Wordfast LLC is a small, private company. The company develops Wordfast and provides related services. Wordfast’s architect is Yves Champollion.
The first version of Wordfast was born in 1999. At that time, there were only a few TM software packages available, at steep prices. The initial idea was to develop a power-to-the people TM package at an affordable price.
Right from the beginning, Wordfast made a point of constantly submitting any new development to a group of real translators for feedback and criticism. We went to great lengths, for example, to only use a plain-text format for TMs and glossaries so that translators can use standard tools, like their own wordprocessor, to manipulate data.
Today, Wordfast is used by over 13,000 translators world-wide in practically all languages. It has earned rave reviews from numerous publications for its simplicity and power.