Wordfast pro demo, why doesn't it translate ?
Thread poster: jim boot
jim boot
Australia
Aug 2, 2015

Hi,
recently downloaded wordfast pro demo with the intention of purchasing it depending on how it performs.

currently trying to translate German to English, Does the demo actually contain translation dictionary's etc, or does the user need to supply these ?

Have followed the instructions to create a TM list etc when starting a new project, though still does not translate a single word.

assumed there would at least be some type of translation dictionary included in the program to translate a document.

What major steps have i missed when using this software, for the price i would expect it to have exceptional translation dictionaries

Thanks


Direct link Reply with quote
 
Marcelina Haftka  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 16:13
Member (2006)
English to Polish
+ ...
CAT tools do not translate Aug 2, 2015

Hi Jim,
CAT tools (including Wordfast) do not translate anything, they are not machine/automatic translators.
They simply assist you - they memorise your translations and glossaries.
If you want something automatic, you can connect to an MT service (e.g. google translator), pay for their API key, and then use it in e.g. Wordfast.
Good luck!
Marcelina


Direct link Reply with quote
 
Post removed: This post was hidden by a moderator or staff member for the following reason: zzzzzzzzzzzz

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 16:13
Spanish to English
+ ...
Get an education first Aug 2, 2015

If you think "dictionary's" is the plural of dictionary, I'd advise you to learn English properly before even thinking about engaging in anything with "professional" in the description.

After that, you might think about reading the definition of CAT and MT to learn about the many differences between them.


Direct link Reply with quote
 

Milan Condak  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:13
English to Czech
Pre-registred version Aug 2, 2015

jim boot wrote:

Hi,
recently downloaded wordfast pro demo with the intention of purchasing it depending on how it performs.


The policy of Wordfast LLC is here:

https://www.wordfast.net/index.php?go=demo

1. The Wordfast Classic demo mode

The Wordfast philosophy is strictly try-before-you-buy, which is why a generous demo mode is offered. You can freely download and install the regular, full version of Wordfast Classic from the download page. Once this is done, you can start using Wordfast Classic with all its features activated, except these demo limitations:

•The Translation Memory (TM) will hold only about 1000 translation units. When the limit is reached, a message will tell you; at that point, you can create a new, empty translation memory(1) and keep translating.

•Links to Machine Translation (MT) will only work for two or three segments in a session.

The demo mode is not time-limited. Many translators work for weeks before deciding to buy.

2. The Wordfast Classic Full version

https://www.wordfast.net/index.php

To download your pre-registered copy of Wordfast Classic, visit the Classic download page.

https://www.wordfast.net/index.php?whichpage=downloadpage

For testing you need to register only, download pre-registered copy of Wordfast Classic and test MT on more sentences and with more MT engines. Free MT is Wordlingo, you to list it and test. I just tested, and all worked on entire file.

Sometimes one to have analytical reading ability.

Milan
Czech Wordfast Trainer


Direct link Reply with quote
 

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 16:13
Member (2006)
English to Afrikaans
+ ...
Another similar answer Aug 2, 2015

jim boot wrote:
Does the demo actually contain translation dictionaries etc, or does the user need to supply these?


The user has to create it during translation or supply it. I think Marcelina said it best: the CAT tool (Wordfast Pro in your case) helps you by memorising your translations while you translate, and by enabling you to use the memories of other translators (if they decide to share it with you).

For the price I would expect it to have exceptional translation dictionaries.


There are a few CAT tools that come with built-in dictionaries, but those are just simple dictionaries that you have to look up words in manually. Practically no CAT tool comes bundled with translation memories or with ready access to existing memories. What you mostly pay for is the peace of mind that the tool will support the file formats correctly.


Direct link Reply with quote
 

Luiz Barucke
Brazil
Local time: 13:13
Member (2013)
Spanish to Portuguese
+ ...
Try out Bing or Google Translator Aug 2, 2015

jim boot wrote:

Hi,
recently downloaded wordfast pro demo with the intention of purchasing it depending on how it performs.

currently trying to translate German to English, Does the demo actually contain translation dictionary's etc, or does the user need to supply these ?

Have followed the instructions to create a TM list etc when starting a new project, though still does not translate a single word.

assumed there would at least be some type of translation dictionary included in the program to translate a document.

What major steps have i missed when using this software, for the price i would expect it to have exceptional translation dictionaries

Thanks


Jim, if you are looking for a tool which works for you, try out Bing or Google Translator websites. They are free of charge.

By your message, it seems you are not looking for a CAT tool and, I believe, you don't have professional purposes, so it really doesn't worth paying for one. The idea of a CAT tool is not being a translator itself (thank God, but helping translators to improve and streamline their work.


Direct link Reply with quote
 
jim boot
Australia
TOPIC STARTER
Now i understand Aug 3, 2015

Thanks for clearing that up.

Was basically looking for a MT program with spell check and alternate words list to select from due to numerous spelling mistakes in old text.

assumed that Wordfast had MT included in the program.


Direct link Reply with quote
 


To report site rules violations or get help, contact a site moderator:


You can also contact site staff by submitting a support request »

Wordfast pro demo, why doesn't it translate ?

Advanced search


Translation news related to Wordfast





SDL MultiTerm 2017
Guarantee a unified, consistent and high-quality translation with terminology software by the industry leaders.

SDL MultiTerm 2017 allows translators to create one central location to store and manage multilingual terminology, and with SDL MultiTerm Extract 2017 you can automatically create term lists from your existing documentation to save time.

More info »
TM-Town
Manage your TMs and Terms ... and boost your translation business

Are you ready for something fresh in the industry? TM-Town is a unique new site for you -- the freelance translator -- to store, manage and share translation memories (TMs) and glossaries...and potentially meet new clients on the basis of your prior work.

More info »



Forums
  • All of ProZ.com
  • Term search
  • Jobs
  • Forums
  • Multiple search