What is a Translation Memory?
A Translation Memory is a cloud-based database of all translations that have occurred within your Smartling account, as well as any translations that you may have imported to Smartling. Translation Memories are used to leverage (or read from) previously used translations with new source content - allowing for cost savings, time savings, and translation consistency. As translations are saved, they write to a designated Translation Memory.
Already have Translations? Import them to Smartling!
If you already have a database of translations, perhaps a Translation Memory from another TMS, you can import pre-existing Translation Memories in a TMX file, which is an industry standard file format. You can also import a resource file of translations. See Importing Translated Resource Files for more information.
How translations enter the Translation Memory
Once a translation is saved, it is stored on the Translation Memory as a Translation Unit. A Translation Unit is the source string and translation entry in the Translation Memory. The Translation Unit is shared across all projects writing to the same Translation Memory.
Only the most recent 200 translations of one translation unit are saved in the Translation Memory.
Translation Memory Management
Smartling's Translation Memory Management (TMM) is a powerful feature, allowing you to manage your database of translations, from the Smartling dashboard. TMM give you the ability to move content between TM's, delete content, export content, as well as insight into the history of a string within a TM.
Smartling's TMM also supports advance search, meaning you can now perform a basic term search, exact match search, and regex search.
For more information, read our documentation on Translation Memory Management.