Problem with Trados STARTER
Thread poster: savane3107

Local time: 13:49
Mar 13, 2014


I have Trados Studio STARTER 2014 and german customers ask me increasingly to translate german tmx files and restore them to the same file in French.
I have struggled to import the tmx file, I even think I got there by chance because I think I did "translate a document alone" I took an ordinary word document and I then imported the tmx file which opened. But when I wanted to return the tmx file translated by: "batch tasks", "export" and "generate target translations", I get a word document and not a tmx document.

I think the problem is surely the import tmx file that was poorly made​​, do you know how a tmx file is imported with the Starter version?

Thank you in advance for your help

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Local time: 13:49
Not simple with Starter Mar 13, 2014


There is a TMX filetype on the OpenExchange, so if you had the full version of Studio you would have two simple ways to handle this:

  1. Install the free TMX filetype, use the AnyTM TM provider application to select the TM language direction you want, and just translate the TMX updating into the new French TM
  2. Install the TMX filetype, rename the German language code in the TMX as a French language code, open the TMX in Studio (which will now be recognised as a French one) and just translate the TMX updating into the new French TM

You might also want to split the TMX into bite sized chunks first. I don't know who large these are, but adding anything more than 10,000 segments in a file in one go is going to give you performance issues, and in fact if it was me I’d break these into no more than 5000 segments at a time and then just create a project with all the files. in there separately. When you are done translating you’ll have one SDLTM that you can export to TMX to avoid having to join all the individual files back together again.

With Starter I guess you need to mess around a little more. You could convert the TMX to a bilingual excel file and then save it as a CSV (or several CSVs... but then in Starter you'd only be able to to handle one file at a time) which you could translate in Studio. Then update the translation into a new French TM and export from Studio as a TMX. There is a blog artocle explaining how to do the conversion here :

You could also use ApSIC Xbench to convert the TMX to Excel, and I’m sure there are plenty of users here with better ideas on how to achieve the same thing.



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