Translation management systems are systems designed to support complex translation tasks. Most translation projects require more than one translator, and it is very likely that they all work from different places or even different countries. TMSs help run translation projects smoothly, as if all participants worked in the same office.
Translation management systems and content management systems are two different things: while content management deals with business processes and software for capturing, saving, managing, and distributing documents, images, and other data, translation management involves project management, workflow management, handles translation memory (TM) and translation tools, and stores data about translation resources.
Here are the main features of translation management systems:
It’s worth mentioning that even though some software localization solutions (such as SDL Passolo) are beyond the scope of the forementioned systems, these highly-specialized linguistic tools will eventually be incorporated in translation management systems. Such is the trend in the translation industry.
Smartcat has developed its own translation management system. Although many of its features — like team management, cost calculation, payment automation, and various administrative processes — were in the system all along, they were scattered around and some were not even accessible by everyone. Now, everything is in the same place and with added functionalities:
This is your home page in Smartcat and only you can access it. Here, a translator will find all tasks assigned to them. In the My Payouts section, you can find payment information, provided your client is paying you via Smartcat. To access it, click on your name or photo.
This is accessible only by members of the company, by clicking on the company name. You can also work for several companies in Smartcat. In the People section, you can add translators (both in-house and remote). The Payment section is where payments are managed and you can even pay people for jobs done outside of Smartcat. It now also shows automatically calculated costs.
Last but not least, confidentiality. Smartcat’s translation management platform does not share your data with anybody in any way. Your translation memories, terminology, financial details — everything is safe and secure within the system.