Managing your translation jobs software
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Ian Roley
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Feb 11, 2008

I'd like to know if anyone could give me a few hints any software they use that will help me to keep an overview of what jobs I've done, doing, with payment dates and notifications and so on.....Is thee such a progam.

Ian

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Claudia Alvis  Identity Verified
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TO3000 Feb 11, 2008

Translation Office 3000 has been discussed many times, and most users find it extremely useful.

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chord0
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managing translation Feb 11, 2008

hello

It sounds you want to keep track of your translating jobs, possibly keep a list.
The software that comes to mind is excel, which is used as a database and by accountants to keep track of cost and prices, since it has a very good capability to create formulas. The information will have to be entered each time and kept update by you or someone preferably each day. There is an insert date command available, and also most of them provide an invoice template, which can be customized with your address etc. and printed.

there are some classes offered, hp.com offers classes in excel free of charge, also cnet.com.

hope this is of help to you
georgina


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ni-cole  Identity Verified
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File Maker Pro Feb 12, 2008

Hi!

I use File Maker Pro. It is not a translation software but a database and you have to adapt it to your needs. I downloaded a kit for agencies and made some changes - and I am very happy with this solutions.

You could do the same with any database such as Access. I did try it, but as I am not a specialist, I was a little bit lost with Access (I use it as a glossary and love it but couldn't arrange it like I wanted to have an overview of my jobs).

NB: Sorry, my English is quite bad


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Murat Bilgutay  Identity Verified
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Projetex Feb 12, 2008

Hi,

We use projetex. Very usefull program


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Vladimir Shelukhin  Identity Verified
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Pain and gain Feb 12, 2008

TO3000 and Projetex are the worst, but the only two specialized pieces of software for that purpose that I know.
I've bought the first one, but uninstalled it and cleaned the registry the next day of real-world testing. Both systems are relics from the days of Windows 3.0, both have dismal usability and equally handicapped interface. They do function, but both give you maximum pain for every bit of gain.


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Customer Pro-File Feb 12, 2008

Ian Bieszczad-Roley wrote:
I'd like to know if anyone could give me a few hints any software they use that will help me to keep an overview of what jobs I've done, doing, with payment dates and notifications and so on...


Perhaps Customer Pro-File can (but I'm not saying it will because I don't use it myself): http://www.landsw.com/translators.htm


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Depanding on your needs... Feb 13, 2008

Excel is probably the easiest and cheapest since most of us have it and use it. Using data filter you can easily know what's in, what's out and $ matters.

One step up will be database such as MS Access which comes with various templates. But you need to modify them to suit your needs. If you have a friend/someone who is good at Access, it's definitely worth investing some money to set up a system for you. Many say File Maker is a much easier database program to use but I find it to be the same as Access.

I have seen a 6-person translation company use Access to manage all their work, from booking to invoicing (linked to an account program) and it appears to be quite adequate.

Hope this helps.



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I'd like to know if anyone could give me a few hints any software they use that will help me to keep an overview of what jobs I've done, doing, with payment dates and notifications and so on.....Is thee such a progam.

Ian


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