IT systems have an important impact on the quality and speed of
the localization process. Their use improves the consistency of
translation by means of translation memories and the speed and overall
success of the project by improving the communication between clients
At fraber-consulting we take advantage of all available means to
provide more value to you, the customer. Our current IT software
and hardware includes:
- Computer Assisted Translation (tools, why?,
- Desktop Publishing Software (tools, why?,
- Terminology Management (tools, why?,
- Localization Tools (tools, why?,
- Internet Communication (tools, why?,
Also, we pay close attention to security. Please don't hesitate
to ask us about details.
The following sections explain explains more details about these
- TRADOS Solution 5
- IBM Translation Manager v. 2.5
We use by default the Trados
memory for all or of our translation work. These tools basically
record all translation activity and store source and target language
sentences in such a way, that a single sentence is never translated
The benefit for the translator is that
the translation speed is increased. The benefit for the user is
consistency and quality: The same sentences and words are translated
always the same way, reducing the error rate by a factor of 2-5.
Also, the maximum project size per translator increases, leading
to fewer errors due to communication between groups of translators.
Desk Top Publishing
- Adobe FrameMaker v.6
- Adobe PageMaker v.6.5
We are maintaining a set of current DTP programs
together with a group of skilled translators to provide our clients
with high quality translations independent of the environment in
which they create their documents.
The knowledge about these tools allows
us to translate these documents in-place, avoiding costly and error-prone
conversation of document formats.
- TRADOS MultiTermí95 Plus v.1.52
allows us to coordinate the work of several translators both in
the case of large projects and over time when working on similar
MultiTerm allows us to maintain
a single terminology even within large projects.
- Corel CATALYST Enterprise v.3.0
- Pass Engineering Passolo
- Accent Locale v.2.0
- Jargon v. 4.1.2
- Microsoft RLTools v.1.88
- RC-Win Trans v.5.6
tools allow us to localize software that was not designed to be
multilingual. These tools take finished .EXE and .DLL files and
identify and extract all resources that might need to be localized
(strings, logos, ...). This is particularly convenient if a software
product needs to be localized as fast as possible (time-to-market).
However, on the long run it
is advisable to change the software design to include a multilingual
architecture because of issues such as date, time and currency
formats. Also, software releases can be made much faster and cheaper
if the software is designed to be multilingual. Ask us for advice
if you are interested to hear more about internationalization issues.
- 24/7 Internet Connection
- Microsoft Instant Messenger
Internet communication is faster, cheaper
and more convenient compared with traditional communication means.
We take full advantage of Email, instant messengers and video conferencing
to connect to both our clients and our freelance translators.
This allows us to be more efficient
when managing large projects and to maintain a closer relationship
to our clients. Also, the management of projects across various
time zones becomes much easier.
Security and Backup
- Linux Firewall
- Intrusion Detection
- Centralized file management
- Backup using DAT-Streamer
Information technology improves the
efficiency of the translation process. However, the extensive use
of IT also introduces a series of challenges both to our internal
organization and to the confidential data of our clients. For these
reasons we have set up a state-of-the-art security infrastructure
including a Firewall with intrusion detection to defend against
external intruders and a centralized file server with daily tape
backups to limit the worst-case risks of data loss.
Using Contingency and Business Continuity
plans based on these tools we can guarantee our clients the security
of their data and the timely completion of projects even in the
presence of an hostile IT environment.