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Getting data into Felix

Dec. 9th 2010

Translation data can come in a wide range of formats; this is especially true of glossaries. Felix supports a variety of translation-memory and glossary formats, and by using the Felix import features in Excel, you can get data in many different formats into Felix.

Below are some of the many file formats that you can get into Felix.

Translation Memory Formats

Format How to Open
FTM .ftm is the native Felix translation memory format. You can open it by selecting File >> Open from the Felix Memory window, or dragging and dropping the file into the Memory window.
Felix XML Felix translation memories are XML files. Felix TMs saved with the .ftm and .xml extensions have the same structure, and can be opened in the same way.
TMX Felix supports both the 1.1 and 1.4 TMX standards. To open a TMX memory, select File >> Open from the Felix Memory window, and set the file type to “TMX,” or drag and drop a TMX file into the Memory window.
Trados Text Trados memories can be exported as a special text format. You can also open these TMs in Felix.
To open a translation memory in Trados text format, select File >> Open from the Felix Memory window, and set the file type to “Trados Text,” or drag and drop a Trados text file into the Memory window.
CSV You can import translation memories in this format by going through MS Excel. Open the file in Excel, and if necessary, arrange the columns so that the translation column is the next column to the right from the source column. If there is a context column, make sure that is to the right of the translation column. Next, select the source cell of the top row, and from the Felix menu, select Add Memory. See the relevant section of the manual for details.
Tab-separated Text The process for importing translation memories in this format is the same as for CSV files, above
Other XML Any translation memory in a tabular/table format can be imported into Felix via Excel. The process for importing translation memories in this format is the same as for CSV files, above

Glossary Formats

Format How to Open
FGLOSS .fgloss is the native Felix glossary format. You can open it by selecting File >> Open from the Felix Glossary window, or dragging and dropping the file into the Glossary window.
Felix XML Felix glossaries are XML files. Felix glossaries saved with the .fgloss and .xml extensions have the same structure, and can be opened in the same way.
Multiterm Multiterm is a Trados text-based glossary format. Felix can open both versions 5.x and 6.x of Multiterm text files.
To open a Multiterm glossary, select File >> Open from the Felix Glossary window, and set the file type to “Multiterm,” or drag and drop a Multiterm file into the Glossary window.
Tabbed Text You can open glossaries in tabbed-text format in Felix. To do so, select File >> Open from the Felix Glossary window, and set the file type to “Tabbed Text.”
CSV You can import glossaries in this format by going through MS Excel. Open the file in Excel, and if necessary, arrange the columns so that the translation column is the next column to the right from the source column. If there is a context column, make sure that is to the right of the translation column. Next, select the source cell of the top row, and from the Felix menu, select Add Glossary. See the relevant section of the manual for details.
Other XML Any glossary in a tabular/table format can be imported into Felix via Excel. The process for importing translation memories in this format is the same as for CSV files, above

In addition to the formats listed above, any tabular/table-based file that can be opened in Excel can be imported into Felix. For example, you can download a glossary in HTML format from the Internet, open it in Excel, and from there import it into Felix.

If you have an existing translation and original, and want to create a translation memory from it, then I suggest using the free Align Assist tool.

If you have the need to import a file format that’s not supported now, please let me know in the comments, or from the contact page.

Posted by Ryan Ginstrom | in Felix, tips | No Comments »
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