I downloaded the update file (about 35 MB) from Atril's web site and ran the installation right away. As I expected, there were problems with the dongle drivers immediately thereafter, so that I was confronted with a dialog informing me that DVX would only run in demo mode. This is a common problem, which was dealt with as usual by rebooting and running the program to reinstall the drivers (path: C:\Program Files\ATRIL\Deja Vu X\Dongle\setupdrv.exe). Afterward, when I launched the application, I was pleased that my other settings, including recent projects, were all intact.
According to Atril's version history, the changes in the new build versus Build 303 are:
- Added new filter for working with XLIFF files, including SDL Trados Studio 2009 SDLXLIFF
- Added support for FrameMaker v9.0 in FrameMaker MIF filter
- Added support for InDesign CS4 in InDesign INX filter
- Microsoft Windows 7 officially supported
- Microsoft Office 2010 (current at Beta 2) officially supported
- Improvements in the RTF filter, including reduced extraneous codes and improved performance
- Fixed issues with curly brackets in PO filter
- Improvements in the XML filter, including better handling of large CDATA sections and improved performance
- Improvements and fixes in the MIF filter, including better handling of index entries, footnotes and text insets
- Various fixes to the SDL IDT filter
- Fixed issues with exporting satellites
- Improvements in number handling (particularly in Propagate) and case conversions
- Fixes issues with filter on selection
- Fixed various issues with mouse/keyboard focus
- Fixed various issues with TMX import/export
- Fixed various issues with MultiTerm import
- Fixed various issues with TM import/export
- Fixed various issues with TD import/export
- Fixed issues with alternate portion handling when work with a separate edit area
- Fixed issues with search and replace in TM and project
The points highlighted in red are ones that have particularly concerned me in my work; others will have a greater interest in other points, of course. I particularly look forward to seeing if the improvements in the RTF filter will eliminate the need to run Dave Turner's CodeZapper macro on almost every RTF or DOC file I translate with Déjà Vu. Also, the fact that all attempts to import MultiTerm data in the past year have failed has been very irritating. I look forward to testing the performance of the new InDesign filter; in prior versions the filter was vastly inferior to the one in SDL Trados TagEditor, and the best I worked with in most cases was Kilgray's filter for MemoQ.
As has always been the case so far, this upgrade is free to all registered users of DVX. Free upgrades forever aren't the smartest business model if you are trying to cover the cost of ongoing development and support, so I hope that changes at some point so we might see more frequent improvements to what is still in many respects the best translation environment tool (TEnT) option available for freelance translators and small agencies. When asked what I recommend these days, it's a hard call for me. Most of the time I recommend MemoQ now, because of the advanced features, momentum and support that product has as well as its affordable server capabilities, but for quite a number of project types I do frequently, Déjà Vu X remains a critical element. Right now it's very hard to state the best technical choice without knowing a lot about the asker's project mix, so my recommendation is usually based largely on support now. In that respect the team of Atril and PowerLing still has a lot of lost ground to recover.