Convert SDLTM and SDLTB without SDL Trados Studio or MultiTerm
This article is based on content generously provided by Dominique Pivard.
Context: Your customer works with SDL Studio, and sends you translation memories as SDLTM (SDL Trados Studio native format) or term bases as SDLTB (SDL MultiTerm native format), but not in a project package. You need to use these resources in your memoQ project, where you will most probably translate directly the SDLXLIFF files.
How to: below, you will find the download links for a 3rd party converter, developed originally for Wordfast,but can be used with pretty much any other tool.
SDLTM translation memories will be converted as TMX.
SDLTB termbases will be converted to Excel files, that you can "Save as Unicode text" and directly import into a memoQ termbase.
The 3rd party DLL (not included with the converter) must be copied to the same folder as WfConverter.exe (except if you already have SQLite installed)
WfConverter is an alternative to Thomas van Nellen’s script for SDLTM files and to Gerhard Kordmann’s GlossaryConverter for SDLTB files. Because it is a compiled program, WfConverter is much faster than the script. Unlike GlossaryConverter, it works even if MultiTerm is not installed on your computer.
Please note that memoQ 9.4 or newer can simply import SDLTM translation memories without such converting.