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Cross-Platform Compatibility Wordfast Pro 5 is the only major commercial TM tool on the market that runs natively on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
WYSIWYG Interface Wordfast Pro 5 offers users the ability to choose either a tag mark-up editor or WYSIWIG (what you see is what you get) editor based on personal preference. Proficiency is made virtually instantaneous by offering users customizable shortcut key bindings including pre-configured shortcut key maps for all major TM systems.
Target-only Live Preview After translating your document, proofread a target-only version with layout and formatting in Wordfast Pro. Click on a segment in the preview you need to change and you are brought directly to the segment in the bilingual TXLF file for faster editing.
Segment Filtering Wordfast Pro 5 allows you to filter segments based on terms, regular expressions, match scores, notes, and other attributes.
Multilingual Translation Projects Wordfast Pro 5 allows you to configure a multilingual translation package when you need to translate into multiple target languages. The project can then be sent as a single package or separate packages based on language pairs. There are no language limits or restrictions in the licensed version (the demo version is limited to bilingual projects).
Export and Import Translation Packages Wordfast Pro 5 allows you to configure and export translation packages for fast, seamless translation management. Your translators can simply drag and drop to import the package, translate the files, and export for round-trip delivery. You can also directly import SDL Trados packages.
Chain Files Wordfast Pro 5 allows you to chain multiple files into a single file to improve the consistency of repeated segments and facilitate file management.
Advanced Time-Saving Features Work faster and more efficiently with several powerful time-saving features including advanced segment filtering, locking segments, and high-speed batch processing.
Unlimited TM and Glossary Access Wordfast Pro 5 enables users to access an unlimited number of TMs and Glossaries simultaneously. Users can also prioritize TMs as primary or secondary.
Integration with Machine Translation Wordfast Pro 5 integrates with multiple MT engines enabling users to leverage machine translations when there are no translation memory matches. Users can also assign penalties to machine translated content.
Real-Time Quality Assurance (Transcheck) Wordfast Pro 5’s Transcheck feature verifies elements in your translation and warns about potential errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, numbers, terminology consistency, and placeables as you type.
Virtually any file format, including MS Office, Adobe InDesign, FrameMaker, PDF, HTML, XML, SDL Trados Xliff, MemoQ Xliff, and more
Windows 8.1, Linux, Windows 10, Mac OS X 10.8 and higher, Windows 7 and higher , Microsoft Windows 7
Minimum: Intel or AMD CPU-based computer manufactured after 2013, 4 GB of System Memory, and Screen Resolution of 1366 x 768
*Install dependencies to run Wordfast on Linux OS typically ‘sudo apt install libconf2-4’ or ‘sudo apt-get install –f’ or ‘yum install libX*’"
Support & upgrades
Support and upgrades offered/included
Free upgrades for duration of license/Subscription
Ruth Simpson . Wordfast Pro 5 is a standalone CAT tool that is compatible in my experience with Word, Powerpoint, InDesign and most other office software programs.
I work on a mac system and it is perfectly compatible.
I also need to use Trados for one client, but consistently use Wordfast Pro 5 for all others because of how easy and practical it is.
Highly recommended! And a training session to get you started is also highly recommended, to get the most out of it.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
5 out of 5
How easy is it to learn?
Excellent tool with new features and optimisations continuously added
Stefan Stefanov . Wordfast Pro 5 has seen huge improvement over the past year (2018) and now runs smoothly and fast and has become my favourite tool (used to be Wordfast Pro 3).
Project management (creation and modification) is as easy as it can be, in a single window, unlike in the competition. Switching between working modes is very intuitive. Translating in it is a straightforward process where you focus on what matters.
You buy a licence for a period of time (and theirs is the cheapest, with renewal at half-price), not for a version, which is great, because you receive all the latest improvements when they become available and you do not have to think about upgrading. If project/TM upgrades are required between versions, this is performed automatically, unlike in some other tools.
Wordfast Pro 5 is a highly recommended professional translation tool!
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
1 out of 5
How easy is it to learn?
Achalemoipas . Still extremely buggy. I have to close it and reopen it at least five times a day because things just stop working for no reason (can't commit using shortcut keys after transcheck, for example). The layout is horrendous, many important functions still are only decorations after all these years.
At every single segment, I have to wait two seconds otherwise what I write in those two seconds is "cancelled" and I start back at the beginning of the segment. You can't just click on text if it's not in the segment you're working on, you can select it and it does nothing.
Even basic, dumb things like word search: finds the word, displays the wrong segment.
It's an extremely annoying software that I would gladly replace if my main client didn't force me to use it. It's so incredibly bad and frustrating that you can't help to think it's some practical joke.
I am actively seeking new clients just to not have to use Wordfast.
Every single update makes it worse. Translating directly in Word is actually faster. I work faster without it, but I'm forced to use it.
4 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Dear Achalemoipas, sorry to hear you had a bad user experience with Wordfast. The lag you experienced could be caused by a slow internet connection if you are connecting to a remote TM or saving local assets to cloud sync drives like Google Drive, iCloud or OneDrive. For other issues, we encourage users to send a feedback report so developers can investigate, fix bugs, add new features, or improve the software. Since your report in July of 2018, we have released 12 new versions. Upgrades to new versions are free and included for the validity of your license. You can find release notes here: https://www.wordfast.com/support_release_notes
John Gray . I have used other translation software before (deja vu, memsource) and the difference is astounding, comparable on a level of handcar to Ferrari. There are so many bugs and as the years go by and new versions are released it hasn't improved one bit. Whoever the members of the team are - I salute you on your capacity to not resolve problems in your software. Unfortunately I am obliged to use WF5 and suffer daily as it crashes and refuses to accept my confirmed segments. In all fairness, it could potentially be an effective translation tool, but as it stands I would keep well away. I can only hope that one day the team will figure out what they're doing wrong but I sincerely doubt this !
2 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Dear John Gray,
Thanks for your feedback and sorry to hear about your unsatisfactory user experience. We strongly encourage our users to alert our developers about issues they are having by submitting a feedback report. With a valid license, you also have free access to tech support. Since your review in April of 2019, we have released 8 new versions. Upgrades to new versions are free and included for the validity of your license. You can find release notes here: https://www.wordfast.com/support_release_notes
Wordfast Pro 5 is the only major commercial TM tool on the market that runs natively on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Karina D'Emilio . I've been a Worfast user since 2010. Wordfast Pro 5 has improved a lot lately. It is super user-friendly and affordable. You can also directly import SDL Trados packages. I'm very happy with this tool, I highly recommend it.