I´d like to ask other translators or project managers, if they consider a higher rate when invoicing projects using PASSOLO as CAT-Tool.
I think the rate per word or line of a trasnlation carried out with PASSOLO
cannot be the same as that of a translation performed either with TRADOS or Wordfast.
It's not a valid argument.
E.g. if even you compare the Wordfast/Metatexis and the Trados price, you can't invoice more for Trados DOC/RTF workflow only for the reason you have paid Trados more.
It's your problem you've damn overpaid your CAT.
Your arguments should be different.
The first point is you can't translate Passolo files/projects using Trados or similar tool.
If the guys want to pay the same maney per word, jusk ask 'em to prepare the translation for Trados and make theirself the string length checks etc.
Or ask 'em to give you a Passolo satellite project (bundle) you can edit in the Passolo Translator editor you can download for free...
The second point is Passolo has functions which are unaccessible in Trados, e.g. text length check, box resizing, validations etc.
If the customer wants more than in the Trados case, he should pay more.
The third point is the translation made in a quality oriented visual localization tool is always slower than a simple software string translation 'cause you must always take a look on the windows. menus etc.
In fact, we're paid for our time.
Of course, if the customer doesn't want more, simply forgot about the advanced Passolo features and translate the strings as rapidly as you can using your preferred CAT.
If possible, he cheapest one
Just the price of PASSOLO is higher than that of TRADOS.
Passolo is a high risk specialized tool.
If you purchase it and you have not enough jobs, it's a pure loss.
Just unlike Trados.
With a general purpose CAT tool, you'll always able to make some ROI.
The business model is different.
So, if your customer insist the job should be done in Passolo, he should take in account the fact the Passolo market is very narrow and he buys "de luxe" services.
The price per word reflects it.
Can anyone give his/her opinion?
[Edited at 2009-05-17 15:31 GMT]