Memsource Editor

Memsource Editor for Desktop Overview

Memsource Editor for Desktop is a lightweight CAT tool that can be installed on Windows, Macintosh, and Linux operating systems. While translating offline is supported, full functionality is provided when connected to Memsource.

The Memsource Editor for Desktop has been designed to work with MXLIFF files, which are downloaded from translation projects in Memsource.

The Memsource Editor automatically connects to appropriate translation memories, term bases, and/or machine translations in Memsource when logged in.

For supported version, see the download site.

Installation for Windows

To install Memsource Editor for Desktop, follow these steps:

  1. Double-click the downloaded installation file.

    The installation launches.

  2. When installation completes, open the editor.

  3. From the Tools menu, under Preferences, select the Login tab.

    The Login tab opens.

  4. Enter login details:

    • Server - typically cloud.memsource.com

    • Username

    • Password

  5. Click Save.

    Login credentials are saved. If correct, the Login indicator will show green.

Installation for Mac

Mac OS X 10.8 and Higher

Follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to System Preferences and select Security & Privacy settings.

  2. In the Allow apps downloaded from users section, select App Store and identified developers.

    Administrator privileges required.

  3. With Security & Privacy settings still open, unzip the installer and launch it. The installer will be blocked, but will appear in Security & Privacy settings

  4. In Security & Privacy settings, click Open anyway.

    The installer launches.

  5. When installation completes, open the editor.

  6. From the Tools menu, under Preferences, select the Login tab.

    The Login tab opens.

  7. Enter login details:

    • Server - typically cloud.memsource.com

    • Username

    • Password

  8. Click Save.

    Login credentials are saved. If correct, the Login indicator will show green.

Installation for Ubuntu

Memsource Editor is a 64-bit application and requires a 64-bit version of Ubuntu.

The installer is a 32-bit application. This should not cause any difficulties but if any are experienced, install the 32-bit system libraries as described in this Ubuntu article.

To install Memsource Editor for Desktop, follow these steps:

  • Run run.sh to start the application.

Ubuntu Libraries Incompatibility

If Ubuntu installs libraries that are incompatible with the libraries needed for the Memsource Editor (working in KDE, for example), download the attached libraries and extract the files into the lib directory of the Memsource installation on Ubuntu.

When new versions are released, Memsource Editor downloads them in the background. The upgraded version will be opened when restarted.

Login Preferences

To set or change Login Preferences, follow these steps:

  1. From the Tools menu, select Preferences.

    The PREFERENCES windows opens.

  2. Select the Login tab.

    Provide, change or remove login details.

  3. Click Save.

    Login details are applied.

Login credentials for different organizations are saved. Selecting the username for a specific organization applies the preferences for that organization. If not in use, or invalid, user credentials can also be deleted.

Network Preferences

To set or change network preferences, follow these steps:

  1. From the Tools menu, select Preferences.

    The PREFERENCES windows opens.

  2. Select the Network tab.

  3. If Proxy requires manual configuration, click the Configure Proxy Manually radio button.

    Provide Proxy type, server name and authentication details.

  4. Click Save.

    Network details are saved.

Translating Offline

Memsource Editor for Desktop can be used to work offline but access to translation resources such as TMs, TBs, machine translation and QA will be limited. The preview feature is also only available while online.

It is recommended to be connected to the internet when using the editor but if connection is not possible, the following process can be used to work offline..

To prepare a job for working offline, follow these steps:

  1. Install Memsource Editor for Desktop.

  2. From the Linguist Portal, pre-translate the MXLIFF file.

  3. Download the pre-translated MXLIFF file and begin translating in the editor.

    Segments with TM matches are pre-translated.

  4. Go offline if required and continue translating.

Tip

Make backups of MXLIFF files as well as any other important documents at regular intervals in line with the general best practices for offline work. Refer to clients' data protection policies e. g. on the mandatory use of encryption on external drives.

To go back online with the job, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to Memsource.

    Resource Status will show green.

  2. Upload the MXLIFF file with one of these methods:

    • From the Document menu, select Upload to Server.

    • From the Linguist Portal Tools menu, select Upload.

    • Send the file to the Project Manager for upload.

  3. Complete the translation.

MXLIFF Upload Problems

  • The MXLIFF is broken.

    • May occur if the file was translated in a CAT tool other than Memsource.

  • The MXLIFF belongs to a different project.

    • A workflow error; a translator creates their own projects and then tries to add their MXLIFF files to a client account.

  • The MXLIFF belongs to a different workflow step.

    • The MXLIFF file should always be added to the same workflow step that it was exported from.

  • The job has been deleted.

    • The job into which the MXLIFF file belongs has been deleted, but the translator has continued to translate the deleted MXLIFF file. Because the job was deleted, the connection between the server and the MXLIFF file was lost (connections cannot be made to deleted jobs). The translator was working offline when the job was deleted and the resource status was showing red.

    • The PM can locate the deleted job in the Recycle Bin and undelete it.

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