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About CAT

Why should you use a CAT tool?
The answer is simple: When you use a CAT tool for translating you will be a better and a faster translator.

How does a CAT tool help to achieve this?
CAT means "Computer Aided Translation". A CAT tool is a computer program that helps to translate text documents more efficiently.

How does a CAT Tool work?
Translation Memory software uses database technology to store material as it is being translated by a human translator. As content changes and translators work on new material, the software presents suggestions based on previous translations. The translator can then accept, edit or reject the suggestions.

A CAT tool segments the text to be translated in segments (sentences) and presents the segments in a convenient way, to make translating easier and faster.

The translation of each segment is saved together with the source text. Source text and translation will always be treated and presented as a translation unit (TU). You can return to a segment at any time to check the translation. There are special functions which help to navigate through the text and to find segments which need to be translated or revised (quality control).

The main function of a CAT tool is to save the translation units in a database, called translation memory (TM), so that they can be re-used for any other text, or even in the same text. Through special "fuzzy search" features the search functions of CAT tools even find segments which do not match 100 %. This saves a lot of time and effort and helps to make a coherent and consistent translation.

Another basic function of a CAT tool is the automatic look-up in terminology databases, and the automatic display and insertion of the search results.

CAT Tools

The CAT tools we use include SDL Trados 2007, SDL Trados 2009, Idiom Worldserver Translators Workbench, etc.

DTP Tools

The DTP tools we use include Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), PageMaker, QuarkXPress, FrameMaker, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash and other DTP applications.

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