Friday, 24 June 2011
!Patched! Studio: how to exchange file types without losing your mind?
My first try:
I named my file type "Bugged" in the following example.
After saving the file type in "Tools/Options", the file "bugged.sdlfiletype" was created in the folder My Documents\SDL Trados Studio\File Types\. I send the file to my colleague.
He tries to "Add" a new file type, but the file was empty!
I discovered the next day that the file type settings are NOT stored in the the "filetype" files. The file type appears to be merely a container of sorts and the settings are stored somewhere else!
so I tried the following...
I clicked the "Export Settings..." button
Everything seems to work correctly: in this case, an sdlftsettings file was created. I sent this file to my colleague. who then wanted to import the settings by clicking the "Import Settings" button.
What's the hack?
To make a long story short, I analyzed both our PCs only to discover that we were both using difference interface languages: he was using German, and I had English.
In other words, this file setting problem appears to be a localisation issue ;)
Solutions to the problem?
Simply change the file extension (from xml to sdlftsettings and vice versa) or else switch to another interface language.