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Favorite tools: Search and Replace April 20, 2011

Posted by Jill (@bonnjill) in Tech tips, Tools.

One of my German friends/colleagues complained on Facebook yesterday that she was proofreading files and the translator had changed Vereinigtes Königreich (United Kingdom) to Groß Britannien (Great Britain – but spelled wrong, because it should be Großbritannien). If it was just one file it wouldn’t have been a problem to correct it, but the problem here was that the translator had changed it in 148 separate files.

Screenshot taken from the Funduc website

There’s a shareware tool for that! Search and Replace by Funduc Software is a great little tool that can easily fix this problem. It “searches through one or more files files for a string and can also replace that ‘search hit’ with another string. It can even search for the string inside .ZIP files, which can be a handy feature to have. Search and Replace is also available in international versions. As they explain on the Funduc website, “Language interface downloads are available below for German, Danish, Dutch, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish versions. Some older Japanese, Greek, Norwegian, and Swedish modules are also available.” You can also write support@funduc.com if you need an older language dll that is not listed. You simply install the English version and then add the language support files into the Search and Replace program directory.

This is a must-have tool for translators. I can’t tell you how many times I have relied on this tool. Search and Replace costs $25.00, Replace Studio Pro costs $30.00 and Replace Studio Business Edition costs $37.00.  I have been perfectly happy with Search and Replace for years now. Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. 32-bit and x64 versions are available for all three tools.



1. Paul Filkin - April 20, 2011

Hi Jill,

A nice tool. I hope this isn’t out of place, but on the principle anyone using Studio can use this tool (also free) that does a similar thing across Studio projects and also allows you to search inside tags, and use regex etc. Just for interest.

SDL Batch Find/Replace : http://tinyurl.com/SDLbatchfind-replace



2. Kevin Lossner - April 20, 2011

Actually, Paul, that works with nearly any more or less modern CAT tool. Probably SDLX, definitely DVX and memoQ. There are so many advantages to using such tools for review purposes that I almost consider it irresponsible not to. Segment sorting, term QA and filtering by various criteria are just a few more things that all these tools (even SDL Trados Studio 😉 can accomplish.

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