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Thursday, 2 December 2010

Question Time

Everything seems to be working fine now, but I'm afraid I still have some questions on using databases:

Q1: If you include Google/Bing, everybody works with at least 2 databases. Can CafeTran assemble a translation by taking terms from these databases in a particular order? In my case, look for perfect matches first, then for matches in the Lex, then in the TDB?

A1: The assemble order is the following:
1. Perfect (100%) matches within the project itself.
2. Matches in the glossary (the Lexicon in your case).
3. Matches in the Terms memory which is joined to the main memory (menu Memory | Join Terms memory).
4. Matches in the main memory (the TDB) or other memories.

Q2: And in continuation of Q1, can CT do so automatically (AutoAssemble in DéjaVu)? In other words, you go to the next segment, and all the terms from the various databases are already there, assembled in the preferred order.

A2: It depends how you integrate you memories in the workflow.
The default Automatic mode does the assembling while you take the next segment. If you notice an unacceptable pause waiting for the results, you should switch to Pretranslation mode.
The Pretranslation mode performs the assembling of all segments in one run. You may continue taking next segments while the program is autotranslating in the background. The matches are available instantly. (Igor)

Q3: In the Project File, I set the path for both my MDB and the TDB to the folder in which they are located (.../cafetran/resources/memories/ENG>DUT), and I checked the boxes for "Memory For Segments" and "Memory For Terms." However, in the Project itself, I end up with one memory database only, ENG>DUT. Did CT combine the two? Merged them?

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A3: All memories in this folder are merged resulting in one memory. If you do not wish to merge them so, you need to open them separately through the Memory menu. Then, they will open in its own tabs. Alternatively, you may join a Terms memory to the main memory to get their matches in one tab and still keep the memories separate (menu Memory | Join terms memory). (Igor)

Q4: Can I open and edit my databases in CT? If so, how, and if not, what (Mac) software should I use? Clicking to open a database now triggers AppleTrans, and learning one CAT tool at a time is already more than I can handle...

A4: Yes, you can. There are two ways to accomplish this:
1. Open a TMX memory like a regular project (menu Project | Open project). Then, edit and save its segments the same way you would review the project segments. This method has your system memory RAM limitation because the program loads all the segments to RAM.
2. The other way involves the true Database approach, which means creating a Database table and importing the memory segments there for edition and searching (menu Database). Here, you do not have any RAM memory limitation.