Problem with importing sdlftsettings in Trados Freelance 2014
Thread poster: Elena_Polunina

Elena_Polunina  Identity Verified
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May 8, 2015


Could you please help me with this:

I received two files in sdlxliff format and a sdlftsettings file (referred to by my client as "filter").
I imported the settings file using the single document workflow through the "Advanced" tab in the dialog window (got the message that the settings are successfully installed).

However, when I open the files in Editor, there is a notification message:
"This file was created without using a file type definition. The following functionality will be restricted or unavailable:
- Saving
- Verification
- Quick Tags
- Preview".

And I can't use the "Save target as" function (Error: "No original file type definition associated with this file"). I can only use "Save as" and save the translation in sdlxliff format.

I contacted the client who told me to import the settings through "Options > File types". I tried this but it doesn't work, the result is the same. I also tried creating a new project with the 2 sdlxliff files and then importing the sdlftsettings file through "Project Settings". Doesn't work, I still get the same notification and error messages.

I would greatly appreciate your help as I can't contact the client now due to the time difference, and then he will be out of office due to a bank holiday until the project delivery deadline!

If there's no solution, will the client at least be able to use the translation saved in sdlxliff format (or the TM) to generate the target on his system?

Thanks in advance for your help.


Walter Blaser  Identity Verified
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Import the filetype settings before you open the documents May 8, 2015


Make sure you import the filetype settings through "File - Options" before you open the documents in the Editor (in case you open them as single documents) or before you create the project containing these files.

You did not mention which version of Studio you use and which version your client uses. As the SDLXLIFF has been created by the client, you may not be able to do a preview and to generate a target, due to missing functionality.

However - and this answers your last question - and is the most important part: you can translate the SDLXLIFF and return it to your client. He will be able to create the target on his system because it contains all the required components provided it is the same on which he created the SDLXLIFF).

So, considering your deadline and the impossibility to join your customer, I would not lose any more time trying to resolve this issue, but go on on translating and deliver the SDLXLIFF (assuming you can live without a previewicon_smile.gif).



Elena_Polunina  Identity Verified
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Thank you May 8, 2015


Thank you very much for your prompt reply!
I will certainly follow your advice not to lose any more time and will deliver the .sdlxliff files. Good to know that the client will be able to create the target!

I made sure to import the settings file before actually opening the files in the Editor/creating a new project, but I got the error message nevertheless. Maybe the settings file wasn't properly created in the first place...

I'm using SDL Trados Freelance 2014 (with the latest SP), and I think that the client uses Trados 2011.
I don't know if there are any potential incompatibilities.

Thanks again for your response!



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