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3.7 out of 5
Out of 32 user reviews.

memoQ translator pro: created by translators for translators!

memoQ translator pro is a computer-assisted translation tool which runs on Microsoft Windows and on Mac using Parallels or VMWareFusion. It was envisioned more than 12 years ago by a group of enthusiastic linguists who aimed to develop innovative translation software which increases translator's productivity while being easy to learn and use.

Translation memory

memoQ features a state of the art translation memory which stores your translations and helps you reuse them. The translation memory boosts productivity and consistency throughout your project. With a translation memory in place you will never need to translate the same thing twice.

Term base

memoQ posses an advanced term base for handling terminology. With it, you can extract terms from files and translation memories, import your existing glossaries, combine bilingual glossaries into multilingual ones, or easily add new terminology as you translate.

The Muse

Muses offer automatic suggestions for target terms as you type. Muses are “trained” by analyzing content that is available from your translation memories and LiveDocs corpora. The more content available, the more precise and personalized the suggestions will be.


LiveDocs is the best example of features in memoQ that speed up work. It is an alternative to translation memories which keeps your translation content structured and organized. It allows for the reuse of previous material based on the entire corpus rather than segments. This is the technology that makes memoQ, the CAT tool of choice for thousands of translators around the world.

Popular features

  • HTML Live preview
  • Customizable filters
  • Customizable shortcuts
  • Global Find and Replace
  • Filtering and sorting
  • Real-time spell-checking
  • Automatic saving
  • Multiple-level undo and redo
  • AutoCorrect

Supported languages and file formats & compatibility with other tools

memoQ translator pro supports a wide range of languages and file formats (HTML, Adobe FrameMaker™, Adobe InDesign™, XLIFF, XML, SVG, Typo3, Multilingual Excel files, software localization formats like PO, YAML, JSON, RESX) and is compatible with most other translation tools (SDL Trados, STAR Transit, SDL Worldserver and Wordfast). With memoQ you can easily import and export file formats from other CAT tools.

24 HS support

Kilgray Translation Technologies offers online support nonstop Mondays through Fridays. Support is also available on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Central European time) and even on Sundays for critical cases.

Integration with Language Terminal

Language Terminal is a free project management tool freelance translators can use to manage their translation work.

Learning resources

You can download memoQ here


Software details

Price€ 620 / USD 770
File formatsAll possible file formats you could run into (80+), please see the full list.
License typePerpetual
System requirements
Operating systemWindows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows 7
System requirements.NET Framework Version 4.0 or higher. RAM: 1GB of memory (4GB recommended). Hard Disk Space: 110 MB. Screen resolution: 1024´768. Processor: 1 GHz.
CompatibilitySupports open standard file formats XLIFF, TMX, TBX & OLIF and interoperability with Transit, Wordfast and SDL Trados
Support & upgrades
Support and upgrades offered/includedInstallation support, 1 year of free support and upgrades
Support and tutorial linkssupport@kilgray.com
30 days
Free trialYou can download a free 45-day trial of memoQ translator pro here
Languages supportedPractically all languages, user interface in 10 languages - Please see the full list

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1 out of 5
How easy is it to learn?

A waste of time and money - and BEWARE of reinstallation on new machines!
Review by 
Susmi Ostenfeld-Rosenthal . MemoQ is hard to learn. It tries to copy SDL Trados, only using a new set of terms and shortcuts. But, the tool is far inferior to Trados, and much harder to learn. In every project, I've done for clients, I've had issues. And using the server version for one client didn't work at all, I had to ask the client to take it offline.
The last straw for me was, when I had to install MemoQ on a new system after a crash. The installation didn't complete, and the error included a Visual C++ Redistributable error. I contacted support, and I was told to uninstall all previous versions of Visual C++ Redistributable, install the latest version (provided in a link by Kilgray) and then try the installation again. This did work. BUT, uninstalling previous versions completely messed up other installations, e.g. my installation of Trados Studio, and my TMs and termbases then had to be fixed!
Having had only problems with MemoQ, I now translate all MemoQ files directly in Trados (yes, this wonderful suite lets you translate them directly in their tools), to completely avoid MemoQ altogether.
After the reinstallation disaster, and as I've had a lot of problems with MemoQ, I asked for them to cancel my license and return my money. They declined.
BEWARE, and watch out. Do not waste your money on this tool - SDL Trados may be more expensive, but it sure is worth it!
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

5 out of 5
How easy is it to learn?

Review by 
Hazel Underwood This is by far the best tool available at the moment and I've tried them all. It is extremely user friendly, the QA function is extremely easy to use, and most importantly it is compatible with lots of other tool file formats.
What is more, the support service is second to none, and the fact that you get support even if you only have the free version is amazing. I could never see Trados doing this!
9 out of 16 found this review helpful.

1 out of 5
How easy is it to learn?

Super complex - lots of options.
Review by 
jadetranslate . Read few forum posts and I was under the impression that this software was going to be easy. So I decided to take the 45 days trial. I actually found it very complicated with so many options I don't even know where to start and I could not figure out how to create the final translation.
6 out of 10 found this review helpful.

2 out of 5
How easy is it to learn?

Stale tool, not a good investment
Review by 
Cristiana Coblis . I own this tool and have used it regularly for the last 6 years. I recently upgraded to the latest version (8.2).

Pros: Some of my clients work exclusively in the tool. In hindsight, it would have been much cheaper and smarter for me to use those ELM licences, which some clients are happy to provide.

Cons: - The interface is unintuitive, it's difficult to find what you are looking for. It is simply not optimized for translators working all day in front of a computer.
- In the last 3 years, I did not notice any improvements or features that have helped my own productivity when translating with the tool. The same good old bugs are still present. This leads me to believe that development in the last few years has been focused on something else. I do not know what.
- Overall, I would say I am less productive when using this tool compared to similar tools. This is due to poor interface, poor workflow optimization, disruptive annoying shortcuts and popups that are difficult to change and hinder instead of helping, etc.
- It is painfully obvious that the developers do not use the tool to see how unproductive it is and that there are few actual users of the tool to provide feedback to improve it.
- There is a self-congratulatory mentality within the company that is simply delusional. This cripples innovation and has led to a sad stagnation of the tool for several years. With the latest version, it is painfully obvious they are trying to catch up to other tools and fail to be competitive.
- Rambling uninformative webinars focused on irrelevant features.
- The latest versions (8.xxx) install on some machines, not on others. No reason or solution found so far. Had to revert to 2015 on my desktop.
- Their ELM licencing system distorts the market and encourages unfair competition from translators who do not want to invest in technology.
- All things combined, a MemoQ licence is much more expensive than other superior tools. I do not feel it's money well spent.
3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

5 out of 5
How easy is it to learn?

Perfect in every way
Review by 
Lian Pang . Fast load and easy to use, clear interface, excellent client support.

Plus, you don't need to pay for version after version like Trados
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

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