Updating SDL Studio Freelance: why reselect languages?
Thread poster: Matthijs Frankena

Matthijs Frankena  Identity Verified
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Mar 22, 2016

I just installed the latest update for my SDL Studio 2015 package. Went smoothly, except for the same thing that always manages to surprise me: After the update is installed, the setup wizard is started in which I am prompted to select 5 languages that I work with.

Several things are wrong with this: First of all, my needs did not change suddenly. I still need the same languages that I needed before I installed this update. Perhaps there are technical reasons why the program needs to do this, but I am very skeptical about this. If all my other settings are automatically kept, how come this suddenly needs to be configured again?

Secondly, I must select 5 languages. I only need three (Dutch, English, German) and all regional variants of a selected language are automatically enabled; but if I select only three base languages, the wizard refuses to continue. To satisfy it, I select two regional variants of any of the base languages and I can finish the wizard. This is absolutely weird behaviour. Why 5? Why not allow for less? Why accept two different variants of one and the same language, when all variants are enabled automatically if you select one of them?

Together with the insistence on the part of Studio that I configure an Outlook account when I create a return package (No, I will NOT configure Outlook - I uninstalled as much of it as I could), this counts for me as unexplainable artefacts of the personal preferences of the makers. Could this all please be removed in the next version of Studio?

Best regards,

Matthijs Frankena


JaneD  Identity Verified
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Good question! Mar 26, 2016

Well said, Matthijs!

I don't know why we have to go through this rigmarole every time we upgrade either - it drives me absolutely mad (this maybe because I find myself having to do it, for one reason or another, every few weeks).

Trados can remember my licence number every time I upgrade, why can't it remember my languages? That's a pretty obvious feature, surely.

And yes, why FIVE languages? I mean, if I want to use all five, then fair enough. But to *force* the choice of five? Ludicrous.

(However, as for your remark on the Outlook account thing - there's definitely a way around that because I don't have Outlook and yet I can send back return packages....)


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