Scenario: You use Studio but your providers still use Trados 2007
Suppose that you use SDL Trados Studio but your providers still use Trados 2007 or other CAT tools. Well, a few months ago, you would have been obliged to take a step back and to prepare your project in Trados 2007. Downgrading to Trados 2007 would imply exporting the TM from Studio, probably loosing segments on the way, and getting a lower leverage due to segmentation or tag issues. But here’s the perfect workaround!
A new App has recently been released on the SDL OpenExchange platform: SLDXLIFF to Legacy Converter. You can download it here. Thanks to this very useful tool from Logos you can convert your Studio SDLXLIFF files to four different bilingual formats: bilingual .doc, bilingual .docx, .ttx and .tmx. Your providers can now use Trados 2007 or other translation environments to translate your Studio projects. Once you receive the translated files, you just need to import them into your original SDLXLIFF files. Thanks to this tool, we can say that finally Trados 2007 and Studio are (almost) completely compatible with each other.
Let’s see how it works.
STEP 1: ADJUST THE SETTINGS
Under Tools > Settings, decide which segments you want to export and import (Perfect matches, Context matches, etc.).
And define which status the imported segments should adopt after the import process (draft, approved, etc).
STEP 2: LOAD SDLXLIFF FILES AND EXPORT THEM TO THE FORMAT OF YOUR CHOICE
You may load files or complete Studio projects. Then, choose the target format in the drop-down list (bilingual .doc, bilingual .docx, .ttx or .tmx) and click on Start Processing.
STEP 3: GET YOUR BILINGUAL FILES TRANSLATED
Bilingual .doc and .docx can be translated under Trados 2007 or using Wordfast Classic for instance, TTX files are supported by many Cat tools, such as TagEditor, MemoQ, Wordfast Pro and many more, .tmx files are based on XML and could be translated in many CAT tools or in TMX editors, such as Olifant.
STEP 4: CONVERT THE TRANSLATED FILES BACK TO SDLXLIFF
Use the Import tab to load the bilingual files you received from your providers and click on Start Processing to import the translation into the original SDLXLIFF files.
You can now proceed to review the files, to update your Studio TM or to finalize your project as usual.
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