned file and export the TM saving it as a *txt or *tmx 1.4b.


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