Wanted: advice on which CAT software to use
Thread poster: MarianneE

MarianneE
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Apr 13, 2010

Hi everyone,

I am about to dive into the world of CAT. I have downloaded the free trial version of WordFast Classic and have played around with it for a bit. I am very interested in hearing what CAT software you are using and if you are satisfied with it. I hope it will help me in selecting which software I want to start using. So much is available and I don't know where to start...

I hope you can help me out by sharing your experiences. I would really appreciate any suggestions you may have.

Regards,

Marlies


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Tony M  Identity Verified
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Try searching in the forums Apr 13, 2010

Hi!

This topic has been discussed countless times before, might I suggest you do a little research in the forums to get a broad picture of people's changing viewpoints, as the various tools evolve...

Good luck!



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xxxjacana54  Identity Verified
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It depends on the kind of work you do Apr 13, 2010

and on your ability to get along with this kind of software. Do you work mainly with Word files? Or do you do annual updates on 200-page long manuals?

Sometimes people spend a lot of money and have a frustrating experience, whereas with more intuitive software, such as MetaTexis, they would have had more than enough for their needs.

I strongly recommend trying the free/trial/demo version of a couple of tools before purchasing any of them.

Good luck!



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Emma Goldsmith  Identity Verified
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translatorstraining Apr 13, 2010

I've heard that the translatorstraining site is very useful for comparing CAT tools
http://www.translatorstraining.com/sito/
although I haven't used it myself.


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Drew MacFadyen
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ProZ.com videos Apr 13, 2010

ProZ.com maintains a selection of videos at http://www.proz.com/videos including recordings of past webinars demonstrating most of the major CAT Tools (these are free to watch). Another series of free webinars will be conducted in May - http://www.proz.com/training/webinars/ including free to attend CAT Tool webinars by Across, SDL, Alchemy and others.

ProZ.com also offers a series of pay to view videos on each of 6 different CAT Tools presented by Dr. Nicole Keller at http://www.proz.com/videos/cat%20tool%20webinars Including 60-90 minute videos demonstrating 6 CAT Tools as well as a 60 minute video overview comparing the tools. The comparison video, and any of the videos can be individually purchased at http://www.proz.com/videos/cat%20tool%20webinars

Or the entire series can be purchased at a discount through a self paced training at - http://www.proz.com/training/comparison_and_analysis_of_cat_tools:_trados_wordfast_across_memoq_and_déjà_vu-2965.html

If/When you do decide to invest in a CAT Tool ProZ.com conducts Translator Group Buys on many software applications. We have 5 sales going on now (Alchemy, memoQ, TO3000, SDL Trados, and Wordfast) at http://www.proz.com/tgb

Best of luck

Drew


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MarianneE
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Thanks Apr 14, 2010

Thanks everyone. These are very useful suggestions.

Regards,

Marlies


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mot2word  Identity Verified
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Yahoo groups might interest you Apr 16, 2010

Hello,
I was thinking of purchasing MemoQ because I heard so many good things about it (I used wordfast once upon a time). But before purchasing, I read the posts of users (you can go to yahoo groups and type "memoQ" or "wordfast" or "trados". By reading the problems and praises of the CAT tool, I get a fairly good idea of whether it will suit my needs.

Honestly, I'm not so sold on any CAT tool, but it's a necessity for large volume translation work.

The users of MemoQ seem to be happy with its features and they are especially impressed with the customer service assistance they receive from the Memo Q developers.


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