Why do job postings often require the use of a CAT tool?
Thread poster: Carole-Anne

Carole-Anne  Identity Verified
Local time: 00:37
Italian to English
Sep 3, 2010

I have been considering purchasing a CAT tool for sometime now and am currently trying to get to grips with Wordfast Pro to understand the benefits. I translate all types of documents, but specialise in business and financial translations and so I think this might really help me to speed up.

I have noticed that many job postings require the use of a CAT tool, and wondered if someone could explain why - surely the customer receives the final document, and so as long as it is in the right format, it doesn't really matter what software is used. Have I missed something?

Thanks for any input.


 

Adam Łobatiuk  Identity Verified
Poland
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Member (2009)
English to Polish
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TMs Sep 3, 2010

An agency could provide you with a TM containing legacy translations that you are supposed to use, and pay for the job according to an analysis done with that TM. Your translation from a CAT tool is usually a bilingual document that the agency will use to feed their TM (after the translation is reviewed or not).

 

Annett Hieber  Identity Verified
Germany
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English to German
Consistency Sep 3, 2010

It's mostly about consistency. If a customer has regular documents to be translated, he surely wants that all the technical terms are always translated the same way.

Annett


 

Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
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English to German
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To increase profit for follow-up projects Sep 3, 2010

Namely, to be able to apply discounts for terms already present in the TM whereas the end client will still be charged the full word rate.

 

Susan van den Ende  Identity Verified
Germany
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English to Dutch
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Number of reasons Sep 3, 2010

The topic was discussed earlier in this thread:

http://www.proz.com/forum/translator_resources/125264-why_do_so_many_job_posts_require_trados_so_specifically.html


 

Carole-Anne  Identity Verified
Local time: 00:37
Italian to English
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Thanks for the responses Sep 3, 2010

Thanks to everyone for the rapid responses - it makes more sense now.

 


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