I have a degree in translating and have been working as a freelance translator for over 7 years now. For about the last four years I have been proofreading and QMing (i.e. 2nd proofreading or QA) literally on a daily basis. I work mainly with Trados and Wordfast, occasionally with MemoQ. I use a sophisticated spell-checker software and then XBench for cross-platform terminology look-up which offers also some QA features. Wordfast has another nice built-in QA tool – Transcheck.
Yet, here and there, I still tended to miss some errors and I started to search for a tool that would help me minimize the occasional dust of imperfectness on the SDLXLIFFs and TXMLs I was polishing. I had quite specific idea and after a short online research I found the tool I was looking for – and Verifika even surpassed my expectations. I am still amazed by the multitude of options for the broad range of possible issues which allow me to fine-tune the output. I also did not yet come across a file format I regularly work with that I could not check with this tool. Moreover, it saves really a lot of time that I do not need to open each file, locate the issue found in it and get back to another issue or the next file in the batch – with Verifika I can check all the different files at once and confirm and apply the changes without having to touch the given files themselves – this tool does it for me.
The program interface is very easy to follow and I did not need any kind of help/video/manual/tutorial to get started – I just installed the software and after just a few clicks I was familiar with how it works. The power of this tool is matched by the straightforwardness of its interface.
In long term, Verifika taught me to have a keen eye for the kind of issues I had a tendency to fail to notice – that is the “teacher part” of Verifika for me. And there is the “reliable friend” aspect when during a bad day or after not getting enough sleep – which everybody experiences sometimes – this tool is a real life-saver. Also, I never had any issue with Verifika despite often working with very large files and the tool’s processing speed is perfect as well.
Verifika goes way beyond any other tools’ capabilities as regards QA and I am just wondering how come I did not hear about it before. For me, there is nothing left to be desired.