Trados Studio 2022

Frequently asked questions

Trados Studio 2022 is a complete centralized translation environment for editing, reviewing and managing translation projects and terminology – either offline in a desktop tool or online in the cloud. It offers many features designed to help speed up your translation processes and improve consistency, while building a repository of assets you can use over and over again. Trados Studio 2022 is built on the same open platform as Trados Studio 2021 and uses the same bilingual file, translation memory and termbase formats.

Trados Studio 2022 builds on a long history of innovation, advancement and attention to detail in computer-assisted translation (CAT), all designed to address the diverse, evolving needs of our users. The 2022 release reflects a wealth of development that has taken place since the release of Trados Studio 2021, including:
  • Better-than-ever synchronization between the desktop application and our cloud platform, letting you work wherever you choose
  • New file types that help Studio cater to the widest variety of translation use cases, widening the scope of work you can accept
  • Hundreds of updates made with the feedback of all our users in mind, designed to help you work however you want
Whatever your needs as a business or individual, and whatever your personal preferences, Trados Studio 2022 is designed for you.
Discover all the latest enhancements in our what’s new brochure.

Existing clients with an active support and maintenance agreement (SMA) receive a free upgrade to Studio 2022. This can be downloaded from your RWS account.
Existing clients who don’t have an active SMA can purchase an upgrade by visiting our online shop, or contacting your local RWS representative.
New clients can purchase Trados Studio 2022:

For individual users of Trados Studio 2022, cloud access, formerly known as Trados Live Essential, is now permanently included in your product license (subscription or perpetual) at no extra cost, giving you:
  • Secure cloud backup of your work
  • Access to the online editor, letting you work from anywhere or easily collaborate with other translators
  • The option to prepare or create projects yourself from anywhere, including via our mobile app
  • The ability to process projects in the cloud while working on another project in the desktop application
Previously, Trados Live Essential was free for one year only for perpetual license holders (though it was always an integral part of Studio’s subscription license). It’s now permanently free for all currently supported versions of Trados Studio, including Studio 2021.

Manager view is a brand-new Studio view that gives you a whole new way to work with projects and files, inspired by the user interface (UI) of our cloud platform.
With the new view, you can work with both projects and files in a more unified way, in a single window with a clean, modern UI that makes navigating between projects and files much more intuitive. The view also includes key file- and project-related analytics so that you’ve got everything you need in one place. With multi-window and multi-monitor support, it’s very flexible in letting you work on and compare multiple projects at once. See the Manager view in action.
Should you wish to try out the new view, you can activate it by selecting the button ‘Enable Manager view (beta)’ above the ribbon in the Studio interface. Studio will restart and the new Manager view will appear alongside your existing project and file views. You can toggle it off in the same way.
For now, Manager view is available only as a beta release, which means it’s still in a relatively early stage of development with limited functionality. It currently works with local file-based projects (support for cloud projects will come in time) and supports a small amount of project management functions (you won’t be able to distribute project packages, for example). As a beta release it will work best for translators rather than project managers, but we’ll be expanding its features and hoping to deliver a full release in the near future.

Yes, you can purchase Trados Studio on a subscription. During your subscription, you will receive free updates and service releases. You’ll also receive upgrades to future major releases of Trados Studio, ensuring you continue to benefit from the new functionality and enhancements when released.
Your subscription to Trados Studio will start on the date of purchase and will be valid for 365 days.


When purchasing an annual subscription for Trados Studio, the initial cost will be lower than the cost of a perpetual license. Access to the software is for the duration of your subscription and you will not own the software outright.

During your subscription, you will receive free updates and service releases. You’ll also receive upgrades to future editions of Trados Studio, ensuring you continue to benefit from the new functionality and enhancements when released.

With a Trados Studio subscription, you will have the flexibility to easily add extra licenses for new team members and also cancel at the end of your contract.


When purchasing a perpetual license for Trados Studio 2022, the initial cost will be higher than an annual subscription. However, the license does not expire and you own the software outright, meaning you may use it for many years to come.

You will receive updates and service releases for Trados Studio 2022 for as long as RWS supports the version. Should you wish to upgrade to future editions of Studio, you’ll be able to do so for a fee.

The choice is yours!

For organizations whose translation team needs to scale rapidly or have varying workloads, purchasing Trados Studio 2022 licenses on an annual subscription may be the best option. Other companies who may prefer to fix their costs at the outset may prefer to opt for perpetual licenses.

Whether you’re a freelancer or an organization, if you’re unsure which option is best for you, please get in touch with us or contact your local reseller.

Yes, if you are currently a Trados Studio 2019 or 2021 user, you can benefit from special upgrade pricing when moving to Trados Studio 2022.

Trados Studio 2019, 2017 and 2015 are in retired state and are no longer supported. RWS does not provide technical assistance, issue service packs or hotfixes for retired releases.

Trados Studio 2014, 2011 and 2009 are in retired state and are no longer supported. RWS does not provide technical assistance, license resets, issue service packs or hotfixes for these retired releases.

Further information about supported releases can be found on the RWS Community.

Yes, if your original license was for Studio 2021 Freelance/Professional, you will be able to run Studio 2021 and Studio 2022 on the same machine, as the license for Studio 2022 is a compound license. For this to work, you will need to update Studio 2021 with the most recent CU* and it will then accept your new Studio 2022 license. Note that this is for Single license owners only and will not work for a Network license. Network licenses can be configured in such a way that multiple versions of Studio can be served by the same license server, since it can run multiple licenses for different Studio versions in parallel. Contact your local RWS representative for details.
*CU stands for cumulative update. At RWS we are constantly reviewing and improving our products and release enhancements and hotfixes as and when required. These are bundled into cumulative updates that are installed automatically using the auto-update functionality in Trados Studio and MultiTerm. You will be notified automatically by the software when a cumulative update is available. A full list of enhancements and fixes for Trados Studio 2022 SR1 to date can be found on the RWS Community.

The upgrade process is the same for all users owning a Single or Network license.
If you already have Studio 2017/2019/2021 and you upgrade to Studio 2022, you need to: 
  1. Deactivate your current Trados Studio 2017/2019/2021 license(s)
    • Go to your Trados Studio application
    • Click on Help > Product Activation > Deactivate
  2. Upgrade your license from your RWS account
    • Log in to your RWS account and go to the Licenses section.
    • On the left-hand side, you should see ‘Upgrades’ available, marked with a yellow arrow icon. Click on the icon to see the Upgrades page.
    • Click on the Upgrade button to process the license upgrade. If you have several licenses, please bear in mind that you need to choose the number of user licenses that you wish to upgrade.
    • A new licensing code will be generated.
  3. Copy the new licensing code and paste it in the Studio 2022 application to activate it.

Yes, we offer full compatibility in terms of translation memory and bilingual files across Studio 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2022.
Although translation memories and bilingual files are compatible across Studio versions from 2009 to 2022, as we continue to add more features, there will be potential discrepancies in feature availability, word counts and file types when working in older versions of Studio.

Trados Studio 2022 no longer offers out-of-the-box support for legacy Trados file types, including ITD, TTX and Bilingual Workbench. If you are still working with these file types, please install the Trados Compatibility and Migration Power Pack app from the RWS AppStore. The app is installed as an add-on and will enable you to open and work with projects that include legacy file types. RWS recommends that you consider converting legacy file types to the latest .SDLXLIFF format.

Studio 2019/2021 Translation Memory (*.sdltm) Studio 2019/2021 (*.sdlxliff) Legacy TMs (SDLX and Trados 2007)
Open Yes Yes Upgrade through wizard or read through AppStore plugins
Save/Export Yes Yes Export through TMX, TM Management app, and various other apps available through the AppStore
Create Yes Yes Only through the legacy applications

Yes, Trados Studio 2022 is compatible with:

Trados Studio 2022 supports Windows 10 and Windows 11. We recommend Windows 11.
As a minimum requirement, we recommend an Intel or compatible CPU-based computer with 4 GB RAM and a screen resolution of 1024x768.
For optimum performance, we recommend a 64-bit operating system, 16 GB RAM, an SSD and a recent Intel or compatible CPU.  Full support for 4K high-resolution screens is planned and will be implemented incrementally in future releases. You can solve display issues by following the steps in this knowledge base article, or by running an application from the RWS AppStore which implements a fix from the article. Trados Studio 2022 uses .Net Framework 4.8.

Service releases provide a series of comprehensive updates that include product enhancements and bug fixes.  
Service Releases (SR) are common practice within the software industry to ensure users continue to receive the best from their software investment.  
If you are an existing Trados Studio 2022 user, you do not have to pay to install service releases.

If you are set up for AutoUpdate, the service release will be available in your notification area within Trados Studio.  
If you are not set up for AutoUpdate, please follow the instructions below to download the update for Trados Studio and MultiTerm.
  1. Exit Trados Studio and MultiTerm. 
  2. Login to your account. 
  3. Go to the "Downloads" section. 
  4. Once in the "Downloads" section, select Trados Studio/ MuliTerm service release, which will be clearly marked and select the download button. Save the executable files to your local hard disc. 
  5. Once downloaded, run the executable file and follow the wizard-driven process. 
  6. The Trados Studio /MultiTerm service release installers will automatically detect the currently installed Trados Studio/MultiTerm software and uninstall it in the background. 
If you have any issues around installing, or questions about licensing of Trados Studio, please go to our Support page.

No, if you are an existing Trados Studio 2022 customer, you do not have to pay to install any service releases for this version.