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CafeTran Espresso

4.9 out of 5
Out of 14 user reviews.

Welcome to CafeTran Espresso -- the feature-rich CAT tool that is fun to use!

Whether you are an experienced user of the big-name CAT tools, or a translator getting ready to use a CAT tool for the first time, please consider CafeTran Espresso. This powerful tool was built lovingly, from the ground up, by a person who is both a developer and a translator himself. It is packed with creative and useful features that not only help you to work faster, but also make your job more fun.

CafeTran also boasts a passionate user community, and an attentive developer, that help each other with support at all hours of the day. With this tool, you are never alone!

Free to download and run, up to 1000 translation units, CafeTran Espresso works on Windows, Macs and Linux machines. Why not download and give it a try right now?

Main features
  • Cross-platform translation environment (Mac-Windows-Linux)
  • Stand-alone (no Ms Office required)
  • Based on open standards XLIFF and TMX
  • Very fast using RAM for translation memories
  • Uses as many translation memories as you like
  • Handles lots of file formats
  • Integrates Internet resources and machine translation (Google and Bing)
  • Spell checker and thesaurus (requires free OpenOffice/LibreOffice)
  • Autowriter completes and suggests words on-the-fly based on activated memories
  • Handles formatting tags easily
  • Alternative clipboard workflow to translate unsupported formats
  • Creates translation memories from existing translations (Documents alignment)
  • Segments and terms mangement in a preferred SQL database
  • Network memory server for remote or team work
  • Software localization - Java, Mac and .NET

Software details

File formatsMicrosoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, LibreOffice, InDesign, Framemaker, AutoCAD, XLIFF, TMX, subtitles, images and more.
License typePerpetual
System requirements
Operating systemLinux, Mac OS X 10.6 and higher, Windows 8, Mac OS X 10.8 and higher, Windows 7 and higher , Windows 8.1, Windows 10
System requirementsMinimum 2 GB RAM or 4 GB RAM for larger project and translation memories
CompatibilitySupport for multilanguage translation memories (TMX format)
Support & upgrades
Support and upgrades offered/includedFree upgrades for duration of license/Subscription, Free community support, Installation support, Free technical support via support ticket center
Support and tutorial linksCafeTran Support and Knowledge Base
30 days
Free trialUp to 1000 memory units and 500 glossary entries
Languages supportedAll major languages

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4 out of 5
How easy is it to learn?

Great new features with each new build
Review by 
Selcuk Akyuz Just in a few words, it is different. CafeTran's developer is not only a programmer but he is a translator as well, that is why he adds all those unique features helping translators. One pays EUR 225 only to upgrade from SDL Trados Studio 2009 Freelance to 2011 version but you can buy CafeTran at only EUR 80. Amazing! Just read the features at http://cafetran.wikidot.com/
30 out of 33 found this review helpful.

5 out of 5
How easy is it to learn?

Excellent and userfriendly
Review by 
Wim Jonckheere . In september 2012 I purchased CafeTran (only 80€) and I never regretted this investment one minute. After "struggling" with Trados Freelance, trying Wordfast Anywhere (quite good), some projects with SDL Studio 2011 and an online project with Across, I must say honestly that CafeTran is head and shoulders above all these previous mentioned CAT tools. The best about it is a very nice simple, non distracting overview, your workspace. The basics are very fast to learn and it handles all possible formats you could need. Support is personal and fast. Thank you CafeTran!
23 out of 23 found this review helpful.

5 out of 5
How easy is it to learn?

Head and shoulders above the rest
Review by 
Michael Beijer . No time to write a proper, in-depth review, but let me just say that I have probably installed and experimented with every CAT tool under the sun, and CafeTran is simply the best. It's extremely light, fast and reliable, and has more useful features (useful to TRANSLATORS, not project managers!) than any other CAT tool out there. It doesn't crash, and you never lose your work, ever.

Equally important is the fact that there is a very active user community, and the developer is fully present and interested in user feedback and ideas for future development. Things flow both ways in CT: top-down, but also bottom-up. Many tools used to be similar, but grew into corporate monsters. CafeTran still has the magic.
16 out of 16 found this review helpful.

5 out of 5
How easy is it to learn?

Great tool and you can't beat the price.
Review by 
Kamonchanok Kulpanyalert . CafeTran is different and the best. It is full of very useful features, comes with friendly UI, can run effortlessly in an old PC, like mine, and has the best developer ever. I am not kind of a tech person but CafeTran is not that hard to learn. You may need to read the wikidot, like me, to know what CT can do, and you will be surprised. Igor is very helpful and fast and that's one of many factors why I choose CT. And don't forget its price! I've tried memoQ, Fluency, Wordfast Anywhere and OmegaT. They miss something I want. But CT just beat them all. Although recently Igor has just announced the increased price, I still think the price is really reasonable comparing to other CAT tools out there (except omegat, of course, because it's free). To be honest, I can say that you won't be disappointed.
13 out of 13 found this review helpful.

5 out of 5
How easy is it to learn?

Review by 
Laura Barzan . I bought CafeTrans 1 year ago and I never regretted it. Just 70€, easy to learn, user friendly, fast, stable and most of all available for MAC! It's really the best!
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.