Subscription or perpetual license
— the choice is yours!

Introducing a new way to purchase SDL Trados Studio

We have introduced subscription as a new way to purchase a selection of our translation productivity solutions, including SDL Trados Studio Freelance and Professional editions.

To help you make an informed decision, this page summarises the benefits of purchasing a license through an annual subscription or buying a perpetual license.

Why choose an annual subscription

When you purchase an annual subscription for Studio 2021, the initial cost may often be lower then the cost of a perpetual license. However, you do not own the software outright, and access to the software is for the duration of your subscription. 

During your subscription, you will receive updates and service releases. You'll also receive upgrades to future editions of Studio, ensuring you continue to benefit from the new functionality and enhancements when released.

With a SDL Trados Studio Professional subscription, you will have the flexibility to easily add extra licenses for new team members and also cancel at the end of your contract.

Access to SDL Support is available at an additional cost. 

SDL Trados

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Why choose a perpetual license

When you purchase a perpetual license for Studio 2021, the initial cost may be higher than an annual subscription. However, the license does not expire and you own the software outright, meaning you may use it for many years to come.

You will receive updates and service releases for Studio 2021 for as long as SDL supports the version. Should you wish to upgrade to future editions of Studio, you'll need to pay for the upgrade. 

Access to SDL Support is available through a Support and Maintenance Agreement (SMA) at an additional cost.

Access to SDL Trados Live

As part of SDL Trados Studio 2021, you will receive access to SDL Trados Live, our translation productivity cloud solution.

For subscription customers, access to SDL Trados Live's Essential Package is free for as long as your subscription remains active. 

Perpetual customers receive free access to SDL Trados Live's Essential Package for 12 months from the day of purchase. After 12 months, perpetual customers will be able to renew their access to SDL Trados Live's Essential Package as a separate, low-cost annual subscription.

SDL Trados

SDL Trados

The choice is yours!

It’s your choice as to whether you buy Studio 2021 with an annual subscription or a perpetual license. 

For organizations whose translation team needs to scale rapidly or have varying workloads, purchasing Studio 2021 licenses on an annual subscription may be the best option. Other companies who may prefer to fix their costs at the outset may prefer to opt for perpetual licenses.

If you’re unsure which is the best way to purchase Studio 2021 for your organization, please get in touch.

Which SDL translation productivity solutions are available through subscription or perpetual license?

SolutionSubscriptionPerpetual License
SDL Trados Studio Professional
SDL Trados Studio Professional - Network Edition
SDL Trados Studio Freelance
SDL Trados Studio Freelance Plus
SDL Trados Studio Starter✔ (SDL Trados Live not included)
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