Without a doubt, the most valuable resources on my computer are my translation memories and my business accounting system (BaccS), home to an exhaustive record of clients, jobs, invoices and payments. Over a decade of a thriving freelance business in a single database file.
I’ve used BaccS as my business management software for the last two years. (Read here why I switched to BaccS.) In April this year, SDL acquired the program and reassured current BaccS users that we’d be able to transition seamlessly into the rebranded tool. Here’s a brief report of that experience.
Six weeks after receiving SDL’s email announcement back in April, BaccS users were sent a flurry of automated emails with details of our new SDL BaccS account, a new maintenance agreement and a new license number. But no friendly explanation about how to migrate an existing database or other practicalities. Just a link to some SDL licensing videos (not relevant in this case).
After digging around, I found and skim read these three resources:
- Licensing and installation instructions: SDL BaccS wiki.
- General comments and discussions: SDL Community BaccS forum.
- Help files (also accessible by clicking F1 in BaccS): SDL BaccS help.
Switching to version 5
Getting up and running with the new version was quick and easy.
I backed up the database in my old version 4 (Tools>Create Backup), downloaded and installed version 5 from my new BaccS SDL account, and then closed the new app. I then copied the database (baccsdb.sdf) from the database folder in version 4 to the same path in version 5, and did the same for the settings file (settings.bin) in the main BaccS folder. Finally, I activated version 5 (Support>Product Activation).
A few points of interest
- Users of legacy versions can install BaccS v. 5 on two computers (same license, two activations).
- Users who purchased a legacy license are entitled to free upgrades to the current version 5, and the next version, whenever that is released.
- Customised window layouts and invoice templates are preserved and migrate correctly to version 5 (in my case, at least).
- Version 4 will run side by side with the new version if you install v. 5 in a different folder, which is default behaviour.
- The old BaccS forum is accessible in a read-only format – useful for looking up old but still relevant discussions.
- Eugene Kuchynski, the sole creator of BaccS, has joined the SDL team and will continue to develop BaccS. Excellent news for BaccS users!
- ProZ plus BaccS users have yet to hear how their free bundled package will fit in the picture.
- Users of other CAT tools have no reason to worry: BaccS desktop still functions as a standalone tool and data import from other tools works as before.
- BaccS prices have shot up: the standalone desktop version for freelancers costs €295, more than double the old price, but now in line with other comparable tools. For a tool I use every day, the price is still reasonable.
Most importantly, the new business model is reassuring for users. We no longer depend on a sole developer for support, but can still count on Eugene’s superb coding skills and contagious enthusiasm. I look forward to future developments!