Under Community Review

Automatic conversion of units in addition to localisation

Trados 2007 used to have the ability to convert units as well as localize them.  So go from inches to centimetres for example, or GBP to Euros.  This feature was actually removed because of a lot of adverse feedback from users where rounding errors and other problems were sometimes causing the translation to be incorrect.

I would like to see this feature brought back in but with an editable configuration.  Conversion figures and abbreviations, as well as the freedom to create your own. It should also be possible to turn off the feature of you don't want it.

  • MemoQ has this feature already and it is working like a charm without a problem, so I have no idea why Trados has removed this functionality! I believe the only problem with the measurement conversion feature in MemoQ is that it does not round up the numbers, but then again still gives the accurate and exact conversion. The Auto Translatable feature in MemoQ is indeed of a great help, which something Trados lacks as well and the Regex Autosuggest software is Ok to use, but still without many additional functionalities such as the Regex Assistant in MemoQ, with a lot of preset expressions. I believe this area needs a lot of enhancement from Studio developers.

    All the best.

  • Looking for a solution for this: making the machine automatically convert units / currencies with a given rate. A machine should be able to handle that. Apparently MemoQ2015 has this function. Don't know how realiable it is. But (copy pasted from MemoQ 2015 help, available online)

    "Conversions tab

    This tab allows you to manage conversions. You can create mathematical formulas here which enable memoQ to convert units of measurement used in the source language to the units used in the target language. The conversion rule is equivalent with the following mathematical formula: Destination = Source × Scale + Offset.

  • I agree, that's why we removed this functionality at some stage and did not implement it in Studio so far. We can still review it but I agree this kind of functionality can become quite intricate and tricky.

  • Studio (or maybe sometimes it is WS, I'm not sure) does such a bad job with much simpler things – I don't think this feature could be trusted :-(