Last October we brought you SDL Trados Studio 2015 Service Release 1 and the team at SDL has been busy working on our latest major update: Service Release 2 (SR2).
SR2 is an important platform update for Studio 2015, bringing in two new APIs: Terminology Provider API and Batch Task API. Some of you may be familiar with APIs, but I remember my own blank expression when I first heard this term, so I’ll explain a bit more! An API is essentially the back-end coding that, once shared, allows integrations to be developed, so we envisage exciting new terminology and batch pre- and post-processing apps becoming available on the SDL OpenExchange very soon.
What’s really great about the new Terminology Provider API is that working with terminology in Studio 2015 will be even easier. There are so many third-party terminology or dictionary providers out there, so imagine being able to plug these in to your Studio directly! We’ve developed a ready-made plugin allowing you to directly add an Excel glossary to your project (a first for CAT tools!) without needing to convert it to a SDL MultiTerm termbase first. It’s even quicker and easier than using the Glossary Converter app for simple glossaries:
This app is available to download for free from the SDL OpenExchange.
We’ve also redesigned the termbase UI to make it simpler to add your termbases and you can now create them directly in Studio, without needing to open MultiTerm:
The Batch Task API will also open up new opportunities for custom batch task plugins to be developed to fit in with your work processes. SR2 will ship with a new batch task that calls on this API: the WIP (Work in Progress) Report. This will give both work-doers and work-givers a much more granular way of looking at the tasks left to complete on a project (be it translation, post-editing, sign-off), as it reports on the SDLXLIFF file:
You can now download a great plugin from the SDL OpenExchange, which calls on the Batch Task API, that lets you export your SDLXLIFF files in Excel format.
Another key enhancement is the new licensing flexibility, which makes it possible to mix and match different license editions of Studio 2015 on the same licensing server without the need for complex mixed-activation solutions. There are improved License Manager controls and Product Activation wizard, so that your business can really make the most out of its Studio 2015 investment.
For those of you using Microsoft Word Click-to-Run versions, you can now accurately keep track of your progress with the new real-time preview options, and there is also a new embedded HTML preview.
We’ve listened to your feedback and there are a number of other great enhancements and fixes brought with SR2, which you can discover in the Release Notes. For more information on how to install Studio 2015 SR2, please refer to our Knowledge Base article or FAQs. Please note there is also a compatibility update for MultiTerm 2015. To find out how to upgrade to MultiTerm 2015 SR2, please read our FAQs.
We can’t wait to see what you, the customers, do with these new APIs and the new possibilities you’ll unleash. As always, we love to hear from you so please leave us your ideas and feedback in our customer forum. Happy translating!