With the release of SDL Trados Studio 2015, it’s been a busy time for the SDL AppStore team as well as for our contributing third party developers with their own apps on the store. One of the reasons I enjoy being part of the team is that there is always something new to share with our customers, some new way that will help people to customize their translation environment to suit the way they work.
Many of the apps have already been updated for Studio 2015 and you can easily find them on our app search page. If you’re completely new to the SDL AppStore then there is lots of extra free functionality for you to discover. So with that in mind, here are some of my favourite apps for Studio 2015.
Studio Migration Utility
If you’ve upgraded from an earlier version of SDL Trados Studio, then Studio Migration Utility is a great tool that can speed up the process of migrating your files. This means that you can continue with any on-going work straight way from the day you upgrade instead of spending time manually transferring files yourself.
In a quick and easy wizard, you can migrate your existing projects, your customers, your translation memories and your language resource templates, all in just a few clicks! It also happens to be one of our first open source applications meaning that anyone with the development skills can add their own features to it. You can find out more about this project on Paul Filkin’s, Client Services Director, blog post.
Having to leave Studio 2015 to look up a word or phrase you are translating can be time consuming so one of our recent most popular apps, Web Lookup! lets you perform a web search on any word or phrase in the Studio 2015 editor view so that you don’t have to open up your browser. You can choose from a list of 40 different pre-configured websites to look up your word(s). You could use it to find a definition of a word on the Oxford Dictionary website, look something up on Wikipedia, translate in Google Translate and much more.
The possibilities are endless because you also have the ability to add any other search engine that you like to work with by following the guidelines in the settings (there’s a demo video on the app page to help you do this too). As someone that has to avoid opening my browser because it can distract me, this is a good solution!
Another app to come out this year is a plugin called Jobs which does what it says on the tin! It provides a fast and easy way of finding translation jobs on ProZ.com without having to leave the Studio 2015 interface. When downloaded, a new view will appear in Studio 2015 where all the jobs submitted on ProZ are listed in one place. You can then filter these job posts down to the language pair you work with, the type of job and even the field/industry you specialize in. The jobs are ordered by date so it’s easy to find the most recent posts and to view the job details simply double click it to take you page on Proz.com.
As well as these, there are other great Studio 2015 apps that deserve a mention such as last year’s most popular app, MS Word Grammar Checker. Also SDL Number Verifier and SDLXLIFF Toolkit to name but a few.
Keep an eye on the App Store as we and our external developers continue to work on upgrading existing apps as well as creating new ones. If you have any questions about an app you’d like to download or for any other support regarding the SDL AppStore, visit our SDL Community app support forum where our staff can help.