Dear CT users,
As you may have noticed, in the last few updates I have been polishing some elements of the user interface to make it more intuitive and usable. My question is about the complexity of the interface, especially in relation to other CAT tools. I know that some of you have experience with other translation tools. Does CafeTran look and feel like a more or less complex tool than, say, DejaVu, Wordfast, SDL Trados or memoQ?
Thanks in advance,
>Does CafeTran look and feel like a more or less complex tool than, say, DejaVu, Wordfast, SDL Trados or memoQ?
They are all more or less alike, including CafeTran. Each of them has simple functions and complex or counter-intuitive functions. So in my opinion CafeTran is a more and less complex tool than the others. You get a new file chooser (less complex) but then you'll have to tick a menu item for folders in future (more complex).
>I'm finding CafeTran a lot harder to pick up than other tools.
How about giving some suggestions for alternative naming? Yes, improvement is always possible. But try to differ between habits/how other tools do it and intuitive/logic.
>If I wish to submit such suggestions, would a support ticket be the correct forum for doing so?
I normally pay him a visit, on my bike, with a sixpack of beer to improve my chances. He's sensitive to that...
IMHO the green dashboard was much friendlier than the black one of the current version. But hey, this is something quite unimportant (Pippifax, as Hans and me would say).
But I see 2 main issues:
The menus are counter-intuitive. Some menu items should be reordered, e.g. the Translation menu should move to the right and some basic commands should move from sub menus to the first menu level. Some elements should also be converted to panes in the Preferences dialogue (e. g. the first 4 menu items of View).
This is mainly irritating for newbies, but also for advanced users (in the sense of "OMFG, where is command X that cannot be configured to have a shortcut?").
The second point is that tabs need to be rearranged any single time you open a project (joining tabs, make tabs float etc.). For advanced users this is a mere question of seconds, but it nags. The behavior is not always rational. Example: when starting a project for the 2nd time all tabs are disjoined. When joining 2 tabs they are switched back to their position (e.g. docked to the segments) where they were before. That's nice, but this is not always the case (sometimes it works, sometimes not) and it is not the case for floating tabs. And it would be nice to have automatically grouped tabs (e.g. MT engines or web resources for certain language combinations / fields - I define a "tab group" and when opening this group there are automatically launched the defined 4 or 5 tabs).
Hans CafeTran Wiki: But now I've seen the light too
You took your time.
Hans CafeTran Wiki: very likely because of the extreme aggressive marketing of a certain proposer of these files
It's the other way around: You and that Michael have been promoting them silly tab dels like crazy, a whole Wiki full of it.
By the way, it's not just the fuzziness, it's also the far more comprehensive possibilities to fine-tune them, plus very easy but powerful maintenance right within the CafeTran menu. And more.