Value of project memories
Thread poster: pgschreier

pgschreier  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:22
German to English
Oct 19, 2011


Does anyone have any words of wisdom pertaining to the pros/cons of using a project memory in addition to the main memory(ies)?

I see this option all the time, and until now I've always added the project memory, but I don't have a good reason for doing so. Is there one?


Atso Puronen
Local time: 04:22
English to Finnish
More cons than pros Oct 19, 2011


I see more cons than pros. Personally I think they can be very confusing when translator tries to figure out which TM the match is coming from.


My Studio projects are usually named like this:

If I name my working TM like this:

I end up having a project TM named like this:

Not very nice or helpful when trying to figure out a segment's origin!


If I need a project-specific TM that contains translations only from a specific project, I always create a new empty TM during project creation and set it to update.

From my experience it seems Studio prefers to show matches from Project TMs rather than from Main TMs. This can be an issue if you have used an inexperienced translator.

Good thing about Project TM is that if you send your project out to a freelancer, you don't need to send out your main TMs (to protect your assets).


Local time: 03:22
depends on variety of work Oct 19, 2011

Hi, I would say

Project memory:
- good for individual projects that differ considerably in content (terminology), eg. one time technical issues, next time legal etc.
- or different customers (for same technical areas): you need to be sure you don't mix up customer-specific terminology

global memory:
- huge pool of translations, that, however, need to be maintained well. There is no way around maintaining exact Project settings, which are all saved along with individual translations and ... when a following project comes up ...can be used to define 100% hits.

Hope this helps


Eileen Cartoon  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:22
Italian to English
Actually I prefer to use a project TM Oct 19, 2011

For me the best thing about a project TM is that it doesn't update the general TM until you have finalized. This means, when in doubt, you can go back to check in the general TM without finding what you have entered in the project TM. It is a sort of double check.

Actually, I have the opposite problem: How to add a project TM when you have to disable the TM originally added to the project (from the customer). I have this problem because they prepare the project using their server TM. then they send me a copy of the TM. To open the file I have to disable the server TM and enter the file-based TM but now there is no longer a project TM and I haven't found how to re-enter it with my file-based TM. Would love suggestions.

[Edited at 2011-10-19 14:40 GMT]


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