Frequently Asked Questions on Buying a Wordfast License
Can I install Wordfast on more than one computer ?
Where do I get the full version of Wordfast, after I pay?
Do you have a representative or dealer in my country?
Is there any other payment method than what is listed in the website?
If I buy, how long will I be able to use Wordfast?
What about upgrades to newer versions?
Any exceptions to the Gratuity clause? Like, for students, unemployed etc?
Do you provide a hotline?
Installation of Wordfast Classic fails. What can be wrong?
Is Wordfast compatible with other tools?
I am having a problem licensing Wordfast. What can be wrong?
If I buy only Classic or Pro now, will I be able to purchase the other one easily when I need it?
The short answer to free-lance translators or individual buyers is yes, and to commercial companies, translation agencies, no. (Of course, if you change computers, hard disk etc, all will be able to re-install Wordfast for free, subject to some conditions - but this is another point). See the Wordfast User License Agreement, which gives more detail, with many examples. back to top
Wordfast is a try-before-you-buy program: you already have it installed and running on your computer before you decide to buy. (If this is not so, download and install Wordfast from www.wordfast.net and try it). The version you have is the full version, the only one version, with all features activated - but it is limited to a translation memory size of 500 units until you buy a license number, which has to be entered in Wordfast. What you buy is actually a license number that lifts Wordfast's only limitation. back to top
No. Wordfast is only sold direct and on-line from www.wordfast.net, to keep prices low. Note that there may be colleagues (translators) in your region that can provide basic training for starting with Wordfast (see Community/Training), but distribution and sales are only through www.wordfast.net. back to top
When buying a license, at whatever price, you are entitled to a one-year email hotline. To access the hotline, log in from www.wordfast.net > Community > Registered users with the confidential info given in the invoice you receive after buying. back to top
Sorry, no. The Buy form at www.wordfast.net, after being filled up, gives links to secure payment pages from two major financial partners with a sterling reputation that take credit cards, direct bank transfers, cheques, and Postal Money Orders (cash). For bureaucratic corporations who need to first place an order, then receive a proforma invoice (usually in paper form) before paying, please use the contact form and let us know. For all others, an invoice is delivered together with the license number, as with all online sales.
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During the first three years after you buy a license, you can upgrade for free to any newer version of Wordfast. After these three years, you are allowed to buy a new license at a discounted price, and are entitled to the same conditions as a new buyer, except for the free hotline. back to top
Sorry, no exceptions to the gratuity clause. This is to ensure a fair treatment to all, and keep Wordfast's price low.
If you are a student, your Professor can apply for gratuity for you, and for other students in your class. back to top
Make sure you read and applied the advice in the manual - better try the English manual, which is more regularly updated (download here). See the sections on "Installation" and "Troubleshooting".
If the above fails: In Ms-Word, type Alt+F11 (or use the Tools/Macros/Visual Basic Editor menu) to open the Visual Basic window. Use the Tools/Options dialog box, go to the "General" tab. Tick the lower of the three options in "Error recuperation" group (this options says "Stop on unknown errors only". Check both checkboxes in the "Compilation" group. Close the Visual Basic window. In Ms-Word, make sure one more time that the Tools/Macros/Security setting (if there is such a menu) is set to "Low". Close Ms-Word, open it again and try installation again.
If all this fails, and your version of Ms-Word is 97 or above, try installing Wordfast on another computer, as a test routine. Then consider de-installing/Re-installing Ms-Word or Office on your own computer. back to top
The short answer is yes, and this is one of Wordfast's strengths.
This is a vast question (compatibility includes TMs, glossaries, documents etc). For a full article on the question, click "knowledge" in www.wordfast.net to access the Wordfast Knowledge Base. Enter "Wordfast compatibility" in the Search box and read more on this precise topic (click here for faster access). You can also read the "Integrating Wordfast in existing Workflows" page in www.wordfast.net's "product" page. back to top