Ultimate TMX Tool

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The Ultimate TMX Tool

Thank you for your interest in the Ultimate TMX Tool, the missing link in Translation Memory (TM) management. The Ultimate TMX Tool converts TMs into a variety of file types, enabling you to send and present TMs in formats accessible to virtually any computer user, without requiring industry programs such as Trados. The Ultimate TMX Tool also allows users to edit TM units very simply, making TM updates easier and resulting in consistently higher-quality translations. The Ultimate TMX Tool is developed and licenced by Translatus Inc.

What can I do with the Ultimate TMX Tool?

You can open a Trados TMX file
• Supported TMX formats: TMX 1.1, TMX 1.4 and TMX 1.4b
• For best results, it is recommended to export from Trados using the TMX 1.4 format
• Supported Trados versions: 2007, 2009 and 2011
(full functionality is not guaranteed for earlier versions of Trados)
• TMX files are supported for the source language and a single target language.
• Almost all tags are automatically removed from TM units, enabling you to view or present clean TMs in Excel or HTML formats.
You can edit the target language’s Translation Memory (TM) units
Why the target language only? There is no point in editing a source file. You can and only need to change the translation.
You can export the file back to TMX format.
• Trados has different language codes in different versions. You can choose between Trados 2007 and Trados 2009/2011 formats.
• Keep in mind that if you only have Trados 2007, you must use that format, because in most cases you will not be able to import TMX 2009/2011 into Trados 2007. However, if you have the latest version (Trados 2011), exports using earlier versions should work fine.
You can export a TMX file to Excel
• If you want to view the TM, or send it for revision to a person who doesn’t have access to Trados, you can do this by exporting the TM to Excel.
• You must have Microsoft Office (Excel) installed to be able to do this, since the Ultimate TMX Tool uses some libraries installed by Microsoft Office (Excel).
You can export a TMX file to HTML format
• If you want to view or present the TM, but prevent it from easily being edited, you can export the TM to HTML. It is still possible to edit the TM, but it would require some special knowledge of how to tweak an HTML file.
• If you want to show the TM to a person who doesn’t have MS Office (Excel) installed, you can export to HTML.
You can import an Excel file with TM units
• If you sent an Excel file which had been exported with this software for review, you can import it back again to TMX format with the Ultimate TMX Tool.
• Why? If you have a client who has built their own TM or term-base in Excel (without using Trados), you will need to convert the Excel file to a TMX using the Ultimate TMX Tool, and then import it to Trados.
• How? The Excel file should have only two columns on the first sheet: the first column is the source language, and the second column is the target language. Do not leave empty cells between TM units, always remove them. All cells with TM units should be filled, for both source and target language.
• You must have Microsoft Office (Excel) installed to be able to do this, since the Ultimate TMX Tool uses some libraries installed by Microsoft Office (Excel).

System requirements:

• Microsoft Windows XP, XP 64-bit, Windows 7, Windows 7 64-bit.
• 1 GB RAM
• 10 MB free space on your hard drive
• Microsoft Office (Excel) installed for XLS file import/export
Our software is tested with Microsoft Office 2000, 2003, 2007 and 2010.
 
How to install:

Simply launch the installer and follow the instructions.

Q & A (help)

Q:  I opened a TMX file, but the languages are not automatically detected. How do I set automatic detection?
A:  You can set them manually after you open the file by selecting the appropriate languages from the list boxes on the left.

Q:  Why is one of my languages not listed in a language list?
A:  The Ultimate TMX Tool supports all languages from Trados 2007. However, there is the possibility that you have a language only introduced in later Trados versions. Please report this to us, we will test it and see if it works and, if it works correctly, we will implement it in our update.

Q:  I have successfully opened a TMX file, why are my characters displayed incorrectly?
A:  The Ultimate TMX Tool only supports TMX files exported from Trados 2007, 2009 or 2011. If you use an older version of Trados, this might be the reason. If you received the TMX file from an external source, please check which Trados version they used.

Q:  How can I edit a TM unit?
A:  Simply type your changes in the big field on the bottom right, and, after you finish, don’t forget to press the “Apply changes” button on the bottom right. You must press "Apply changes" immediately after you change every unit, and repeat this procedure for each subsequent unit change.

Q:  Can I edit the source language?
A:  No, you can’t and you shouldn’t need to. If you receive a file from a client, there will be no point in editing the source text. You can only edit the translation and this is all you should have to do.

Q:  What if I really do need to edit the source language?
A:  Export the file to Excel, edit it there, save it and import the Excel file back again using the Ultimate TMX Tool.

Q:  What if my Excel export/import doesn’t work?
A:  You must have Microsoft Office (Excel) installed to use these options. We have tested Excel 2000, 2003, 2007 and 2010. If you use some earlier version of Excel, such as 1997, that could be a problem.

Q:  I have Excel installed, why does Excel export/import still not work?
A:  Our software supports XLS files only. Don’t save your file in XLSX format. If you have already saved as XLSX, open it again in Excel, and save it as XLS file. If this still doesn’t work, check your Firewall, Antivirus, and any other protection software you use. Turn them off temporarily and try again.

Q:  I want to create my TM from scratch. How can I do this?
A:  First, create it in Excel. Create two columns: put the source text into the first column, the translation into the second column. Do not leave any empty cells between TM units.
After this, import the Excel file (don’t forget to set the source and target languages correctly!) export it to TMX format, and then import it to Trados.
 

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