Wordfast in Mac, help!
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euge bellini  Identity Verified
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Aug 14, 2009

Hi all!
I have recently started using mac system so I installed Wordfast. After having to switch to MS Office 2004, I came across another problem: I can do some of the things I usually do in my Windows computer.

I can´t "open" the Data Editor". Nothing happens when I click on the icon or the drop-down list.
Nothing appears on the screen. That happens also with the classic Set-up.

Am I doing something wrong or missing something really basic here?




Lori Cirefice  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:50
French to English
I think this is a known problem Aug 14, 2009

Copy/paste from a yahoo group thread I started in January of this year, the reply is from Stephanie Morriss:

"Hi Lori,
I just tried the export to TMX function and it works here.
Maybe this user needs to upgrade to the latest beta (and work around
some new minor problems).

Look here: http://www.wordfast.net/beta/

I would not recommand using Parallel. I think WF works well enough on
Mac OSX, especially since the last few betas. The learning curve may be
a little slower than on PC since many keyboard shortcuts are not
documented. But the financial cost of buying Parallels+Windows+MS-Office
and the extra load it would puts on the machine make it a very
unappealing solution.

MS Office 2004
Wordfast 5.56f

Lori Cirefice wrote:
> Hello,
> I provided some informal training for a Mac user and we installed
> 5.53q (OSX - I think? and Word 2004). I am not a Mac user myself, it
> was an adventure, but most features are working smoothly.
> We discovered that the TM Editor does not work as expected, for
> example, we could not export a TM as TMX. I didn't note the exact
> error message, sorry.
> Has anyone else encountered (and hopefully solved) this problem?
> I have suggested that the user download all Word updates and the patch
> mentioned on wordfast.net. I also suggested they think about setting
> up Parallels (they didn't seem inclined to do soicon_wink.gif
> Any ideas or suggestions for alternatives similar to Olifant or Wf2TMX
> that would be suitable for a Mac? Exporting to TMX is vital for this
> user.
> Thanks,
> Lori"


euge bellini  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:50
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It still doesn´t work :( Aug 15, 2009

Hi Lori, thanks for your answer...

I did as your post says, went to wordfast page, installed the latest beta (wfb 561e1) and tried to open the setup dialog....it does nothing! neither the data editor.

What can be wrong? I am searching everywhere, still haven´t found the solution.
I will now try installing another version, which I think is newer....

Thanks in advance



Jamie Lucero  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 19:50
French to English
Answer from latest WfClassic manual (p. 5) Aug 17, 2009

WfClassic manual (p. 5):

Due to limitations in the way Microsoft implemented the macro-language (VBA, Visual Basic for Applications) on all Mac versions of Ms-Word, some features are not available when Wordfast runs on a Mac:
- The Data editor is not available. Text editors, Ms-Excel, or Ms-Word itself should be used to directly open and edit/maintain TMs and glossaries.
- The regular tabbed User Interface is not available. Use the menu-driven interface which, in some ways, is faster.
- VLTM support, third-party dictionaries, and web-based Machine Translation are not available.

Make sure to download the latest version (5.61f) and select Mac as your platform.


euge bellini  Identity Verified
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Thank you Aug 18, 2009

I think we´ll have to wait for WF 6icon_smile.gif



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