Worried about translation quality? Free QA tool ApSIC XBench might help you

I came across ApSIC Bench via a colleague and I have to say, it is quite a simple one but it does help for the basics needs of QA procedures.

First of all, the download is free (defo a plus), second it offers features like consistency checks, numeric values checks and much more. It also helps detecting if any segment has been left blank, or if the source is the same as the target, avoiding unpleasant mismatches and tiny mistakes.

It supports Trados files (both Workbench and TagEditor‘s) and by simply ticking a few options in the main mask, users can obtain a report for the file they have been working on and then edit directly onscreen for changes to be applied in the relevant .ttx or word file. Once the changes have been made and you’re happy with the final result, an html or txt format file can be exported or sent.


Of course, this is not the solution to all problems (machines are still machines, after all, right?) but it does helps a tad here and there.

Unfortunately, the only available version is currently just for Windows platforms, but it runs smoothly on Parallels Desktop, in case you a (savvy) Mac user :p

ApSIC Xbench 2.8 is

currently under beta test and you can download it here http://www.apsic.com/en/pr oducts_xbench.html

Random cute fact: the icon on your desktop will look like a pink diamond 🙂

Till next time,



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One response to “Worried about translation quality? Free QA tool ApSIC XBench might help you

  1. Valeria Aliperta

    Little update on ApSic: I am glad to have found out that this tool allows to use a glossary in XML while working on Trados. I think it’s a great thing if you are having issues with the TermBase or if you simply do not have MultiTerm 🙂

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