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Wordfast Pro 5

3.2 out of 5
Out of 6 user reviews.

Wordfast Pro 5 is the latest version of the standalone, multi-platform TM tool designed to address the needs of translators, language service providers and multinational corporations.

Software details

File formatsMS Word Excel PowerPoint RTF TXT PDF (Windows only) HTM/HTML XML InDesign Framemaker ASP/JSP/JSON/JAVA TTX XLIFF TXLF SDLPPX (SDL Trados Package) SDLXLIFF MQXLIFF
License type3-year license
System requirements
Operating systemLinux, Mac OS X 10.8 and higher, Windows 7 and higher
System requirementsWindows 7 and higher, Mac OSX 10.10 and higher, Linux 64-bit
No data
Support & upgrades
Support and upgrades offered/includedFree upgrades for duration of license/Subscription
Support and tutorial linksOnline support center
30 days
Free trialYes, 30 days of fully-functional trial available. Unlimited use of a demo version.
Languages supportedWordfast Pro 5 supports any language that is supported by Microsoft Word. This includes Eastern European, Cyrillic, Asian, Right-to-Left, and various other languages.

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4 out of 5
How easy is it to learn?

Huge time saver
Review by 
Ruth Simpson . Wordfast Pro 5 is a standalone CAT tool that is compatible in my experience with Word, Powerpoint, InDesign and most other office software programs.
I work on a mac system and it is perfectly compatible.
I also need to use Trados for one client, but consistently use Wordfast Pro 5 for all others because of how easy and practical it is.
Highly recommended! And a training session to get you started is also highly recommended, to get the most out of it.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

5 out of 5
How easy is it to learn?

Excellent tool with new features and optimisations continuously added
Review by 
Stefan Stefanov . Wordfast Pro 5 has seen huge improvement over the past year (2018) and now runs smoothly and fast and has become my favourite tool (used to be Wordfast Pro 3).
Project management (creation and modification) is as easy as it can be, in a single window, unlike in the competition. Switching between working modes is very intuitive. Translating in it is a straightforward process where you focus on what matters.
You buy a licence for a period of time (and theirs is the cheapest, with renewal at half-price), not for a version, which is great, because you receive all the latest improvements when they become available and you do not have to think about upgrading. If project/TM upgrades are required between versions, this is performed automatically, unlike in some other tools.
Wordfast Pro 5 is a highly recommended professional translation tool!
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

1 out of 5
How easy is it to learn?

Still horrible
Review by 
Achalemoipas . Still extremely buggy. I have to close it and reopen it at least five times a day because things just stop working for no reason (can't commit using shortcut keys after transcheck, for example). The layout is horrendous, many important functions still are only decorations after all these years.

At every single segment, I have to wait two seconds otherwise what I write in those two seconds is "cancelled" and I start back at the beginning of the segment. You can't just click on text if it's not in the segment you're working on, you can select it and it does nothing.

Even basic, dumb things like word search: finds the word, displays the wrong segment.

It's an extremely annoying software that I would gladly replace if my main client didn't force me to use it. It's so incredibly bad and frustrating that you can't help to think it's some practical joke.

I am actively seeking new clients just to not have to use Wordfast.

Every single update makes it worse. Translating directly in Word is actually faster. I work faster without it, but I'm forced to use it.
3 out of 5 found this review helpful.

1 out of 5
How easy is it to learn?

So so bad
Review by 
John Gray . I have used other translation software before (deja vu, memsource) and the difference is astounding, comparable on a level of handcar to Ferrari. There are so many bugs and as the years go by and new versions are released it hasn't improved one bit. Whoever the members of the team are - I salute you on your capacity to not resolve problems in your software. Unfortunately I am obliged to use WF5 and suffer daily as it crashes and refuses to accept my confirmed segments. In all fairness, it could potentially be an effective translation tool, but as it stands I would keep well away. I can only hope that one day the team will figure out what they're doing wrong but I sincerely doubt this !
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

3 out of 5 Good tool with some flaws
Review by 
Luca Balestra . Overall, certainly an improvement over WF Pro 4, and a good tool to work on.

Some things that could be improved on:

- SDL Trados has a web lookup function that allows searching any word or string of text on a list of search-based websites (online dictionaries, etc.) at once. This saves me a lot of time spent copying and pasting, and I wonder why WF Pro is missing such a function.

- Terminology autosuggest is slooow. Used to be faster and more responsive on WF Pro 3. My machine isn't the newest or fastest out there, but it's still a Macbook Air with i5 processor and SSD. I'm sure it can handle smartphone texting app-level autosuggest!

- Speaking of simple things, why can't this program handle something as simple as term capitalization? It will not capitalize a term unless it's already capitalized in my glossary.
0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

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