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Cat out of the bag: Translation Tool's Compatibility With the New Versions of Windows and Office

March 18th, 2007 | by mm

From the The Tool Kit by Jost Zetzsche.

At the end of January I sent a message to the translation-related tool developers I’m aware of asking about their tool’s present compatibility with a) Windows Vista and b) Office 2007, and c) asking whether any necessary upgrade will be free. A good number of them responded. Here’s a summary (please note that this is the status of February 2007 so things might have changed as you read this):

AIT tools (www.translation3000.com): AnyCount: Vista fully supported; Microsoft Office 2007 formats will be added in the nearest build, free of charge to all users. Translation Office 3000, WinLexic, and Exactspent: Vista fully supported. Projetex: Vista supported for Workstations, not yet for Server. AcroLexic: Vista supported, except slight glitch in user interface, will be fixed in next build. ClipCount: Not compatible yet, will be fixed in the next build.

Beetext Flow, Find, and Term (www.beetext.com): Flow, Find and Term are all Vista-compatible. For Office 2007 support: only Find is relevant and the new version should be released within the next two weeks.

Catalyst (www.alchemysoftware.ie): Been working with Vista since the middle of last year. Since it does not rely on Office 2007, compatibility is not relevant.

Déjà Vu (www.atril.com): Might have some problems with Vista during installation, but there are patches available for that (both for 32-bit and 64-bit). Also, currently some problems with Excel 2007 and PowerPoint 2007. Next version will have full support, until then contact Atril if you run into problems and they’ll provide patches.

Lingotek (www.lingotek.com): Completely web-based and fully compatible with Windows Vista, IE7 and Office 2007.

Logiterm and AlignFactory (www.terminotix.com): Not yet tested.

MemoQ (www.memoq.com) client is Vista-ready and runs faster on Vista than on XP. It is able to process Office 2007 formats through Office Automation as well – you can work on all Office 2007 files if you have Office 2007 installed. The server has some problems with the installer that are presently being fixed.

SDL Trados (www.trados.com): The new paid SDL Trados 2007 release with Office 2007 support, scheduled for March, will support Office 2007. Daniel from SDL also added this, though: “Users have one backward compatibility option in Word 2007: They can save the new Word format in the old .DOC format (Save As) and then translate the document in TagEditor using the TTX workflow.” As far Vista support goes: “SDL Trados 2006 might work too but we are not officially claiming support since Vista was not available when SDL Trados 2006 was released.”

Sysfilter (www.ecm-engineering.de): Presently compatible with Vista: Sysfilter for CorelDraw 11 and 12; Sysfilter for Illustrator 10, 11 (CS), and CS2 (12); Sysfilter for InDesign 2, CS, and CS2; Sysfilter for Photoshop CS, CS2; Sysfilter for Excel 2000, 2002, and 2003; Sysfilter for Visio 5, 2000, 2002, 2003. Within 1 one or 2 years: Sysfilter for Excel 2007; Sysfilter for Visio 2007; Sysfilter for Illustrator CS3; Sysfilter for InDesign CS3; Sysfilter for Photoshop CS3; Sysfilter for CorelDraw X3; Syscat.

Transit/TermStar (www.star-group.net): Free Service Pack 19 will be released soon which will assure compatibility with Vista. Working on new file filters for Word, PowerPoint and Excel 2007. Once developed they will be offered in a free Service Pack, until then Offices files provided in the “2007” format must first be saved as an earlier version of Office.

WebBudget (www.webbudget.com): There should not be any incompatibility issues with Vista.

Wordfast (www.wordfast.com): Wordfast is Office 2007 compatible and since it is a pure Microsoft Word add-on it does not “see” the operating system, so it is also Vista compatible. (As a side note, I also asked Yves Champollion about compatibility to the upcoming version of Office for Mac, which supposedly will drop the VBA language support. Here is what he answered: “Wordfast won’t run without VBA. When the Mac:Office release does come out and it’s confirmed there’s no VBA, I’ll put a statement in my website.”)

[6/27/2008: Wordfast sent a message to LTD News stating that their software “runs on Windows, Mac, or Linux.” See snurl.com/3i8rc.]

WordFinder (www.wordfinder.com): Not yet compatible with Vista, free upgrade will be available May or June. No problems with Office 2007

All this goes to show that for many tool developers there is still a bit of work ahead and we still get to enjoy our old computers for some time.

One Response to “Cat out of the bag: Translation Tool's Compatibility With the New Versions of Windows and Office”

  1. Edric B Filho Says:

    Trados 2007 + Windows Vista Ultimate + Office 2007: seems that SDL launched the latest version with a code well integrated, but desperately needing to be optimized. Sinergy is being regarded as a “non-opener” and the performance of Trados in Word makes it almost unusable.

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