Most CAT tools seem to be overkill for what I want to do. Advice?
Thread poster: Wayne Sutton (X)

Wayne Sutton (X)
Local time: 08:26
French to English
Feb 6, 2003

This has probably appeared in the past but being new to the site I would appreciate opinions.

Most of my translation work is so called \"technico-commercial\" with just a few thousand words each time. I manage terminology with Dico Maker for the moment and use MultiCorpora double view to make life a little easier.

However from time to time I have long commercial contracts or straight technical stuff to translate and it would seem that a CAT type application would be useful, if only to speed up consistency checks and to be able to import term bases from agencies. I have downloaded a few trials of tools available on the market but most of them seem to be overkill for what I want to do.

Any suggestions?


Geneviève von Levetzow  Identity Verified
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SDLX Feb 6, 2003


Marc P (X)  Identity Verified
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Try OmegaT Feb 6, 2003

Apart from its other benefits, it\'s free.

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Matthew Kinnersly  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:26
Japanese to English
How about Wordfast? Feb 17, 2003

I\'m trying out Wordfast now and it seems to be quite powerful without being overweight. It\'s kind of \"under development\" and could do with some polishing, but it works. It\'s compatible with the big guys like Trados. If your jobs are small, it\'s also free. If you want larger TMs it costs $150 for registration. I chose it mainly because it works within Word. It\'s just a template that you add in. No other external application, and the download is about 500kb.

You can get it from



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