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  • 3. Set up TM

3. Set up TM

Translation Memory, or TM is a powerful tool that is an absolute must in any modern localization process. In a nutshell, Translation Memory is a database of previously completed translations. Having a TM in place helps with translation quality and consistency. It can also save you money by reducing the amount of repeat and new work a translator has to do.

Upload a TM

If you already have a TM from previous translations, you can upload it to Transifex in the .tmx format. More about how to upload a TM can be found here.

If you don’t have a TM but have the source files and translations, it is possible to create a TM in Transifex. Read more here.

Share a TM

You will also need to decide whether you want to share a TM with one, few or all your translation projects in Transifex (Instructions on how to assign a TM here). Our recommendation is to have one shared TM across all your projects to ensure the consistency in translations.

For example, when translating your help center articles in Project “Help Center”, there is a high chance that there will be a reference to the strings in your app, e.g. “Then click on “Update your profile” and update the necessary information”; most likely the string “Update your profile” has already been translated in your app, so it should be re-used.