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Name Wordfast Classic SDL Trados Studio 2021
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User friendly and good value for money.
Been using Wordfast Classic for Word source texts since 2009. Has become an 'old friend'. Easy to use. I don't use full functionality, due to my limitations! Represents good value for money, compared with SDL Trados.
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Product description THE BEST TRANSLATION MEMORY SOLUTION FOR MICROSOFT WORD Wordfast Classic (WFC) integrates with Microsoft Word to create a powerful translation memory tool that is quick to learn and easy to use. Discover why thousands of freelance translators worldwide rely on Wordfast Classic as their TM tool of choice. The complete translation environment for professional translators SDL Trados Studio is a complete translation environment for editing, reviewing and managing translation projects either offline on the desktop tool or online in the cloud. Studio offers a number of core technologies to support you as you translate – translation memories (TMs) are the key component and other functionality includes termbases for managing terminology and machine translation (MT) to speed up the translation process. In addition to the core components, there are many features to help increase your productivity and ensure your consistency.

SDL Trados Studio 2021 is the ground-breaking, dynamic translation solution offering true flexibility for busy translators and project managers. Work on the Studio desktop app on your PC or laptop for maximum productivity, plus keep projects moving when you're away from your desk through SDL Trados Live — Studio's new cloud companion that works seamlessly across PC, mobile, and tablet. Studio 2021's new, powerful features and enhancements will ensure everyone in your team achieves their full potential. The future way of working is here. The future of translation software is Studio 2021.

Discover what's new in SDL Trados Studio 2021

Flexibility to work wherever you are

The dynamic combination and flexibility offered by Studio 2021 and SDL Trados Live will benefit everyone — from individual translators through to project managers running large teams.

Higher quality translations can be delivered faster as you can:
  • Translate, review and manage work on the Studio 2021 desktop app when you're in the office
  • Move to the cloud when it suits to control your projects on any device, such as a tablet, through SDL Trados Live or the new SDL Trados Live mobile app.

    Designed to raise your productivity

    When under pressure to deliver increasing volumes of translations within short timeframes, it's essential to find ways to be more productive. Studio 2021 offers many enhancements to help you work smarter, speed up your translation process and increase your productivity, including:
  • Improved automation and quality assurance (QA) with the ability to customize your recognition settings for Placeables such as dates, times, currencies, and measurements
  • More powerful search with an upgrade to the Advanced Display Filter
  • Enhanced Translation Quality Assessment (TQA) interface.

    Personalize your Studio for increased functionality

    It's now easier than ever to personalize your Studio. You can access the SDL AppStore directly from Studio 2021 making it faster and easier to find, manage, update, and remove apps with fewer clicks. Apps are used by thousands of our customers to customize and extend the functionality of Studio to:
  • Improve and automate your translation, review or terminology processes
  • Connect to third-party machine translation providers
  • Fine-tune your verification checks to enhance the quality of your translations.

    Choose peace of mind. Choose Trados. With SDL, we will always:
  • Keep you ahead through innovation — Together Studio 2021 and Trados Live represent another leap forward in CAT tool innovation from SDL. This is part of our on-going commitment to keep our users ahead of the curve
  • Keep you up-to-date with free events and training — From live webinars to local roadshows and in-person training, our community always has access to knowledge to help them succeed in their roles
  • Keep you supported through global communities — Online or face-to-face, our global community connects the right people, in the right language, when it matters most. Wherever you are you can always raise questions, find answers, discuss and share ideas with the world’s largest translation software community.
  • Price $460 SDL Trados Studio 2021 Freelance - Ideal for freelance translators (€695/$845/£595/¥100,000)
    File formats Microsoft Word Work with any file format and any project. View list.
    License type 3-year license Available as desktop (perpetual) and online (Software as a Service)
    Operating system Windows 10, Windows 7, Linux, Windows XP, Mac OS 7, 8, 9, OSX 10.3.4 and higher , Windows 95, 98, ME, NT & 2000, Windows 8, Windows Vista Windows 8.1, Windows 10
    System requirements
    • MS Word (PC): MS Word 2000 and higher* 
    • MS Word (Mac): MS Word 2011 or 2019
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    Compatibility Requires Microsoft Word Open standard file formats XLIFF, TMX, TBX & OLIF, interoperability with other CAT tools and an app store making it possible to integrate with any workflow.
    Support and upgrades offered/included Free upgrades for duration of license/Subscription, Installation support, Free technical support via support ticket center, Free community support Paid support available for unlimited specialist support and free upgrades, Free online community help from SDL employees, Free installation and licensing support
    Support and tutorial links Online support center Support available here.
    Free trial Work in the demo version free forever. License required once you reach 500 translated sentences per translation memory.
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    Languages supported Wordfast Classic supports any language that is supported by Microsoft Word. This includes Eastern European, Cyrillic, Asian, Right-to-Left, and various other languages. Virtually any language combination that is also supported by Microsoft Windows. View list.

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