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SDL Trados Studio plugin by LanguageWire

We are dedicated to finding smarter ways to help you work more efficiently. Therefore, we have developed our own enhanced XLIFF format called LXLIFF and an SDL Trados Studio plugin to help you leverage all of its features.

Illustration of a plug

Introducing LXLIFF

Our new LXLIFF format provides the following information and features when used with SDL Trados Studio Packages generated in Smart Editor:

  • Segment status – (whether a segment translation has been completed or is still in draft) *
  • Segment character limitations
  • Segment comments
  • Segment baseline information – (basic info about translation origin: whether it came from a human, MT, or TM; and in case of the latter, the match percentage)
  • Segment meta data indicating whether tag-reorder is allowed **
  • Text formatting is shown as WYSIWYG – Bold /Italic Underline / Super script / Sub script **

* Importing segment statuses in Smart Editor is NOT supported at this point, with all segments showing as “Approved” instead. Statuses will remain available in LXLIFF and visible in SDL Trados Studio. Full two-way status synchronization will be added with a future update.

** For further details, see below about the SDL Trados Studio plugin.

The LanguageWire plugin for SDL Trados Studio

To further improve your translation experience, and to allow all features of the LXLIFF file format to be fully leveraged, we have developed a plugin for SDL Trados Studio. The plugin, which has been reviewed and signed by SDL/RWS, is not prerequisite for working with us, but we highly recommend using it.

With the plugin installed, you can enjoy the following benefits:

  • All of the aforementioned meta information will be available in the SDL Trados Studio editor
  • WYSIWYG text formatting – Bold / Italic / Underline / Super script / Sub script
  • Easily validate and comply with segment length restrictions
  • Easily validate tag order after re-ordering

Note that some or all of these features may not be supported for packages generated and downloaded prior to the release of the latest plugin version.

SDL Trados Studio plugin installation

Download the plugin here.

See Change Log here.


The plugin is compatible with all versions of SDL Trados Studio from 2017 to 2021. Newer versions will be supported after the next release.

The installation process is very straight-forward.

  1. Download the .sdlplugin file from here.
  2. Double-click the file and follow the installation wizard.
  3. Click Next:
    1st plugin installation screen

  4. Accept the Terms and Conditions:

    Licence agreement plugin installation screen

  5. Select version and installation folder:

    Plugin installation screen: select plugin version

    If you have multiple versions of SDL Trados Studio installed, select the one you would like to use with the plugin.
    The default installation folder (All your domain machines) will work in most scenarios and allows roaming profiles.

  6. Click OK to finish the installation process:

    Plugin installation finished screen

  7. The plugin is now visible in the plugin management interface:

    Screenshot of the plugin management interface


Change Log

Version Release date Changes 2 February 2021 First release 5 March 2021
  • Added support for handling of files with no translatable content.
  • Added auto approve feature for Track Changes during target file creation. September 2023
  • Added support for LXLIFF version
  • Added support for super- and sub script.

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