.tmw format versus .txt format in TRADOS
Thread poster: Bo Ryden

Bo Ryden  Identity Verified
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Apr 30, 2007

Hi,

I've got a client who wants to have the Translation Memory in .txt format. My questions are:
How do you save the TM as a .txt file, and,
Why??

Thanks and kind regards,

Bo Ryden


 

Jørgen Madsen  Identity Verified
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Export Apr 30, 2007

In the workbench, you just select File > Export > Ok and name and select a file path and format (txt or tmx) for the export.

Why? The export file (whether txt or tmx) is just one file (a normal TM consists of five files), and it is smaller and easier to send to others who can then easily update their main TM.

Br Jørgen


[Edited at 2007-04-30 14:18]


 

Bo Ryden  Identity Verified
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French to Swedish
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TOPIC STARTER
.tmw Apr 30, 2007

Dear Br Jørgen,

Thanks a lot for your enlightening reply!

Yours sincerely,

Bo Ryden


 

Heike Behl, Ph.D.  Identity Verified
United States
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Member (2003)
English to German
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incompatibility May 1, 2007

Just make sure you export the txt file in the correct format as txt exports of older Trados versions are not compatible with the latest versions (7.x and later) and vice versa and all special characters in the txt file might get corrupted after import.

The safest way is to export the txt file for version 2.x-6.x. This version can be imported into Trados 7 and higher without problems. You can choose this option in the Save as dialog.

The incompatibility of different Trados versions might be another reason your client asks for the txt export.


 

Jan Sundström  Identity Verified
Sweden
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More usage May 2, 2007

Hi Bo and all,

Another good reason is the fact that txt and tmx are non-proprietory formats, as opposed to Trados own tmw (and associated files of the TM).

This means that they can be opened by third party programs like text editors and other CAT tools.

best,

Jan


 

Bo Ryden  Identity Verified
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Thanks!! May 2, 2007

Dear all,

Thank you very much for all information.

Kind regards,

Bo


 

Marta Fernandez-Suarez  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 14:29
English to Spanish
back up May 4, 2007

Bo Ryden wrote:

(...)
How do you save the TM as a .txt file, and,
Why??


Hi

Just to add that you can also do it to back up regularly your TM.

Regards


 


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