I have seen SDL Trados Studio continue to evolve to keep providing the translation industry solutions to new challenges and demands that have presented themselves over the past 20 years. During this time I have had the pleasure of working on over 20 Trados releases. We have been dedicated to delivering innovative and productivity-enhancing features; AutoSuggest and Adaptive Machine Translation through SDL Language Cloud and upLIFT translation memory technology to name a few. The challenge for us now is to provide you, our customers, with the choice you want, and the ability to do ever more sophisticated things – without making processes or user interfaces more complex.
I’m excited to announce that SDL Trados Studio will now evolve again!
SDL Trados Studio 2019 will be different. We want to take a step back and reconsider the importance of the overall user experience more carefully. Our goal is to rebalance simplicity with functionality.
So, why have we done this?
Listening to the translation industry, we often hear you say that the sophistication of desktop CAT tools means you require long and thorough training to understand how to use them efficiently. Through our Translation Technology Insights (TTI) research, we learnt what matters to you the most – and one point coming out of that clearly was the value of an excellent user experience.
We found 66% agree that translation tools are easy to use today, which is a significant improvement over the 44% who believe that they were easy to use 5 years ago. However, when we asked the translation industry about user experience, only 50% of those surveyed felt they knew how to get the most out of their CAT tool. This is where we believe a fantastic user experience can help.
With Studio 2019 we are going to start addressing the challenges highlighted above. User experience is going to be at the heart of SDL Trados Studio 2019 to help you achieve even better results. Bringing you the most feature rich, advanced CAT tool combined with a new and improved user experience. We are attempting to enhance experiences for all users in our very diverse user base; new starters, intermediate users, experienced users and project managers alike.
What is coming with SDL Trados Studio 2019?
Instant access to everything!
SDL Trados Studio 2019 will introduce a unique CAT tool experience – Tell Me. With Tell Me, you now have instant access to discover new and existing features, settings and commands within Studio 2019. The great thing about this feature is you now have a simpler route to find what you are looking for, to help you get your tasks done quicker. With Tell Me, you can be more confident you are getting the most from your Studio experience.
Clear guidance on-demand
With SDL Trados Studio 2019 you will have an on-demand learning environment, ready to guide you through Studio at your pace. For brand new users, you can enjoy a better and simpler experience to learn how to use all the powerful features Studio 2019 has to offer, helping you to know how to be productive quickly. If you are already using Studio, you can use this feature to discover more advanced functionality, or even discover the new Studio 2019 features!
Effortless project creation
We understand the importance for project managers and translators to create and manage translation projects as efficiently and easily as possible.
The new project creation wizard will enhance your experience with project handling. We have streamlined this process to give you the option to create a project in one easy step. At the same time we have kept all of the rich functionality of the project wizard to allow you to decide how standard or tailored you want to be in the wizard. Importantly, to give you the best user experience possible, we have improved visibility at all project creation steps in our new “metro map” design which tells you exactly at “which station” you are in the overall project preparation process.
To make SDL Trados Studio 2019 even easier to use, project updates have also been simplified to be handled more easily and swiftly. When your customer now sends you a new version of a file that is already work in progress in the project, it is now very easy to update it right from within your project. This brings significant additional productivity when managing your projects.
High quality assured
SDL Trados Studio 2019 will help you experience quality with confidence by streamlining your tasks once translation is complete. We have also improved quality management both in the translation projects and in your most important asset: your translation memory.
Quality Assurance checks have never been more powerful and flexible with new ways to customize settings at language specific level – making it possible to define QA in a much more fine grained and controlled way than what is currently available to you. The Translation Memories Editor has also been improved to enable a better and more enjoyable experience to keep a translation memory in top condition and with the latest, most accurate translations.
We will continue to share more details of the improvements we are bringing with our upcoming release of SDL Trados Studio 2019. I hope you are as excited as I am to discover more and achieve better results with the new Studio 2019 experience!