Does MateCat integrate with other CAT tools?

MateCat is a CAT tool itself, and as such cannot be integrated with other CAT tools. You can, however, translate XLIFF or SDLXLIFF files from other CAT tools in MateCat.

Can you use TMs from SDL Trados, memoQ, Across, or Word Fast?

Yes, as long as you export them from those CAT tools using the TMX format.

Is it possible to download a finished translation and reuse it in another CAT tool?

Yes, you can export your translation to be used in another CAT tool as an XLIFF file(s). You can also export the TMX file from the translation editor page or from the management panel.

SDL Trados Studio

Is MateCat compatible with Trados Studio 2011/2014/2015?

MateCat is compatible with the SDLXLIFF files created by Trados.
You can translate SDLXLIFF files in MateCat and then send those SDLXLIFF files back to your client.

I’d like to export my MateCat translation as an SDLXLIFF file, is this possible?

For all the file formats that we support, you can export the bilingual file as an XLIFF file, but not as an SDLXLIFF file. If the source file’s format is SDLXLIFF, then the target file generated will also be SDLXLIFF.

I’m a freelance translator, and an LSP asked me to work with Trados. Can I receive the source file, translate it with MateCat and then send the target to the LSP so that there aren’t any compatibility issues for them or for me?

Yes, this is possible, but only if the format of the source file is SDLXLIFF.

If you have Trados, here are instructions on how to do this:

  • Upload the file in Trados
  • Use “Save as” and download it as an SDLXLIFF file
  • Upload the SDLXLIFF file in MateCat and translate it
  • Click on “Download translation” and the translated SDLXLIFF file will be generated
  • Upload the SDLXLIFF file in Trados and choose “Save Target As” to save it in the same format as the source file

If the LSP sends you the SDLXLIFF file directly, you can upload it in MateCat, and once the translation is completed, all you have to do is download it and send it to them.

Can I Preview/Download a project imported as an SDLXLIFF file into a Word document?

No: target files are generated in the same format as the source file.

Can TMs updated in MateCat be converted to .sdltm format and exported back into Trados?

You can download translation memories from MateCat in TMX format and then import the TMX files into SDL Studio translation memory (which is an .sdltm file).

I want to use my MateCat TM in Trados in real-time; I don’t want to download it from MateCat and import it as a file-based TM, but use it as an online TM. Is there any way to do this?

You can use the MyMemory plugin in Trados. Download it here.

In the MyMemory plugin, you can add the same private keys that you use in MateCat. Read about private translation memories in MateCat here.

Does MateCat support SDL Trados Studio project packages (.sdlppx files)?

MateCat supports SDLXLIFF files, but it does not support SDL Trados Studio project packages (.sdlppx files).

Why isn’t the XLIFF file compatible with SDL Trados Studio?

Actually, XLIFF files are compatible with SDL Trados Studio in that you can export a job from MateCat as an XLIFF file and translate it with Studio. The only difference is that MateCat uses the standard XLIFF file format rather than the custom-made SDLXLIFF format created by SDL Studio.

How can I use my translation memory from Trados in MateCat?

Just export the SDL Trados TM in TMX format and then import that TMX file into MateCat, as you can read about here.