Trados and RC-WinTrans

Trados-related topic


RC-WinTrans can be used in conjunction with the Trados™ Translator's Workbench, available for Trados Versions 3.0 through 7.5.  The new SDL Studio 2009 is not yet supported.


An integrated GUI (graphical user interface) makes it possible for it RC-WinTrans to interact with the Translator's Workbench.  You can access a Trados translation memory from within RC-WinTrans to find, get, and save translations.


When the Trados Translator's Workbench is installed on the current machine, RC-WinTrans adds a translation memory (TM) menu to its menu bar and an additional TM toolbar with commands relative to the Workbench and the TM.


RC-WinTrans will start the Translator's Workbench on command (see the toolbar button below) to access a Trados TM.


The Start/Close Trados Translator's Workbench button in the Trados toolbar.



Figure:  The Trados Translator's Workbench application window.



Once the Translator's Workbench is activated, RC-WinTrans automatically opens the last translation memory used.  To open a TM, use the Open command from the Trados menu, or use the Open command from the File menu to enter the Translator's Workbench window directly.


To create a new translation memory, activate the Translator's Workbench window and select the "New" command from the "File" menu.  RC-WinTrans does not have a command to create a new TM.



Functional Integration Summary

The integrated translation memory access supports several translation tasks within RC-WinTrans. These tasks are basic functions such as searching for translations, saving translations, and executing a concordance search, as well as extended operations such as the import from Trados and uniform translation check functions.  Furthermore, the TM is integrated into RC-WinTrans just like RC-WinTrans dictionaries.


The following functionality is available in RC-WinTrans X8 for Trados TMs:


Find and get translation(s):  Find and get a translation for a source text(s) needing to be translated.


Save translation(s):  Save a translation(s) to a Trados TM.


Concordance search:  Perform a concordance search in the active TM.


Get All from Trados:  Gets translations from a Trados TM to translate all or a selection of the text resource items in a translation project.


Save all selected to Trados:  Saves a selection (Text Table view) of translated items in the current project to a Trados TM.


Auto-find and auto-save:  RC-WinTrans features automated functions for finding, getting, and saving translations from/to Trados translation memories.  The actual translation/modification of resources takes place in RC-WinTrans (Translation Edit bar).






"Trados" Objects (RC-WinTrans Object Model)

The RC-WinTrans component object model supplies a "TRADOSTranslationMemory" object which covers the main functions for working with a Trados translation memory (TM).  The "Trados" objects in the RC-WinTrans COM Object Model are used to access Trados TMs that have been added as dictionaries directly and easily (via a VBA macro).



VBA Macros

In addition to accessing a Trados TM via an object in the RC-WinTrans X8 component object model, the Trados Translator's Workbench can be used directly as a COM server in a VBA macro.  Thus Trados can be used with RC-WinTrans by directly accessing the Trados interfaces.


TECHNICAL NOTE ON RC-WINTRANS' CONNECTION TO THE TRANSLATOR'S WORKBENCH: RC-WinTrans' use of a Trados TM consists of starting the Translator's Workbench and directing it to open the respective translation memory file (file extension = .tmw).  RC-WinTrans interacts with the Translator's Workbench through OLE automation where RC-WinTrans uses the Workbench as an OLE automation server.  When a Trados TM is used, the Translator's Workbench application is started and runs in a separate window alongside RC-WinTrans.  The Translator's Workbench is opened and closed from within RC-WinTrans.



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