Mats Linder has just brought out the third edition of his Studio Manual, a big, fat 380-page PDF that helps users get the most out of SDL Trados Studio. There hasn’t been a new release of Studio, so why has the manual been updated?
Well, the additions largely stem from user experience – Mats’ and ours – which means grass-roots content for real-life translators.
The new content answers questions like:
- What’s the difference between unconfirmed and draft segments?
- How can you assign Shift+Insert to paste text, like in other Windows applications?
- What happens if you enable the character-based concordance search?
- Where do you change settings options for your current project and when will they take effect?
- Do you need an INI file to translate a TTX?
For people who miss Word’s AutoCorrect feature in Studio, there’s a new section in the manual on how to run PhraseExpress and AutoHotkey within Studio, so problems such as writing “teh” instead of “the” becomes a thing of the past. (To be honest, I gave PhraseExpress a try a few months ago but wasn’t convinced. I got too many pop-up suggestions and an annoying lag when autocorrection was working. Maybe it’s time for me to upgrade my computer.)
The number of apps available on SDL OpenExchange is growing fast and Mats has included many of the latest additions in his manual. Glossary Converter, Any-TM Translation Provider, SDLTmConvert and MultiTerm Widget are now included in this third edition. The manual itself is also available on the OpenExchange, by the way.
Anyone who has already purchased the manual gets the updated edition (including a version with highlighted changes) for free. If you haven’t got a copy, it costs €34. (* See Paul Filkin’s comment below.) Why should you pay for a manual when you’ve already forked out quite a sum for the program itself? Well, you don’t have to, of course, because Studio already comes with a comprehensive online help section, but you’ll be missing out on a manual written by a translator, for translators.
Let me turn that question over to you. What do you think?