SDL Trados Studio 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

SDL Trados Studio 2021 FAQs

What is SDL Trados Studio 2021?

SDL Trados Studio 2021 is a complete centralized translation environment for editing, reviewing and managing translation projects and terminology — either offline in a desktop tool or online in the cloud. It offers many features designed to help speed up your translation processes and improve consistency while building a repository of assets you can use over and over again. 

SDL Trados Studio 2021 is built on the same open platform as SDL Trados Studio 2019 and uses the same bilingual file, translation memory and termbase formats.

What’s new in SDL Trados Studio 2021?

SDL Trados Studio has evolved to bring you a brand new way to work. With Studio 2021's seamless integration to our new innovative cloud-based translation and project management environment, SDL Trados Live, you can now work either offline in your desktop tool or in the cloud. This provides you with the flexibility to work anywhere, from any device and anytime.

With SDL Trados Studio 2021, all of the existing ways of working with local and GroupShare projects continue to work exactly as before with previous editions of Studio. It’s your choice as to whether you use the cloud capabilities of SDL Trados Live with Studio 2021.

To find out more about SDL Trados Live, view our SDL Trados Live FAQs here.

SDL Trados Studio 2021 delivers many enhancements to boost your productivity, including more powerful search features, improved automation and QA, and the ability to manage your apps from the SDL AppStore directly from within Studio. With Studio 2021, you will achieve new levels of productivity for the whole translation team and deliver unrivaled quality in your translations.

With your Studio 2021 license, you'll also be provided with a license for SDL MultiTerm 2021, the world's leading solution for terminology management.

Discover all the latest enhancements in our What’s New brochure here.

How do I get SDL Trados Studio 2021?

Existing customers with an active PSMA (support and maintenance agreement) receive a free upgrade to Studio 2021. This can be downloaded from your SDL Account.

Existing customers who don’t have an active PSMA can purchase an upgrade through our online shop, or by contacting your Account Manager.

New customers can purchase SDL Trados Studio 2021:

  • Through our online shop (if you are a freelance translator)
  • By contacting your Sales Manager (if you are an LSP or Corporation)
  • Or by contacting your Local Authorized Reseller (if you are an LSP or Corporation)

Please note: Customers who wish to upgrade from Studio 2015 to Studio 2021 will be able to purchase an upgrade until 31st January 2021. After this point, our special upgrade pricing will end.

Can I upgrade to SDL Trados Studio 2021 from older versions of Studio?

Until 31st January 2021, you can benefit from special upgrade pricing from Studio 2015, 2017 and 2019.

From 1st February 2021, you will be able to upgrade from Studio 2017 and Studio 2019. However, the upgrade path from Studio 2015 will be closed.

I have a copy of SDL Trados Studio 2015 and want to upgrade to SDL Trados Studio 2021. When will the upgrade pricing end?

You will be able to upgrade from Studio 2015 to Studio 2021 until 31st January 2021. The special upgrade pricing will close after this date. 

If you are using Studio 2015, we recommend that you upgrade now to Studio 2021 so you do not miss out.

Can I purchase SDL Trados Studio 2021 on a subscription?

You can now purchase Studio 2021 on a subscription basis. Find out more here.

If I purchase SDL Trados Studio 2021 on a subscription, when will the subscription start?

Your subscription to SDL Trados Studio 2021 will start on the date of purchase and will be valid for 365 days.

I am an existing SDL Trados Studio user. Why should I upgrade to SDL Trados Studio 2021?

Many new and exciting features have been introduced in Studio 2021 including:

  • Access to SDL Trados Live, the translation productivity cloud from SDL
  • Manage your projects on the go with our new SDL Trados Live mobile app. With the app, you can create projects, track your translation progress, check project due dates and lots more whilst you are out and about
  • Translation memories are now even more accurate with customizable recognition settings for times, dates, currencies, and measurements
  • Benefit from more powerful search capabilities with a new and improved Advanced Display Filter, as well as quick project and file name searching
  • The SDL AppStore is now fully integrated into Studio 2021, so you can discover and manage your apps without having to leave the familiar Studio environment
  • A more streamlined Translation Quality Assurance (TQA) experience with enhancements to the way reviewers feedback their amends
  • For SDL Trados Studio Freelance users, you can now work with as many languages as you wish.

Plus many other enhancements have been made to improve the performance of SDL Trados Studio and the user experience. Find out more in our dedicated brochures:

SDL Trados Studio 2015 users — Why upgrade?

SDL Trados Studio 2017 users — Why upgrade?

SDL Trados Studio 2019 users — Discover what’s new

Will older versions of SDL Trados Studio still be supported by SDL?

SDL Trados Studio 2021 is the fully supported release of SDL Trados Studio. 

SDL continues to support Studio 2019 as the limited support release.

Following the release of Studio 2021, SDL has moved Studio 2017 to an extended support period that will end on 31st January 2021, after which it will be moved to a retired state.

SDL Trados Studio 2015, 2014, 2011 and 2009 are in a retired state and are no longer supported. SDL does not provide technical assistance, issue service packs or hotfixes for retired releases.

When I upgrade, can I have SDL Trados Studio 2021 installed along with older versions of the software?

This will vary depending on what version you are upgrading from:

  • If your original license was for Studio 2015/2017 Professional and you want to retain both versions, you should consider purchasing a full license instead of an upgrade. For Studio 2015/2017 Freelance licenses, you can continue to run the Studio 2015/2017 application if you do not deactivate your license after upgrading. Your previous Studio 2015/2017 license will be marked as inactive in your SDL Account and will be automatically removed if, for any reason, the license is deactivated.
  • If your original license was for Studio 2019 Freelance/Professional, you will be able to run Studio 2019 and Studio 2021 on the same machine, as the license for Studio 2021 is a 'compound license'. For this to work, you will need to update Studio 2019 with the most recent CU* and it will then accept your new Studio 2021 license. Note that this is for Single license owners only and will not work for a Network license. Network licenses can be configured in such a way that multiple versions of Studio can be served by the same license server, since it can run multiple licenses for different Studio versions in parallel. Contact your account manager for details.

*CU stands for cumulative update. At SDL we are constantly reviewing and improving our products and release enhancements and hotfixes as and when required. These are bundled into cumulative updates that are installed automatically using the AutoUpdate functionality in SDL Trados Studio and SDL MultiTerm. You will be notified automatically by the software when a cumulative update is available. For a full list of enhancements and fixes for SDL Trados Studio 2019 SR2 to date, please click here.

How do I upgrade to SDL Trados Studio 2021?

The upgrade process is the same for all users owning a Single or Network license(s).

If you already have Studio 2015/2017/2019 and you upgrade to Studio 2021, you need to:

1. Deactivate your current SDL Trados Studio 2015/2017/2019 license(s)

  • Go on to your SDL Trados Studio application
  • Click on Help > Product Activation > Deactivate

2. Upgrade your license from your SDL Account

  • Login to your SDL Account and go to the Licenses section.
  • On the left-hand side, you should see "Upgrades" available, marked with a yellow arrow icon. Click on the icon and you will be able to see the Upgrades page.
  • Click on the Upgrade button to process the license upgrade. If you have several licenses, please bear in mind that you need to choose the number of user licenses that you wish to upgrade.
  • A new licensing code will be generated.

3. Copy the new licensing code and paste it in the Studio 2021 application to activate it.

Is SDL Trados Studio 2021 compatible with previous versions?

Yes, we offer full compatibility in terms of translation memory and bilingual files across Studio 2017, 2019 and 2021.

Although translation memories and bilingual files are compatible across Studio versions from 2009 to 2019, as we continue to add more features, there are potential discrepancies in feature availability, word counts and file types when working in older versions of Studio. Some of the latest features, such as upLIFT, are only fully available in Studio 2017, 2019 and 2021.

Can you provide a summary of compatibility details for SDL Trados Studio 2021?

SDL Trados Studio 2021 no longer offers out-of-the-box support for legacy Trados file types including; ITD, TTX and Bilingual Workbench. If you are still working with these file types, please install the SDL Trados Compatibility and Migration Power Pack from the SDL AppStore. The app is installed as an add-on and will enable you to open and work with projects that include such files. SDL recommends that you consider converting legacy file types to the latest .SDLXLIFF format.

Studio 2017/2019 Translation Memory (*.sdltm)Studio 2017/2019 (*.sdlxliff)Legacy TMs (SDLX and Trados 2007)
OpenYesYesUpgrade through wizard or read through Appstore plugins
Save/ExportYesYesExport through TMX, TM Management app, and various other apps available through the AppStore
CreateYesYesOnly through the Legacy Applications

Which translation management solutions does SDL Trados Studio 2021 work with?

Studio 2021 is compatible with GroupShare 2017, GroupShare 2020, SDL Trados Live Team and SDL Language Cloud TMS. 

We recommend using the latest released versions of GroupShare 2017 and 2020. 

For details on the latest releases, see our Knowledge base for GroupShare 2020, the SDL Community page for SDL Trados Live Team, and the SDL Community page for SDL Language Cloud TMS.

Will there be a GroupShare release? If so, when will it take place?

There are no planned major releases in 2020 for SDL Trados GroupShare. We will release more frequent updates via cumulative updates and, where necessary, service releases instead of full major releases. This means our customers will not have to have to fully reinstall GroupShare as frequently.

Since Studio 2021 is fully compatible with GroupShare 2020 and 2017, you will be able to continue working with these versions.

Is SDL Trados Studio 2021 compatible with SDL Passolo?

It is possible to export software string lists from SDL Passolo 2018 to SDLXLIFF format for translation in Studio 2021, and then re-import them. SDL Passolo 2018 CU10* is compatible with Studio 2021, 2019 and 2017 for sending and receiving SDLXLIFF files.

*CU stands for cumulative update. At SDL we are constantly reviewing and improving our products and release enhancements and hotfixes as and when required. These are bundled into cumulative updates that are installed automatically using the AutoUpdate functionality in SDL Passolo. You will be notified by the software automatically when a cumulative update is available. For a full list of enhancements and fixes for SDL Passolo to date, please click here.

What is the difference between Studio 2021 Starter, Studio 2021 Freelance and Studio 2021 Professional Editions?

SDL Trados Studio is available in three different editions: Starter, Freelance and Professional. The reason behind having separate editions is freelance translators do not usually require all the functionality within the full Professional license. 

To see the differences between the different editions, please visit this page.

Why should I invest in SDL Trados Studio 2021?

  • SDL Trados Studio is more than just a product — it's an integrated platform of translation, terminology management, review, project management and machine translation solutions
  • Seamless integrations with SDL Trados Live, our new innovative cloud-based translation and project management environment, providing you and your translation teams the option to work anywhere, from any device at any time
  • Integrated access to over 250 apps in the SDL AppStore, providing you with the ability to easily extend Studio's functionality
  • Widest support for industry file formats and third-party translation environments
  • First-class user experience with useful tips and videos for on-boarding and 'Tell Me' technology to access features and settings quickly and easily
  • Best leverage from translation memories with upLIFT technology
  • Studio is one of the key components of an unrivalled range of SDL's Translation Productivity solutions which can scale with your business needs.
  • Largest translation community in the world with over 270,000 translation professionals already using our solutions
  • Local direct presence in 15 key markets to better serve you, combined with a wide network of 50 resellers to ensure we are always close when you need us
  • Extensive free education opportunities and seminars delivered at more than 20 cities around the world
  • Free webinars and web-based resource center
  • Support infrastructure of a successful global organization to ensure stability and confidence

What are the system requirements for SDL Trados Studio 2021?

SDL Trados Studio 2021 will work on Windows 7*, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. We recommend Windows 10.

As a minimum requirement, we recommend an Intel or compatible CPU-based computer with 8 GB RAM and a screen resolution of 1024x768.

For optimum performance, we recommend a 64-bit operating system, 16 GB RAM, an SSD drive and a recent Intel or compatible CPU. Full support for 4K hi-resolution screens is planned and will be implemented incrementally in future releases. You can find more information on how to deal with display issues in this Knowledge Base (KB) article or by running an application from the SDL AppStore which implements a fix, mentioned in the KB article. SDL Trados Studio 2021 uses .Net Framework 4.8

*Please Note: Microsoft has recently stopped support for Windows 7 and as a result, we are no longer testing Studio on Windows 7. Studio continues to work on Windows 7, so you can still install and use it with this Windows version, however to work with GroupShare and Language Cloud projects on Windows 7, make sure to first enable TLS 1.2 as default secure protocol. Language Cloud and GroupShare 2017 SR1 and later only accept TLS 1.2 connections. This is to ensure the highest data security when sharing projects on SDL servers.