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CafeTran Espresso

4.9 out of 5
Out of 10 user reviews.


Welcome to CafeTran Espresso -- the feature-rich CAT tool that is fun to use!

Whether you are an experienced user of the big-name CAT tools, or a translator getting ready to use a CAT tool for the first time, please consider CafeTran Espresso. This powerful tool was built lovingly, from the ground up, by a person who is both a developer and a translator himself. It is packed with creative and useful features that not only help you to work faster, but also make your job more fun.

CafeTran also boasts a passionate user community, and an attentive developer, that help each other with support at all hours of the day. With this tool, you are never alone!

Free to download and run, up to 1000 translation units, CafeTran Espresso works on Windows, Macs and Linux machines. Why not download and give it a try right now?

Main features
  • Cross-platform translation environment (Mac-Windows-Linux)
  • Stand-alone (no Ms Office required)
  • Based on open standards XLIFF and TMX
  • Very fast using RAM for translation memories
  • Uses as many translation memories as you like
  • Handles lots of file formats
  • Integrates Internet resources and machine translation (Google and Bing)
  • Spell checker and thesaurus (requires free OpenOffice/LibreOffice)
  • Autowriter completes and suggests words on-the-fly based on activated memories
  • Handles formatting tags easily
  • Alternative clipboard workflow to translate unsupported formats
  • Creates translation memories from existing translations (Documents alignment)
  • Segments and terms mangement in a preferred SQL database
  • Network memory server for remote or team work
  • Software localization - Java, Mac and .NET




Software details


Price€200
File formatsXLIFF & Full list of file formats
License typePerpetual
System requirements
Operating systemWindows 95, 98, ME, NT & 2000, Windows XP, Mac OS X 10.6 and higher, Windows Vista, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and higher, Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac OS X 10.4 and higher, Linux, Mac OS 7, 8, 9, OSX 10.3.4 and higher
System requirements CafeTran Spec sheet
CompatibilitySupport for multilanguage translation memories (TMX format)
Support & upgrades
Support and upgrades offered/includedFree upgrades for duration of license/Subscription, Installation support, Free community support, Free technical support via support ticket center
Support and tutorial linksCafeTran Google Group
30 days
Free trialUse for free until you reach 1000 translation units
Languages supportedAll major languages




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5 out of 5
How easy is it to learn?

Love it
Review by 
Charlotte te Riet Scholten-Phillips . I love using Cafetran Espresso. I really struggled to learn MemoQ and Trados, but found Cafetran very easy and most importantly, intuitive. Powerful, handles many different file formats with ease.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.





5 out of 5
How easy is it to learn?

Really, really great tool
Review by 
Rox-Edling . I purchased this tool about two or three years ago, and I am really, really happy with it. What are the main advantages?

* easy and comprehensive customization of the GUI
* Drag&Drop for many functions
* auto-completion (nearly) from the first occurrence of a word
* auto-assembly feature
* Matchboard: all resources at a glance
* "Total Recall" feature for really big TMs
* support of diverse speech recognition solutions
* easy import & export of Studio packages and memoQ files
* cross-platform (I am working on Mac and sometimes on Windows)

Indeed, it is a Swiss army knife, a kind of MacGyver among the CAT or TEnT tools.

There is the lack of a manual and comprehensive documentation that is a bit annoying. You need to invest some time, to search the forum and you must be willing to use this tool, but the learning curve will be steep and the tool will pay back quite soon.

Does it have some other flaws, then? Yes, it has a few, but that would be complaining on a really very high level, and it is not more and not worse than any other tool, and - very important - fortunately it has a very active user forum and a developer who's listening and implementing new features rather fast, at least in most cases faster than other software vendors.

Another important detail is that it is also bundled with the ProZ.com Plus package, so it has no additional costs for Plus members.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.





5 out of 5
How easy is it to learn?

My favourite CAT tool
Review by 
Francesca Ciet . I use CafeTran daily and it is the best CAT tool I've ever had. Easy to use and learn and can handle a lot of file formats. The price is not high.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.





5 out of 5
How easy is it to learn?

Fast, stable and smart
Review by 
Hans Lenting . CafeTran is a superb tool. It never crashes and it is rich of smart features that really matter when you want to be productive. This tool has many unique features that cannot be found in any other CAT tool.

Sublime handling of Transit, Studio, Déjà Vu and memoQ files.

Because of the lack of a printed manual I rate the learning curve of this tool with 3 stars (Somewhat easy to learn).
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.





5 out of 5
How easy is it to learn?

Hands down, best CAT tool out there
Review by 
Luisa Antunes . Hands down, the best CAT tool out there. Intuitive, problem solver instead of problem generator like other CAT tools. Created by a fellow translator and it shows. Constant updates and very fast and efficient user support.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.












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