Comparison of activity in some technical fora
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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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Jun 9, 2018

So I simply counted the postings from the beginning of this year. Results:

Transit 13
DV 12
WF 43
Across 7
OmegaT 15
MemoQ 92
CafeTran 50 (most postings by one user)
SDL Trados 190




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Hans Lenting  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Member (2006)
German to Dutch
Activity Jun 9, 2018

Heinrich Pesch wrote:

So I simply counted the postings from the beginning of this year. Results:

CafeTran 50 (most postings by the developer of the software I guess)



I guess that you're referring to me? FYI: I'm just a regular user (I have no connections with Collaborative Translation Networks, LLC).

You can find the developer of CafeTran Espresso 2018 here: https://www.proz.com/profile/88214


 

Chris S  Identity Verified
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Swedish to English
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? Jun 9, 2018

But does that reflect product quality or just number of users?

 

Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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Who knows? Jun 9, 2018

Chris S wrote:

But does that reflect product quality or just number of users?


Someone could count the number of answers to these postings in one month or so. Would hardly change the overall picture.
Are Across, Transit and DV widely (wildly) used software with little technical issues? I doubt it.


 

Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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Sorry, Hans Jun 9, 2018

Hans Lenting wrote:

Heinrich Pesch wrote:

So I simply counted the postings from the beginning of this year. Results:

CafeTran 50 (most postings by the developer of the software I guess)



I guess that you're referring to me? FYI: I'm just a regular user (I have no connections with Collaborative Translation Networks, LLC).

You can find the developer of CafeTran Espresso 2018 here: https://www.proz.com/profile/88214


I have changed my posting accordingly.


 

Hans Lenting  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Member (2006)
German to Dutch
Several reasons Jun 9, 2018

Chris S wrote:

But does that reflect product quality or just number of users?


There are several reasons, I guess.

  • Complexity of the software, esp. its GUI
  • Availability of good documentation
  • Number of bugs
  • Nifty tricks that someone wants to share with fellow users of her favourite tool


 

Dan Lucas  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 08:39
Member (2014)
Japanese to English
Not mutex Jun 10, 2018

Chris S wrote:
But does that reflect product quality or just number of users?

Those two characteristics are not mutually exclusive. I use Transit for one client perforce, and I don't think it's very good, nor do there seem to be many users, at least going by the lack of activity in this forum, or any other forum. So it's possible to have poor product quality and a small number of users. Not an achievement of which I would be particularly proud, but there you go - maybe there's some connection there.

And I suppose it is possible to have high quality and many users, though some would dispute SDL's claim to quality. I find Studio mostly okay, but with many niggling, unaddressed flaws that prevent me from developing more than a grudging, qualified respect for the software.

Interesting to see that Déjà Vu, which a few years ago used to be spoken of in the same breath as MemoQ and Studio, has so little activity on this forum. This seems to confirm my perception that it has been losing ground. Memsource, a relative newcomer that was not launched until earlier this decade, has 13 posts since the beginning of 2018. That's one more than DV, which dates back to the 1990s, and the same as Transit, which also has its origins in the early 1990s.

Dan


 


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