XTM Cloud – First TMS Experience

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XTM Cloud is “the world’s leading cloud based enterprise Translation Management System”. In this video, you’ll see my first experience with the localization tool. How did it go?

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


Andrej Zito 

Hey guys, how are you? Welcome. My name is Andre. This is another video in the TMS UX series. And in this one, we will have a closer look at XTM Cloud. If you are new to the series, what I’m basically trying to do is I roll the dice, which tells me which TMS to review and try out next. And what I’m trying to do is I’m just starting to document my whole journey from visiting the homepage, to signing up for a free account, creating a project, uploading the files, getting them translated, and then finally downloading the translated files back to see if there are intact and like I said, the reason why I pick SDN cloud is this one. I’m here back again to roll the dice. So let’s do it again. Why do they four or 512, I think a solid number already 123451234512. So this is told me to review XTM Cloud next.

Andrej Zito 

 Before we get into this, let me make a very quick disclaimer, everything I share in this video is just my own personal opinion. And it’s mostly focused on the design the user experience of my own user experience and how I feel about the software, whether I like it, where I like the design, the interaction, whether it’s consistent or not the fonts, colors, and so on. It’s really just what’s going on in my head when I’m using the software for the very first time. So by no means is this my recommendation to you whether this tool is right for you, or no, everybody has different needs, especially when it comes to design and how things feel for us how we think they’re beautiful or not. This is purely preferential so you can make your own opinion. This is just me sharing my experience. So without further ado, let’s get right into the review of SDM cloud. Go to cloud XTM. Cloud. My first Yes, we can do it for free. Thank God.

Andrej Zito 

Okay, this looks very futuristic. raise my pen. I like this. So the first thing that comes to my mind immediately is the hands. And the how this looks super futuristic. And like AI. So I guess it’s about empty. That’s my hope. Anyway, so are we. We are recording right. So let’s get to the review. First impression, like I said is good. What I definitely don’t like and I can really see it. I don’t know why I did it. And maybe you can see it. They bootrec all the logos of their clients. So big names here, but there’s absolutely no spacing between them. Like what the fuck? six foot parties logos actually even overlapping? Or am I just dump? farstone Swiss Post? No. Okay, just started but there’s absolutely no gap. That to me is not guilt budget like that.

Andrej Zito 

Otherwise, what do we have here? XTM Cloud version 12.6. Empowering integration. Okay. Normally, we typically see more text here on the hero image, not just the logo and a version. Is that the best way that you want to? I mean, is that the best thing that you want to communicate to me? Like the first thing that you want to communicate to the people and just empowering integration? Otherwise, if I don’t scroll down, the only text actually that is supposed to tell me what what are the benefits of SDM cloud is empowering integration. Is that the unique value proposition? Is it like other tools cannot have integration? That’s not true. I don’t know if they’re just playing it for visuals. Or maybe I don’t know. They think that the SDM cloud is so popular that people see Oh, it’s version 12.6. I need to get it now. I don’t know anything about zip code. So to me, I would expect a little bit more copy here. Or maybe some video or something I don’t know. To explain but right now. Yeah. Okay, let’s look at the rest. cars look nice. So blue, grayish, some darker thing. Green as maybe accent color. Then we have a bunch of menus, product features, price sync.

Andrej Zito 

Looks good surge website, I’m not sure about this think I think I was struggling with this even on my website. It’s the alignment. It’s weird. So this thing looks to be centered. The green button try XDM for free space and on top and the bottom seems to be the same when it comes to the logo. I’m not sure if I’m blind, but I think like the space at the bottom is bigger than on the top. So XTM International, the logo actually doesn’t seem to be vertically aligned within the section. And that brings us to these two things, which are actually one will together. Not sure if I like it, I think typically when you have these two minus menus on top of each other, they’re separated. Who is different section but like another div. So instead of having just one div, like we have here, there would be another one. At least from my experience. There’s another one on the top, which has maybe some smaller menu things. Things. Great explanation.

Andrej Zito 

Anyway, so this seems to me to clump together a bunch of things together. And what I don’t like is again, the alignment like for example, this one, the search salon with the button. But it’s kind of like off when you think about it in relationship to the to these two texts. So actually, based on looking for this, it looks like this thing. Like the text here is aligned with the logo. But the logo as we already know it’s off center. So that’s why it’s off. It is off. So I spoke about this thing. doesn’t tell me pretty much anything about STM. So I guess we’re just gonna scroll down. How does the search work? Well, okay, cancel, cancel, cancel. We’re not going to be doing that. cancel, cancel, cancel, cancel. Okay. Moving down. What? Oh, wait, what?

Andrej Zito 

Why did I just not load everything? Okay, now this, of course has more space. Finally. Thank God. And it’s even moving. I don’t know what happened before. So okay, so the hero image still stays the same. There’s nothing extra. This has been fixed. It looks better for sure. For shizzle. And alignment, I think still off. Yeah, that alignment is to offset. Okay, we can move down to about sreen line. Um, if I paused in this section, my personal impression is that all these texts here are kind of like, competing with each other. Size is almost the same. And they’re so clumped together. That it’s weird. Like, for example, for here for the customer logos. I would maybe expect to see more padding on top and bottom. Because right now it’s just really this small div here. Word logos are squeezed in.

Andrej Zito 

I’m gonna look at it again. Yeah, yeah. Maybe it’s like there’s Yeah. Too much competition here. It’s noisy as people say. streamline your localization process. Okay. Sure. Reduce transaction costs by up to 50%. automate. Okay, great. I love this. So who was I talking about? In which review? Was I mentioning this that they had images from the UI? But the images were super small? Was it pure editor? I think it was Bo editor. Yeah. So this is absolutely great. Because I can actually see without doing some hacks and zooming in on images, how the UI looks like. And it’s relevant to what I’m clicking, and I really like the, the UI here of these things, or even extra text. So not sure if I like the fact that if you have automated here, the first heading or whatever that is, my click if it’s smaller, to fit in the edit text.

Andrej Zito 

But that’s a tiny detail. But otherwise, I like this interactivity. And it works well with the screenshot to show me the UI. So that is super cool. Super awesome. Okay, next section, translation management solution. localizing and deploying material across multiple regions is complex, you need a translation solution that is simple, scalable, blah, blah, blah. Again, huge logo. Why did these guys like their logo so much? I don’t know. Any thoughts? Why XDM cloud is such a huge thing. I don’t know if somebody explained this to me. It’s correct. Like the call to action in this section, Is this correct? Yeah. This here is just as a logo. Why doesn’t show anything? I don’t know. Okay, so we have here next. industries, Life Sciences, retail. Okay, changes on harbor. Looks good. I can move on. Marketing, blah, blah, blah. And I could keep the nose should be quick. Yep. Yep. This looks good. It looks pretty cool. Pretty cool. Pretty cool. I’m thinking about something. Whoops.

Andrej Zito 

I’m not sure if I like the fact that it’s that it has the blue thing on top of it. There’s blue here. I don’t know if it looks good. I guess. XTM connectors. Now we are finally back to the empowering integration. Wait, oh my god, this is holy. Just the link. So the image of Jesus, it is an image. Can anyone select it? Okay. That’s all work. Next to connectors. Blah, blah, blah, bunch of things. Okay. I like the table. It looks nice. The logos are clearly readable. That looks good that this cover all X to connector. So here. Again, I’m not sure why we have a different language. I don’t know. She chose me. I don’t know. So what I’m thinking is that the difference between the heading and the link is not that big.

Andrej Zito 

Otherwise, you have here with the with the double things, the arrows, I don’t know how it’s called that character. Discover XTM discover XTM connectors. This is kind of confusing, because the whole lane the whole text is a link. But when I hover only the STM connectors changes shakez makes. I mean, it’s a new thing that I haven’t seen before. So maybe I’m just reacting to it because I’m not used to it. But I don’t know. Like, because it’s like the style you can see here like some part of it is blue, then it’s black and blue things black. But this one is a title and just slightly larger than this one. But this one is link. It’s not very clear to this is also a link like normally when I would be scrolling probably wouldn’t even know what is it. So that’s my commentary.

Andrej Zito 

Recently at XTM International, Oh, okay. The images The good thing is that all the images look to have the same branding like the colors and I do like it the colors on it reminds me a little bit of memsource you also have the blue think mentors also had the green thing as excellent I don’t know bom bom bom bom bom bom bom bom bom, bom, bom, XTM ad for project managers who have never tried anything on mobile. This looks nice, I guess. But I don’t know, again, why you would show an image of a login page? What the fuck? If I’m a project manager, I want to see how I can manage my projects one mobile app not to see the login screen. Why? Why why why? That’s weird. drags the app for free. Yes, we can do it. We can do it. We can do it. Okay, see the link? Again, the button looks like a button with very little padding on left and right. And he doesn’t do anything on hover. This one does something. This one doesn’t do anything. I asked me why? I don’t know. Maybe I have no idea. It’s weird. So a little bit of details here, which I don’t work. So that’s it about the homepage for XTM. Cloud.

Andrej Zito 

Now, let’s give it a try. Okay, gradient on the background. We have never used gradient before. I don’t know why we are using gradient suddenly. The whole form looks like different than the homepage. I don’t know why people allow it some consistencies. What is this blue text? Okay. I’ll take it whatever. And then and then. And then and then and then the company login name What? Now this, I do not understand what it means. I’m registering as myself. What is a company? said a separate account for the whole company. You know, what? Do you really need my phone? I don’t want to give you a phone contract. Relax your number of users words. receive anything from you. Wait, what does this mean? This is also confusing. When you say Freelancer means looks like like it’s only for freelancers. What if I’m a single user, like a single localization manager that a buyer said, I’m not a freelancer.

Andrej Zito 

That is confusing. Because it’s like the number of users that determines who you are what can still be one user representing an enterprise. I don’t even know if it gives me different options like different features within the app. Question mark? Start free trial. Okay. Now the button actually does something on hover. Walk in your phone 111222333 comm trade Canada Canada blame Canada. Star for drought. Yes. Thank you for your interest. We will email you with your ex dm. More gone. Log on we will email you with your STM log on. This log on now. It’s working right? Log on for no it’s also a noun. log on. Okay. Alright, this is where I might step pause the recording chick might may Whoa. Extra trial account create a Yeah. Thank you for requesting a 30 day XTM club demonstration because Chuck does it online immediately

Andrej Zito 

Okay, so they sent it to me now I know how it works. Okay By the way, I never paid too much attention to the emails. But you can see here the links are red. We don’t use red or links anywhere in the page. anyway here we are. I don’t know what no lamb on EU server It’s weird. Okay, username Andre admin. That would be where I also had to put in the company me why briefings to ensure that’s where best work best with best word authorizer device authorizing Alright, waiting for another email to authorize myself. See I don’t know why companies don’t have consistent emails that are sent to you. This one is nicely formatted although inconsistent. This one is just plain text. We are nearly done. I have to do it again. Are you kidding me? All right. Let’s see. Your password. Password. New Password. Don’t look don’t look. That I didn’t save your fields mark with a exclamation mark. Are Ada missing or incorrect? Please review. Oh, I didn’t even see what I see. It’s only here. I didn’t notice it at all.

Andrej Zito 

Normally, if there’s an error, you would highlight the fields in red. And if by any chance you want to use an exclamation mark, you put it closer not like a tiny thing somewhere here. What the hell? Oh my gosh. Missing Gorton correct but how are they incorrect? I used a weak password but I only noticed but but the but but the software didn’t tell me anything about it I don’t know if I have typed different things are what oh my god is so confusing. Okay, I’ll add 123 is it working now? Nope. Still working holy shit Oh my god. Or no Oh, Jesus. so bad. I’m getting frustrated. We said your timezone Oh the speech display adjust it better than times. Okay, can you just leave me alone finally. Mr. Andrej Zito We are a country and Canada that didn’t already enter this. We are timezone you see minus a save whatever.

Andrej Zito 

Okay, let me go do something. User details. I don’t care. Okay. Let’s click here and see what is the homepage? Oh, it doesn’t even do anything. Are you kidding me? I’m clicking the this thing and it doesn’t do anything. Okay, then we go to projects. Pool vailable word 60,000. I guess that’s for empty. Broad track list. Broad track list project was project last. Okay, project manager will be there as a project manager hopefully. Whoa. project created by LSB. Okay. Now, I don’t even need to create anything but all the different stars of the group very confusing to me. Their variance is very small. I don’t know maybe you just need To practice with it, but I don’t know, I would expect different icons for different statuses. All right, so we are here. Oh, I should comment on this, right. So, first look is actually very good. I think this gods are the first guys that are using a different layout when it comes to the menu.

Andrej Zito 

First of all, it’s full width. And second of all, many of the companies have the the menu on the left side. These guys stack it on the top. And I actually do like it. It looks it looks like you have more space. Well, let’s see how it ends up once I start adding stuff into the project. But like even I do have to say that like the colors color palette, this this this dark Gray’s or what is this dark blue or something? That looks good. Alright, so my projects, all projects current archive all that that’s this looks bad when I just click the button. It looks like it has to do borders. Yeah. This looks, I mean, it? I don’t know. No, I’m actually just going to say that I don’t like it that much. It looks weird. Like when you have these toggle things through you actually keep the border on the interactive button. Like here you can see there’s this border degrades your border, which makes it stand out so it looks like there’s this inactive button. And then there is a selected thing. Don’t be normal you have just one line and the active element is color. I think that’s what I would expect. That’s why I don’t like these borders here.

Andrej Zito 

But again, is just me. I’m nobody. Okay. Um, yeah. Does that anything here? No, maybe once we add playing, named customer musters, language, target languages 10 created time do you hear? It looks good. This is what I was saying. I think we localize Is it the ones you have a project? Like the list of the project should be in some sort of a table that you can sort anyway, add the project? Let’s go ostermann name plus customer very nice. George’s I’m Jim. The Scripture is you. Just look at what’s good translation. Yeah, this is I think I was saying this in some previous DMS I don’t know which one where did it have a long form with a bunch of things? where it was crowded. So these guys actually they separated it into different parts separated by vital ones, and I do like it. I do like it do like to look turn this off. So source language, English, are you as you snd whereas it was Sunday. There we go. Target languages, check points. Check, check. One Two. Check evidence. And what do we do German, German, German. Alright. This looks nice.

Andrej Zito 

My only problem is that you cannot even resize it. So you can always see four languages at the same time. But yeah, this is the same implementation as memsource. That’s where it was also super tiny. But okay, but at least the buttons look nice. Nice green. The green is back. seat that looks nice. subject matter. We don’t care. We have games actually. using old games. Sad. There is no games here. Oh just put general for translation. Wait, what’s Is this where you already? files for translation? where it can only upload one file at once? Are you kidding me? There’s no way let me go to the folder about I did select two files. Why would I need to be wondering different folders? Maybe QA profiles? Why be joining files additional false? I have no idea what it means. workflow mean workflow translate? Yeah, let’s just do translate different workflows per target language, nice. workflow for non analyzable files. settings. Use the selected customers. Terminal gentium. Okay. Use not approved memory. audit, think of a segments let’s just create a reggae 10.

Andrej Zito 

Now did we create me min status max status? What is it like the status like which language has the lowest words translated and then that will show here and the max status would be what say if I translate check them? What What is min max status for a project? Somebody explained that to me. What is this think? rule show metrics? statistics. Manage workforce. Nice. Nice. Okay, I’ll be my project. My project and this again will be mine. My theme if I want to go as if I’m a pm and I click on My project is this the first thing that I want to be seeing? I don’t think so. Like I already set up the project. Why would I need to look at these budget fields. I want to see what is going on with my projects. total count. Okay, here we have metrics word count metrics progress. What is this think? Oh, I think that’s like a bar that fills up. Okay. Charts. Okay. He sent Well, I mean, these these things. These metrics look, I think the most advanced that I’ve seen so far. Some of them would need some fine tuning. I would say the charts looks not very nice. work. I don’t know if it wasn’t able to style it. But I don’t know why this has a border around it. Why so teeny tiny. It just doesn’t look like a compact think this looks good. Cable looks good.

Andrej Zito 

This, I don’t know how this is going to look like once it starts filling in coming up. But the charts look like it’s the first iteration to be done done to be corrected. How many words do we have general languages? Okay, there’s a breakdown for each language. Okay. word word, workup. Where words, repetitions. 75. Non matches 1002 613 to six. with Apple, two files, I think are probably too close. But that’s actually what we cannot see here. Right? Where am I missing it? Is this just aggregated for all the files? You have statistics profile. German analytics has been translated or right. workflow. There’s a workbench good or poor management.

Andrej Zito 

There, the workflow management would show up probably, I mean, it would probably shine better if I had more complicated workflow. But for now, I don’t know what this yellow. I mean this green arrow arrow here. Okay, the download arrow actually looks like it’s clicked. It has some weird shadow or whatever that is at the bottom. Absolutely doesn’t fit. It does not fit at all. Not fit at all. Why else bom bom bom bom bom bom bom bom bom, German. Open XTM workbench. This is where I’m going to be able to translate it. Please say yes. What does it look like? We have a preview. So preview on the homepage. How do I activate? Play with the editor later? Six checks get out of the project account. So if I’m a project manager, how would I start translation or like assignments show Metrix? ranch files? Select File so we’re forced to open this myself. All right. I’m going to take a pause here. And I’ll be right back. All right, boys and girls, we are back resuming the recording of XTM.

Andrej Zito 

We are here. My first look at the workbench. Key editor actually looks nice. Status studies. Complete unmatched. Ui here looks nice to matches terminology. Okay, now, my question is out there is a preview of one whatever. Is there a way for me to so how can I pull an empty machine? Where is the machine? Set? I have available 6000 words. First of all, I don’t know what it means. 60,000 of what? I would assume it’s 60,000 words of MTA wanting to set it up somewhere I need to set it up my account data no settings Yep. That is weird. That is absolutely we are show metrics no shows the six no Ranch House. Come on dude actions. Published in XTM exchange, what does it even mean? Guess we’re back to open. You got to go. can now empty. How do you use empty here Whoa, whoa. concordance navigation. With empty match. I get the empty here. Hmm. Search how to enable machine translation.

Andrej Zito 

Oh there we go project details. Alright, okay, I can turn it on Wait Is it because I have a rock workflow what empty engines weighs 41 minute videos to watch whoa oh it is there fuck right what’s the settings here settings Project Settings translation machine oh my god see this is what I’m talking about inconsistency like this whole settings looks so weird like what is this gradient things or empty engines whatever whatever let’s use Google Translate why now need to Oh sheets are lost last project created nice projects release make it run generally a dairy goat machine use Google yes please find my target with match always set anti Manchester done all steps let’s see what it does workflow okay please files no workflow Germany question mark, this is going to open the verse But I did open whereas my machine gosh it might dump sound sure no. Oh do I turn it on? Is it possible that it’s not working because I edit the files after I turn it on? Oh Do not search for anti mantra now this exists. Okay. Nothing exists or teams.

Andrej Zito 

I selected this thing by machine translation. Yes. What now? much care about that? One transition, we don’t care about that. Bah bah, bah, bah, bah. Does this estimates translate open editor so they’ve translated but how Why does it not work for me? Why Why are you doing this to me? For fun transition now. mx No I don’t care about DMX preview now target generate target no so you’ve exceeded the limits we’re still have a 60k now available words 58 so it should have translated something but what did it translate? Why is the same I don’t have enough left if I have 58,001 this is gone feels being shown metrics progress zero I do not get this obviously dump dump dump dump dump dump couldn’t necessarily function directly for the machine translation provider of information from the machine translation provided to activate the machine learning engine right next time you create a project you can choose right to recreate a project settings position no no no no no no no Google nmt not without it gosh try it again. are good to go wish us a night check. Japanese German Germany oh she’s so bad.

Andrej Zito 

When I do one month one mouse will scroll down it skips German okay let’s calm down. Como workflow translator is just translate settings whatever machine translation Yes. Plus, populate target with match always create testing testing records that come to okay the words available words I think didn’t change at all. workflow ways it’s not here. Why is it not here? What the fuck? I am so confused. Or I am so confused and I hate this. Oh no. I cause it again shit. I have no idea how to edit. What is this think available words or what must be distinct. Okay, yeah, pick up the phone, try Microsoft Translator logging data,

Andrej Zito 

I have absolutely no idea how rigorous it took something from the promo thing took like 1300 words. We’re just looking at the metrics is exactly what I have. But I don’t see the machine translation anywhere. What is going on? All right, yeah, yeah. Why is this happening? He was Google machine translation. Yes. Everything will be like targeted with match always I have it set to always Why is it not populating? Dude. You’ve exceeded the limit. Bla bla bla bla bla bla I still don’t get it what these words are for. I have absolutely no idea. I think I’m just wasting time here. I just got wasted because I just cannot get it done i don’t know i’m super I am stupid it is confirmed Where is there a lot of team I mean I don’t know how to empty might work to under Mark How are you smart mate data support warning isn’t limited Oh Jesus

Andrej Zito 

Hey these gradients in these tabs off oh my god This looks so nice but now I just am fuck this I have to copy pasted me we’re done yes we’re done I’ve succeeded again or cue goods we have everything opioid saved so now when I go back to my projects does it update anything says not started I have no idea what does mean some new status max status okay well I checked them rich rich Walker rush okay so it felt okay this is how it feels yeah I don’t like it for some reason it just doesn’t seem to fit overall with everything charts ship system distribution done alright so now when I go back to my project which by the way i don’t see much here just listed languages but I don’t see the status here in the overview of the project.

Andrej Zito 

So if I want to compare projects wait maybe I need to put up put up different code words archive status and I just templates I don’t see anything which would indicate payment status I don’t know so I have to go into the project Okay, that opens this think here are the files Germany here we have finished files are here in Finnish profit check but we don’t have anything finished what download Do I have to download file by file source isn’t a great download source download oh my god what is this menu Oh my God Jesus extracted terms what are extracted terms download source file oh yeah that’s the source I can upload target How can I download targets generate target for step generate target now I’m okay not generated that’s weird Have you have to first generate and then you can download whatever give me all the files coming up coming up. Well, cm clout slayed it. Let’s have a look at YouTube downloads.

Andrej Zito 

What does it look like? It looks pretty good. Wind means solid DLC. One opens dragon Sure, perfect press. Yep, it looks fine. So finally we have the files back. Now I don’t know like I think I could spend like a lot of lot of time just picking up the limp the things that are inconsistent within the UI. A bunch of them the settings just looks This looks so weird. Like look like here I’m on the user details. This looks like how I would expect it to look. But when I go to settings, settings looks completely different. Why? I have no idea. I don’t want to projects. I never also mentioned this this menu. I mean, it’s functional, but not so teeny, tiny.

Andrej Zito 

So icons, like this one. This is for download. Here we have another icon for download, but it looks different. Why? I have no idea. I don’t know. And the thing with empty It’s driving me nuts. But anyway, at least I’ll translate it the the German I don’t want to be copy pasting chicken Japanese. So that’s it. That is my experience with SDM cloud. Thank you for watching the video. If you’d like the review of SDN cloud and my thoughts on the design and the style, give it a thumbs up and share with your friends. And if you want to stick to the series, please don’t forget to subscribe. I would very much appreciate having you on my channel. And in that case, see you in next two weeks when I’m going to review the next TMS I don’t know which one. until then bye bye.

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