This topic discusses the major differences between RC-WinTrans 9 and previous versions as well as some things to consider for the update process.
Versions 5 through 7 of RC-WinTrans use a Microsoft Access database (MDB, EDB, TDB, and XDB files). Newer versions of RC-WinTrans (X8/9) cannot open or edit these older translation databases directly.
Table 1 lists the Access database files used by RC-WinTrans 7. Each of the four databases was designed for a different file type.
TABLE 1: RC-WINTRANS 5 – 7 PROJECT DATABASES
TABLE 2: RC-WINTRANS X8/9 PROJECT DATA STORAGE TYPES
The data of an older RC-WinTrans project database can be added to (and thereby reused in) an RC-WinTrans 9 translation project. To do this, the data of the previous RC-WinTrans database must be read (extracted) from the database and added to an RC-WinTrans 9 translation project, which is the process known as “data migration.” During the migration process translation data, settings (e.g., “excluded” status, re-check markers), and comments are read from the database (Table 1) and added to RC-WinTrans 9 translation data storage type (Table 2).
Data migration is handled through the Project Database Migration dialog box- please refer to the help topic for this dialog for detailed information on how to perform the data migration.
The RC-WinTrans 5 – 7 MDB, TDB, and EDB databases contain only one source file (to be translated) and the data for one or more target languages (Table 1). XDB databases can contain one or more source files.
By comparison, the newer RC-WinTrans translation projects can contain a number of files (having different file types) and a number of target languages. During migration, the data of several databases and database types can be added to a single translation project. If you have a number of RC-WinTrans 5 – 7 databases it is up to you if you want to add them all to one RC-WinTrans translation project or group them using more than one project. The latter option is useful if, for example, you wanted to separate .NET files and Java properties files into different translation projects.
See also: "Project Database Migration Dialog Box."
RC-WinTrans 5 to 7 used a Microsoft Access database (DDB) for dictionary data. These dictionaries are no longer supported. The data in the DDB dictionaries can be reused by migrating dictionary data to an SDL Trados translation memory (.sdltm).
For details on how to do this please view the "TM Workbench" help topic.
See also: "Trados and RC-WinTrans."
The batch command line interface of RC-WinTrans has undergone some minor changes since the build of previous versions. The most important changes are listed here: