Across is another integrated CAT (Computer Aided Translation) tool for the desktop and is available as a free full “Personal Edition” for freelancers. Across supports more than 35 file formats and provides unlimited use of the translation memory and terminology modules.
Note: Across is a very controversial CAT tool. Some people say it is slow and not very intuitive, others say it is a great tool and even compare it to memoQ or TRADOS. We did some testing (Dell XPS 15 Laptop with Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Windows 7 Ultimate) and think that there is some truth to the opinions of both parties:
- Installation was smooth
- First time start took quite a while but then is as fast as other tools
- “Nice” user interface but not very intuitive, therefore we recommend to read the Quick Start Guide that comes with Across
- Requires registration after the trial period but will still be free to use for Freelance Translators
We think that it will take a little time to get used to Across but for a free tool it is definitely worth to have a look.
Available for: Windows