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Welcome to TMS Live, Common Sense Advisory’s interactive tool for translation management systems.

Whether you are a corporate translation manager or a provider of language services, TMS Live gives you up-to-date information on the features and capabilities of more than 20 systems. To learn more about this research, click here.

How to use TMS Live

  1. Shortlisting. Stop wasting time on systems that won’t meet your requirements. Before contacting a list of vendors to request information or proposals, use TMS Live to narrow your search. Click the checkboxes in the “Refine your results” panel to eliminate systems missing any functions you need.

  2. Benchmarking. For TMS users with existing deployments, compare your current system with other options to make sure your vendor is keeping pace with the broader market. Tick the “Compare this tool” checkbox on two or more systems, then click the Compare button.

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Evaluating translation management system (TMS) products?

Step 1: Click checkboxes for features you require in the "Refine your results" panel on the left. This will filter out products that won’t meet your needs.

Step 2: Use the pulldown menu to sort the results by "Most recently updated," "Company name," or "Product name."

Step 3: Check the "Compare this tool" box for any products you wish to learn more about. Then click the blue "Compare" button.
This will take you to a side-by-side evaluation of feature strengths.

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Company Across Systems GmbH
Headquarters Karlsbad, Germany
System type Translation management system
Product positioning Secure, flexible, configurable enterprise TMS
Deployment options Installed, hosted, pay-per-use
Average deployment 21 days Installed, 14 days hosted
Across Language Server


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Designed as a comprehensive TMS from the start, Across Language Server maintains a significant market share in Germany as well as numerous deployments across Europe, Asia, and North America. The company explicitly markets the concept of a “closed supply chain,” in which all participants from the enterprise buyer to MLVs to SLVs to freelancer translators must use the Across platform to ensure data security. With some workarounds the product can also be used in conjunction with other tools. Across recently introduced crossMarket, a supply chain marketplace for users to aid in discovery and management of Across-ready suppliers.
                 
Company Advanced International Translations
Headquarters Kyiv, Ukraine
System type Translation management system
Product positioning Comprehensive software for translation agencies
Deployment options Installed, hosted, pay-per-use
Average deployment 21 days Installed, 14 days hosted
Projetex


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Advanced International Translations (AIT) is based in Kiev and launched in 1998. The application runs on high-end workstations and LAN-based servers. Projetex appeals to buyers seeking affordable translation management software combining the project scheduling, resource management, and financial functions needed to run a small translation agency. Many freelancers also use AIT tools.
                 
Company Alpha CRC
Headquarters Cambridge, United Kingdom
System type Translation management system
Product positioning Web-based business system for global companies
Deployment options Installed, hosted, pay-per-use
Average deployment 21 days Installed, 14 days hosted
Worx


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Alpha CRC acquired Worx when it bought LTC in 2015. This is a business-oriented TMS with modules for customer, finance, resource, and project management. Right now the system works best with SDL Trados Studio, but additional integrations will be possible with the anticipated completion of an API. Existing customers include enterprise departments as well as LSPs. The system is built on .NET and delivered as a SaaS offering, but can be installed on premises for companies wishing to manage their own servers.
                 
Company Andrä AG
Headquarters Berlin, Germany
System type Translation management system
Product positioning Powerful, agile enterprise translation management
Deployment options Installed, hosted, pay-per-use
Average deployment 21 days Installed, 14 days hosted
ONTRAM


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Founded in 2010 as a subsidiary of Andrä AG, ONTRAM develops an enterprise translation platform used primarily in the manufacturing sector. The solution can be customized and integrated with other systems, including third-party translation environments, CMS, authoring, and terminology applications. Long-time partner Spartan Software handles professional services and support in North America. Historically, ONTRAM has supported a small number of large customers, priding itself on customization and application management services.
                 
Company bEcosystems, Inc.
Headquarters Austin, TX, United States
System type Interconnected Project Management Network
Product positioning Web-based localization management system
Deployment options Installed, hosted, pay-per-use
Average deployment 21 days Installed, 14 days hosted
bCommunities.com


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bCommunities recently came out of beta status with users in various industries, including language services. This is a general-purpose project management platform where the developers happened to be well-versed in translation operations and made sure it would work for LSPs. The company is based in Spain and the United States. This tool could be used for special projects or as the main business-oriented TMS for small agencies. Many TMS vendors are adding collaboration capabilities, but here is a system without all the vendor management, quoting, or language processing features, which can be combined with existing tools to add collaboration features. The company is working on an API, which will help in integration with other point solutions.
                 
Company Cloudwords, Inc.
Headquarters San Francisco, California, United States
System type Translation management system
Product positioning Content globalization platform for the enterprise
Deployment options Installed, hosted, pay-per-use
Average deployment 21 days Installed, 14 days hosted
Cloudwords


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Launched as a venture-funded startup in 2010, Cloudwords is a marketplace TMS solution that provides a virtual outsourcing desk for corporate translation buyers. The company’s OneTM service functions as an online repository for managing and sharing translation memories among and between divisions, departments, and vendors. The system does not parse work files for segmentation or leveraging, but assumes each vendor has its own tools and methods. LSPs can use the system as a sales channel, though most simply use it as a way to service existing customers that move onto the platform.
                 
Company Crowdin LLC
Headquarters Ternopil', Ukraine
System type Translation management system
Product positioning TMS made for agile IT companies
Deployment options Installed, hosted, pay-per-use
Average deployment 21 days Installed, 14 days hosted
Crowdin


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Crowdin offers a native cloud solution aimed at software, mobile, and web companies looking for an agile-friendly solution. The RESTful API allows the TMS to call functions in other applications, but not vice versa. Content connectors link content flows for FreshDesk and Zendesk for global customer support.
                 
Company Easyling
Headquarters Budapest, Hungary
System type Translation Proxy
Product positioning Website wordcount & white-label translation proxy
Deployment options Installed, hosted, pay-per-use
Average deployment 21 days Installed, 14 days hosted
Easyling


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Founded in 2008, Easyling offers LSPs an easy solution for supplying customer websites with multilingual versions. Its proxy-based service allows for translation and ongoing maintenance of multilingual sites without requiring access to the CMS or transfer of file-based content. "White label" customer experience allows LSPs to brand the service to provide their clients with a continuous look and feel. The company sells to the LSP side of the market.
                 
Company Kilgray Translation Technologies
Headquarters Gyula, Hungary
System type Translation management system
Product positioning Scalable installed/hosted TMS with automation
Deployment options Installed, hosted, pay-per-use
Average deployment 21 days Installed, 14 days hosted
memoQ


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Founded in 2004, Kilgray built memoQ as a client/server application with a web-friendly desktop client. The system is now available for cloud and on-premise deployment. LSP users of memoQ often use the on-premise install in combination with a business-oriented TMS such as Plunet or XTRF. The company has added enterprise features such as vendor management via its related product Language Terminal, which operates seamlessly with memoQ via single sign-on and out-of-the-box integration.
                 
Company Kinetic theTechnologyAgency
Headquarters Louisville, United States
System type Translation management system
Product positioning Vendor independent translation process management
Deployment options Installed, hosted, pay-per-use
Average deployment 21 days Installed, 14 days hosted
The Globalizor


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Kinetic delivers customized TMS deployments, software management services, and translation project management. The company does not provide translation services. Globalizor is tailored to high-volume marketing asset management environments typical in large-scale industrial and manufacturing companies. Kinetic provides project management services to help with coordination of agency work in the supply chain, including offset and on-demand printing around the world. The company recently published the API for Kinetic and provides connectivity services as needed for each customer.
                 
Company LSP.net
Headquarters Berlin, Germany
System type Translation management system
Product positioning Low-cost, high-tech, standardized TMS solution
Deployment options Installed, hosted, pay-per-use
Average deployment 21 days Installed, 14 days hosted
OTM – Online Translation Manager


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LSP.net runs OTM (Online Translation Management) exclusively on servers in Germany, conforming to German data protection and privacy laws. The web-only system aims to support all the business management functions needed for small translation agencies, including very small agencies of one person. OTM's integration for SDL TRADOS Studio automates workflows between OTM and Studio. The company sells to LSPs worldwide.
                 
Company Memsource
Headquarters Prague, Czech Republic
System type Translation management system
Product positioning A proven cloud-based TMS
Deployment options Installed, hosted, pay-per-use
Average deployment 21 days Installed, 14 days hosted
Memsource Cloud


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Memsource designed its flagship product in 2010 as a cloud-based environment for both string-based software localization and document translation. Open APIs make Memsource Cloud integration friendly for software companies, online publishers, and enterprise departments. Tech-savvy LSPs also take advantage of its interoperability support for complex language production environments. Plunet and XTRF both provide partner-level integrations. Flexible workflow approach means Memsource also works well in Agile work environments.
                 
Company Plunet
Headquarters Wuerzburg, Germany
System type Translation management system
Product positioning TMS for LSPs, enterprise departments, institutions
Deployment options Installed, hosted, pay-per-use
Average deployment 21 days Installed, 14 days hosted
Plunet BusinessManager


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Plunet BusinessManager comes in three editions: TeamEdition, CorporateEdition, and EnterpriseEdition. Large deployments can now draw on extra scalability from PlunetCluster technology. Early focus on financial and business management functions makes the Plunet system loaded with features for business owners and operations leaders. The product is designed to interact with a variety of language processing engines and translator tools from other vendors. Plunet also integrates with a range of other business applications, such as accounting systems.
                 
Company ]project-open[ Business Solutions, S.L.
Headquarters Barcelona, Spain
System type Translation management system
Product positioning Open-source TMS
Deployment options Installed, hosted, pay-per-use
Average deployment 21 days Installed, 14 days hosted
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Originally developed as an open-source project in 2003, the product’s modular architecture includes many free components, plus additional enterprise modules that are licensed for a fee. The system does not incorporate a centralized TM engine or translator tools. Customization is required for implementation, and professional services are recommended for complex situations. If you don't have IT staff in-house, this system may require an ongoing partnership with an IT services firm for upkeep.
                 
Company RR Donnelley
Headquarters Chicago, United States
System type Translation management system
Product positioning Modular enterprise translation management solution
Deployment options Installed, hosted, pay-per-use
Average deployment 21 days Installed, 14 days hosted
MultiTrans


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This comprehensive TMS solution combines server-based translation memory with a workflow engine and a full complement of business management functions. The platform is notable for high feature-completeness ratings across all scoring areas in TMS Live, save in pre-built connectors – an area of focus for the company in 2016. Founded in 1864, RR Donnelley (RRD) is the largest commercial printer in the world and owns many businesses in content and technology fields. Its language solutions unit was both a longtime customer and reseller of this product before acquiring the MultiCorpora developer in 2014. The company has since expanded development staff and customer implementations.
                 
Company SDL
Headquarters Maidenhead, United Kingdom
System type Translation management system
Product positioning Enterprise-grade translation management system
Deployment options Installed, hosted, pay-per-use
Average deployment 21 days Installed, 14 days hosted
SDL WorldServer


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Founded in 1992, SDL provides technology and language services to a wide spectrum of global industries. In addition to SDL WorldServer, the company also sells SDL Trados Studio, SDL TMS and a variety of CMS products. SDL WorldServer uses a traditional client/server architecture and is also available in the SaaS model as a hosted, single-tenant solution. For SDL WorldServer version 11, a new look and feel draws on SDL's common interface. Its updated API supports integration with a variety of system types and the company added a range of pre-built content connectors.
                 
Company SDL
Headquarters Maidenhead, United Kingdom
System type Translation management system
Product positioning Enterprise-grade translation management system
Deployment options Installed, hosted, pay-per-use
Average deployment 21 days Installed, 14 days hosted
SDL TMS


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Founded in 1992, SDL provides technology and language services to a wide spectrum of global industries. In addition to SDL TMS, the company also sells SDL Trados Studio, SDL WorldServer, and a variety of CMS products. SDL TMS uses a traditional client/server architecture and is also available in the SaaS model as a hosted, single-tenant solution. For SDL TMS version 11, a new look and feel draws on SDL's common interface. Its updated API supports integration with a variety of system types.
                 
Company Smartling
Headquarters New York, United States
System type Translation management system
Product positioning A better approach to managing global content.
Deployment options Installed, hosted, pay-per-use
Average deployment 21 days Installed, 14 days hosted
Smartling Global Fluency Platform


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Smartling has grown into a full TMS, with solid process management and integration capabilities. The company settled on a business model that allows customers to bring their own resources, or rely on Smartling to qualify, manage, and pay the language providers -- an option welcomed by companies without a strong vendor management capability in-house. The content delivery network makes Smartling an attractive option for high-traffic and high-performance websites with international audiences. The platform also offers a number of standard content connectors for CMS, code repositories, and document management systems, in addition to the proxy method for websites.
                 
Company Text United GmbH
Headquarters Vienna, Austria
System type Translation management system
Product positioning A single solution for all translation needs
Deployment options Installed, hosted, pay-per-use
Average deployment 21 days Installed, 14 days hosted
Full Service Translation Platform


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This Austria-based software company typically provides language services with the software, though technology-only licensing is also an option. The product is cloud-resident and multitenant. The system works well for translation departments combining internal and external resources. The company recently released its API.
                 
Company Transifex
Headquarters Menlo Park, CA, United States
System type Translation management system
Product positioning Global content repository and automation solution
Deployment options Installed, hosted, pay-per-use
Average deployment 21 days Installed, 14 days hosted
Transifex


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Launched in 2009, Transifex was originally associated with the Open Source software community. This language-oriented TMS integrates directly with development environments and source code repositories for software and web companies. Stripping out many of the process-heavy features of traditional TMS applications, Transifex is engineering-focused and well-suited for agile work environments where international product managers and localization professionals work in or close to the engineering and test teams.
                 
Company Translations.com
Headquarters New York, NY, United States
System type Translation management system
Product positioning Lower TCO and faster turnaround for global content
Deployment options Installed, hosted, pay-per-use
Average deployment 21 days Installed, 14 days hosted
GlobalLink Globalization Management Suite


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Comprised of multiple component applications, the GlobalLink Suite can be specified and configured according to client needs. The company primarily licenses software to its own translation customers, but also supports a number of technology buyers who are not service clients. The system is not sold to other LSPs. Translations.com is part of the TransPerfect family of companies.
                 
Company Welocalize
Headquarters Frederick, MD, United States
System type Translation management system
Product positioning Open-source platform with best-of-breed technology
Deployment options Installed, hosted, pay-per-use
Average deployment 21 days Installed, 14 days hosted
GlobalSight


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GlobalSight is an open-source offering managed by Welocalize, a large LSP with global operations. Welocalize uses GlobalSight internally when it suits the customer and job type. Technology buyers looking at this option should follow suit and consider it as application-specific, rather than a general-purpose system for all content types. The application and source code are available for download.
                 
Company Wordbee
Headquarters Soleuvre, Luxembourg
System type Translation management system
Product positioning Web-based translation management system
Deployment options Installed, hosted, pay-per-use
Average deployment 21 days Installed, 14 days hosted
Wordbee Translator


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Wordbee was founded in 2008, one of the first TMS suppliers to take full advantage of a shared multitenant architecture, including the ability to customize with each tenancy. The software handles workflow for all file types, including graphics and media, meaning that Wordbee can be used for all project types. Wordbee markets to LSPs and enterprise departments that seek a single system to manage all aspects of translation management. The company sells in Europe, the United States, and via a partner in Japan. It is ideal for self-contained projects with translators working in the tool, but interoperability has improved the platform now supporting Trados, Transit, TTX, and XLIFF files.
                 
Company XTM International
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
System type Translation management system
Product positioning Online TMS and CAT tool
Deployment options Installed, hosted, pay-per-use
Average deployment 21 days Installed, 14 days hosted
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Founded in 2002, XTM develops and sells the multitenant XTM Cloud, as well as an on-premise version called XTM Suite. The company is an active participant and leader in several translation standards committees. Enhanced vendor management functions include purchase order creation and tracking, plus project sharing across tenancies to subcontractors in the supply chain. XTM Xchange provides a marketplace for buyers, sellers, and sub-contractors to post or find jobs, available as a tab in the user interface. XTM International has gained a noticeable hold in the world of gaming, with several notable customers in this vertical.
                 
Company XTRF Management Systems Ltd.
Headquarters Kraków, Poland
System type Translation management system
Product positioning Flexible all-in-one platform, reporting, & control
Deployment options Installed, hosted, pay-per-use
Average deployment 21 days Installed, 14 days hosted
XTRF Language Business Platform


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Launched in 2004, the XTRF platform provides a business and project management hub for LSPs, without limiting CAT tool or translation engine choices. Some enterprise departments also adopt XTRF for operational management. The company sells in all parts of Europe and the Americas. Following a venture capital infusion in 2014, the company increased staffing for development, implementation, and support.
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