I organized all my OpenExchange apps (and some other utilities) neatly the other day in the Welcome view of Studio using the Menu Maker app (see Figure 1 below). While doing so, I realized that I don’t actually remember what some of them do, so I thought I would organize them in my mind as well (which is a much more difficult task). Anyhow, I collected all the TM management-related apps into a table and drew a diagram that would show me at a glance what they do and how they are related to each other. I found that very helpful for myself so I thought to share it here as well…
Figure 1. SDL OpenExchange apps and other programs organized in the Welcome screen of Trados Studio 2014 using the Menu Maker app.
Figure 2. TM management-related apps and their main conversion functions. For details, see the table below.
Here are some additional details about the apps mentioned in the above diagram:
|App name||Conversion function||Notes|
|SDLTMExport||SDLTM > TMX|
|SDL Translation Memory Management Utility||SDLTM > TMW||
|SDLTmConvert||SDLTM > SDXLIFF / XML / TMX / CSV / monolingual source and target text files||
|SDLXliff2Tmx||SDLXLIFF > TMX / tab delimited TXT||
|SDLTmReverseLangs||SDLTM <> SDLTM||
|TM Merge||Merges SDLTMs into one SDLTM||
In addition to the TM conversion apps listed above, there are also several other TM management-related apps. I couldn’t come up with a pretty diagram for them, so I just list them here (all are free unless otherwise indicated):
|TM Optimizer||Optimizes Trados Workbench TMs for use with Trados Studio by removing excessive formatting tags from the TM thus increasing the TM leverage. Cost: £50-100.|
|SDLTmFindVars||Identifies potential variables (untranslated text) in translation memories and allows the user to add them as variables to a Studio TM.|
|SDLTM Repair||Fixes specific errors in damaged Studio TMs.|
|Variables Manager for SDL Trados Studio||Allows fast editing, copying, importing and exporting variable lists in Studio TMs.|
|TMX Anonymizer||Anonymizes TMX files by resetting the Creation User and Change User name fields.|
These tables and graphs help me to keep track of the various apps and their functions. It’s good to know what kind of apps are available because you never know when you might need them.
February 10, 2014 at 12:37 am
I love the diagram, Tuomas, plus all the details in the table. Indeed, it’s quite hard to keep track of all the different apps that are available now, and Menu Maker certainly helps keep things organised.
I reorder my apps in Menu Maker using a number system to keep my most-used apps and programs at the top of the list, and to avoid having all the ones beginning “SDL…” bunched together.
Will you be writing another post (with diagrams and tables) on other app categories, such as process automation and management? I hope so!
February 10, 2014 at 7:49 am
Thanks Emma! Yes, the numbering system would be a good way to reorder and keep the apps even more organized in the list as the list grows and it’s not completely visible anymore.
Not sure when I get a chance to write & draw about the other app categories but that would be a good topic…