Why is Trados so slow loading Excel-files?
Thread poster: Heinrich Pesch

Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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Oct 31, 2009

Two years ago I tried to load a large Excel-file into WB in order to analyse the content. I had to abort the program after an hour. Then I had Freelance 2006.
Yesterday a customer sent a small excel file (two tables, 3000 words). I thought Trados 2007 would have not problems delivering the analysis. But again nothing came of it, after about 20 minutes I had to throw WB out because it would not react to any action.
I copied the content into Word and analysed with WFC. 5 minutes.
Today I tried to load the file into TE. I don't know how long it took, perhaps 30 minutes, but the content appeared finally in TE. Also saving the translation took ages.

So I wonder why the market leader in translation technology cannot deliver on one of the most common file types. Is there a trick I don't know of?

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Heinrich


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Laurent KRAULAND  Identity Verified
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Thanks for asking this question, Heinrich! Oct 31, 2009

I had the same problem with XLS files and ended up (after some 50 minutes) copying/pasting the content of these to a TXT file so I could give my customer an analysis.

Anyone knowing about a Trados-internal method is more than welcome!

PS: I run SDL Trados 2007 Freelance (version 8) on a PC with Windows Vista.

[Edited at 2009-10-31 18:44 GMT]


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Grzegorz Gryc  Identity Verified
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Trados snail :) Oct 31, 2009

Laurent KRAULAND wrote:

I had the same problem with XLS files and ended up (after some 50 minutes) copying/pasting the content of these to a TXT file so I could give my customer an analysis.

Anyone knowing about a Trados-internal method is more than welcome!


The Excel (XLS) import filters in Trados are one of the slowest on the market.
See:
http://www.proz.com/forum/sdl_trados_support/144580-ridiculous_studio_2009_performance_for_not_so_huge_excel_files.html

Try to save as XLSX.

Cheers
GG


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Laurent KRAULAND  Identity Verified
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Lucky to have Office 2007 :) Oct 31, 2009

Grzegorz Gryc wrote:

The Excel (XLS) import filters in Trados are one of the slowest on the market.
See:
http://www.proz.com/forum/sdl_trados_support/144580-ridiculous_studio_2009_performance_for_not_so_huge_excel_files.html



so I can save files as XLSX. Thanks, Grzegorz!

And yes, I now remember your "benchmark" thread which convinced me, if nothing else, to stay away from Studio...

[Edited at 2009-10-31 19:04 GMT]


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Grzegorz Gryc  Identity Verified
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Office 2003 or older Oct 31, 2009

Laurent KRAULAND wrote:

Grzegorz Gryc wrote:

The Excel (XLS) import filters in Trados are one of the slowest on the market.
See:
http://www.proz.com/forum/sdl_trados_support/144580-ridiculous_studio_2009_performance_for_not_so_huge_excel_files.html


so I can save files as XLSX. Thanks, Grzegorz!

You can also use Office 2003 (or older, i.e. 2000 and XP) with the file format converter extension available for free from MS.
Trados proceeds Office 2007 files directly, so it must be faster.
The data exchange with external programs was rarely optimized in Trados.

And yes, I now remember your "benchmark" thread which convinced me, if nothing else, to stay away from Studio...

I didn't repeat this test for SP1 but I still have the file

Cheers
GG

[Edited at 2009-10-31 19:14 GMT]


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