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CAT Tools

CM Localization Center offers professional localization services. Since this sort of services involves a lot of team work, efficient terminology management and the project-based approach, it is necessary to implement CAT (Computer Aided Translation) tools. The most important feature of this software is the ability to save all previously translated portions of text in a translation database. Not only does it enable us to reuse the recurrent phrases, which appeared, for instance, in previous versions of a document, but also to maintain consistency when a single text is translated by many people.

These applications also support the use of terminology databases. There are many CAT tools available on the market. They are different with respect to the way they work, the types of file formats they support and the format of database they use, i.e. Translation Memory. SDL Trados is the most widely used CAT tool. Since Trados is most frequently chosen by the customers, it has also become a basic tool in our everyday work.

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But it is not the only item in our toolbox. When dealing with the projects by our specialized staff we prefer using memoQ, which offers greater flexibility in handling multiple files, especially if they are translated into a number of languages.

At CM Localization Center we also utilize other, less popular CAT tools such as Across, Alchemy Catalyst, Passolo, and IBM OpenTM2. These tools are tailored to specific file formats and are ideal for specialized applications. We also use online CAT tools, like Smartling, XTM, GlobalSight, and Idiom.

Many years of experience have proven that despite the existence of Translation Memory and terminology database exchange formats, CAT tools are not fully compatible with each other. This becomes an issue when a translation prepared using a different tool is to be used or when it is necessary to change the CAT tool for whatsoever reason. To avoid this we decided to develop our own solutions and dedicated tools which are extremely useful in coping with problems that limit the possibilities of applying the traditional CAT tools.