Wordbee – First TMS Experience

Wordbee is a "comprehensive translation management". In this video, you'll see my first experience with the localization tool. How did it go?

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Wordbee is a “comprehensive translation management”. In this video, you’ll see my first experience with the localization tool. How did it go?

I’ve documented my whole journey with Wordbee from the first home page visit, through creating a project, to downloading the translated file in German.


Andrej Zito 

Hi guys, welcome to a new episode of the TMS UX series where together we discover new localization tools, I do the hard work and you just get to sit down and watch me suffer. In this episode, we’re going to have a first look at Wordbee. If you are new to this series, what I’m basically do is I roll a dice, which tells me which TMS to try out next, and I go visit the homepage, I look at what the company is telling us that the TMS can do, how it looks like how convincing it is, what are the colors, what is the style, what are the basic fundamental design flaws of it. And then I compare this marketing thing with the actual experience. So I register for account, I try to create a project, I upload my two simple files, one word document, one spreadsheet, then I try to have it translated using the online editor. And finally, I download the translated files.

Andrej Zito 

So this is what I’m doing for every TMS. And along the way, you get to listen to my commentary on the design on the style on the UI. Most importantly, my experience, you know, I’m trying this for the very first time is the PMS intuitive? is it telling me is navigating me? Is it easy for me to do what I want to do? Yes or no. So that’s what the series is about. And in this one, as already mentioned, we picked Wordbee. And that’s what we’re going to try out. Now before we finally get to the review. Let me make a quick disclaimer that I always try to do everything that I say here in this video is just my personal opinion, how I feel about the style, the design, the UI, and so on. It’s all based on my personal experience and my personal preference, what I think is nice and intuitive and what is not.

Andrej Zito 

Now it doesn’t mean that I’m saying Wordbee is good for you or not good for you. I don’t cover all the features that a theme has has. I’m just focusing purely on the very basic things, translating a simple word document and spreadsheet in the easiest possible way and how intuitive it is to do it with a new TMS. So with that being said, let’s finally go to see how my experience was with Wordbee. FYI, I have never tried. I heard a lot about them, because I think they have a podcast. And I have never seen the website never tried anything from them. And I think I believe they should be free. They should have a free trial. Free Trial. Yes. What this is the website. Okay. Here we are on the website. So because the cookies always unleash on me, I might as well comment quickly.

Andrej Zito 

So we see orange, which we do see here as well, with the bees and the blue one. Yes, there is some blue one. But these colors are not in the logo. Which is I guess we’ll find out. See, this one is a blue one. I’m not sure how the colors are set for Wordbee yet. So we’ll just accept this. And let’s see what happens. Now available. So this is the first one that this reminds me of what was it I think it was translate five, they had this text here. They did have some images, some word images. And these guys go immediately into Who is it for. So they don’t have any big hero image, which we’ve seen on pretty much most of the websites. So the hierarchy, it is clear like this is the first thing comprehensive translation management. But then the rest is more or less the same. I don’t know maybe it’s just that I’m used so much to having some nice hero section here with clear value proposition. And then some call to action here actually, you don’t even see any clear call to action. That’s the thing.

Andrej Zito 

We see received this one here the free trial. Which by the way, it’s very weird hover. It just changes the color of the text doesn’t change the border around it. The retro see this fill out, like with blue and then turn into white text. But this is weird. An email here the only links that we see are these ones like this effect but again, it It’s kinda like inconsistent. You can see here the the text, and the arrow is green and when I hover I think the arrow is still green, right? Why trippin? Just the text change to blue. I don’t know why they do it. Even here. It’s weird. To me it looks weird like this button when I hover on the state. It looks weird because it has a grayish background. blue text and Green Arrow don’t like I think the hierarchy could definitely be better. This to me even though it’s like the main heading is it h1? Should be h1, it is h1. It seems super tiny to me. Okay, this is looks better.

Andrej Zito 

The only problem is the line height. Anyway, I’ll put it back to how it was before. So yeah, I don’t I don’t like this comprehensive transition measures your marriage every position benefit from blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Yeah, that’s fine. The problem is that, I think that’s see this is like how I’m discovering actually why people use the the Big Hero images, which has the unique value proposition and then some call to action button, these elements are missing here. And the thing is that this subhead has like the same size as these things, which is Who is it for? And like I already mentioned before, what am I? What am I trying to say? Yeah, like the the hierarchy here is just not good. And call to action again is like, not clear. Like nothing here stands out. The only thing that stands out is the is the images, which are cute, that’s for sure. But is this the right place to put these things? I don’t think so. Yeah.

Andrej Zito 

So to me, the biggest thing here again, I’ll just repeat myself is the hierarchy could be way improved, and there’s no clear call to action. Let’s it let’s start with that word be buzzing outside the box. I’m not sure if it’s just me from getting old. But the I don’t know if it’s tagline or how do you call it buzzing outside a box? The text is not that readable? Maybe it’s on purpose. I don’t know. Features I won’t get into it looks like a standard menu. This one has images the rest of the menu doesn’t have images. Not sure why. If you remember I think phrase had such a nice menu. And I think it had icons in every part of the menu. And we have here thing already mentioned about these hovers. I don’t like the hovers at all. think they’re super weird. Anyway, let’s move down. Finally from here.

Andrej Zito 

So here we have a big gap interest is reserve that I assume is consistent with these images. Life Sciences games. Yes. industry is always serve. Again, the hierarchy like these headings are not that different. I mean, yes, there are different but not that are hugely different from the from the bonsai size 26 already. Yeah, this already looks better. But yeah, the hierarchy is not good. Even here, like look at this thing. This to me is again, another problem with this thing. Like what is the industry? And then the text below? It’s almost the same. Is it actually the same? I don’t think it is. But my view it’s special work for what is the size? Is the size? See it? That’s it on the depth? I don’t see it. Do you see it? Some things are crossed out. Ah, h4 is what? It was 18 and I think the one below is 16.

Andrej Zito 

Yeah, so I just do pyxis Bigger. Yeah. Again the hierarchy the same thing as before. It just doesn’t stand out the images the icons, I think they look nice. Maybe to me they’re too skinny with a lot of detail. So did we get the colors actually? So in the logo we see green and then Black. Here we have blue resub blue in that thing in the keys. What is here here we have some blue, and we have more blue. Okay. Okay, I guess blue is part of it. Okay. So that’s that. Then here we have some sort of a shadow which separates the sections. What is this think champion Olympic translation management and use of training What? I thought I could click on it see that’s the thing with the blue text. Like you want to click it Olympic translation management I don’t get it supposed to be joke. supercharger system.

Andrej Zito 

We are transition management, improved quality, better time to market save money cut cost, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Give your team I think yes. supposed to be funny, I guess every challenge is different. Special workflows for different types of acquisition course position work worlds like this image swipe on purpose. But again, anything that I’ve noticed is to draw it here you can see that the image is above the section I’m not sure if this is supposed to be like the benefits and here we have the picture below. Free Trial started a 15 day free trial. Oh, what is this mean? Okay. Part One of our localization what I didn’t say anything go away. See again, I don’t know why this is why why are you serious? Oh my god, I just click here and I get a pop up are you fucking serious? Or shit? Why?

Andrej Zito 

Why do you put a button If everything activates a pop up? Let’s do the same thing in this. So clicking on the button or clicking somewhere in the content opens the button. That’s so weird. And what I wanted to point out before I get that is you can see that the consultants is move to the next line. No idea why to our localization consultants it’s probably because the width is set up way weird okay. I don’t like I don’t like the hovers. I don’t like this think like if I want to just click here. Why does it open a pop up? That’s weird. Manage. Okay, I guess we continue listing these benefits I don’t know it feels weird to hear it says just champion like if we focus on the blue text champion, every challenge is different vantage weird. Again, I think can see let’s let’s observe the gap between these things.

Andrej Zito 

So I think here and here. I think it’s I don’t know if I’m tripping but I think like it’s still different. It’s either different. It’s slightly different or almost the same. But when we go here, here you can see the gap is way bigger. Again, not sure why it’s inconsistent. See features. Think this damn the arrow is blue turns blue. And there’s like a slight delay. Unless I’m just very tired. It’s all green now and when I hover I feel like there’s some delay with the arrow. Like it doesn’t change immediately. Was it tripping here? It’s still green, right? I think it’s green. Okay, what do we have here automation, real time collaboration. leverage your assets, integrate content sources. That’s supposed to be part of this thing. Again, the hierarchies confusing. real time collaboration, leverage your assets. I don’t know.

Andrej Zito 

If this artist the benefits for the cut translation management thing in half, just don’t know. And they like to use these shadows to separate the sections. I’m not sure if I’m a fan of that. Also, again, I might be tripping. But like, for example, this shadow here looks different to me than this one. This one looks thicker. This one looks the same way as the second one. Not sure. The business deck never stop improving. Again. Now the space is the same as here. I think the bigger space use business intelligence blah, blah, blah, acquisition metrics and KPIs. And we have another image. Okay, translate clauses love to work in our online translation editor. Well, we’ll see about that. My first glance at this is it doesn’t look that nice. Conference collaboration, communities communications, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. client portal and more. How many are you going to list client portal?

Andrej Zito 

I’m actually getting tired. Again, like this. I don’t know why the line hide here is so huge. Like here, you can see that the spacing here between these two things and here, it’s here. It’s like almost the same super weird book. Integrate, get it together with beebox integrations. Okay. Choose your next step. Okay. Finally, we come to the end. Okay, so I guess green and blue are the main colors start a free trial then the webinar No, I don’t want that gets drawn it. What is this hover? Why is it again different? And why we Why has the free trial changed? Okay. So when I scroll down, it looks like this. I mean, this button looks better than it looks here. Because the full button has definitely more attention and contrast then the ghost button.

Andrej Zito 

Let’s go down. Get started like this. Like why is there another different type of hover? Like it changes the, the radius on the corners? And that’s it. Nothing else changes. That’s weird. Same here. Okay, are we at the bottom? Here we are. Okay, so the footer? I mean, okay, ish. I mean, okay, just like bunch of links. Um, yeah, so I think I was expecting, but I don’t know, just maybe from the from the from the social media posts that I’ve seen. Maybe I was expecting more. I don’t know. I thought it would be would be something cool. Like, poi later phrase. But the website doesn’t give me much hope for the for the UI. There are a lot of issues here. Which I’m, I would say that those are issues. It’s not like personal thing. The hierarchies wrong. The buttons are inconsistent, no clear call to action. I don’t know and listing these things. It’s like It’s weird. I don’t know. It’s just weird.

Andrej Zito 

For example, also this one, like the style here is the same like they have this thing here. The blue one then they have The main heading like like this one is different than this one why so weird? Anyway, let’s get to the trialing brothers and sisters and everyone else register for a free trial is a powerful system with many options but sometimes I forget once we started going into the UI forget to comment on the on the design just for a free trial first name company la Jane and Dan to blame Canada cancer needs what kind of business already I’m otter what what is this thing what is it just suddenly appeared What does it have to do with the question that’s so fucking weird. Why and of course the form here is different than the wanting to drop down man What is this thing?

Andrej Zito 

What What if I don’t select it? I don’t even know what it is right now. Where did we transition management? Isn’t that what I’m signing up for? I have read I consent to where to be using my no I don’t want to consent to that. Do I need to Okay, click this it doesn’t okay. You receive your trial information post haste in the meantime. Clink when we are so I don’t want to look at your webinars Okay, this is a new thing that we have here. new color we haven’t seen before. Again the same I not impressed we finally got the email from on the Wordbee and we’re recording there otherwise they’re your Wordbee trial is ready What is this thing? What is this thing? Oh my gosh. It looks like feels I need to enter something What? Dude? Dude what the hell Why am I getting sent to EU Why don’t go okay user ID that there were shipped in that gap in that gosh okay, what is this think? Like? Yes, I assume this is to log in but it’s so weird dude.

Andrej Zito 

Fucking failed What? Oh, account ID Why is account ID different than user ID No idea. Let’s go boys. Your password. Thank God being weak. Yes. Can I keep my weak password? Nope. No letter characters. Maybe you’re very good. Yes, he’s good. Your password has expired. Please choose a new one. I just set the new password. It says right below password changed successfully. What the hell? Why do I need to log in? I just set my password. Oh. Oh my god. No. Oh, it looks so bad. Jesus Christ. Oh my god. Oh my god. Oh my god. Oh my god. So where do I start? First of all, I mean, what is this image Let’s be open minded to new things. This looks like a hero image or something isn’t necessary in the UI I don’t know. But let’s say it’s not the cup my account log out teeny tiny text as always home orders projects jobs.

Andrej Zito 

The reason why I don’t like this UI and I don’t know if I can name it this like it has these boxes here and even the buttons how this looks like is like very old school. And the borders around this green it looks like I don’t know. I don’t know how I would compare this reminds me maybe of redmine that’s kind of like old school UI can actually cause those things. Remember dashboard changes Yes. Okay, they’re moved. You have to refresh the page. So I guess no Ajax recent projects What are these projects come from? client la Is that like a test? What recent jobs recent orders Am I supposed to be seen this? What the fuck is this to actually have projects who put these projects here? Oh my God, I hate the UI. I don’t know how to explain it but oh Jesus. Oh yeah, even these buttons the weights loading the taps Oh shit. What have I done? Why are these projects even created here? What the fuck?

Andrej Zito 

Why do the menus have to load first? I don’t get it. The dashboard looks very very old school. My gosh. What else would I comment on? I don’t know. The details. I don’t know how to I would have to put next to it like po editor or phrase so that they show how the Huggies container should be done better. But I don’t get it Why are there projects and jobs I haven’t done anything I just created this thing I don’t get it okay let’s just focus on what we have to do okay projects oh my god these colors Yikes. Yikes. Good projects. You have tabs here landing Whoa What? What happened to the audit tab? See there are three tabs here planning projects planning analytics I click planning and then the tabs just change the book oh my god that’s not how taps behave What the fuck oh my god please Okay, I’m not going teeny tiny text you project what choose typo in your project oh my god this tooltip Jesus should step on your project Career Center project code it okay standard whatever oh my god okay let’s try to be optimistic notes reset reset.

Andrej Zito 

Project says in progress it’s so difficult because even this drop down looks horrible. Okay, in progress manager received that line. Let’s say we want to next Friday. Client la sure reference. automatically. I’ve typed here whatever. Rice list. I don’t want water. We priceless document formats. What? Where do I get to name the project? Hello. Instructions what source language what oh my wow oh my god Is this how you add what is this user interface oh my goodness even this thing here doesn’t have the border at the bottom holy shit Can I just oh my god I have to select and I have to press Add Oh Jesus or Jesus or Jesus Jesus why why why what nice hello hey presto start typing the types afterwards oh my goodness oh it sucks it’s on the top oh my god wow the means do I have to select that I don’t care about that can I go to the next one Save and Continue documents okay I wonder if I can actually drag and drop I would be surprised nope.

Andrej Zito 

Can I drag and drop of course have to select the option to drag and drop files oh my goodness Jesus Jesus okay it’s their good this whole thing this looks like I don’t know like Windows like old windows all the icons translate yes or no do I have to do it or no for online translation translate document yes online What are these things here all set terrific next extraction rules what before default yes I don’t think there will be empty here translation online Yes What do I do next resources can I go there? No edit word count and words got like these whole UI like these things which TMS was before was a translate five that had these kind of things I don’t know how to describe this but it looks so old. I want to calculate word count.

Andrej Zito 

Okay, it looks like do you get it right? Probably I don’t care drops graph to make a new job don’t even name my project I don’t think I got a chance to name my project. Task translation Yes. English suck multiple languages on my god is UI documents. query can now assign suppliers Can I have signed the myself? there I am. some reason I charge eight cents per word. I don’t know how they created it. Because that’s part of it. Select select calculate because I don’t want to even bother with this. Please check options and confirm confirm assignments. Yes. Okay. Now what is happening now? Oh it uses the reference as the name of the project, are you Serious dude What the hell? What the hell? Where’s the reference here? That’s so bad so bad work and delivery machine translation actually maybe maybe something will happen Germany oh is this the online editor?

Andrej Zito 

Oh yeah Oh actually the editor looks better the editor looks more modern than this whole thing. Germany This is German here What does this say? Check it’s weird empty Okay, maybe I don’t know what kind of translation drafts CAN MACHINE translate yes translate to document by machine systems is limited select select free use from the translation editor no bad translations Okay. Oh API key got it safe okay so now if I go back to the work so I got my empty I don’t want to set something somewhere. Germany What is this thing? Why does it keep adding it’s a search dorks dungeon no translation found. How do I do it? I mean, like the you the editor looks slightly modern, based on everything but as a whole, it just looks weird. confusing.

Andrej Zito 

How do I get that empty? Question mark. Pop Pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop pop. Download configuration What? free to use from the translation editor. Yes, price. Based on this, it looks like it should work. But it doesn’t. mesh interesting. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, I don’t want pseudo translation now. Empty system sort of translation. Yep. No. No, how do I revert it back? I’ve said word the machine translation. Machine Translation is part of your system. Please, I want this to finish. What is the machine translation? First off usually you will need about a bottle that’s not what I see here what I see here is sir no there’s no setting or how do I how do I get the empty here? I don’t know. I think I might just copy paste it. I don’t care you see? Okay, everything’s done.

Andrej Zito 

Let’s do the batch think change status to success why your goods okay now we want to submit as deliverable doesn’t work Hello okay create from file create file finalize Yes that’s it I think we should be done with this I still don’t know where to get the job done maybe it’s here I don’t know let’s go back here let’s refresh status it’s still showing on finished up why why why are you doing this? Check Hey, what’s up boy okay how do I mark it as complete quiet doesn’t show up here. That’s a weird Oh cottage jobs right yeah. rookies then June that’s me. Chairman draft job reference it didn’t even update this think it’s when I created German project archives Benjen minutes not start it. Okay, now merge everything into one. That’s nice. But do I do now?

Andrej Zito 

Oh, job status. There we go. Chase says, Oh my god, what is this menu? Why is it so ugly? Everything is so ugly. Here’s Ron keyway. Are you serious position completed. Do the change, change? Right? Yes. Translation now they check for errors, who cares? Okay. Say that we have the translation finished. statuses are not probably fine. The whole UI again looks so old and bad. It’s just Jesus Christ in your paintings. Download documents, do I finalize them first? up to date and do not need to be rebuilt? print source text. Why would I print something? Okay, let’s see downloads, dude. Okay. So 15 for a beat. Can I use the language code is there about? Looks nice. Looks good. Check the spreadsheet. I already have one open. So let me get rid of that. And, yes, it’s good. All right. So we made it with Wordbee but the whole user interface.

Andrej Zito 

It’s just like I said, if the homepage doesn’t look that well, near Modern Standard, then usually the rest is the UI is usually worse. And this is a great example of that. Unfortunately, the whole UI looks just, I don’t know. I don’t even know how to call it. I think I was trying to figure out how to call this before but I failed. But this this type of UI is just super old. Super, super old. So I’m just super happy that I’m done with this. How long did it take more than one hour? Oh my gosh, thank you for watching this experience. Hopefully you were not suffering as much as I was. That’s the end of this video.

Andrej Zito 

Hopefully it gave you some value. If it did, give it a thumbs up, share with your friends, family colleagues, everyone on LinkedIn, haha. and consider subscribing. I do this every two weeks. There’s a bunch of videos that I already did a bunch of PMS that I already covered. And I still have a lot more to do. I think maybe we’ll halfway through all the different TMS tools. So if you don’t want to miss it out. Stay tuned, subscribe. Check out the videos in the next two weeks and connect with me on LinkedIn and maybe we can have a chat. Bye bye.

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