How to upgrade TMs into Trados 2009 when all you have is the tmw file
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Thomas Seligmann  Identity Verified
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Oct 18, 2011

The title is self-explanatory really - I have a job to do on Trados 2009 and want to import TMs from 2007. I only have the tmw file for the TM. This works on Workbench every time and there is never a problem, but when I try to upgrade them to be compatible for 2009, it comes up with the same error message that it cannot find the file type (the name of the TM but with either iix or mfw (etc.) instead of tmw.

Is there a way of importing TMs into 2009 when all you have is the tmw file?

Thank you.


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Jerzy Czopik  Identity Verified
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Only TMW file? Oct 18, 2011

You also should have the rest - 4 files.
If they are missing:
- create a new TM in another folder, but chose EXACTLY the same name and language pair
- copy the TMW file you have over to that folder and overwrite the newly created TMW
- open this TM now again in Workbench, reorganize it
- now you can upgrade the TM in Studio via Tools - Upgrade Translation Memories


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VIP9N
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For tmw - only the export to tmx works Oct 19, 2011

As far as I know, the tmw is a proprietory and closed format, which Workbench only can open (for example: if it is broken, you will have to apply to SDL only to repair it). As for the file itself, it is a core file which contains the database. As a colleague said previously, it must be accompanied by 4 other files: *.iix, *. mdf, *.mtf, and *.mwf. These are its indexers.

The structure of Trados Studio memory is absolutely different - a single *.sdltm file. Those memories can interact exclusively via intermediary format, which is tmx. So, all you have to do is to export your memory from Workbench into tmx, and, then, import it into a newly created memory in Tradostudio or into the existing one, whichever you prefer. I used this way and did not remember any "updating", but I presume to believe that there could be any other way.

[Edited at 2011-10-19 04:35 GMT]


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Stanislav Pokorny  Identity Verified
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Upgrading Oct 19, 2011

VIP9N wrote:
I used this way and did not remember any "updating", but I presume to believe that there could be any other way.


In fact the TMW > TMX > SDLTM process is automated using the "Upgrade TM" feature in Studio. No need to do this manually.

[Upraveno: 2011-10-19 09:52 GMT]


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Thomas Seligmann  Identity Verified
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Thanks, all sorted now Oct 19, 2011

Thank you for all your suggestions. In the end the client sent the remainder of the files, so it was sorted! I normally use 2007 as I am more familiar with it and prefer doing it straight onto Word, but I only used 2009 on this occasions because I needed 3 different TMs open and Workbench will obviously only let you use one at a time. If 2007 had the function of letting you use more than one TM then I would never actually need 2009 at all.

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