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Name MultiTrans Prism Freelance Swordfish Translation Editor
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Would recommend it
I worked on a contract of 9 months for Toys"R"Us Canada and, in the Translation department, we were using it and I learned really fast to use it. You can work directly on Ms Word and other files so it's really helpful. You can align bilingual texts for TM also. I did not experienced any crash too. Only thing, I think it's the most expensive on the market.
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Works perfectly !
SDL Trados just ignores the Mac users. It is expensive, the updates are expensive, innovations are rare, the technical support is not responsive. Swordfish is a multi-platform tool. It is relatively cheap, the updates are free. It is a rather new product. Innovations, improvements are coming in regularly. The technical support and the forum are super responsive. The TMX files are Trados compatible. No more SDL Trados for me !!!!!
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Product description MultiTrans Prism Freelance provides access to the essential functionalities for a freelance translator to work locally (not connected to a corporate network domain). This stand-alone edition of MultiTrans Prism includes the ability to build and import TextBase Translation Memories and TermBases of limited sizes. It also gives you the ability to use the fully interactive Translation Agent within Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, and WordPerfect. The Translation Agent enables users to interactively or automatically replace paragraphs, segments (exact & fuzzy matches), sub-segments and terms while they work with their preferred editor. Further Advanced Leveraging TM (ALTM) technology provides sub segment matching, auto-alignment, and the context for all matches found. It also comes with our XLIFF Editor, which does everything the Translation Agent does but extends your ability to work on tagged format files such as XML, HTML, MSOffice 2007 and 2010, FrameMaker and InDesign. The XLIFF Editor also has integrated QA tools to check for translation completeness and terminology consistency.

The Freelance license includes a training session on the Web and a reduced price for ongoing support.
Swordfish III is an advanced CAT (Computer Aided Translation) tool based on XLIFF 1.2 open standard, designed for demanding professional translators. Swordfish III supports exchanging TMX (Translation Memory eXchange), the vendor-neutral open XML standard for the exchange of Translation Memory (TM) data created by Computer Aided Translation (CAT) and localization tools, originally published by LISA (Localisation Industry Standards Association). Swordfish includes a super fast Internal database server and integrated support for RemoteTM in its two editions: LAN Server and Web Server. You can also use third party database engines like Oracle 10g, MySQL 5.x and Microsoft SQL Server 2005/2008 for storing TM and terminology data
Price Starting at $799.00 Options starting at €70.00
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Abiword Adobe InDesign Interchange (INX) Adobe InDesign IDML (CS4/CS5) DITA Maps HTML Microsoft Office 2007/2010 Microsoft Visio 2007/2010 MIF (Maker Interchange Format) OpenOffice/StarOffice 1.x and
License type Perpetual Perpetual
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Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP, Linux
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Java 1.6/1.7 from Sun Microsystems or Oracle on Linux/Windows. Java 1.6 from Apple on Mac OS X. WebKitGTK+ 1.2.x is required to run on Linux systems.
Compatibility Support for multilanguage translation memories (TMX format) XLIFF Supported natively. Accepts version 1.0, 1.1 and 1.2 Uncleaned RTF Accepts uncleaned (tagged) RTF produced by Trados or Wordfast and generates uncleaned RTF from regular RTF files. TTX Seamless
Support and upgrades offered/included Check with manufacturer Free upgrades to all future versions
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