CAT tools and other software needed by translators
Thread poster: Diana Marfogel

Diana Marfogel  Identity Verified
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Hebrew to Spanish
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Jun 24, 2002

I have been a freelance translator for the last two years.

I work with my PC, Windows, Word, etc. But I don\'t have any translation software.

I have decided to expand, and my question is: What does a translator need, in terms of the above mentioned tools, to be more \"attractive\" to potential clients, to expand, but without turning to be a \"factory\". My second question: My glossaries are in Excel at the moment. I almost don\'t use them, due to lack of functionality, although I have valuable terminology there. I heard Trados has a special device. What do you know about that? Does anyone has experience with this?

Thank you! Diana


Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
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Take a few hours and browse this forum Jun 24, 2002

I guess you\'ll find quite a lot of information here - difficult to give you a quick digest without knowing your circumstances in detail.


David Daduč
Czech Republic
Local time: 16:17
English to Czech
Wordfast!!! Jun 25, 2002

Dear Diana,

I was in your situation 3 months ago. Luckily, my friend told me about software called Wordfast. See

It is free and it will teach you everything you need. Later, you will be able to decide if you want to pay other software (my decision is to stay with Wordfast). Also, there is a friendly Wordfast group at

By the way, Wordfast\'s translation memory is compatible with Trados and vice versa. Also, you might have troubles exporting your Excel glossaries into Trados (I think, not being an expert), however, to use them in Wordfast is the easiest thing in the world!

Let me know if you need more info, I\'ll be happy to assist.



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CAT tools Jun 25, 2002


maybe it will useful to ask your clients (agencys). It is always good to use the same tools.



Joeri Van Liefferinge  Identity Verified
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English to Dutch
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Depends on what you need Jun 25, 2002

All I can say is that it depends on what you expect from a CAT tool. I for one have Déjà Vu and consider it far superior to Trados, Transit or any other CAT software I have used. That is mainly thanks to the AutoAssemble function in DV, which combines the Terminology and the Memory databases (and as far as I know, DV is the only software that does that). Moreover DV can import Trados files, but Trados can\'t import DV files, so you can perfectly work for companies that have Trados... I have to admit I can\'t compare it to WordFast as I have never used WordFast.

You can download a 30-day demo (full version of the software!) at


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