About Wordfast

Wordfast Professional (WFP) is Translation Memory (TM) tool designed for corporations, translation agencies, and translators alike and it runs on multiple platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.),  opens a wide variety of formats including complex desktop publishing formats. WFP integrates powerful tools for Project Managers for pre- and post-translation.

Wordfast Classic (WFC) is a CAT tool designed as a Microsoft Word™ add-on. Its lightweight, flexible structure makes it easy to install and use. It is designed to meet the specific needs of the individual translator and translation workgroups that primarily use Microsoft Word to translate. WFC maintains compatibility with Trados and most other CAT tools.

Wordfast Anywhere (WFA) is an online version that merges Wordfast Classic and Wordfast Pro. If you already use WFP or WFC, you’ll feel at home. WFA is free at this time.

Translating with Wordfast

Wordfast is Translation Memory (TM) tool designed for corporations, translation agencies and translators. WF runs on multiple platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.), and opens a wide variety of formats including complex desktop publishing formats. WF integrates powerful tools for Project Managers for pre- and post-translation.

Wordfast Classic (WFC) is a CAT tool designed as a Microsoft Word™ add-on. Its lightweight, flexible structure makes it easy to install and use. It is designed to meet the specific needs of the individual translator and translation workgroups that primarily use Microsoft Word to translate. WFC maintains compatibility with Trados and most other CAT tools.

WFC offer demo modes that let translators perform small production jobs for evaluation (up to 500 segments; emptying the TM/database lets you repeat the demo mode indefinitely). WFS’ demo mode allows up to three connected users for free.

Wordfast Classic (WFC)

Wordfast Classic is a set of macros that run in Microsoft Word 97 or higher on any platform. More recent versions support features only available on higher versions of Microsoft Word, but generally still runs on Word 97. A document translated in Wordfast Classic is temporarily turned into a bilingual document (contains both source text and translation, in delimited segments), turning into its final form by being cleaned up. This workflow is similar to the old Trados 5, WordFisher and Logoport.

The Version 1 of Wordfast Classic was called Wordfast version 1, and was developed by Yves Champollion.  Version 2 was used by the translation agency Linguex, which acquired a 9-month exclusive usage right for their in-house staff and affiliated freelancers in late 1999. During this time Wordfast was expanded with features such as rule-based and glossary quality control, and network support. After the demise of Linguex, version 3 of Wordfast was released to the public, as a free tool with mandatory registration.

Initially, version 3 was free, with mandatory registration, using a serial number generated by the user’s computer. In October 2002, Wordfast became a commercial product with three-year licenses at a price of EUR 170 for users from « rich » countries and EUR 50 (later EUR 85) for users from other countries.

Wordfast Classic can handle the following formats: any format that Word can read, including plain text files, Word documents (DOC/DOCX), Excel (XLS/XLSX),  (PPT/PPTX), (RTF), tagged RTF and HTML. It does not offer direct support for OpenDocument formats because the current versions of Microsoft Word do not have import filters for OpenDocument files.

Wordfast Anywhere

Wordfast Anywhere is a free web-based version of Wordfast, with a workflow and user interface similar to that of Wordfast Classic. 

Although the service is free, certain restrictions apply:

  • No more than 10 source files simultaneously
  • No more than 1 million translation units per account
  • No more than 100 000 translation units per translation memory
  • No more than 100 000 glossary entries per account
  • Upload size limitation is 2 MB, but files can be uploaded in zipped format

Wordfast Anywhere’s privacy policy is that all uploaded documents remain confidential and are not shared. Users can optionally use machine translation and access a large read-only public translation memory.

In addition to being usable on tablets such as Windows Mobile, Android and Palm OS, Wordfast Anywhere is also available as an iPhone app. Since April 2011, Wordfast Anywhere has built-in optical character recognition of PDF files.

Wordfast Anywhere can handle Word documents (DOC/DOCX), Microsoft Excel (XLS/XLSX), PowerPoint (PPT/PPTX), Rich Text Format (RTF), Text (TXT), HTML, InDesign(INX), FrameMaker (MIF), TIFF (TIF/TIFF) and both editable and OCR-able PDF. It does not offer support for OpenDocument formats.