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ABBYY Aligner DOC, DOCX, TXT, RTF, PDF, HTML, PPT, PPTX, PPS, PPSX, XLS, XLSX Windows Contact for pricing Proprietary
Alchemy CATALYST 9x, NT, 2000, XP, Win32, Winx64, VISTA, RC, RESX, .NET Binaries(1.x and 2.0), Visual Basic.NET, Microsoft WPF, Java EE, Java SE, Java ME, JAR, .properties, WAS, EAR, HTML (and all derivatives PHP, ASP, JSP), XHTML, XML (including derivative ASP.NET, ASP, JSP and XSL), MS Excel, DITA 1.0, Databases Windows eStore Proprietary
AppleTrans HTML, RTF, Plain Text (TXT) Macintosh, Mac program Free Proprietary
across MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, HTML, XML, RTF, Plain Text (TXT), EXE, RC, DLL, QuarkXPress, Adobe FrameMaker (MIF), Adobe InDesign, MSI, INI, OCX, SCR, CPL, NLS, RESX Windows, web application Freelance version: free, corporate licenses on inquiry Proprietary
AidTransStudio OpenOffice,MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Word, MS Word Xml, HTML, ASP, PHP, ASPX, Plain Text, XML, Trados TTX, TMX, Custom Format (config based on Regular Expressions) Windows (.NET) Basic Edition: Free, Pro and Ent See price list Proprietary
AnyMem 2.0 MS Word, TMX export-import Windows 89 Proprietary
Araya HTML, XML, plain text, RTF, TMX, XLIFF Cross-platform (Java) €400 / Server €6500 Proprietary
CafeTran Plain Text, HTML, XML, OpenOffice, MS Office, AbiWord, Kword, TMX, Trados TTX, XLIFF, Adobe InDesign (INX and IDML), Adobe FrameMaker (MIF), AutoCad (DXF), iWork, Java Properties, Windows .NET Resources (ResX), Mac OSX/iOS String Resources Cross-platform Windows – Mac OS – Linux (Java) €80 Proprietary
CatsCradle HTML, CSV, Help contents and index files (.hhc, .hhk) Windows €60 ?
Déjà Vu (DVX) XML, Plain Text, OpenOffice, Adobe FrameMaker, Adobe PageMaker, ASP, Interleaf/Quicksilver, InDesign, Help Content, SGML, MS Access, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Word, QuarkXPress, RTF, Resource files, C/C++/Java source files, Java Properties, JavaScript, VBScript, GNU gettext Windows Standard: €490, Pro: €990, Workgroup: €1490 Proprietary
Felix MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint (for Windows); HTML Windows $US 350 Proprietary
Fluency MS Word (.doc, .docx), MS Excel (.xls, .xlsx), MS PowerPoint (.pptx,.ppsx,.ppt.pps), TMX, Adobe PDF, Adobe InDesign, HTML, XHTML, XML, RTF, Trados Bilingual Documents, Trados TTX, Plain Text Windows See price list. Proprietary
Fusion MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint (for Windows); RTF, XML, HTML – Note: Native Office Support which means Translation conducted within the Office environments (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) + Trados and Wordfast Tagged formats Windows Proprietary
GlobalSight Text ANSI / ASCII / Unicode for Windows, Text for Apple Macintosh, HTML, XML (ASP.NET, ASP, JSP, XSL), SGML, SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics), MS Word for Windows, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, RTF, RC, QuarkXPress, Adobe FrameMaker, Adobe PageMaker, Interleaf /Quicksilver, Adobe InDesign Cross-platform (Java) Apache License 2.0
Google Translator Toolkit HTML, Microsoft Word, OpenDocument Text, Text, Rich Text, SubRip, SubViewer, Wikipedia Web application Free Proprietary
Heartsome Translation Suite HTML/XHTML, XML, Plain Text, OpenOffice, StarOffice, AbiWord, PO/POT (GNU Gettext), SVG, Adobe FrameMaker (MIF), Adobe InDesign, DocBook, DITA, Java Properties, JavaScript, RTF, Tagged RTF, Trados TTX, MS Office 2003 XML, ResX (Windows .NET Resources), RC (Windows C/C++ Resources), MS Office 2007 (beta) Cross-platform (Java) See price list. Proprietary
Lingotek Translation Platform HTML, XHTML, XML, MS Word, MS Excel, MS Powerpoint, OpenOffice/StarOffice, OpenDocument (ODF), OpenDocument Text (.odt), OpenDocument Spreadsheet (.ods), OpenDocument Presentation (.odp), Microsoft Resource (.rc), Rich Text Format (.rtf), Plain Text (.txt), Java Properties (.properties), Gettext PO, TMX, XLIFF Web application Contact for Pricing Proprietary
Lingo HTML, XML, Adobe Framemaker, Adobe PDF (.pdf), .net, MS Word (.doc), MS Ecma (.xps), TMX (.tmx) Windows 2000 SP4, XP SP2, Vista; .NET Framework 2.0, Internet Explorer 5.5, SQL Server 2005 US $ 899 Proprietary
LocaleMinder.com Java Properties (.properties), XML, TMX, XLIFF, W3C ITS Web application Based on number of words for developers. Free for translators. Proprietary/Apache License 2.0 interaction library
LogiTermWeb Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, PDF, HTML, RTF, plain text Windows Proprietary
memoQ HTML, XML – with real-time preview, plain text, MS Office 2000/XP/2003/2007 formats (doc, xls, ppt, docx, pptx – all with real-time preview), RTF, bilingual RTF (Trados compatible), RTF multi-column table (both export and import), full XLIFF support (both creation and import/export), Star Transit XV and NXT packages, Trados TTX, Adobe FrameMaker, Adobe Indesign, proprietary bilingual format (MBD), TMX, CSV, TSV, SRX, PDF (exported as plain text). Native support for many XML-based formats (AuthorIT, DITA, Freemind mindmaps, Excel 2003 XML, Java .properties, Microsoft Help files (.hhk, .hhc), ResX, Typo3). Windows 4Free: Freeware
translator standard: €99
translator pro: €620
serverFive: ask
Proprietary
MEMOrg HTML, XHTML, XML, MS Word, MS Excel, RTF Windows, Web Application Access by invitation only Proprietary
MetaTexis HTML, XML, Resource files
MS Word (all kinds of text files that can be imported by MS Word), MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, Adobe FrameMaker, Adobe PageMaker, QuarkXPress
Windows Lite: for free
Pro: €98
NET/Office: €138
Proprietary
MultiCorpora MultiTrans HTML, XML, MS Word, MS Excel, MS Powerpoint, WordPerfect, QuarkXPress, Adobe Maker Interchange Format (MIF), Adobe InDesign Windows Proprietary
Fortis Revolution Translation Suite TMX, HTML, XML, Word, Framemaker, Pagemaker, InDesign, Resource files, Help files, text files, source code, and more. Customized filters are available upon request. Windows $US 199
ppp.helper MS PowerPoint Windows €39 Proprietary
Rainbow HTML, XHTML, Scripts,
Photoshop, etc.
Windows (.NET) Freeware Proprietary
SDL Trados Features four translation environments: dedicated TagEditor, MSWord Interface, SDLX, and – as the latest development – the new SDL Trados Studio 2009. Additional filters for translating with TagEditor available: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OpenOffice, InDesign, QuarkXPress, PageMaker, Interleaf, Framemaker, HTML, SGML, XML, SVG, …. Includes SDL MultiTerm for terminology management and Project Management Dashboard for automating tasks and tracking. Windows €795 (freelance) – €4995 (LSP; floating license) Proprietary
SecureCottage Reference Portal HTML, XHTML, PHP, CGI, most web pages Web based Free for use Proprietary
SEER English Spanish Translator MS Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Plain Text, HTML Windows $US 299 Proprietary
Similis HTML,XML, PDF,MS Word, OpenOffice, Trados Windows Rental – 360 € per year Proprietary
STAR Transit Text ANSI / ASCII / Unicode for Windows, Text for Apple Macintosh, Corel WordPerfect, HTML, XML (ASP.NET, ASP, JSP, XSL), SGML, SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics), MS Word for Windows, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, RTF y RTF for WinHelp, RC, QuarkXPress, Adobe FrameMaker, Adobe PageMaker, Interleaf /Quicksilver, Adobe InDesign, XGate para QuarkXPress, AutoCAD Windows Proprietary
Swordfish XLIFF, HTML/XHTML, XML, Plain Text, OpenOffice, StarOffice, AbiWord, PO/POT (GNU Gettext), SVG, Adobe FrameMaker (MIF), Adobe InDesign (INX and IDML), DocBook, DITA, Java Properties, JavaScript, RTF, Trados Tagged RTF, Trados TTX, MS Office 2003 XML, ResX (Windows .NET Resources), RC (Windows C/C++ Resources), MS Office 2007, MS Visio, SDLXLIFF (Trados 2009) Cross-platform Windows – Linux – Mac OS X (Java) €240 Proprietary
Sysfilter (ECM engineering) Sysfilter enables you to transfer texts from your files to a word processor of your choice or into XML. After the translation you can use the filter to automatically reinsert the texts into the original document. Supported formats: Adobe Illustrator, Indesign, Photoshop, MS Visio, MS Excel, CorelDraw Windows € 69 – € 349 Proprietary
Termbases ? Web application Free Proprietary
Tr-aid ? ? ? ?
TranslateCAD It Extracts text from AutoCAD DXF drawings (Version 2000-2008) and prepares files to work with any CAT tool, and re-joins files to generate a target DXF translated file. Windows $US 29.95 Proprietary
TransSearch Any text copied on the web form Web application $CA 129.95 Proprietary
Translation Search Engine (by Elanex) Any format that can be copied and pasted onto a web page, TMX Web application Free Web Access Proprietary
Web Translate It Gettext .po/.pot, Ruby .yml (Ruby on Rails), XLIFF, Java .properties/.xml, Qt .ts, JSON, Apple .strings (Macintosh, iPhone and iPad), Android .xml, BlackBerry .rrc, HTML, XHTML, Microsoft .resx, plain text, Markdown, Textile, PHP .ini. Web application 0 – €149 monthly Proprietary
Wordfast Classic MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint (for Windows and Mac); tagged documents Microsoft Office Word addin €330/165 (for both Wordfast Classic and Wordfast Pro bundle) Proprietary
Wordfast Pro MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, html, xml, asp, jsp, InDesign Cross-platform Windows, Mac, Linux (Java) €330/165 (for both Wordfast Classic and Wordfast Pro bundle) Proprietary
WordFisher MS Word WordBasic\Ms Office Word macro Free Licence Proprietary
XTM Enterprise Suite XLIFF, HTML/XHTML, XML, Plain Text, OpenOffice, StarOffice, PO/POT (GNU Gettext), SVG, Adobe FrameMaker (MIF), Adobe InDesign (INX), DocBook, DITA, Java Properties, JavaScript, RTF, Trados Tagged RTF, Trados TTX, MS Office 2003 XML, ResX (Windows .NET Resources), RC (Windows C/C++ Resources), MS Office 2007, built completely on Open Standards: TMX, TBX, XLIFF, SRX, xml:tm, W3C ITS Web application
TM-database Adobe InDesign (*.inx), Plain Text (*.txt), PHP source(*.txt), Excel (*.xls), TMX (*.tmx). Windows Free Proprietary

According to a survey done by the Imperial College, in 2006 the most popular systems were:[1]

  • Deja Vu
  • OmegaT
  • SDLX (now merged with Trados)
  • Trados
  • Star Transit
  • Wordfast

CAT tools changed considerably after the survey was published and its results should be analyzed with care.

As of July 2010, videos of 20+ translation environment tools translating the same Word document are available for free on TranslatorsTraining.com.

^ See page 26 in “Imperial College London Translation Memories Survey”. 2006.

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