SDL Trados Studio 2015

Richard Sikes
MultiLingual Oct/Nov 2015
Product Reviews

This article conducts a high-level sortie through the new release to explore what SDL envisions under the 2015 buzzword triptych: “Quality, Productivity and Personalization.” My first impression is that SDL has added compelling new functionality that raises the bar in areas that translators will find very helpful.

Reports by beta testers have been largely unanimous about what they have deemed to be two new killer features. These are TQA and Retrofit, so we’ll begin with them right away....

In the interest of future readiness, the development team has embarked on a larger-scale upgrade of support for changes to ubiquitous existing file formats, as well as for newly-emerging file types. The first upgrade in this series is fully redesigned support for the most recent Microsoft Word format. The redesign enhances support for inline tags as well as for sophisticated Word features such as WordArt and content controls. This filter is available as an option alongside the existing filter that supports Word releases 2007 through 2013. As a by-product of this filter rework, SDL’s developers have begun to add more user-friendly decision options to replace what might have been interpreted as cryptic error messages in past releases. Given that such error messages were a focus of criticism in the past, we heartily encourage SDL to continue down this path....