In today’s episode, I am joined by Janine Roberts to discuss how to make the best use of our CAT or translation environment tools. Most CAT tools are a big investment, but they can also be a great investment for your business and a great productivity tool. Janine is a long-time translator from the UK, and has been using CAT tools since the late 90s.
Important things covered in this episode:
- Negotiating rates and terms based on CAT tool analysis ̶ points to consider
- Translation memory ownership
- Discounts for matches
- What to do if you receive a TM containing bad translations
- Maximising your investment
- Negotiating in different scenarios
Useful links mentioned in this episode:
I am very grateful to Janine for sharing her tips, particularly on how to handle the question of CAT tools differently in different business scenarios. Special thanks too to all of you who have given reviews on iTunes and Stitcher recently. Your feedback is both useful and a source of huge motivation! See you all next time.
Janine Roberts lives in the UK and has worked as a freelance translator for the past 30 years. Although she started out working mainly from French and German to English, she now works mainly from Swedish to English and specialises in technical translations, mainly in engineering fields. Janine first started using a CAT tool in the late 1990s using a very early version of Trados Translator’s Workbench. She has been an enthusiastic advocate of the benefits of using such tools ever since and is very familiar with the business environment surrounding the use of these tools. The webinar was given jointly by Janine together with Lucy Brooks of eCPD webinars. A slightly shorter version was also given to the American Translators Association (ATA) under the title “CAT tools: Friend or Foe, The business aspects of owning a CAT tool”.
A special thanks to Catherine Metcalfe for editing the show notes.
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