Companies that begin using translation memory may benefit from translation alignment. Alignment is the process of creating translation memories out of previously completed translations. If translations are completed using translation memory tools, such translations will usually be added simultaneously and automatically to a translation memory database. In contrast, alignment matches up source translations with target translations after the fact. Alignment may enable a company to save a significant amount on the cost of future translation.
Translation Alignment Tools
Many translation alignment tools are available for purchase, and most translation memory tools include an alignment tool. However, some are better than others. One key feature that you’ll want to look for in an alignment tool is its ability to create TMX files. Unlike proprietary formats, TMX files can be used in almost any translation memory tool.
Free translation memory alignment tools offer very basic functionality, but may be appropriate for small projects. Free online alignment tools include the following: