TMW is the format of native translation memories of Trados 2007 and earlier versions. You may receive TMW translation memories (actually five files: *.iix, *.mdf, *.mtf, *.mwf, and *.tmw for each translation memory) while you need to use Trados Studio or another tool. Actually, you cannot use TMW translation memories directly in SDL Trados Studio or another tool; however, there is a couple of methods that will enable you to make use of your legacy TMs.
First Method: Export to TMX:
Almost all advanced Translation Environment Tools (TEnTs, a.k.a CAT Tools) can open or import the translation memory exchange format, TMX translation memories. To convert a TMW translation memory into TMX, go to Trados Workbench > File menu > Export > TMX 1.4.
You can even use the demo version of Trados 2007. Note that the following restriction apply when you run Translator’s Workbench in demo mode: Translation memories may only contain up to 100 translation units. A valid license or even the 30-day trial period will remove this restriction.
- Trados Studio: Translation Memories > Home > Open Translation Memory > from the drop-down menu, select TMX Files (*.tmx). This will launch the Upgrade Translation Memories wizard; you can select Custom Upgrade if you need to adjust the import settings.
Optional: There is an OpenExchange add-in called TM Optimizer, which can help you import TRADOS 2007 TMX translation memories easier, optimize them for use with Studio 2014, and increase TM leverage by removing excessive formatting tags. Paul Filkin has written a detailed review about how to improve your TM leverage using TM Optimizer.
- Kilgray memoQ: Project Home > Translation Memories > Create/Use New (unless you want to use a current TM) > Import from TMX/CSV.
- Wordfast Pro: Translation Memory menu > New/Select TM > Add TM > Browse, from the drop-down menu, select Translation Memory eXchange.
- Okapi Olifant: It can open TMX translation memories for editing or saving to other formats such as Wordfast TM.
Second Method: Upgrade Legacy Translation Memories
You can use Trados Studio to upgrade *.tmw translation memories as follows:
Translation Memories > Home > Open Translation Memory > from the drop-down menu, select Legacy Trados Translation Memories (*.tmw).
Translation Memories > Home > Upgrade Translation Memories
According to SDL Support, Trados Studio 2011 and 2014 do not require Trados 2007 at all for this operation, but Studio 2009 does.
If you need to add a bunch of TMs located in the same folder, click Add File-based TMs from Folder, or if need to add a few files, select Add File-based TMs.
Read also: Upgrade Translation Memories Wizard
You can either use the imported translation memories inside Trados Studio, or Export them to TMX for using in other tools.
If you have too many tags that you do not need, open the Translation Memory editor, click Batch Edit > Add > Delete Tags; it is optional to select “Delete text placeholder tags” as well, and then click Finish.