The desktop Memsource Editor is now available with a real-time in-context preview for Microsoft Word, HTML, and XML file types, including DITA files. The in-context preview allows translators to preview the translation in its native format with real-time changes while translating. This eliminates the need to download the original or translated document separately and provides an instant context for the segments currently being translated.
The feature is available only for jobs created in Memsource Cloud6.9 (it is not supported for older jobs).
The same functionality for the Web Editor is expected to be implemented in the coming weeks.
In-Context Preview – The Basics
The In-Context Preview is a new feature for all editions and is available for newly created jobs, not for existing jobs already imported into the Cloud. It is available starting from the Desktop Editor 6.200.0 version.
The In-Context Preview can be found under Tools – Preview in the Memsource Editor menu bar, and users have the option to activate or deactivate the preview window. There is also the option of viewing either the source text (showing the original text unchanged while translating) or the target one.
The window can be resized and rearranged like all panels/tabs in Memsource Editors. If the target segment in the translation grid is empty, the target preview also shows the original text. However, as soon as editing starts, it is shown in the target preview, which reflects any changes made in the translated segments on a real-time basis.
Using the Preview While Translating
Users can navigate from the translation grid to the preview window and the other way around. When a user clicks on a segment to be translated, the respective text in the preview window is highlighted showing the position of the translated segment within the document. Additionally, when a user clicks on a text within the preview, the translation grid jumps to the respective segment to be edited straightaway. The preview also helps while running the QA – if a user clicks on a warning, it navigates them to the position within the document.
File Types Supported
The preview currently supports rich text and will soon support images for MS Word documents. We are also working on bringing the preview for other file types in the near future. The graph below shows which of the Top 10 most common file types translated in Memsource are currently supported. InDesign files have a PDF-based preview through an integration with FrontLab.