Cannot export synonyms, tab delimited, Multiterm 2011
Thread poster: Mathieu Fortin

Mathieu Fortin
Local time: 04:15
English to French
Jan 26, 2015


I have a simple termbase: 2 languages (English, French) and a client field.

I prefer to edit my termbase in Excel: i find it's faster than adding every term in Multiterm. For one English term, I sometimes have multiple French terms, to accommodate different clients. So in Excel, I have would have this (I would put an image but I'm not sure how):

English French Client

Term Translation1 client1
Term Translation2 client2

When I import it in Multiterm, I use "merge entries" to merge the synonyms under "TERM", which works fine with Trados.

Here is the problem. When I export to a tab delimited file from Multiterm, I only get one line for "TERM", and only 1 synonym, "Translation1". I lose all synonyms in the process.

I just spent a couple hours looking around and I just can't seem to find anything useful about exporting synonyms. Maybe my whole approach is wrong?

Any help is appreciated, thanks!


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Use the Glossary Converter... Jan 26, 2015

... this will make the process to/from Excel much easier for you:

It's a drag and drop as shown here: and will work with 2011.




Mathieu Fortin
Local time: 04:15
English to French
Thanks! Feb 2, 2015

Hi Paul,

Thanks for coming to my help once again, and so fast too!

I experimented with the tool this weekend and it works great. It does organize the data a bit differently when you go from .sdltb to .xls, but it is really a minor inconvenience compared to what I was doing before with Multiterm convert. So again, thanks!

On the other hand, I do have a question that you may be able to answer.

In the Converter's documentation, it's specified:

"the Multi-line format is not recommended, but popular, and therefore supported."

I find the Multi-line format to be the most intuitive. It follows the same logic as most databases: one line per record. Since the format is popular and intuitive, why are the tools not specifically built to support it? Just wondering...




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