Something for beginners…
The book is one of very few guides to SDL Trados Studio 2014 and aims to explain the most important features of the software. Although intended mainly for new users, the book can also be useful for those more advanced, as it gives an in-depth overview of the functionalities and includes many practical tips. The content is divided into 8 chapters on topics such as “Getting Started with SDL Trados Studio”, “Working with Translation Memories”, “Formatting and Tags” or “Editing and Quality Assurance”, followed by appendices on how to work with files from earlier versions of Trados and how to manage translation memories. Numerous screenshots, warnings, tips, tricks and the use of plain language make the learning experience easy and effective. To be able to understand the instructions better and train new skills, the readers can also use downloadable sample files created specifically for some of the chapters.
…and something for more experienced
Advanced users may find many helpful tips especially in the chapter on terminology management and in the appendix on TM management, but it’s worth looking through the previous chapters too, in search for handy tricks related to other features. For example, you can find a thorough description on how to create an AutoSuggest dictionary, how to configure Analyze Files settings or how to use the reports for billing. On the personal note though, I think that the experienced users would benefit more from the book if it included more advanced tips, for example on the topic of regular expressions or file type options.
SDL Trados Studio – A Practical Guide and another
book of the same series: not a very unique design.
All in all, the book is a must-read if you’re starting your adventure with SDL Trados Studio 2014 or if you want to expand your skills and fill in any gaps in your knowledge.