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CafeTran Espresso

4.9 out of 5
Out of 14 user reviews.


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




Software details


Price€200
File formatsMicrosoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, LibreOffice, InDesign, Framemaker, AutoCAD, XLIFF, TMX, subtitles, images and more.
License typePerpetual
System requirements
Operating systemLinux, 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
System requirementsMinimum 2 GB RAM or 4 GB RAM for larger project and translation memories
CompatibilitySupport for multilanguage translation memories (TMX format)
Support & upgrades
Support and upgrades offered/includedFree technical support via support ticket center, Free upgrades for duration of license/Subscription, Free community support, Installation support
Support and tutorial linksCafeTran Support and Knowledge Base
30 days
Free trialUp to 1000 memory units and 500 glossary entries
Languages supportedAll major languages




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4 out of 5
How easy is it to learn?

Great tool, especially for Mac
Review by 
Valentina Nieddu . I think this is one of the best CAT tools for Mac. It is affordable and has a lot of interesting features like parallel corpora.





5 out of 5
How easy is it to learn?

Great and easy
Review by 
Julien Bousse . Nice and quite easy to use.

I miss some video tutorials on Basic -Intermediate -Advanced level to be sure to get the best of it.

The developer (also translator which is great) is really responsive and nice.





5 out of 5
How easy is it to learn?

Excellent tool
Review by 
Maria Alejandra Aguada . Excellent tool, especially if you are not a Windows user. Customer service and support is absolutely amazing. They've always been there to answer to all my questions. Simply outstanding.





5 out of 5
How easy is it to learn?

The best CAT tool on Linux
Review by 
Nicolas Gambardella . I am one of the few souls using GNU/Linux as my primary OS. Which means we do not have a large choice of professional-grade CAT tools. Cafetran Espresso is, in my opinion, the best. Its main appealing features are:
* A very intuitive GUI. Beginners can quickly translate, use Memories, Glossaries, etc.
* Incredibly feature-rich. Not only does the software come with a large toolkit, but it is also extendable easily.
* Very large file formats supported. Primary file formats, such as MS Office, ODF, AutoCAD, InDesign, HTML, etc. And also other CAT-tools formats, such as SDL Trados packages, all flavors of XLIFF, etc.
* Development is steady, with new features and bug-fixes released every few months.












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