We've been using SDL Trados Studio internally to streamline translation and localization process for our existing clients. It's a state-of-the-art platform that helps us harness the power of translation memories and many other tools to improve consistency and overall quality of our text while reducing the cost and the time needed for translation.
- Improves translation efficiency.
- Fairly easy to use.
- It supports a lot of different formats and integrates well with other tools.
- A lot of translation agencies prefer SDL Trados, so being able to work in it results in increased client demand.
- Very expensive.
- Lots of bugs that lead to constant updates and service packs.
SDL Trados Studio is a perfect solution for medium-large size translation agencies that have high volumes of work from existing clients and are looking to improve their workflow and increase consistency and overall quality of translated materials. Unfortunately, their price makes it less of an obvious choice for solo freelancers which can benefit from other, free CAT-tools (like Smartcat, for example).
We rarely had any issues with SDL safe for a few bugs that we fixed promptly in the upcoming service packs and updates.