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{{ImgBox|{{#Widget:YouTube|id=Y53DS5xWqQg|width=640|height=360}}|Wordfast Online Aligner, demonstrated by [[User:Yasmin|Yasmin Moslem]]}}
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'''Wordfast AutoAligner''' allows you to align<ref>Note that you can also use '''Wordfast Aligner''' at [https://www.wordfast.net/?go=align wordfast.net/align]. It does not require login nor registration.</ref> source and target documents translated without a translation memory tool and create a [[Translation Memory]].
  
You can use the free Wordfast Online Aligner (aka Wordfast File Aligner or Wordfast Autoaligner) for aligning source and target documents translated manually, without a translation tool, and creating a translation memory.
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==How to use Wordfast AutoAligner==
# Log into your [Wordfast Anywhere] account, at [http://www.freetm.com/ FreeTM.com], or register for a free new account if you do not already have one.
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To align your source and target files using AutoAligner, follow these steps:<ref>You can also watch a [https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y53DS5xWqQg 2012 video on Wordfast Online Aligner] by [[User:Yasmin|Yasmin Moslem]]. It's outdated in some respects but still helps to see the whole process in a nutshell.</ref>
# Under the ''File'' tab, click on the ''Align'' icon.  
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# This opens a new page for the Wordfast File Aligner.
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# Using your browser, log in to (or create a new, free account at) [[Wordfast Anywhere]] at [http://www.freetm.com/ FreeTM.com].
# Click on the ''Add files'' button, and locate the source and target documents, or drag and drop your files directly into the Filename box.
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# Click on the '''''AutoAligner''''' icon on the '''''File''''' tab. This opens the ''Wordfast AutoAligner'' webpage.
# You have an option that you can check if the document is multilingual. Wordfast File Aligner automatically detects the languages in your documents.
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# Click on '''''Add files''''' and navigate to the source and target documents. Alternatively, you can drag-and-drop the files directly into the main box in the AutoAligner page.
# After adding your files, click the ''Start upload'' button.
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# If your documents are multilingual, tick the relevant check box. AutoAligner automatically detects the languages in your documents.
# Wordfast File Aligner processes the uploaded documents and auto-detects the languages.
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# Click on '''''Start upload'''''.
# You can change directions of the alignment (source vs target) by clicking the "Swap Languages" button.
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# When AutoAligner uploads and processes the files, it auto-detects the languages and displays the result.
# Choose whether you want to download the TM now and/or receive it by email. You can also include formatting tags in the aligned segments.  
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# You can swap the languages by clicking on the back-and-forth arrows in order to set the alignment language pair (source and target language).
# Click on the ''Align!'' button.
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# Choose whether you want to download the TM immediately and/or receive it by email. You can also include formatting tags in the aligned segments if you want.
# Check your email inbox or wait for the alignment to finish, then save it to your computer. The alignment process creates a zip file containing the generated TM.
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# Click on '''''Align!''''' and let AutoAligner work.
# The zip file includes an Excel (*.xls) file which you can edit and upload to the TM Converter (under the Wordfast AutoAligner ''Tools'' tab > "Convert XLS/XLSX to Wordfast TM") to regenerate a TM after you have manually edited the initial, automated alignment.
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# The alignment process creates a '''zip file''' for you. Download it from AutoAligner or wait until you receive it by email (depeding your what you selected in the previous step).
# It includes also a TM in the TMX format.
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# Extract (unzip) the zip file and you will get:
The TXT file is the Wordfast TM, which you can use directly in [Wordfast Classic] and [Wordfast Pro 3]. For [Wordfast Pro 5], you can import either the TXT or TMX TM into an existing WFP5 TM or import and create a new one. You can also upload your aligned TM for use in [Wordfast Anywhere].
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#* The automatically created TM in the TXT file format for [[Wordfast Classic]], [[Wordfast Pro 3]], or [[Wordfast Anywhere]].
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#* The automatically created TM in the [[TMX]] file format that can be imported into [[Wordfast Pro]] and most third-party TM tools.
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#* An Excel (*.xls) file with the automatically aligned segments. You can edit it in Excel if the automatic result isn't good enough. After you edit it, go the '''''Tools''''' in AutoAligner and upload it there in order to convert it to a TM. Note that it creates the TM in the TXT file format.<ref>If you need a TMX file, you can upload the TXT file as a TM to Wordfast Anywhere and download it as a TMX file.</ref>
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When appending an aligned TM to a Wordfast Pro TM, you need to make sure the TM '''language codes''' match the TM. Wordfast AutoAligner uses generic source and target language codes like EN, FR, DE, etc. and not variant specific codes like EN-US, FR-FR, DE-CH, etc. For example, if you have a FR-FR to EN-US TM on Wordfast Pro, you will not be able to import a FR to EN aligned TM from AutoAligner into it. To do so, first open the TXT TM and perform the necessary find/replace (match case and whole words only) with matching destination TM codes.  
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==References==

Latest revision as of 20:14, 17 April 2021

Wordfast AutoAligner allows you to align[1] source and target documents translated without a translation memory tool and create a Translation Memory.

How to use Wordfast AutoAligner

To align your source and target files using AutoAligner, follow these steps:[2]

  1. Using your browser, log in to (or create a new, free account at) Wordfast Anywhere at FreeTM.com.
  2. Click on the AutoAligner icon on the File tab. This opens the Wordfast AutoAligner webpage.
  3. Click on Add files and navigate to the source and target documents. Alternatively, you can drag-and-drop the files directly into the main box in the AutoAligner page.
  4. If your documents are multilingual, tick the relevant check box. AutoAligner automatically detects the languages in your documents.
  5. Click on Start upload.
  6. When AutoAligner uploads and processes the files, it auto-detects the languages and displays the result.
  7. You can swap the languages by clicking on the back-and-forth arrows in order to set the alignment language pair (source and target language).
  8. Choose whether you want to download the TM immediately and/or receive it by email. You can also include formatting tags in the aligned segments if you want.
  9. Click on Align! and let AutoAligner work.
  10. The alignment process creates a zip file for you. Download it from AutoAligner or wait until you receive it by email (depeding your what you selected in the previous step).
  11. Extract (unzip) the zip file and you will get:
    • The automatically created TM in the TXT file format for Wordfast Classic, Wordfast Pro 3, or Wordfast Anywhere.
    • The automatically created TM in the TMX file format that can be imported into Wordfast Pro and most third-party TM tools.
    • An Excel (*.xls) file with the automatically aligned segments. You can edit it in Excel if the automatic result isn't good enough. After you edit it, go the Tools in AutoAligner and upload it there in order to convert it to a TM. Note that it creates the TM in the TXT file format.[3]

When appending an aligned TM to a Wordfast Pro TM, you need to make sure the TM language codes match the TM. Wordfast AutoAligner uses generic source and target language codes like EN, FR, DE, etc. and not variant specific codes like EN-US, FR-FR, DE-CH, etc. For example, if you have a FR-FR to EN-US TM on Wordfast Pro, you will not be able to import a FR to EN aligned TM from AutoAligner into it. To do so, first open the TXT TM and perform the necessary find/replace (match case and whole words only) with matching destination TM codes.

References

  1. Note that you can also use Wordfast Aligner at wordfast.net/align. It does not require login nor registration.
  2. You can also watch a 2012 video on Wordfast Online Aligner by Yasmin Moslem. It's outdated in some respects but still helps to see the whole process in a nutshell.
  3. If you need a TMX file, you can upload the TXT file as a TM to Wordfast Anywhere and download it as a TMX file.