Live Chat
SDL AutoSuggest

SDL AutoSuggest

Speed up manual translations with fragment matching in SDL Trados Studio

How does AutoSuggest work?

AutoSuggest prompts you with text, as you type, with suggested translations. It monitors what you are typing and after you have typed the first few characters of a word, it presents you with a list of suggested words or phrases in context and in your target language and you can automatically complete the word or phrase by selecting it from the list. As you continue to type, the list of suggested words is continuously updated.

Watch the five-minute video on how to use AutoSuggest.

Where do the AutoSuggest suggestions come from?

The suggested words and phrases can be from the following sources:
  • Translation memory - you get suggestions - 100% fuzzy matches or concordance searches - that are drawn directly from your TM as you type, including translation units (TUs) and fragments, using fine-grained alignment (new in Studio 2017)
  • Machine translation - e.g. Google Translate or SDL Language Cloud
  • SDL MultiTerm termbase - you just add terms to your termbase as you’re translating or reviewing and they immediately become available for placement via AutoSuggest
  • AutoText – you can manually add your own words, phrases or terms to your AutoText list which can be used with AutoSuggest
  • AutoSuggest Dictionaries – created by extracting phrases from your translation memory and placing them in a bilingual dictionary file. To ensure the statistical relevance of the extracted phrases you need a translation memory that contains at least 10,000 translation units (TUs).

Creating an AutoSuggest dictionary?

If you are using SDL Trados Studio Freelance you can purchase the AutoSuggest Creator add-on to create AutoSuggest dictionaries. Review your order details to see if this was included in your purchase.

If you are using SDL Trados Studio Professional, AutoSuggest Creator is included in your edition. You will need at least 10,000 translation units in your TM to create an AutoSuggest dictionary.

How do I set-up AutoSuggest editing?

If you have one of the sources described above which are needed to use AutoSuggest then you can enable the feature by following these instructions:

  1. Create an AutoSuggest dictionary or add an existing AutoSuggest dictionary
  2. Add AutoText Entries
  3. Add Termbases
  4. Enable AutoSuggest in the Options dialog box
  5. Enable which sources to use for suggestions: AutoSuggest dictionaries, termbases and/or AutoText.

How do I use an AutoSuggest dictionary sent by my client?

To add an AutoSuggest dictionary:

  1. Choose where you want to add the AutoSuggest dictionary
  2. In the dialog box that you chose to open, select Language Pairs > [Source Language Name - Target Language Name] > AutoSuggest dictionaries from the navigation tree
  3. Click Add
  4. Browse to the location of the of the AutoSuggest dictionary file (*.bpm), select the file and click Open.

The dictionary is added to the list of selected AutoSuggest dictionaries.