Program

Please see the Networking page for pre- and post-conference dinners, fringe events, excursions and more!

Trainers from Wordfast Forward 2018

Thursday - March 21

08:00 - 12:00

Snorkeling & Scuba Diving Excursion

Darling it’s better, down where it’s wetter, under the sea! See the Networking page for details.

09:00 - 14:30

Wordfast Pro 5
Workshop for Beginners

Karibea Resort
(Live streamed)

This workshop is reserved for people who are completely new to Wordfast Pro 5 or who are migrating from another tool. It is included in the conference fee; however, participation is limited to the first 20 people who sign up for it.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to create a translation project; create a translation memory (TM); create a glossary; analyze a file; translate, edit, and proofread Microsoft Word documents; run quality control on a translated document; and customize keyboard shortcuts.

14:30 - 16:00

Distillery Excursion

Trois Rivières Rhum Distillery

Learn how to make rum and get a taste of Martinique! The entrance fee for this visit is included in the conference participation fee. See the Networking page for details.

16:00 - 18:00

Beach Volleyball Tournament

Karibea Resort

Pick your team and go for gold:

- WFC Users
- WFP Users
- WFA Users
- Developers
- Guests

See the Networking page for details.

19:30 - 22:00

Networking Dinner

Local Restaurant

Meet up with a small group of conference attendees for a theme-based dinner. See the Networking page for details.

Friday - March 22

09:00 - 09:15

Welcome & Announcements

Wordfast Team

Karibea Resort
(Live streamed)

Welcome to Wordfast Forward 2019 and a few brief announcements about the program.

09:15 - 10:30

Keynote

Feeling Foreign in a French Hospital

Jean-Philippe Valentin

Karibea Resort
(Live streamed)

Imagine you are in a foreign country – Martinique for example – and need to go to the hospital. Oh, and you don’t speak a word of French! Jean-Philippe will share some background about the appeal of Martinique’s hospitals among neighboring islanders and how foreign patients are welcomed in French hospitals. More specifically, he will focus on the administrative formalities necessary to cover their hospitalization expenses and how translation and interpreting play a crucial role throughout the duration of a patient’s stay.

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

Poolside, overlooking the ocean.

11:00 - 11:30

What’s New with Wordfast Pro 5

John Daniel Singaram

Karibea Resort
(Live streamed)

Product manager John Daniel will highlight the improvements and new features that have made their way into Wordfast Pro 5 since the last user conference.

11:30 - 12:00

What’s New with Wordfast Classic 7

Yves Champollion

Karibea Resort
(Live streamed)

During this session, Yves will show all of the new features and improvements that have made their way into Wordfast Classic 7 since the last user conference.

12:00 - 12:30

What’s New with Wordfast Anywhere

Dani Lopez

Karibea Resort
(Live streamed)

During this session, WFA developer Dani Lopez will show all of the new features and improvements that have made their way into Wordfast Anywhere since the last user conference.

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch

Buffet lunch in the open-air hotel restaurant, overlooking the pool and ocean.

14:00 - 15:30

TM & Glossary Maintenance
with Wordfast Pro 5
 
John Daniel Singaram
Amanda Thaete
 
Karibea Resort
(Live streamed)

During this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to use the TM and Terminology Editors in Wordfast Pro 5. The workshop will focus on finding mistakes in your databases and how to fix them. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to better manage and maintain your TMs and glossaries using Wordfast Pro 5's database tools.

Sample TMs and glossaries will be provided for practice, but you are welcome to use your own. A laptop is required for this workshop.

How to do *all* your translations in Classic

Dominique Pivard

Karibea Resort

Aimed at die-hard Classic lovers, but also project managers using who work with them, the purpose of this workshop is to show advanced techniques that will allow you to do *all* your translations in Classic, lifting two of the main limitations of Classic: the inability to translate non-Word documents (PowerPoint, Excel, XML, IDML etc.) and the problems inherent in Word documents that have a complex layout (lots of tables, text boxes, footnotes, references etc.). This is achieved using a new feature in Wordfast Pro 5 for pre- and post-processing of the files to be translated.

Sample files will be provided. A laptop is required for this workshop, and you must install at least the demo versions of Wordfast Pro 5 and Wordfast Classic.

15:30 - 16:00

Coffee Break

Poolside, overlooking the ocean.

16:00 - 17:30

Configuration & Preferences
in Wordfast Pro 5

Reginaldo Francisco

Karibea Resort
(Live streamed)

It is hard to master all the features and configuration possibilities in a program but being aware of what the program is capable of and understanding the rationale behind its interface can help you find what is useful for you and know where to look when you need something. In this workshop, we will take a tour through the Wordfast Pro 5 views, tabs, ribbons, buttons and settings menu. Using sample files, you will be able to test different configuration options and why they might be helpful for certain situations.

Sample files will be provided. A laptop is required for this workshop, and you must install at least the demo version of Wordfast Pro 5.

TM & Glossary Maintenance in Wordfast Classic & Wordfast Anywhere

Yves Champollion
Dani Lopez

Karibea Resort

During this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to use the data editors in Wordfast Anywhere and Classic. The workshop will focus on finding mistakes in your databases and how to fix them. By the end of this session, you will be able to better manage and maintain your TMs and glossaries using Wordfast’s database tools.

Sample TMs and glossaries will be provided for practice, but you are welcome to use your own. A laptop is required for this workshop.

17:30 - 18:00

Self-Management, One Nudge at a Time

Ruth Simpson

Karibea Resort
(Live streamed)

Freelance translator Ruth Simpson will present some of the most interesting nuggets from the book “Nudge Management” that she translated recently, by Eric Singler. The book is based on findings in behavioural science to gain insight on why people behave the way they do, and how we can influence our own reactions and become more motivated and productive. By the end of this session, you will be able to explain what biases influence us when we are at work, brainstorm new ways to approach the tasks we need to do, deal better with distractions, and motivate yourself one nudge at a time.

20:00 - …

20-year Anniversary Party

Karibea Resort

Check out the Networking page for details. Please wear white with a blue or red accessory (for pictures’ sake!).

Saturday - March 23

09:00 - 10:00

Regular Expressions for Dummies

Reginaldo Francisco

Karibea Resort
(Live streamed)

Regular expressions are very powerful and open a full range of possibilities in different programs. In Wordfast Pro 5 they can be used to perform smarter filtering in the TXLF Editor, for example. Although fully mastering regular expressions is very complex, understanding some basics already allows you to find several uses for them. During this workshop we will discuss the concept of regular expressions and, through practical examples, test some simple ways to use them. Attend this workshop if you want to learn how to leverage regular expressions for smarter searches and filtering in Wordfast Pro and other programs.

One-to-One Sandbox Sessions

Wordfast Developers & Experts

Karibea Resort

Meet with developers or expert users from our tech support team for one-to-one sessions to resolve specific problems or describe features or improvements you would like to see on the development roadmap for your particular tool.

10:00 - 10:30

Back-up & Disaster Recovery

Jamie Lucero

Karibea Resort
(Live streamed)

We all know that we should be backing up our work in case of a disaster, but when it comes to Wordfast, what exactly needs to be included and how can this best be done? This session will discuss the difference between backing up and archiving, compare various available backup options, and outline which Wordfast resources need to be backed up for recovery purposes. By the end of this session, participants will be able to understand the general backup process, choose appropriate backup hardware and/or services, and identify which resources in different Wordfast applications are key for backup and recovery.

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

Poolside, overlooking the ocean.

11:00 - 12:30

Tips & Tricks for Optimal Handling of PDFs

Dominique Pivard

Karibea Resort
(Live streamed)

Many translators are reluctant to work with “dead” PDFs because formatting them for use with Wordfast after using OCR (optical character recognition) is too inefficient or daunting. But there are ways that translators and project managers can clean up files surprisingly quickly and easily. The information provided in this session will help users streamline the process of cleaning up and formatting files using marcros, advanced search-and-replace, and the free Word add-in TransTools, so they can work on dead PDFs knowing that they won’t waste time or money on prep, and that they can reap the benefits of leveraging TMs and glossaries even for these files. Great for cleaning up editable PDFs and their many mid-sentence hard returns, and for prepping files for alignment too!

Maximize your Mac: How to Work Faster & Smarter in MacOS

Amanda Thaete

Karibea Resort

During this workshop, we’ll take a look at best practices for navigating and maintaining macOS folder structures; quick ways to save project / file locations and return to them immediately; clipboard history tips and tricks; and all about the beauty of Spotlight Search.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to use tools to work more efficiently in macOS so they can focus on their translations and not navigating a folder tree for 10 minutes.

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch

Buffet lunch in the open-air hotel restaurant, overlooking the pool and ocean.

14:00 - 15:30

Best Practices for Reviewers

Simão Martins

Karibea Resort
(Live streamed)

This workshop will address best practices for linguists revising their own work, as well as for revisers only, proofreading or reviewing work from vendors in previous steps. It will cover a variety of aspects from recommended Preferences, Filtering, Transcheck, and TM & Terminology best practices. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to mitigate the opportunity for error in review projects and recognize when they occur. Participants will also be able to use their glossaries as a quality control tool and filtering to focus their review efforts on problem areas and ensure consistency of edits and terminology.

Sample files will be provided. A laptop is required for this workshop, and you must install at least the demo version of Wordfast Pro 5.

Wordfast & MT: Leveraging Their Partnership

Jamie Lucero

Karibea Resort

You are probably aware that all Wordfast applications can work with MT, but you might have given up because of a difficult setup process, an aversion to paid services, a feeling of skepticism about translation quality, or perhaps a non-disclosure agreement. In any case, this session will examine and compare various available MT options, discuss whether any of them might work for you, detail how to configure them in each Wordfast application, explore MT-specific Wordfast options, and demonstrate Wordfast + MT in practice. By the end of this session, participants will be able to make an informed decision on the use of MT, choose an appropriate MT option, configure MT in different Wordfast applications, and develop a basic MT work method.

15:30 - 16:00

Coffee Break

Poolside, overlooking the ocean.

16:00 - 16:45

TMs & Glossaries in the Cloud

Aleksander Srbu

Karibea Resort
(Live streamed)

Cloud storage and sync services are becoming increasingly prevalent among translators who work with both a desktop and laptop. However, syncing between two machines is not always as easy as it sounds, especially when complex databases are involved. By the end of this session, participants will know the best practices for storing their TMs and glossaries on any cloud service and share these resources between multiple machines.

One-to-One Sandbox Sessions

Wordfast Developers & Experts

Karibea Resort

Meet with developers or expert users from our tech support team for one-to-one sessions to resolve specific problems or describe features or improvements you would like to see on the development roadmap for your particular tool.

16:45 - 17:30

Give me all my Features or I’ll Ruin your Life

Developers
Product Managers
John Di Rico

Karibea Resort
(Live streamed)

We will begin this session by asking users to brainstorm fixes, improvements, and new features they want to see implemented in their respective tool during the coming year. After brainstorming, we’ll play an interactive game to see which ones are users’ highest priority. Let your voice be heard so you get “all your features” by next year!

17:30 - 18:00

Closing Ceremony
Prize Drawing Acknowledgements

Karibea Resort

Stick around for a prize drawing, a few closing remarks, and to find out where next year’s conference will take place.

20:00 - …

Farewell Dinner

Local Restaurant

Time to kick back, relax, and enjoy the rest of your tax-deductible business trip to this tropical paradise!