Today we're going to talk about... cats drinking coffee!
Well, not quite. Maybe later. I'm curious about how that little guy reaches the cup, or if he takes it with sugar.
I meant to say we're going to talk about a CAT tool that comes with ProZ.com Plus membership, by the name of CafeTran Espresso.
First, some CAT tool basics for those who may not be initiated. Computer-Aided Translation (CAT) software are programs that translators use to create their translations. CAT tools can use and generate translation memories (TMs), which the translator leverages for efficiency and quality in their translation. Upwards of 90% of translators use a CAT tool. Of those using a CAT tool, around 80% use more than one tool. If you are wondering which CAT tools translators are using most, this article may be of help.
If you are on the market for a CAT tool, you get one for free with your Plus subscription: CafeTran Espresso. The latest version of CafeTran Espresso, Acua, was released this year.
Even if you are not currently looking for a new CAT tool, this is a good opportunity to test drive something different to see how it compares to the tools you are currently using, and to add it to your arsenal if it works for you.
CafeTran has all the features you would expect from a CAT tool, and possibly some you would not! It is interoperable with files for Trados, memoQ, Wordfast, and other major CAT tools. It also integrates with ProZ.com services-- you can keep an eye on job offers, or get KudoZ term help, right from within your CAT tool.
Support for CafeTran comes from the software's developer himself, as well as an extensive knowledge base for those just getting started, and the CafeTran group, made up of users helping each other and also guiding feature development.
See more about what CafeTran can do at https://www.cafetran.com/#features
Your Plus subscription provides you with a floating license to CafeTran. This means that no matter where you install or use CafeTran, all you need to do is log in with your ProZ.com account to activate the full set of CafeTran features. Versions are available for Windows, OS X, and Linux.
You can also download and try out CafeTran for free to see if you like it at https://www.cafetran.com/.
If you already have a Plus subscription, be sure to refer to your Plus subscriber checklist to see what you can do to get the most out of your investment.
If you are still considering membership at ProZ.com, this is the full list of membership benefits.
If you have questions or need help, feel free to drop me a line.