Our fellow Indonesian translator recently asked us a question regarding the problem she had. She recently completed a very big project with her team of 6 translators and she did not know how to merge the TM from the whole files using SDL Trados Studio.
Well, converting multiple files into translation memory (TM) is an easy task. We just need to collect the to-be-converted files. To easily accomodate it, put all the files in one location, so that the process will only take one shot. Also, we need to determine the file types to be converted.
In SDL Trados Studio 2015 (SDL Trados Studio 2014 as well), there are some supported formats for direct import. Thus, we can use them for TM for use with our translation process later on. You can see the list of file formats SDL Trados Studio 2015 can support below:
Open your SDL Trados and click on Translation Memories on the bottom left corner of the platform and click on New and then click on New Translation Memory.
Click on Next and Next again and then click Finish. The process to create this new empty TM will take no more than 1 minute. When it is complete, click on Close.
After that, the Import Files dialog box displays and locate the files you want to make them translation memory by clicking on Add Files button. The Add Files dialog box displays and go to where the files are located. After you get them, choose all files and click on Open button. All the files will now be moved to the Import Files dialog box and click on Next and Next again and then click on Finish.
We do this on regular basis, mainly for translation upgrade and repair. If you have any questions on the relevant issues, let us know and we are here to help!