Across – Translating online project on two computers

I have been working with Across for several years, but I never got rid of impression that this CAT tools is very user-unfriendly and bugged. A great limitation is a lack of means for an easy transfer of projects between computers when you work at home or on the go. This article will help you working on online Across projects effectively using several computers.

Across allows you to deliver partially finished tasks to the server and to download these into other computer to continue translation. However, finished tasks are locked and it is not possible to work them without intervention of the project manager. As usual translators need to make changes in later stages of their work, this represents a severe limitation.

To overcome this, I suggest the following procedure. As always, this comes without any guarantee and I do not take any responsibility for possible damages and problems.

Make sure that both computers have the same version of Across and database system and use the same CAP file you have received from your client. This avoids possible compatibility problems.

Open Windows Explorer. Navigate to Program Files\across\crossGoodies. Open Backup+Restore_PE folder and run PEBackupRestoreTool.exe. crossBackup Offline opens. Backup tab is selected by default. Click Browse button at the Backup file field, select location and enter name of the backup file. Select checkbox for all database elements you want to copy. I usually select all items to transfer a complete database content, but you may copy only the part relating to the CAP file provided by your client. Click the Backup! button.

Copy the backup file to the second computer. Open Windows Explorer. Navigate to Program Files\across\crossGoodies. Open Backup+Restore_PE folder and run PEBackupRestoreTool.exe. crossBackup Offline opens. Click the Restore tab. Click Browse button at the Backup file field and select the backup file you have transferred from the other computer. Click the Restore! button. Database is restored.

Open Across and log into the Standby Remote Client (use the CAP file received). A warning is displayed that the database was probably copied from another computer. Press Yes to proceed.

In the dashboard, you will now see all of your tasks – in exactly the same condition as on the other computer. crossTank and crossTerm contain the latest data.

You may use this procedure for freely moving the projects between computers.

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3 Responses to Across – Translating online project on two computers

  1. Jamal says:

    Binfer is an awesome way to transfer files between computers. It is so easy that it is unbelievable. Visit http://www.binfer.com for details.

  2. Ertugrul says:

    After I have upgraded from v5.7 to v6, this backup & restore tool has failed. On the backup tab, the PE databases checkmark is disabled, and it says “not found” in parantheses next to it. Since it is not clickable, I cannot backup my files since then.

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