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Name CafeTran Espresso Wordfast Classic
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(13 reviews)
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Great new features with each new build
Just in a few words, it is different. CafeTran's developer is not only a programmer but he is a translator as well, that is why he adds all those unique features helping translators. One pays EUR 225 only to upgrade from SDL Trados Studio 2009 Freelance to 2011 version but you can buy CafeTran at only EUR 80. Amazing! Just read the features at http://cafetran.wikidot.com/
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User friendly and good value for money.
Been using Wordfast Classic for Word source texts since 2009. Has become an 'old friend'. Easy to use. I don't use full functionality, due to my limitations! Represents good value for money, compared with SDL Trados.
13 out of 14 found this review helpful.

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Product description Welcome to CafeTran Espresso -- the feature-rich CAT tool that is fun to use!

Whether you are an experienced user of the big-name CAT tools, or a translator getting ready to use a CAT tool for the first time, please consider CafeTran Espresso. This powerful tool was built lovingly, from the ground up, by a person who is both a developer and a translator himself. It is packed with creative and useful features that not only help you to work faster, but also make your job more fun.

CafeTran also boasts a passionate user community, and an attentive developer, that help each other with support at all hours of the day. With this tool, you are never alone!

Free to download and run, up to 1000 translation units, CafeTran Espresso works on Windows, Macs and Linux machines. Why not download and give it a try right now?

Main features
  • Cross-platform translation environment (Mac-Windows-Linux)
  • Stand-alone (no Ms Office required)
  • Based on open standards XLIFF and TMX
  • Very fast using RAM for translation memories
  • Uses as many translation memories as you like
  • Handles lots of file formats
  • Integrates Internet resources and machine translation (Google and Bing)
  • Spell checker and thesaurus (requires free OpenOffice/LibreOffice)
  • Autowriter completes and suggests words on-the-fly based on activated memories
  • Handles formatting tags easily
  • Alternative clipboard workflow to translate unsupported formats
  • Creates translation memories from existing translations (Documents alignment)
  • Segments and terms mangement in a preferred SQL database
  • Network memory server for remote or team work
  • Software localization - Java, Mac and .NET
THE BEST TRANSLATION MEMORY SOLUTION FOR MICROSOFT WORD Wordfast Classic (WFC) integrates with Microsoft Word to create a powerful translation memory tool that is quick to learn and easy to use. Discover why thousands of freelance translators worldwide rely on Wordfast Classic as their TM tool of choice.
Price €200 €400
File formats Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, LibreOffice, InDesign, Framemaker, AutoCAD, XLIFF, TMX, subtitles, images and more. MS Word MS Excel MS Powerpoint HTML
License type Perpetual 3-year license
Operating system Linux, Mac OS X 10.6 and higher, Windows 8, Mac OS X 10.8 and higher, Windows 7 and higher , Windows 8.1, Windows 10 Windows 2000, Windows XP, Mac OS 7, 8, 9, OSX 10.3.4 and higher , Windows Vista, Windows 95, 98, ME, NT & 2000, Windows 7, Linux
System requirements Minimum 2 GB RAM or 4 GB RAM for larger project and translation memories
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Compatibility Support for multilanguage translation memories (TMX format)
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Support and upgrades offered/included Free upgrades for duration of license/Subscription, Free community support, Installation support, Free technical support via support ticket center Free upgrades for duration of license/Subscription, Installation support
Support and tutorial links CafeTran Support and Knowledge Base
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Free trial Up to 1000 memory units and 500 glossary entries
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Languages supported All major languages Wordfast Classic supports any language that is supported by Microsoft Word. This includes Eastern European, Cyrillic, Asian, Right-to-Left, and various other languages.

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