Comparison of computer-assisted translation tools

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A number of computer-assisted translation software and websites exists for various platforms and access types. According to a 2006 survey undertaken by Imperial College of 874 translation professionals from 54 countries, primary tool usage was reported as follows: Trados (35%), Wordfast (17%), Déjà Vu (16%), SDL Trados 2006 (15%), SDLX (4%), STAR Transit [fr; sv] (3%), OmegaT (3%), others (7%).[1]

The list below includes only some of the existing available software and website platforms.

Name Supported File Formats OS Language Widget tool License
Across Language Server[2] Microsoft Word (DOC, DOT, DOCX, and DOCM files), Microsoft Excel (XLS files, and XLSX and XLSM files), Microsoft PowerPoint (PPT and PPS files as well as PPTX, PPSX, and PPTM files), Rich Text Format1 (RTF files), text files (TXT files), TeX (TEX files), HTML, XHTML, XML, SGML, Adobe FrameMaker (in MIF format), Adobe InDesign (IDML files, in INX exchange format) Adobe InCopy (INCX format), BroadVision QuickSilver (ILDOC files), QuarkXPress (export to XTG format, re-import upon translation), Executable files (EXE files); Dynamic Link Library (DLL files), Resource Script files (RC, RC2, and DLL files), .NET RESX files (RESX files), .NET RESOURCE files (RESOURCE files), .NET Satellite Assemblies (RESOURCE.DLL files), Windows Installer (MSI files), configuration files (INI files), OLE Control, extensions (OCX files), Screen Saver (SCR files), Control Panel Extensions (CPL files), National Language Support (NLS files), Portable Object (PO files), MC files (Message Compiler), PROPERTIES files (Java Property), Android: (string XML files with HTML markup), iOS (text-based strings files (UTF-8 or UTF-16)), BlackBerry (ANSI-based text files in rrc format), XML Localization Interchange (XLIFF or XLF), Drawing Interchange Format (DXF files) Windows Proprietary
Crowdin xliff, xml, resx, properties, plist, xlf, arb, csv, ini, json, xml, po, pot, json, ini, ts, yml, vdf, rc, resw, resjson, dtd, strings, html, xhtml, xht, docx, xlsx, pptx, odt, ods, odg, odp, txt, mif, idml, haml, md, html, flsnp, flpgl, fltoc, md, wiki, wikitext, mediawiki, srt, vtt, xaml, sbv, tmx, tbx web-based Proprietary
Déjà Vu[3] Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, also embedded objects, and Access), Help Contents (CNT), FrameMaker (MIF), PageMaker, QuarkXPress, QuickSilver/Interleaf ASCII, Java Properties (.properties), HTML, HTML Help, XML, RC, C/Java/C++, IBM TM/2, Trados Workbench, Trados BIF (old TagEditor), Trados TagEditor, JavaScript, VBScript, ODBC, TMX, EBU, InDesign (TXT, ITD, INX, IDML), GNU GetText (PO/POT), OpenOffice, OpenDocument SDLX (ITD), ResX, XLIFF (XLF, XLIF, XLIFF, MQXLIFF, unsegmented and segmented SDLXLIFF), Visio (VDX), PDF, Transit NXT PPF, WordFast Pro TXML Windows Proprietary
GlobalSight Text ANSI / ASCII / Unicode for Windows, Text for Apple Macintosh, HTML, XML (ASP.NET, ASP, JSP, XSL), SGML, MS Word for Windows, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, RTF, RC, Adobe FrameMaker, Adobe InDesign Java platform / Java Apache License 2.0
gtranslator PO POSIX C GTK+ GNU General Public License
MateCat doc, dot, docx, dotx, docm, dotm, pdf, xls, xlt, xlsm, xlsx, xltx, pot, pps, ppt, potm, potx, ppsm, ppsx, pptm, pptx, odp, ods, odt, sxw, sxc, sxl, txt, csv, xml, rtf, htm, html, xhtml, xml, xliff, sdlxliff, tmx, ttx, itd, xlf, mif, inx, idml, icml, xtg, tag, xml, dita, properties, rc, resx, sgml, sgm web based (supports Safari and Chrome) PHP GNU Lesser General Public License
memoQ[4] .MIF, InDesign formats (.INDD, .INX, .IDML), .XML, .DITA, .XML, .MM, .PO, .HTML, .HMT, .SHT, .properties, .DOC, .RTF, .BAK, .DOT, .DOCX, .XLS, .XML, .XLSX, .XLSM, .XLS, .XLT, .PPT, .PPS, .POT, .PPF, .PPTX, .PPSX, .POTX, .SLDX, .VDX, .HHC, .HHK, .ODT, .ODF, .TXT, .INF, .INI, .REG, .PDF, .SVG, .SDLPPX, .TTX, .SDLXLIFF, .TMX, .TXML, .RESX, .XLF, .XLIF, .XLIFF, XLIFF:doc Windows Proprietary
MetaTexis Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint, all kinds of text formats, XML, HTML, XLIFF, RTF, TRADOS Studio (SDLXLIFF), TagEditor (TTX), POT/PO, Manual Maker, several further formats... Microsoft Office Word add-in Proprietary
OmegaT Plain text, HTML, XHTML, StarOffice,, OpenDocument (ODF), MS Office Open XML, Help & Manual, HTML Help Compiler (HCC), LaTeX, DokuWiki, QuarkXPress CopyFlow Gold, DocBook, Android Resource, Java Properties, Typo3 LocManager, Mozilla DTD, Windows RC, WiX, ResX, INI files, XLIFF, PO, SubRip Subtitles, SVG Images Java platform / Java GNU General Public License
Open Language Tools XLIFF, HTML/XHTML, XML, DocBook SGML, ASCII, StarOffice/OpenOffice/ODF, PO, .properties, .java (ResourceBundle), .msg/.tmsg (catgets) Java platform / Java CDDL
Phrase Android XML, Angular Translate JSON, Chrome JSON Messages, CSV, .NET ResX, Episerver XML, Excel XLSX, Gettext compiled Mo-Files, Gettext PO-Files, Gettext Template POT-Files, go-i18n JSON, i18n-node-2 JSON, i18next, INI, iOS Localizable Strings Resources, iOS Localizable Stringsdict for pluralized translation keys, Java Properties XML, Java Properties, Mozilla Properties, Nested JSON, Objective-C/Cocoa Property List, PHP Array, Laravel/F3/Kohana Array, Play Framework Properties, Qt Phrase Book, Qt Translation Source, React-Intl Simple JSON, React-Intl Nested JSON, Ruby on Rails YAML, EmberJS (Nested JSON), Simple JSON, Symfony XLIFF, Symfony YAML, Symfony 2 YAML, Translation Memory eXchange TMX, Windows 8 Resource, Windows Phone ResX, XLIFF, Zendesk CSV for Dynamic Content web-based Proprietary
Poedit PO, XLIFF[5] Cross-platform C++ GTK+ MIT License
Pootle PO, XLIFF, OpenOffice GSI files (.sdf), TMX, TBX, Java Properties, DTD, CSV, HTML, XHTML, Plain Text, Qt.ts, Java .properties files, PHP array files, Mac OS X strings Cross-platform Python Web GNU General Public License
SDL Trados Studio Features four translation environments: dedicated TagEditor, MSWord Interface, SDLX, the integrated interface SDL Trados Studio 2014. Filters for translating with Trados Studio or TagEditor available: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OpenOffice, InDesign, QuarkXPress, PageMaker, Interleaf, Framemaker, HTML, SGML, XML, SVG, Xliff, Legacy Trados files TTX, ITD, Word Bilingual, Wordfast, MemoQ .... Includes SDL MultiTerm for terminology management and Project Management Dashboard for automating tasks and tracking. Windows Proprietary
SmartCAT Text documents: DOCX, DOC, TXT, RTF. PowerPoint presentations: PPTX, PPSX, PPT, PPS. Excel spreadsheets: XLSX, XLS. Scanned documents and images: PDF, JPG, TIFF, BMP, PNG, GIF, DJVU and more. HTML pages: HTML, HTM. OpenOffice files: ODP, ODS. Resource files: RESX. Bilingual files: TTX. Industry-standard formats: SDLXLIFF, XLF, XLIFF, TMX. HTML pages: HTML, HTM. InDesign CS4 Markup: IDML. Cross-platform C# Web Proprietary
UNMIN Machine Assisted Translation system[6][7] (discontinued) Plain Text (ANSI / ASCII / Unicode), Rich Text, HTML, MS Word (.doc) Web PHP Limited to UN operations in Nepal
Virtaal XLIFF, PO and MO, TMX, TBX, Wordfast TM, Qt ts
Many others via converters in the Translate Toolkit
Cross-platform Python GTK+ GNU General Public License
Wordfast MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint (all versions), PDF, SGML, HTML, XML, InDesign, FrameMaker, tagged documents, XLIFF, etc. Java platform / Java, Microsoft Office add-in Proprietary

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  1. ^ "Imperial College London Translation Memories Survey" (PDF). 2006. pp. 8, 25–6, figure 25. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-05-17.
  2. ^[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Supported file type reference list for Déjà Vu X3" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  4. ^ "Supported file type reference list for memoQ". Archived from the original on 2014-11-02. Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  5. ^ "Poedit 2.2: XLIFF and Dark Mode". 8 October 2018. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  6. ^ Report of the Secretary-General on the request of Nepal for United Nations assistance in support of its peace process. New York: United Nations. 12 May 2008. p. 11. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  7. ^ Report of the Secretary-General on the request of Nepal for United Nations assistance in support of its peace process. New York: United Nations. 10 July 2008. p. 10. Retrieved 13 November 2018.