SDL starter edition. Is it worth it?
Thread poster: Denise Marques Leitao

Denise Marques Leitao
Local time: 03:33
Portuguese to English
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Apr 27, 2012


I am a part time translator and I have never used a CAT tool before. I'm planning on becoming a ProZ member, in order to apply for more translation jobs. I noticed many jobs require SDL Trados. I don't think learning to use the software is a big deal, my main problem is affording the software, so I though maybe having the Starter edition could help me.

What I'm looking for is to accept and apply for jobs that require SDL TRados 2011. Would the starter edition do?

I don't really care for the functionality, I'm used to translating without any software and I'm fast enough without it, I just want to be able to get some work.

I would really appreciate any suggestion.

Thank you.

[Edited at 2012-04-27 20:48 GMT]


Esther van der Wal  Identity Verified
Local time: 09:33
Member (2010)
English to Dutch
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Try it Apr 28, 2012

I would try it. I've worked with the Starter Edition for a year before updating to the full version.

You can use the basic functions that you need for translating, such as opening single files and projects, using or creating a translation memory and delivering the file or project. There are a lot of additional functions that you probably won't need at first, like creating a project, opening multiple TMs at the same time or working with very large TMs.

I'd also encourage you to get the Proz membership. It takes some energy and perserverance, but I have found many new clients here. It's worth the investment, even for someone like me who is not keen on paying for website access.

Good luck with your endeavors!


Denise Marques Leitao
Local time: 03:33
Portuguese to English
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Thanks Apr 28, 2012

Thanks! I'll try it. I'll try the proz membership as well. Thanks so much for the reply.


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