A review of METM17: part II

Following Fiona Peterson’s account of how she plucked up the courage to attend her first Mediterranean Editors and Translators Meeting (METM17 in Brescia, Italy), today’s blog post has been kindly contributed by Valerie Matarese, an avid METMite and authors’ editor. Valerie explains what makes her come back, year after year: Read more…

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A review of METM17: part I

A year has passed since I wrote my personal account of the 12th Mediterranean Editors & Translators Meeting (METM16) in Tarragona, Spain. To change the focus this year, I’ve invited two METM17 attendees—a newbie and a veteran—to write a double post on the latest MET meeting, held 26-28 October in Brescia, Italy. Many thanks to both authors for their time and thoughts. First up is Fiona Peterson, an Italian to English translator and fellow nurse: Read more…

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New information for excipients in package leaflets

The EMA and the European Commission have just updated the safety warnings for excipients in package leaflets. Excipients are the inactive ingredients in a medicine–diluents, binders, disintegrants, colouring agents–that give the medicine its final dosage form. Read more…

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European Society of Cardiology annual congress

Last month, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) held its annual congress in Barcelona. Some 30,000 specialists attended over five days to discuss ‘Innovation in Cardiology’ 40 years after the first percutaneous coronary intervention. My colleague, Jane Marshall, and I went along to hear about the latest in cardiology guidelines, drugs and clinical trials. Read more…

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Studio MT plugins and GT4T

Machine translation (MT) is an ever-present topic on translators’ forums and social media, but nevertheless, it’s hard to keep track of all the new tools and solutions in this field. Mats Linder, author of The Trados Studio Manual, has overcome this problem for Studio users by publishing an article on Trados Studio apps/plugins for MT. Read more…

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New features in SDL Trados Studio 2017 SR1

SDL Trados Studio 2017 and SDL MultiTerm 2017 on my desktopSDL Trados Studio 2017 was released in November last year. Service Release 1 (SR1) has just appeared. It brings a few neat improvements and a couple of bigger surprises, which I’ll run through in this blog post.

 

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How to set up BaccS in 10 minutes

After criticising the BaccS set-up instructions in my last blog post, I thought it was only fair to offer a solution. So here are some step-by-step instructions for people who are in a hurry to set up their first job in BaccS, do the translation and invoice it.  Read more…

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TO3000 3D and BaccS: side by side

Over the past 20 years as a freelance translator, I’ve organised my workload and admin with a pen and paper, done a brief stint with Word tables combined with ProZ invoicing, used Outlook tasks with Excel, and finally settled with AIT’s  TO3000 about 6 years ago. Version 11, released in February 2014, met all my needs, so when AIT announced in June last year that a new 3D version was just around the corner, I looked forward to trying it out. Read more…

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Legalese in medical translation: a problem paragraph solved

As medical translators, we often have to dabble in non-medical fields such as statistics, insurance and law. Clinical trial documentation has its fair share of standard legal sections, and one particular paragraph has been causing me quite a headache recently. It often appears in validations, substantial modifications and authorisations issued by the AEMPS (Spanish Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices) so it’s likely you’ve come across it, too. Read more…

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Changing segment status in Studio: there’s an app for that!

Segment Status SwitcherSegment Status Switcher is a recent addition to the SDL AppStore. After installing the app, you’ll be able to change a segment from Translated to Draft or Not Translated with a couple of clicks or a shortcut. Before I discuss the new app, I’ll briefly look at segment status in Studio: what it’s for and how it works. Read more…

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