Anyone use project management software?
Thread poster: Jan Liebelt

Jan Liebelt
Local time: 17:18
German to English
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Jul 27, 2010

Does anyone use specific software (rather than bits of paper or a whiteboard) to manage their translation projects? If so, which one? Would you recommend it to others, and why? Are there any disadvantages or things that you don't like about the system? I'm thinking of buying such a system to better organise my time, but don't know what's around and - more importantly - good.


Alex Lago  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:18
Member (2009)
English to Spanish
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For translators Jul 27, 2010


If you are a translator and don't outsource your jobs then I would definitely recommend Translation Office 3000, it is specifically designed for translators, lets you keep track of all your clients, projects, rates, invoices, etc. and is highly customizable. You can find it in and they give you a 30 day free trial.

Frankly I could not live without it.


Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:18
English to German
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OTM Online Translation Manager Jul 27, 2010

Hi Jan,
I have been using OTM since its pilot phase in January - easy to use, no installation required, safe data transmission.

Best regards,


Fredrik Pettersson  Identity Verified
Hong Kong
Member (2009)
English to Swedish
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Should I buy TO3000 or Projetex if I work translate 'privately' as well as run a translation agency? Aug 11, 2010

Should I buy TO3000 or Projetex if I work translate 'privately' as well as run a translation agency?

I finished a translation project a time ago with my two Chinese colleagues where we had five Chinese translators working for us. Now, for future translation projects we would need some software for adminstration and bookkeeping. So we wonder if Projetex could be an alternative for us?

What features are included in Projetex? The most important is that we can do bookkeeping in multiple currencies (we will receive payments mostly in EUR, USD and GBP), make up the balance-sheets as well as handle other economical tasks as invoicing etc. Can we do these tasks with Projetex?

Finally, as I also myself work 'privately' with translations (aside from our common translation agency), I would need also to do bookkeeping and make up the balance-sheets for my own translations. Would this be possible to do also with Projetex, to separate the two businesses (my own business and my joint-venture)? Or would I need to purchase TO3000 separately for this?

Is everything in TO3000 included in Projetex? Or are there features that are available only in TO3000?


Derek Ferrari-Frankland  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
German to English
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open source alternatives to COTS software Aug 11, 2010

If I was a freelance translator or only had a small agency I would look at open source alternatives before investing in COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) software. Take a look at
]project-open[ V3.4 (with the translation agency module) for example, it is now Germany's most used ERP. See or


David Seycek  Identity Verified
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Member (2006)
English to German
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Try my own project management SW Dec 20, 2010

Hi Jan!

I have created my own DB program for project management & invoicing which goes by the name dsTransManager (dsTM). It is a self-contained, single-user HSQL database application for freelance translators based on OOo BASE (part of the OpenOffice suite). You can download a fully documented copy from my downloads page. If you like it, spread the word.


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