Protecting WFC settings
Thread poster: Mark Hamlen

Mark Hamlen  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 09:28
Member (2010)
French to English
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Mar 1, 2013

Arrggghhh... this morning WFC caused Word to crash when I tried to translate a footer (often does this.... why?)

When I restarted Word, WFC reinstalled (don't know why). And dumped all of my settings that I'd accumulated one-by-one over many months. Now I have to start all over again.

Is there a strategy for protecting the settings? At first thought I guess personal settings should not be saved as wfsetup.ini, because that's the file the macro creates (and overwrites if it reinstalls).

Also, while I'm at it, can different settings be made for different language pairs and then, instead of changing the glossary and the tm when I start in another language, I just select the correct .ini?

[Edited at 2013-03-01 17:19 GMT]


 

Dominique Pivard  Identity Verified
Local time: 10:28
Finnish to French
Backup Mar 3, 2013

Mark Hamlen wrote:
Arrggghhh... this morning WFC caused Word to crash when I tried to translate a footer (often does this.... why?)

Sh*t happens, that's why...
Mark Hamlen wrote:
When I restarted Word, WFC reinstalled (don't know why). And dumped all of my settings that I'd accumulated one-by-one over many months. Now I have to start all over again.

You mean you haven't performed a full backup of your computer in months?!
Mark Hamlen wrote:
Is there a strategy for protecting the settings?

Sure: a decent backup procedure. I perform a full image backup everyday. I do it incrementally, so as to save time and disk space. If need be, I can restore any individual file from any day several months back.
Mark Hamlen wrote:
At first thought I guess personal settings should not be saved as wfsetup.ini, because that's the file the macro creates (and overwrites if it reinstalls).

The default .ini created by Wordfast is wordfast.ini, but you can name it whatever you want and have several of them. You should treat them like your TM's and glossaries: files that contain important data. For instance, if you make extensive use of attributes (like me), their definitions are stored in your .ini
Mark Hamlen wrote:
Also, while I'm at it, can different settings be made for different language pairs and then, instead of changing the glossary and the tm when I start in another language, I just select the correct .ini?

Yes, that's precisely the idea. You can also have your own .ini for your main clients: this will allow you to have the correct glossary, attributes etc. in one go.


 


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