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XTRF 2.5

Bob Donaldson

In February 2012, XTRF Management Systems released its eponymous translation management system, XTRF 2.5. . . As might be expected from its roots in the language services industry, XTRF focuses on business and project management capabilities from the perspective of language service providers (LSPs).
That said, the company has brought in senior software engineering and software product management expertise that is readily evident in the maturation of the product itself. Having previously set the tone by pioneering deep integration with various translation environment tools, the company’s latest release takes another large step in the direction of openness and interoperability.  
I recently had the opportunity to discuss the product vision with technical director Dominik Radziszowski. I want to focus on the current product version, but I think it is important to see this version as movement along an arc with a definite goal in mind. Radziszowski recognizes the amazing diversity among LSPs, and rather than trying to be “all things to all people,” he has set a course that allows XTRF to focus on core capabilities while providing technical “hooks” on which tech-savvy LSPs can hang their individual customizations.
There is a well-documented web services application programming interface (API) that allows customers to implement their own preprocessing mini-applications and then create new projects in XTRF automatically. There is also a flexible workflow definition capability that allows customers to create their own automatic actions — essentially the ability to embed automated processing steps such as custom quality assurance checking into the overall workflow. These steps can be executed without manual intervention and without risk of manually introduced errors in file handling. Both of these capabilities are relatively immature in the current release, but it is obvious that they have been designed in a way that can be extended in the future based on feedback from early adopters. In fact, the automatic actions capability is essentially an extension of the previously released deep integration capabilities.

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Above excerpt taken from the April/May 2012 issue of MultiLingual published by MultiLingual Computing, Inc., 319 North First Avenue, Suite 2, Sandpoint, Idaho 83864-1495 USA, 208-263-8178, Fax: 208-263-6310. Subscribe

April/May, 2012