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Commented installation of Across Personal Edition 5.5

Across Systems is a German company that sells a server solution called Across Language Server, aimed primarily at the “linguistic supply chain” (their own words). They also have a Windows client product called Across Personal Edition, which they give away for free to freelance translators, on the condition that they accept to be listed in their publicly searchable database. Across PE can be used either as a client that can access a remote server, or as a standalone tool.

Across PE has two components: Across itself (398 MB once installed, as reported by Control Panel) and Microsoft SQL Server (57 MB). The downloadable file is very large (865 MB, direct link included below), the whole installation process takes almost half-an-hour on a system with a super-fast solid-state drive (SSD) and Across gobbles up 3.5 GB in total, 1.5 GB of which is allocated to three databases.

It is very hard to uninstall everything installed by Across and several users have reported Across totally wrecked their computers. For that reason, I strongly recommend installing it in a disposable virtual machine. I plan to make a separate video about the uninstalling process, showing how much “leftovers” remain even after uninstalling everything and manually deleting the files and folders created by Across.

Relevant links:
Download link to Across PE 5.5 (NB! 865 MB)
my-across.net (site for freelance translators)

2 comments to Commented installation of Across Personal Edition 5.5

  • “It is very hard to uninstall everything installed by Across and several users have reported Across totally wrecked their computers. For that reason, I strongly recommend installing it in a disposable virtual machine.”
    A couple of weeks ago I wrote my testimonial about using Across: http://anmerkungen-des-uebersetzers.com/2012/12/10/across-warning-signs-ahead/.
    My posting coincided with several calls from freelance tranlsators for boycotting Across (at ProZ and Facebook, to name just a few).
    As for above quotation, I would strongly recommend NOT installing Across even in a disposable virtual machine.
    Apart from technical flaws, bugs and crashes, Across Personal Edition is a bogus “free” CAT product which is primarily intended as a translation project management environment for translation agencies striving for full control of their translation suppliers. Interoperability of Across is disguised as a “value proposition”, its only value being that for translation agencies expropriating freelance translators of their product. i.e. translation, and their tools, including translation memory.

  • Valerij is right – better not to install this trash software at all. If someone wants a free CAT tool, let them try OmegaT; it has a respectable range of functions and is compatible with other common software, and it won’t trash your system. The corporate philosophy of Across is simply wicked with its promotion of incompatibility as a virtue. I have yet to hear of a server installation that wasn’t a nightmare in one way or another, and my personal experience with the ergonomics of the personal edition years ago left a very bad impression.

    Interoperability? Valerij, I think you mean the *lack* of interoperability. This software is very much like a “roach motel” – a one-way trip in every sense. I was deeply shocked several years ago to hear an across rep boast how that incompatibility is sold to German companies as a competitive advantage. Like P.T. Barnum said, there’s a sucker born every minute…..

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